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General Medical · Health

Memory, Aging and Dementia

By Gayatri Devi, MD, MS, FAAN
The symptoms of dementia vary depending on type, but all of them are characterized by nerve cell death that results in loss of memory, language, and other cortical functions, including the ability to communicate, reason and participate in daily activities.
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General Medical · Health

Red Hair, Blue Eyes, Fair Skin: Getting a Tan Impossible, Skin Cancer More Likely

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

We have long known that sun exposure is especially dangerous for women like me, who have the genetic trifecta of red hair, blue eyes and fair skin from an Irish/Scottish genetic background. Redheads also make up 16 percent of the world’s melanoma patients. In fact, Redheads have a 102 percent higher risk of skin cancer than brunettes.

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General Medical · Theater

Theater Review: Eve Ensler’s ‘In the Body of the World’ — When the V-Word Meets the C-Word

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

While she was working tirelessly to open a sanctuary for Congolese rape victims, Eve Ensler was diagnosed with stage 3-4 uterine cancer. Thus began a journey that included self-recrimination (Did she ignore warning signs? Did she somehow poison her body through choices she made or didn’t make?), navigation through our country’s medical machine, making peace with her own family and history, and eventually finding a new way to connect to her body and to the world.

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General Medical · Health

Caregiving: Positive Steps to Take

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

Dr. Pat has asked Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D. to consult with a wife who is overwhelmed with caregiving for her husband and is seeking advice about ways to share the responsibilities and the steps she can take to improve her quality of life.

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General Medical

The Myth of Holiday Weight Gain

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

Right now, you are being bombarded by messages about holiday weight gain. “Avoid those 5 holiday pounds!” “Drop the Egg Nog and drop that extra weight!” The media reminds us again and again that American gluttony will have us bursting at the seams. So, here’s the secret all those news articles leave out: No one knows where that five pound number came from.

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