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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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5 Tricks for Doctor Moms to Get Some Time for Themselves

5 Tricks for Doctor Moms to Get Some Time for Themselves
Between your long hospital shifts, 2 year old throwing tantrums, dinner, cleaning house, 5 year old with another cold, phone calls, dishes, grocery shopping, bills, emails, studying for the boards, house repairs… when does the list ever end? There has to be a way to schedule in a little time for self.  For me for the past six years of trying to keep up with work and my young kids - I’ve decided there is no personal time unless you make it happen. Every mom needs a break from "the crazy" only children can create, but MD moms – they need sanity and personal time even more. Their sacrifice ......
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Three ways Moms Married to Medicine can also balance a family

Three ways Moms Married to Medicine can also balance a family
There is no question if medical school is a sacrifice - to your time, your sanity, your relationships and especially for close relationships who happen to be a small toddler or two. There isn’t a MDmom with young children who hasn’t had to question her decision to choose medicine as a career at some point. Is it worth the sacrifice?  Am I ruining my children?  The long hours and copious amounts of studying required is doable, but am I hurting the kids? Making the decision to follow your dream as a doctor to save lives and heal, is not a bad decision. But looking at it from a childc......
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Advice on Au Pair childcare from MD mom raising kids

Advice on Au Pair childcare from MD mom raising kids
Any mom who is a practicing doctor knows finding the right childcare is unbelievably difficult, especially for the overnight shifts and sudden trips to the ER.   As a single mom starting medical school, Irene of Ohio, had a lot to think about. Babysitters and day cares were just not going to be the right fit. She needed some afterhours help and she needed someone who can step in at a moments notice if she had to run to the ER. After Irene did a lot of research she knew getting an Au Pair was the right childcare for her situation.   Overall Irene says the Au Pair cultural childcar......
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Can Breast Cancer Be Predicted Before it Develops?

Can Breast Cancer Be Predicted Before it Develops?
There has been quite a major breakthrough in medicine as a study was found to prove how a simple blood test can actually be more useful than mammograms as it may even predict any signs of breast cancer even up five years before it develops. Breast cancer is one of the major leading causes of cancer for women, which is why the world desperately needs to find a new way to detect breast cancer faster. Why? Although there is a large amount of scientific data that insists on mammograms are not the most effective method, having a breast cancer screening is most likely the last thing you would want t......
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4 Pregnancy Workouts for Every Trimester

4 Pregnancy Workouts for Every Trimester
When a woman goes through the process of pregnancy, they experience pure elation in the initial stages and during the aftermath of it. Wedged in between these two significant celebratory moments of joy is the arduous journey that sees their physical and mental attributes undergo a multitude of changes. The clearest form of change during pregnancy is the increased physical size and weight. This transformation is due to the body adjusting itself to accommodate more room for the fetus. Additionally, the body also requires more nutrients to aid in the development of the unborn baby. All pregnant ......
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How to Improve your Dull Complexion After Pregnancy?

How to Improve your Dull Complexion After Pregnancy?
Women experience dull complexion on their skin as one of the effects of post-pregnancy hormones. Such post-pregnancy hormones change the once glowing complexion in women to blotchy veins and ravaged skin. These dark patches on the skin appear due to high levels of pregnancy hormones in the body. The dark brown spots are a common occurrence in people with light skin. The change in the pigmentation on the woman’s face is called chloasma or melasma. On the other hand, the dark line which runs down the woman’s belly is called the linea nigra. These dark patches fade away with time after pregnancy ......
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Where Does a Baby Develop During Pregnancy?

Where Does a Baby Develop During Pregnancy?
A pregnancy is usually considered to take forty weeks. In these weeks, the fetus is supposed to have developed entirely thus being deemed ready for birth and the outside world. During these forty weeks, the fetus development, right from conception will involve various parts of the womb and the reproductive system of a woman. For proper discussion, the process is mostly developed into three trimesters. There are significant developments that mark each semester. Besides, there are different signs and feelings that the mother will show or have during the trimesters. They help the mother keep trac......
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Notable Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Notable Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Cancer is among the deadly diseases in the world. Doctors are working day and night trying to establish the treatment for this disease. Breast cancer is most common among females, but there are some men who are also victims of the same. There reason why the disease is becoming difficult is because of late detection and treatment. Most people are ignorant of the signs and warnings of breast cancer. They, therefore assume until they become chronic and hard to deal with. To be on the safe side, detect breast cancer with these signs; 1. Appearance of a lump The presence of a lump on the breast i......
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Hi Ella James, You have posted a good article on cancer. Due to global warming this disease has spread its area over every countr... Read More
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You Know You're a Female Physician When...

You Know You're a Female Physician When...
1.  You get called ‘nurse’ or 'sweetie' 3x a day, despite your embroidered white coat clearly spelling out “Dr. ___." You love your nurses - but you did put a good amount of time and money into getting your title, and it'd be nice to hear it from time to time!  2.  You can never find a small enough pair of gloves in your procedure rooms.   3.  You are looking for a 'part time' position which will allow you to work only 40 hours a week. 4.  You wear your hair down for work and everyone asks if you have a date. 5.  You've been asked totally inappropria......
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Metastatic Breast Cancer: Signs and Symptoms

Metastatic Breast Cancer: Signs and Symptoms
Metastatic breast cancer is also referred to as stage IV breast cancer. This means that the cancerous cells have stopped being localized in the breast and have travelled to other cells of the body. When the cancerous cells metastasize, they travel to the bones, liver, brain or even lungs. This compounds the problem of treatment as it is not as easy to target the cancerous cells. There is limited awareness on metastatic breast cancer and more needs to be done for the general public to understand this condition that is increasingly affecting the population, women and men alike. One of the harsh......
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Why are Female Physicians Scared to be WOMEN?

Why are Female Physicians Scared to be WOMEN?
We all know how hard it is to become a doctor - we give up so much of our youth, our family time, and ourselves to get there.  Women physicians, however, also tend to sacrifice a lot of what makes them feminine.  It sometimes feels like there's an unwritten rule that states that in order to advance professionally, we have to leave our home life at the doors of our offices/hospitals.  Many female physicians will admit to downplaying the importance of their families in their professional lives, for fear that people will take them less seriously. Why is it that we feel this?  ......
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Sudden Severe Joint Pain at Night Could Be Gout

Sudden Severe Joint Pain at Night Could Be Gout
Joint pain is one of the most common problems, with many causes. Injuries can be one of them, with arthritis on the other hand. Adding on that, some medical conditions trigger sudden joint pain. These may be due to autoimmune conditions, infectious diseases, injuries and degenerative conditions. The pain arises in one or multiple joints. Joints being part of the body where bones meet, the at times ache. These brings discomfort, aches within the body’s joint. Joint pain is not only as the result of wear and tear but also can be a sign of infection. Symptoms Some of the signs and symptoms of j......
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4 Steps to Good Health After Menopause

4 Steps to Good Health After Menopause
While most menopausal symptoms are likely to vanish after menopause, one may still struggles with issues like vaginal dryness and occasional hot flashes and disturbed nights because of night sweats. There is also a possible increased risk to suffer from certain types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and diabetes. Often times, the increased risk to these complications stem from reductions in hormonal levels of estrogen and progesterone, and negative lifestyle habits. And because menopause affects a woman in stages, with the nature and intensity of the different symptoms affectin......
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10 Early Symptoms and Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

10 Early Symptoms and Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an extremely common joint pain condition. The cause of arthritis could be injury, age, genetics, and many other factors. It could be any of those factors or possibly all of them. There is no single direct cause of arthritis so it is impossible to predict who will develop arthritis and when they will develop it. However there are some symptoms that commonly occur in the early stages of arthritis that may alert you to the fact that you could be developing arthritis. It is good to know as early on as you can that you are developing arthritis because you can increase the am......
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Can Women with Diabetes Get Pregnant?

Can Women with Diabetes Get Pregnant?
The American Diabetes Association, ADA has sought to reassure women across the world that, contrary to popular belief that Diabetes can prevent women from getting pregnant, they can, in fact, carry healthy pregnancies. Just like many other illnesses, women with Diabetes need to know what to eat, how to eat and when to eat, in addition to taking certain prescribed medications, in order to ensure a safe pregnancy. In fact, this is similar to women diagnosed as healthy prior to their pregnancy who can still end up with a troubled pregnancy. The key is to follow your doctor's’ orders. For women d......
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Pregnancy Fitness Week By Week

Pregnancy Fitness Week By Week
Fitness is essential during pregnancy. In this sector, we look at the various routines you have to follow every week. We will look at 40 weeks although most pregnancies will go for 38 weeks. Trimester One Week 1 and 2 This is the first week after your last period. Chances are you are not yet pregnant. You need to come up with a workout routine so that you stay active. Week 3 You are now pregnant, but no symptoms have showed up. You now need to know what you are supposed to eat to keep the baby (babies) healthy and manage the weight increase. Week 4 Pregnancy symptoms such as bloating, ......
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Why Breast Cancer Patients Start Taking Joint Pain Supplements?

Why Breast Cancer Patients Start Taking Joint Pain Supplements?
You may find that most breast cancer patients have complications after the chemotherapy. This is because the treatment given has negative effect to the body hence development of other severs complications such as joint pains. Women are given aromatase inhibitors that prevent re-occurrence of the tumors. Most women are said to leave this medication due to severe joint pains hence lead to development of tumor in other parts of the body. To avoid the severe joint pains the patients are recommended to take joint pain supplements in order to reduce the Pin. This also helps to encourage intake of th......
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After effects of breast cancer treatments are many. Patients should be on medications for a longer time to avoid reoccurrence of c... Read More
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During Menopause: Know Impact Of Menopause Supplements And Smoking

During Menopause: Know Impact Of Menopause Supplements And Smoking
There are so many ways to handle menopause especially in women since they are the ones who undergo menopause at an early age. There is a kind of menopause known as pre-mature since it occurs I early stages like 25 -30 years of age. This kind of menopause can try to be treated only if recognized early enough. In women they stop experiencing their menstrual cycle in such a way that they can never give birth. This menopause is a process and is accompanied by a variety of symptoms. A woman with high immunity may go through smooth menopause process since most symptoms will not bring you down as it ......
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7 Light Exercises You Should Do While Pregnant

7 Light Exercises You Should Do While Pregnant
When you’re pregnant it’s important to stay healthy for your and your baby’s sake. Staying healthy includes making some lifestyle adjustments that involve physical activity, reducing stress, and eating healthy foods. Yes, physical activity can be of huge help when you’re pregnant. But, what exercises to do? Keep reading this article to find out.   1. Plie   Plie is a low-impact exercise that you can do when you’re 11 weeks pregnant as well as when you’re far along in your pregnancy. This easy-to-do exercise strengthens your quadriceps, butt, hamstrings, and it also improves your......
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