Fibromyalgia and it's effects

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome that gets very little respect. Causing a host of symptoms including muscle aches, severe fatigue, sleep disturbance, dry mouth/eyes, dizziness, and memory loss, FM is a syndrome that oftentimes eludes diagnosis. The person looks healthy. Physical exam and laboratory evaluation usually reveals no objective abnormalities. Women young and old who report symptoms of FM may be labeled as chronic complainers, difficult patients, and even they themselves think they are going crazy. Fibromyalgia affects both women and men, but women to a great extent at an estimated ratio of 7:1. FM is now considered to be the most common cause of generalized, musculoskeletal pain in women between ages of 20 and 55 years and incidence increases with age. To diagnose FM a physician [...] Read more

Broken Heart Syndrome

No, we’re not talking about a break up here. But, Broken Heart Syndrome is a real condition brought on by overly stressful situations. Some of the symptoms of this condition could be sudden chest pain that could act as a heart attack. This is brought on by the temporary disruption of your heart’s normal pumping function. This is stress-induced cardiomyopathy and women often get it more than men. Cardiomyopathy causes the heart to become weak, therefore taking the bulging shape. The causes of Broken Heart Syndrome are not fully known. But, the symptoms are triggered by extreme stress, grief, anger, or surprise. So, what’s the difference between a broken heart and a heart attack? Most heart attacks involve blockage or malfunction of blood and blood clots forming in the arteries. This is [...] Read more

Men, Death and High Risk Behavior

Although the BMJ article we mentioned last week is somewhat tongue–in-cheek it does emphasize to some extent what mortality data tell us - men are more likely to participate in high risk and/or impulsive behavior and are likely to die as a result. Case in point following types of death, while not all incurred from high risk behavior, are nevertheless more likely associate with high risk behavior speed, impulsivity, unprotected sex, drugs and alcohol. Men outpace women in most instances by a wide margin. (Source: http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/usa-cause-of-death-by-age-and-gender) Visit this site and you will see data broken down by gender, decade and ethnicity. This data hold a host of implications for how we approach public health education prevention programs in both children and [...] Read more

According to Research: Men Are Idiots and Idiots Do Stupid Things

Fans of the Big Bang Theory, of which I am one, will appreciate this post. Research published in the prestigious British Medical Journal indicates men are more likely to exhibit idiotic behavior. In the article the authors discuss the Darwin Awards which are awarded to individuals when “their action ensures the long-term survival of the species by selectively allowing one less idiot to survive”. Ouch! Of the 318 individual Darwin awardees honored to date 282 (88.7%) were men leaving just 36 (11.3%) to women! In the article the authors recommended the validation of a male idiot theory or (MIT get it MIT….these scientists and their humor) in future research work. According to the above mentioned MIT many of the differences in risk seeking behavior, emergency department admissions, and [...] Read more

Sex: The Secret to Regaining Your Mojo

One of the most common sexual health concerns from women is the lack of sex drive. In fact, the majority of women report that their partner’s sex drive is higher. This imbalance ultimately causes stress in the relationship. One of my favorite quotes, is “when sex is going well, it is 20% of the relationship”. When it is not going well it is 80%”. (If you know who said this let me know @mjenkinsmd) The solution lies in the fact that there are two parts to sexual desire. There is sex drive, which is the reflexive physical desire to have sex, triggering a physical arousal such as an erection, nipples hardening, and pupils dilating. Second, is the more elusive, sexual motivation. It is not enough to have only sex drive; we also need the emotional and psychological motivation to actually have a [...] Read more

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Part 2

In the first blog, we set the guest-list: The Diva, The Worry Wart, The Loner and the Energy Sucker. These are just four types of guests who could come to your dinner. Most of us know at least one of these. So, how do we avoid conflict? The key is to recognize the type of person you are dealing with. It’s easy to want to mark your place or step up to defend yourself, but the second step is to resist engagement. By resisting engagement, you are controlling the YOU factor. As you may have guessed, avoiding conflict is the next step followed by self- preservation. Be sure to handle yourself and the guest list will follow. Do not think you have to do everything either. Defenses are down during the holidays with an increase in alcohol, less sleep and more interaction with people you generally [...] Read more

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

The holidays are a stressful time. Not only is it a busy time, but also other family members, friends and in-laws are in the mix. There may be times when you want to rip your hair out, but there are some simple solutions. One of the main things to remember is reacting. How you react can change the trajectory of the holidays. Reacting is reflexive and emotional, and interacting consists of conscious, thoughtful actions. Both of these describe different types of exchanges during these dinnertime holiday get together. If an interaction is negative, what is the common denominator? YOU Let’s look at the guest list: - The Diva – This person has feelings of self-importance, takes advantage of others to achieve goals, exaggerates talents and achievements, constant attention, lacks empathy and [...] Read more

New Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Screening: Do We Need No Screening or Smarter Screening?

In November as our grandfathers, dads, husbands, brothers, friends and boyfriends, raise cancer awareness by growing a longer beard or mustache, we also think about their health. The most prominent cancer among them is prostate cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s first among men of all races. Annually> 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and an >30,000 will die of the disease. About 1 in 6 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and about one in 35 will die of it. Care for the guys is not debatable, but the PSA screening test has been somewhat ambiguous in years past and new guidelines were issued earlier this year. The prostate gland produces PSA, a protein that at an elevated level may be a [...] Read more

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