Dr. Pat Consults: Is the ‘Female Viagra’ for Me?

August 24, 2015 by Patricia Allen

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Important work by Rosemary Basson, M.D., introduced the concept of a “circular” response cycle in women, as opposed to the more “linear” one that describes male sexuality, in which desire leads to arousal as a prelude to sex. Many women report “multiple reasons for initiating or agreeing to sex,” and desire may not be experienced until after arousal.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Vertigo—Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

July 27, 2015 by Dr. Baxter B. Allen

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By Dr. Baxter Allen

The symptoms of vertigo are always unsettling. It has many causes; can be brief or chronic; completely benign, or, much less commonly, the first symptom of something serious, like a stroke.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Dementia—Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Diagnosis

July 13, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

There are a number of risk factors for developing dementia. These can be thought of broadly in two categories: those that you can do something about and those that you cannot. Risk factors you can’t change include aging—risk dramatically rises with age, with more than 50 percent of those older than 85 being affected—and genetics.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Preventing the Perils of Summer

July 6, 2015 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

I have asked three members of the WVFC Medical Advisory Board for their advice to help all of us have a safer summer. Dr. Anetta Reszko discusses what causes acute sunburn, Dr. Jason Kendler provides information on tick-borne illnesses, and Dr. Baxter Allen covers the risks of trauma from boating, swimming and cycling.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Egg Freezing and Your Future Pregnancy—What Women Need to Know

June 22, 2015 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“Egg freezing” or oocyte cryopreservation has reduced the pressure on women to have children during a limited reproductive time period when they may have not yet found their partner or be able to take on the responsibilities and joys of parenthood. For those women, oocyte cryopreservation offers the possibility of extending that window.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Ten Solutions for Poor Sleep

May 18, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

If you optimize your sleep habits and are still struggling, consider seeing a provider who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi). CBTi takes a closer look at the behaviors and thought processes surrounding sleep, and has been shown to be effective for those with sleep issues.

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Alternative Treatments for Depression (Dr. Pat Consults)

May 11, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

A series of well-controlled studies showed SAMe to be as effective as, and better tolerated than, the older tricyclic antidepressants, and the majority of studies show it to be more effective than placebo. It can be used on its own for the treatment of depression.

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Dr. Pat Consults: New Mothers and Postpartum Depression—When It’s More Than Baby Blues

May 4, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

There is still a degree of shame surrounding emotional issues that can arise during pregnancy and childbirth, and it is important that we talk about them.

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Antidepressants: What Are Your Options When Your Medication Isn’t Helping?

April 20, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

“The depression came on gradually, slowly sapping me of my energy and typical enthusiasm. I can’t concentrate at work; all I want to do is sleep all day, and nothing in life is enjoyable any more. . .”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Depression—the Symptoms Are Not Always What You Expect

March 16, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

“One of my friends suggested that I might be depressed, but I’m not sure I feel bad enough to be depressed. I’ve never so much as considered harming myself, and I get up every morning to go to work and take care of my family. . .”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Heart Disease in Women: Recognizing the Symptoms

February 23, 2015 by James A. Blake, M.D.

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By James A. Blake, M.D.

Cardiologist James. A. Blake, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, describes the heart-disease symptoms that are ignored by too many women.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Diabetes and Its Link to Heart Disease

February 9, 2015 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Andrew Martorella, M.D.

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Andrew Martorella, M.D.

“How does diabetes cause heart failure and heart attacks in women? And what is the relationship between polycystic ovarian syndrome and diabetes?”

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Dr. Pat Consults: The Anatomy of a Stroke

February 2, 2015 by Dr. Baxter B. Allen

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By Dr. Baxter Allen

“Why didn’t my husband know, after his stroke, that he had something seriously wrong? What causes strokes in general? Can they be prevented?”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Tamoxifen and Menopausal Mood Swings

January 26, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D., a psychiatry resident at the University of Washington, addresses the concerns of a woman who is taking tamoxifen and wonders how that affects her disturbing menopausal mood swings.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Colds vs. Flu—How to Tell Them Apart? And What Treatments Work?

January 19, 2015 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Jason S. Kendler, M.D.

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Jason S. Kendler, M.D.

From an M.D. who is an infectious-diseases specialist, information on respiratory conditions: colds, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, and strep throat.

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