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Managing Menopause: What’s New and What’s True

Managing Menopause: What’s New and What’s True
Every day in the U.S., 6,000 women, give or take a few, enter menopause. Fortunately, we have reached a point where we view this time as a natural stage of life and not a disease or something shameful to only talk about in whispers. This has not always been the case. Whether you are old enough to be nearing menopause or it’s still a tiny blip somewhere in your distant future, if you watch television, you have at least seen reruns of the popular 1980s sitcom, The Golden Girls. Rue McClanahan, in the role of Blanche Deveraux, won an Emmy for her performance about being told that she had reached......
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State Medical License Applications: Another Burdensome Task for Busy Mom MDs

State Medical License Applications: Another Burdensome Task for Busy Mom MDs
From the time you first began your application to attend a biomedical science program up until this point your career, it may feel as though filling out tedious paperwork is a requirement for practicing medicine; and in a way, it is. Afterall, in order to practice, you not only have to apply for open positions and hospital credentials but for state medical licenses as well. If you’re about to finish your residency or fellowship program, it’s possible that you have yet to endure the tedious and time consuming process that is applying for a medical license with a state board. As though this tas......
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Consumer Health Digest – The Reliable & Trusted Source for 15 Years and Counting

Consumer Health Digest – The Reliable & Trusted Source for 15 Years and Counting
  The unhealthy lifestyle led to several extra pounds, but a far bigger problem was health issues caused by improper diet and lack of physical activity. With minor differences, this happened to the team of enthusiasts that will soon establish Consumer Health Digest in 2003. At the time, they went online in the search for valuable health information but encountered a bunch of spammy websites with sales pitches and inaccurate data. They realized this is something that needs to change. That motivated them to start Consumer Health Digest and create a reputable website that will be t......
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3 Major Consequences of Chronic Stress To Your Life

3 Major Consequences of Chronic Stress To Your Life
Stess does not just happen overnight. It is a build up of issues, worries, and problems that ultimately affect your mind and body. In simple terms, stress tells you that you are overdoing it. When your brain detects a threat, it releases two neurotransmitters (also called hormones), namely cortisol and adrenaline. These affect your heart rate, blood flow, alertness and many more. Although these body responses do not sound evil or bad for you, the coming biological responses that will occur in your body are designed to fight off stress. But the problem is, your body eventually gets tired. Stres......
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Baby Talk: Is Surrogacy An Option?

There is an age-old question of whether or not surrogacy is an option for childless couples. Some are strongly in favor of gestational surrogacy while some argue against it, making references to ‘moral grounds.’ Although unregulated at the federal level, the issue on the legality of surrogacy is dependent on the statute and laws of the respective states. Surrogacy is not prohibited in Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire,  Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, or West Virgin......
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6 Ways To Handle Household Trash And Stave Off Disease

6 Ways To Handle Household Trash And Stave Off Disease
People all over the United States have their own way of throwing garbage. While it is true that most people are disciplined and try to follow the appropriate steps of garbage disposal, there are still some people who could not care less. Waste management is critical to public health. Improper storage of household waste can be a place for pests to breed in and for rodents to feed on. These animals can be vectors or carriers of diseases that can quickly go endemic. Therefore, it is a must to take the necessary steps to prevent the harborage of rats and other insects to protect the health of the ......
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Ways to Encourage Your Patients to Make Better Health Choices

Ways to Encourage Your Patients to Make Better Health Choices
One of the most challenging aspects of medical care is helping patients make lasting lifestyle changes. It’s one thing to tell a patient what to do, but another to help them succeed in changing their behavior for the long term. Instead of feeling frustrated about non-compliance, use proven behavioral science techniques to encourage cooperative behavior in your patients. Support your patient and their family when they make positive health care decisions that are consistent with their needs. Try the following steps to impact your patients’ health positively. Therapy techniques will help you beco......
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How To Know If You Have a Failed Hernia Mesh Operation?

How To Know If You Have a Failed Hernia Mesh Operation?
According to studies, hernia repair surgeries are one of the most common surgeries performed worldwide. The United States Food and Drug Administration says that an estimated 2.3 million inpatient abdominal hernia repairs were performed from 2001 to 2010, an estimated 567,000 of which were performed in an emergency. There are several different types of hernia repair surgery. This includes among others, Herniorrhaphy, Hernioplasty, and Herniotomy. The most popular surgery among these is hernioplasty — a hernia repair surgery involving the use of mesh. The most common products used in surg......
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Breast Augmentation: Myths Vs. Facts

Breast Augmentation: Myths Vs. Facts
The health and wellness industry can be filled with a lot of misleading info. Although most of us have no idea where those myths actually originated from, a lot of people end up believing them. Breast enhancement is no different. Whatever you call it (breast enlargement, implants, ‘boob job’) separating the truth from fiction can be tricky. To clear things up a bit, we’ll go over some popular myths about breast augmentation surgery, and dispel them with concrete facts. Myth: A Surgeon Will Deliver Similar Results to All Patients The fact is that even when two women go to the same surgeon ......
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The Gender Pay Gap Among Physicians - Staggering and Real

  It is often said that being a mom is the toughest job on the planet. As a mom, you are on call 24/7, 365 days a year. You definitely don’t get sick days and you probably don’t take a lunch break. Let’s be honest, some days you don’t even have the time to brush your hair or take a shower. But what about moms who also have a full-time job? Further, what about moms who have a full-time job in one of the most stressful and intense industries? I think it is safe to say that physicians who are also mothers likely take the cake when it comes to the world’s toughest jobs. Not many would argue w......
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Naturopath

Naturopath
Naturopathic doctors offer expert health care in the field of natural and preventative medicine. Unlike conventional medicine, a Naturopath views the body as one integrated system and as such, offers a more comprehensive approach to health care. With the main focus being on identifying the cause of illness or imbalances in health, Naturopathy is unique because it offers effective solutions through dietary advice and lifestyle improvements, herbal and nutritional support. Treatments are customised and patient-centred, as each client is treated as an individual and is encouraged to make positive......
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How Do I Tell My Patient Her Baby Is Dead? 4 Things To Keep In Mind When Delivering The Bad News

How Do I Tell My Patient Her Baby Is Dead? 4 Things To Keep In Mind When Delivering The Bad News
Nobody likes bringing bad news to a patient, especially when the bad news involves the death of a newborn. Thousands of children die the moment they are born. Although it is rarely the fault of the medical practitioner's, a mother's grief knows no bounds. When handled incorrectly, this can lead to a long legal battle with the patient. Consider these things when telling your patient the bad news regarding her newborn: 1. Don’t make them wait A lot of times doctors will often hem and haw and take a very long time to break the news to the parents in the delivery room. Most will cite that they are......
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The overlooked approach that all Hospitalist Moms need to know about: work only when you want, have more quality family time and still out earn your colleagues.

The overlooked approach that all Hospitalist Moms need to know about: work only when you want, have more quality family time and still out earn your colleagues.
Finding a work/life balance might be the most important thing in your career as a hospitalist. Everybody would agree that family time is extremely valuable—you want to see your kids grow,  be part of their life experiences, be a good parent and share wisdom. Full-time hospitalists are often portrayed as having one of the best jobs due to time off and job flexibility. Guess what? There’s some truth to that since typical hospitalist schedules do offer some flexibility and a good amount of time off. However, there are inevitable problems: Because of the seven on/seven off schedule, some ye......
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4 Simple Tips To Dental Patient Marketing

4 Simple Tips To Dental Patient Marketing
A new trend in the health care system is that more dental practitioners seem to join the ranks of corporate dentistry. This is an expanding market that requires massive marketing efforts. Dentists do this for two reasons. One, to expand their reach, and two, to gain more profit. Independent dentists who join corporate dentistry also get some perks, especially on business management and service advertisements.   All dental practices understand the importance of dental patient marketing. It helps bring in new patients, strengthen patient-dentist ties and can even lead to referrals which sp......
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Massage Therapy Versus Chiropractic Care: What’s the Difference and When Should You Get Them?

Massage Therapy Versus Chiropractic Care: What’s the Difference and When Should You Get Them?
 Exercise will always be one of the things that will always be recommended for a healthy lifestyle. It’s more than just an activity that you do to stay in shape, it’s something that you should always be sure to do. And well, getting fit, and staying fit isn’t an easy task. It involves a lot of hard work as well as dogged dedication and discipline. It also involves a strength of character to power through the pain. After all, muscles develop by their repeated break down and rebuilding. And you do this by putting them under tension for a set period of time. The Source of Soreness The repe......
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Overwhelmed in your job search? Here is your step-by-step timeline!

Overwhelmed in your job search? Here is your step-by-step timeline!
You're a physician and you're a mom? Mind blown. Many people cannot handle their 9 to 5 job everyday, and you're a practicing clinician and managing children? Seriously. That's lot of work. And if you're still in training, you're about to add job searching to your to-do list! The job search process is tedious, lengthy, and if you're going to be comprehensive and thorough about it, it can take quite a long time! Needless to say, this can all be a bit overwhelming. But nothing some good, old-fashioned organization can't handle. So we wanted to put together a step-by-step job seach timeline for t......
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How to Donate Medical Supplies

How to Donate Medical Supplies
Access to and the cost of healthcare is among the most heated debate in the United States today. With so many people who either don’t have medical insurance, or can no longer afford their premiums, the state of healthcare has become a crisis for many individuals and families around the nation. If you are fortunate enough to have medical coverage, then it can be easy to lose sight of how difficult it can be for others. Maybe you are looking for a way that you can give back and help those who don’t have the same access as you. This is where a medical donation kit can be a wonderful idea. Here is......
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MomMD CME and Board Reviews

MomMD CME and Board Reviews
This month we released a new addition to the mommd.com community called Continuing Medical Education also known in the field as CME listings, CME courses and board reviews.  Please follow MomMD for the most up to date CME courses and Board Reviews and circle back often for CME Special Offers.  We work closely with different providers on their most recent CME courses with a variety of CME credits; AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM; with CME special offers and Board Review Special Offers.  A few of our CME publishers are listed below.  CMEInfo - provides specialty board review......
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Simple First Aid Tips For An Injured Ankle

Simple First Aid Tips For An Injured Ankle
Athletes are not the only ones who get injured. Anybody can get a sprained ankle at any time of the day. A sprain occurs when there are one or more ligaments that have been either torn, twisted or overstretched. This is the most common ankle injury, and anybody who has accidentally fallen on the ground or twisted their feet can experience this problem.   Always remember, the best move in treating an ankle injury is by seeing a doctor immediately. Without a doubt, the pain will eventually get excruciating. Meanwhile, it would most definitely be essential to apply first aid treatments to p......
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5 Family Health Dieting Tips

When you’re changing your health for the better, you don’t want it to only be you that is experiencing the benefits. This is why you invite your family along on your journey to health. What about the challenges that take place? How can you help your family through those challenges? In this article, we are going to talk about 5 family health dieting tips for a successful outcome. 1. Pack Your Lunch Lunch is one of the times you are likely to get taken off guard and off-course. You’ve started the day out on the right foot by eating the breakfast you know you needed to eat, but when lunch comes a......
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