Thursday, October 16, 2014

DocTalk October 14

The doctors join me to talk medicine!

Dr Shereen Habib, Well Woman Clinic

Dr Sean Petherbridge Keith Nicholl Medical Centre

Here is the podcast.

This week we had a grand list of topics that we made a dent in.

In the Office.

high blood pressure (hypertension)

Lymph node emlargement

Breast Health!

Are you ignoring your breast health?

A 2013 UCLA study found that breast tissue ages faster than tissue found elsewhere in the body. What are you doing to protect the wellness, and appearance of your breasts? Here are 7 things that you can do to help your breasts age gracefully, and stay healthy

Add pumpkin to your diet to fight the flu

Along with other bright orange vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, squash and carrots, pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps build the body's defense-system cells, Bazilian says. Easy-to-use canned pumpkin is one of the few canned vegetables full of fibre and low in sodium. It makes a great base for soups and side dishes. Aim to include bright orange vegetables in meals at least two or three times per week.

postpartum syndrome

The postpartum period was everything and nothing like I expected it to be. I expected all the normal stuff, like bleeding and soreness, but I didn't really know the extent of it. I mean, how could you without actually experiencing it firsthand? Thank goodness I heard somewhere on the Internet that soaking maxi pads in witch hazel and freezing them would be a good idea. I think those "butt popsicles" saved my life. After pushing all nine pounds of my son out, I could hardly walk or even move, for that matter.
Emotionally, I was a train wreck. I mean, of course, I was beyond happy to finally have our little bundle of joy here. But then why would I still go into the shower and sob my eyes out? I loved him without measure but missed our old life at the same time. I found myself mourning the loss of our freedom way more than I expected. Before kids, my husband and I would travel on the weekends, go out to eat at expensive restaurants and sleep in on Saturdays. In a moment, all that was gone. I'd traded it for a newborn baby who wouldn't stop crying and was up all night long. It seemed like a pretty steep trade-off.

Love this one!

Middle-aged women with a neurotic personality style and prolonged stress may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.
Tracking 800 women over nearly four decades, Swedish scientists found that those who were most anxious, jealous and moody -- which they defined as neurotic -- and experienced long-standing stress had double the risk of developing Alzheimer's compared to women scoring lowest in these traits.
"No other study has shown that [one style of] midlife personality increased the risk of Alzheimer's disease over a period of nearly 40 years," said study author Lena Johansson, a researcher at University of Gothenburg.
Outside experts cautioned, however, that the study results don't prove that neuroticism triggers Alzheimer's, but they do suggest an association between the two.

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