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Chronic migraine headaches are a neurovascular reaction with multiple mechanisms in the brain being affected. They are associated with several symptoms including head pain, nausea, photophobia and more, and can depend on several triggering factors including certain foods, stress, dehydration, hormonal changes and more. Several prescription drugs are used in the prevention of headache attacks […]

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Here in the Pacific NW, Spring is a big deal…. It’s the revival of hope that the rainy/gray days will be less and less and eventually rare. Not everyone can tolerate these many months from roughly November through May/June… the gray, the wet and the dark can be stifling to the mood. I’m an Oregonian… […]

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Amongst the many options to manage menopause symptoms, including diet, exercise, nutraceuticals (i.e. fish oil, Vitamin E and more), botanicals (i.e. black cohosh, maca, red clover, Rhapontic rhubarb, kava, valerian, St John’s wort and more), hormones, and over the counter and other pharmaceuticals, there are many situations for which another option is needed in addition […]

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I read a recent committee opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), that made a positive impression on me. They were basically addressing the importance of optimal postpartum care, that provides more attention to a woman’s physical and mental health. They point out correctly, that the “fourth trimester” can be very challenging […]

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Stress is an all-encompassing concept, but it is a very core physiological reaction to life events, and is mediated by hormones, cytokines, and catecholamines. While we cannot possibly avoid all stressors, chronic and/or severe stress can exceed our adaptation mechanisms. Stressors come in all sizes and shapes that include physical or emotional events, environmental, or […]

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Sometimes we get to go back to basics and simple lifestyle changes, that can then make a big difference. This study in premenopausal women prone to urinary tract infections demonstrates the point. Researchers assessed 140 premenopausal women who had at last 3 urinary tract infections in the previous year, and who reported a daily fluid […]

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Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is excessive blood loss within 24 hours of delivery. The definition is > 500 mL of blood loss in a vaginal birth, > 700 mL in assisted delivery or > 1000 mL if a C-section. PPH is a leading cause of maternal mortality throughout the world and occurs in 2% of all […]

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The issue of whether or not oral birth control pills increase the risk of breast cancer or not, has been confusing and contradictory for at least the last 20 years. It is certainly an ongoing concern in the minds of many women and clinicians. This recent prospective cohort study from the Denmark national data base […]

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