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Nootropics is a term used to describe those agents that improve cognition, memory, creativity or motivation.   Nootropic substances can be as common as everyday caffeine and nicotine, or stimulants such as amphetamine and methylphenidate or many prescription items including levodopa.  Nootropic agents can also include plants, vitamins or other dietary supplements.  Bacopa monnieri is one […]

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Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is a well-recognized clinical condition characterized by lack of sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, and/or pelvic pain/penetration, or a combination of these symptoms. Low desire is called hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), low arousal is called female arousal disorder (FAD), female orgasmic disorder (FOD)  is delayed, infrequent or absent orgasms, or significantly […]

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) issues include 2 out of the following 3: 1) oligo-ovulation/anovulation (usually experienced as menstrual bleeding irregularities 2)  Hyperandrogenism (includes acne, excess body hair, hair thinning on scalp, elevated serum androgens 3) polycystic ovaries on a pelvic ultrasound. The etiology and pathogenesis of PCOS are complicated but we do know the dominant […]

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Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S. While general anxiety disorder is the most common form of anxiety, there are numerous others including, panic disorder, phobic related disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  In a 2020 survey, 62% of respondents reported some degree of anxiety.  An estimated 31% of all […]

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Women are more susceptible to urinary tract infections (UTIs) than men and 20%-30% of women have recurrent UTIs. Pregnant women, children, postmenopausal women with genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), elderly individuals with indwelling catheters and patients with neuropathic bladder are at increased risk of UTIs.  They are prevalent in young women and young men and […]

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The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the preventive effects of oral pine bark extract (Trademarked product: Pycnogenol®) 150 mg/daily in individuals with a history of recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI). Both men and women, the study subjects had to have had at least three symptomatic UTIs in the previous year, two episodes […]

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There are 490 documented positive pregnancy outcomes after use of ginger root during pregnancy registered with the European Medicines Agency (EMA).  Data indicates that no malformation or fetal toxicity was associated with the use of ginger root during pregnancy.  But, because they require a minimum of 1,000 cases to determine safety, the EMA still advises […]

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Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the most common skin infections.  Many individuals do not know they have the virus, because they have never had an eruption. In fact, about 80% of the U.S. population has asymptomatic HSV. Herpes simplex viruses are categorized into two types: herpes type 1 (HSV-1, or oral herpes) and […]

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