Dr. Pat Consults: “Fatty Liver”—What Causes It? How Is It Treated?

July 28, 2014 by Brian Landzberg, M.D.

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By Brian Landzberg, M.D.

“Is it true that the fatty liver I have can cause cirrhosis or liver cancer as well? How does weight cause the liver to fail?”

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Overcoming Fear of Intimacy

July 24, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Imagine a tree, exposed to years of drought at a tender age—it may be smaller, or less robust, than it would have been under ideal conditions. But with special and intensive care, such trees can be coaxed back to health. They may retain marks of the early deprivation, but they can flourish.

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Farewell to James Garner, with an Iconoclastic Comment About Elaine Stritch

July 22, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Garner’s Maverick was sly. Bruce Weber, writing in “The New York Times,” said, “You rooted for him because he was on the right side of moral issues, he had a natural affinity for the little guy being pushed by the bully and he was more fun than anyone else.” And . . . he was a hunk.

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Ask Dr. Pat: Is Endometrial Cancer Common?

July 21, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Endometrial cancer is the most common invasive gynecologic cancer in U.S. women, with an estimated 52,630 new cases expected to occur in 2014 and an estimated 8,590 women expected to die of the disease.

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Poetry Sunday: Summer Worship with the Godmother of American Poetry

July 20, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Might you make time for poetry this summer? Is there any way to read Ms. Dickinson’s poem here and say no?

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Fashion Friday: Tribute to Eileen Ford

July 18, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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One doesn’t have to be in the fashion world to know that to be a “Ford Model” is to be at the summit of the industry. Eileen Ford, widely credited with pioneering the modern modeling agency, co-founded the iconic Ford Models with her husband, Jerry Ford. She died on July 10. She was 92.

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Dr. Ford Reports: The Myth of Safety on Campus

July 17, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The New York Times’s in-depth look at a campus sexual-assault complaint—the incident, the aftermath, and the surrounding culture—was a stunning indictment of the state of affairs for women on campus today.

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Medical Monday Alert! Don’t Let These Changes in COBRA Put You in Financial Peril!

July 14, 2014 by Maura Carley

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By Maura Carley

Until March 31, 2014, you could terminate COBRA whenever you chose to and apply for individual coverage. But—attention should be paid!—this is no longer true.

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Social Security and the Myth of the ‘Gray Tsunami’

July 10, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

In addition to worrying about how to cope with the many challenges of aging, we baby boomers are bombarded with the idea that, one way or another, we will be “burdens” to our children—no matter what—in our later years.

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Ask Dr. Pat: Is hormone replacement therapy dangerous?

July 7, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Women who had fulfilling professional and personal lives first, then had children later in life, often find themselves in the menopausal transition with demands for the care of younger children, personal relationships, and work that leaves no time for self care. Find a health care professional who will listen to your symptoms of menopausal syndrome and the narrative of your day-to-day existence and who will work with you to design a plan for evaluation and treatment of your symptoms.

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Dr. Moffett on Emotional Health: Before Forgiving

July 3, 2014 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

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Is forgiveness a one-way process, given that you know you may never get an apology, or is it a two-way process, in which the perpetrator’s remorse and reparations are important to you?

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Today’s Talk Topic: Getting in Shape at 90

July 1, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

“I never did this stuff before,” said Mrs. Friedman, 90, after she completed the squat exercise. “But he gives you the confidence that you can do it, if you’re up to it.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Lower-Back Pain—Searching for the Specific Cause

June 30, 2014 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

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By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

Most patients describe their MRI findings of the lumbar spine—“I have a disc bulge, stenosis, and arthritis of the spine”—but they usually don’t know if any of these findings is responsible for their pain.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: When Depression Derails a Controlling Mother

June 26, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“My mother, who needs colon cancer surgery, is not equipped emotionally for this constant stream of bad news. She is depressed, but refuses to see a psychiatrist for an evaluation. What can my sisters and I do to manage this?”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Lady Sings the Blues, but Is She Depressed?

June 23, 2014 by Marianne Marianne Gillow, MD

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By Marianne Gillow, MD

If you’re in trouble [with persistent feelings of sadness], consider your constellation of symptoms. If you have certain Target Symptoms, you stand a very good chance of receiving benefit from antidepressants.

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