Health Pearls

We Summarize Latest Medical and Scientific Studies

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed with medical information in the media.

It is often written with the intent of being big on headlines but short on important details. We present that information in a reliable manner so you can be well-informed. We also summarize medical conference news

We hope all the pearls we will be gathering will help you on your journey to good health and happiness!

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Hot Flashes and Some Remedies

Over the years, my patients have gotten older and almost half of my practice now is comprised of women over forty which explains why I often fall behind my schedule by the middle of the morning or afternoon.   Being 40-50 is a fairly tough decade of life, when the “women’s hormones” start changing.  An…
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Influenza season is upon us – focus on pediatrics cold and flu with some general tips

With cold and flu season upon us, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of what we can do to keep our little ones healthy and treat the symptoms when they arise despite our best efforts. A central theme to pediatric care is prevention, which is why we advocate so strongly for immunizing the entire…
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December Health Pearls: The last one of 2013!

December Health News    Vaccine for Prevention of Mild and Moderate-to-Severe Influenza in Children, New England Journal of Medicine, 2013; 369(26):  2481-91. Children who received a quadrivalent (targeted against 4 specific strains) flu vaccine versus Hepatitis A vaccine (control group) had a 59% less likelihood of contracting influenza.  The study included 5168 children in 8 countries.  The difference…
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e-cigarettes: what you should know

Over the past few months, I’ve seen articles on e-cigarettes frequently in the popular press and in medical journals – so I thought you might like the scoop on this misnamed device. It sounds like a virtual cigarette you might find on the internet, but it’s not. It’s very real, and although it has one…
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Urinary Incontinence – more common than you think

At the 2012 London Olympics, almost half of the athletes competing were women. As women’s participation in sports continues to increase, the importance of understanding common women’s health issues in the sports environment becomes more important for all clinicians. Urinary incontinence is an unspoken problem of the female athlete, and of women in general. Here’s…
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November Health Pearls on Nuts, Knees and Vitamin D

#1 We have already seen that a Mediterranean style diet, rich in nuts, is healthy. This month, researchers from Harvard reviewed nut consumption in over 110,000 health professionals from 1980 through 2010. Eating any nuts reduced the risk of dying by 7%. The more they ate, the better, so those with daily nut consumption reduced…
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It’s all in your head — sports related concussions

In the last few years, increased attention has been paid to sports related concussions and their effects. In October 2013, the Institute of Medicine issued a summary of recommendations addressing sports related concussions in youth. After reviewing recent research on the topic, they concluded that there is a lack of data on how common sports…
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How can my eyes be dry and tearing at the same time?!

Do you suffer from gritty, burning, red eyes? Do they feel dry, or sometimes excessively watery? Then you’re not alone. Estimates are that more than three million women over 50 and over 1.5 million men over 50 are affected by dry eye syndrome. The prevalence increases with age. You can see that women are twice…
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Should We Drink Bottled Water or Tap Water?

Poland Spring, Fiji, Aquafina, Deer Park, Dasani, Evian…the list goes on and on. Today, bottled water is becoming more and more prevalent as people turn to this option as a healthy alternative to drinking other bottled beverages, such as sodas and energy drinks. However, you may have heard concerns regarding the differences between tap water…
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Heart Disease in Women

Why, you might ask, should there be a symposium on heart disease in women? When we talk about pregnancy-related issues, uterine fibroids, and other ‘female issues’, it’s obvious why discussions need to focus on females, but why would that be true for heart disease? Well, having just returned home from just such a conference, I think…
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