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Tips for Maximizing Workout Benefits as a Mom MD

Tips for Maximizing Workout Benefits as a Mom MD
Moving around is one of the best-documented means of having a positive impact on overall health. For moms juggling a hectic lifestyle, keeping in mind that research has shown 15 minutes a day spent walking can help reduce the risk of nearly every major disease. Understanding some of the most basic aspects of how your body recovers and grows stronger from exercise can help you stay fit while juggling the many challenges of motherhood! The Science of Maximizing Workout Impact Working out is simple enough—understanding how to maximize the benefits of working out can be a bit more difficult. Diet......
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Why You Should Go for a Regular Sexual Health Check-up

When it comes to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the unfortunate truth is that there are many individuals who are completely unaware that they have been infected, increasing their risk of experiencing health problems and complications in the future, and raising the possibility of passing the infection on to partners unknowingly. If you have ever been with a sexual partner in your lifetime, then you are at risk of an STI. Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, it’s good to go for regular sexual health check-ups just to be sure, regardless of how careful you are when it comes to......
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Learning to Recognize the Signs of Addiction in Your Own Child

As a woman who works in the medical field as a physician or nurse, it is part of your training, education, and experience to be able to examine a patient and properly diagnosis them. While you may excel at this in a clinical environment, it doesn’t mean you can use that same objective viewpoint when examining your own children. Learning to recognize the signs of addiction in your own child can be a very tough thing to do. Often you don’t see the signs, or maybe you don’t piece them together, which results in your child not getting the help they need.   Here are some tips that may help you......
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Girl shares battle with osteosarcoma

Girl shares battle with osteosarcoma
Lillie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at age 13, in 2010. After a few months she was told her cancer had gone from a 70 percent chance of survival to a 30 percent of survival.  The discomfort was so bad that even moving her leg had her wincing in terrible pain.  It took nine surgeries, extensive chemo that made her very sick and burnt her from the inside out (she still has scars on her hands from the chemo) to recover and has an internal titanium upper leg. New treatments for Osteosarcoma haven’t been made in 40 years. The cancer is fast acting, very painful, and often involves amp......
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What Causes Tooth Cavities Among Children

What Causes Tooth Cavities Among Children
Tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities, is not just a problem among adults. Children experience this dental issue as well. Parents, especially first-timers, start to wonder what exactly causes their children's teeth to rot and how they can prevent it.   For toddlers, the most common cause of tooth decay is going to bed with a bottle of juice or milk. This problem is particularly called baby-bottle tooth caries. The liquid contained inside the baby bottle can sit in the child's mouth and create an ideal place for bacteria to breed and multiply.   Tooth decay begins whe......
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Understanding Sugar Addiction in Children

It is official. Sugar is an addictive substance. Actually, it has been official for quite a while. A 2008 study published in Neuroscience &Behavioral Reviews concluded that sugar meets the criteria for a substance of abuse and may be addictive when people binge on this food. This news affects all of us, but it’s most damaging to our children. The problem with sugar Some may argue that there’s nothing wrong with sugar because it’s a natural substance. This is true. The problem is that we’ve extracted this substance from its natural source and saturated our food supply with sugar. In ......
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MD Moms & Small Business Ideas: Taking Your Time Into Your Own Hands

MD Moms & Small Business Ideas: Taking Your Time Into Your Own Hands
Ever wished that there were more hours in a day? That you’d get paid more the more hours you put in away from your own home? That by some miracle you’ll be able to look after your family and live out your passion for healing others without burning yourself out trying to earn money to look after your family? The miracle you’re looking for is passive income. Passive Income MD (surprise, surprise!) defines this as “income that is not proportional to the time you physically put into acquiring it.” That’s not to say forms of passive income are a racket for easy money, or that they don’t require a l......
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A Clinician's Guide To Delivering Bad News

A Clinician's Guide To Delivering Bad News
The result of my patient’s right breast biopsy was sitting on my computer desktop. I felt a knot form in my throat and my heart rate speeding up. I knew clicking the result would confirm the diagnosis I suspected when doing her breast exam earlier in the week.  Invasive moderately differentiated ductal carcinoma, Focal ductal carcinoma in situ, solid type, grade 2, Core biopsy of lymph node showing extensive involvement by metastatic carcinoma. I took my time digesting the words on this extensive report and thoughts filled my mind. It all came down to one thing – My patient had brea......
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How to Get Fit in 8 Weeks

How to Get Fit in 8 Weeks
"You can do anything if you set your mind to it." is an old adage some people use to get motivated for reaching the goals they dream of - this includes losing weight and becoming physically fit.   However, even if you have the best intentions in the world for your health and overall wellbeing, there are often frustrating reasons curtailing your success in achieving your goals.   As adults, there will always be jobs, housework, family and relationship responsibilities that need to be met before anything else can be done. Though these duties can drain us mentally, we should never let ......
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Must-Know Tips for Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain

Pregnant, Baby, Hold On, Love, Mama, Bebe, PregnancyGaining too much weight while you are pregnant can raise the risk for complications like premature birth or c-section delivery. If you start your pregnancy obese, like most of the American women - sticking to the recommended range of weight gain can reduce the risk of many health problems including preeclamsia and gestational diabetes. All studies show that gaining too much can be harmful for you and your baby. So, check out these great tips forhealthy pregnancy weight gain. Start pregnancy at a healthy weight One of the most important thing to consider before getting preg......
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Making The Most Of Your Free Time As A Physician

Making The Most Of Your Free Time As A Physician
As a physician - or any healthcare professional for that matter - it can be tough to find some time for yourself. Long hours spent in a stressful environment can make it nearly impossible to get some rest and relaxation, even after you've set aside your lab coat and stethoscope for the day. Time is a precious resource and it’s important that you’re using your free time in ways that will benefit you the most! How you spend your off hours can actually increase your productivity and success at work. Choosing the correct hobbies or activities to partake in during you......
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The Pros and Cons of Putting Your Child On Ritalin

As parents, the decision to medicate for ADHD is a difficult one. It may be even more difficult for parents in the medical profession. With an intimate knowledge of the risks, side effects and general outcomes, it becomes a very personal decision. And then there’s the rising concern about whether Ritalin is being overprescribed. In truth, there are pros and cons to putting your child on Ritalin, but they may vary based on the situation. How Ritalin Works Methylphenidate, known as Ritalin, is a stimulant that is commonly prescribed to children with ADHD. It may sound counterintuitive to prescr......
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BURNOUT: A FEMALE PHYSICIAN'S PERSPECTIVE

BURNOUT: A FEMALE PHYSICIAN'S PERSPECTIVE
Why Does It Happen? I burned out early. I was done being a doctor at the end of fellowship. Although I took a job as a critical care physician, I desperately sought to alter my career somehow. I looked into website development, something I had been good at in high school. I took a few refresher classes on my days off and started coding my own sites. Luckily, my first job out of fellowship accepted many of my schedule demands, such as day shifts only, and after about a year I recovered and remembered why I had loved medicine to begin with. Critical care physicians have the highes......
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Why Friendships are Valuable to Physician Moms

Why Friendships are Valuable to Physician Moms
As physician moms, nurturing our friendships can get lost in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. Long work hours, on call coverage, raising a family, in addition to trying to squeeze in some me time, can cause us to put our friendships on the back burner.  The journey of graduating from college and then moving on to medical school, changed the way we lived our lives. For some of us, we moved to a different unfamiliar location which made it difficult to sustain the close relationships that we once had with our friends. It also brought on the new challenge of trying to get to know new ......
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Dressing the Part: Is It Just as Important in Advancing Medical Careers?

Dressing the Part: Is It Just as Important in Advancing Medical Careers?
Every day, we get bombarded by picture-perfect images of flawless aesthetics - and it seems like there is no getting away from it. We can’t turn on the television or scroll through our social media accounts without feeling pressured into submitting to what is expected of us. Naturally, we have to do what we need to do to make sure that the extent of this pressure is properly managed. For instance, if you start feeling like you are not worthy enough because you do not look like you just stepped off a magazine cover, then you need to recalibrate the way you respond to that pressure. When it come......
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The Secret Of Constant Motivation For Weight Loss

The Secret Of Constant Motivation For Weight Loss
All the efforts you are pouring towards your weight loss goals are part of your health improvement goals. You should be proud of them and celebrate them. Though it is easy to stick to a routine at the beginning, your motivation may start to dwindle, slowing down the progress you have worked so hard for.   Even the healthiest person in the world can lose all her hard work if she loses interest and the motivation to remain fit. So it is truly vital for you to find ways to push through and find the inspiration to keep going forever with it.   Here are a couple of tips to break through ......
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On the Hunt: Mattresses And Back Pains

Enduring back pain throughout the day is commonplace among American adults. Experiencing discomfort throughout the night and waking up in the morning with back pain is widely considered a norm of advanced age. Though there are numerous causes, the low overall quality mattresses have been and continue to be a huge contributing factor to the overall back pain epidemic in America today. There are several aspects to consider in determining whether or not you need a new mattress, and what will work best for you if you do. Here are some surprising factors you need to consider before making such a ma......
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Single Parent Tips: Raising A Baby With One Income

Single Parent Tips: Raising A Baby With One Income
Facing the prospect of life with only one income can seem daunting.   Whether it be because of a layoff or by lifestyle choice, you can transition to a one-income status with proper planning and still raise your baby well. If you manage your finances right and cut down unnecessary expenses, your life with your baby will move on with joy.   Based on my personal experience, dividing the family's expenses into two categories has helped me determine what costs need to be eliminated in order to make ends meet. Below are the first three steps you need to take.   Step 1: Determine th......
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How Dr. Mommies can Change the Culture of Medicine

  I have only been in practice for 14 years, but I remember the exact reason for my first experience of burnout. Medicine was rigid, and for good reason as we deal with life or death on a daily basis. However, as I looked out into the working world there was no room for flexibility in the traditional primary care practice.  Complementary medicine was looked down upon.  Wanting to work part time was viewed as laziness. As a woman, there was always more to prove, and wanting a family was not encouraged (even amongst other female doctors).  There was no conversation about work......
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6 Tips for Losing Weight After Pregnancy

Losing the so-called “baby weight” has garnered unprecedented attention in recent years. With celebrities, Instagram models, and the “no excuses” mom Maria Kang telling women it’s their own fault for not losing the fat gained during pregnancy making headlines, the pressure on moms is incredible. First thing’s first—it’s natural and healthy in many cases to gain fat while pregnant. When the fat gain isn’t dangerously excessive, it’s the safety net your child needs to enter the world as smoothly as possible. Losing fat is an arduous task that requires time, commitment, and sometimes money. For ......
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