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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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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Pedicure Problems: The Danger Lurking in Nail Salons

April 21, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“Mycobacteria were isolated from virtually all pedicure spas surveyed, the sole exception being the foot spa that had only been in service for 11 days,” the CDC reported in a 2005 study after an outbreak of a serious infection that left clients’ lower legs covered with boils.

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Menopause Is Not a Disease (Ask Dr. Pat)

April 14, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“My girlfriends and I talk all the time about how we will manage menopause. What can I do to prepare for this horrible time so that I don’t ruin my life like my mother ruined hers?”

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Dr. Pat Gets a Cold

March 10, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D

My symptoms began with the infamous “My throat has been torched with a flame thrower.”

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Behavioral Therapy for Overactive Bladder? (Ask Dr. Pat)

March 3, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“I have always had problems with urinary frequency. My mother made a big deal out of emptying the bladder before we went anywhere so that we would never have an ‘accident.’ I thought I was normal until I went to college and my sorority sisters began to tease me because I had to visit the bathroom before leaving my room . . .

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Ask Dr. Pat: Painful-Intercourse Treatment

February 3, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

This loss of intimacy has been very hard on me and has been difficult for my marriage. I have heard about a new drug from television ads and in women’s magazines. Do I need to take a pill by mouth to fix the tissue down there?

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Family Fitness Month—TIME TO SHAPE UP

January 6, 2014 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

The backbreaking part of my reinvention is over now, and I have used the start of the New Year in 2014 to take stock of my health. I am shocked at my loss of flexibility, loss of balance, loss of muscle tone. Some of my family members have fallen off the fitness wagon as well.

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Ask Dr. Pat: Detoxing from the Holidays

December 2, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

You are right to understand that you don’t have to wait for New Year’s Day to make resolutions. You can start today and end 2013 with new habits that will improve your life.

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Dr. Pat Consults: How Not to Care for Red, Cracked Skin

November 18, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Monica B. Schadlow, M.D.

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Monica B. Schadlow, M.D.

“Together, your genetic makeup and the change in hormones after menopause are a setup for easily irritated skin. Add a retinoid and cold, dry weather and you have a perfect storm of factors leading to the condition you describe [red, dry, cracked skin].”

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The Return to Standard Time: The Gift of an Hour

November 4, 2013 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Morning light! It’s the most important light for synchronizing our circadian rhythms. Every autumn, that extra hour of morning light when we return to Standard Time seems like a glorious gift.

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Ask Dr. Pat: The Brand-New News About Hormone Therapy

October 21, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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BY Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Investigators from the Women’s Health Initiative Hormone Trials are reaffirming conclusions that hormone therapy is not recommended for the prevention of chronic disease, but may remain a reasonable option for the short-term management of menopausal symptoms for younger women.

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Ask Dr. Pat: Stay Healthy While Traveling to Developing Countries

June 17, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Because Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen has many patients who travel to exotic places, she has spent lots of time helping them prepare to have a medically safe journey. Here, in Part 1 of a two-part series, she discusses both the routine and the country-specific vaccinations that travelers to Tanzania will need to get.

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Skin Cancer and Photo-Aging: SPF and Six Other Ways To Decrease Your Risk

June 10, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

In summertime, I am the woman walking down Madison Avenue with a parasol and gloves. I wear black and other dark colors because they prevent the ultraviolet radiation from being absorbed. I am sharing some of the basics about the dangers of sun exposure that I wish I’d known back when I was lying by the pool, determined to get a tan.

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The Annual Sleep-Loss Day

March 11, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“My hour of morning light has been moved to the evening for people who want to walk or bicycle in the evening light. I wish these people would just go to the gym or do a Jane Fonda workout video indoors and leave my morning hour of sleep alone.”

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