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There have been only 2 randomized clinical trials addressing whether or not vitamin and mineral supplements are effective for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. One of these, the Physicians’ Health Study II did not find an association between the use of a multivitamin-mineral (MVM) supplement and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in either incidence or mortality after […]

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Data on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women military personnel was evaluated at the Veterans Administration to determine the association between PTSD within 1 year of delivery and risk or a history of a prior diagnosis of PTSD and the risk of preterm birth. In more than 16,000 deliveries, 19% were in women with PTSD […]

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An Italian study at a fertility center conducted a study to assess in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes in women who were of normal body weight, of reproductive and with adequate ovarian follicles. Women with a vitamin D serum level < 20 ng/mL (considered deficient) were compared with those having > 20 ng/mL (optimal levels = […]

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Diagnostic Criteria

The diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has been through many permutations in the last 30 years I have been in practice. The most widely used and accepted current definition of PCOS is from the consensus criteria from 2003, called the Rotterdam Criteria. The diagnostic criteria for the Rotterdam diagnosis of PCOS require the presence […]

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Green Tea Catechins for Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

The perception of dry mouth (known as xerostomia) affects up to 40% of adults in the U.S. and can have a significant effect on quality of life. Causes can include medications, diabetes, Sjogren syndrome and hormonal changes such as menopause. Previous animal and laboratory studies provided evidence that green tea polyphenols could be beneficial for […]

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This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted in Iran with a total of 84 postmenopausal women. Women were randomly assigned to one black cohosh tablet per day (n=42) or one placebo (n=42) per day for 8 weeks. The severity of vasomotor symptoms and number of hot flashes were recorded in the pre-treatment phase and […]

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Menstrual cramps are one of most common menstrual related problems that women face. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) are the most common self-treatment that women use, but they don’t always work adequately or at all, and some women have side effects from them. I have written previous blogs on natural solutions for menstrual cramps, including ginger and […]

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The Effects of chaste tree berry (Vitex agnus castus) extract and magnesium on fracture healing in women with long bone fractures. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of chaste tree with and without magnesium on the healing of long bone fractures in young women. In this double-blind randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial, […]

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The most common perimenopause and menopause symptoms are vasomotor symptoms, aka hot flashes and/or night sweats. In addition to numerous perimenopause/menopause symptoms, postmenopausal women in particular, are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, dyslipidemia, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Plant compounds such as French maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) are rich in proanthocyanidins and have […]

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In early July, 2014, the American College of Physicians (ACP) issued guidelines challenging the need for a vaginal speculum and bimanual (internal) pelvic exam as an integral part of a routine well-woman office visit. The ACP reviewed the evidence and concluded that the routine pelvic examination is not useful in screening for malignancies other than […]

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