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Congestive Heart Failure in Women

By James A. Blake, M.D.
This week’s post addresses the concerns of a 53-year old woman who has suffered heart failure. Dr. Allen has asked cardiologist Dr. James Blake, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, to describe the diagnosis and treatment of early congestive heart failure, especially in women.
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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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Proton Pump Inhibitors and Their Side Effects

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg
By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

Should you stop taking Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)? This commonly prescribed class of drugs has again been in the news this year with concerns raised about associations with dementia and renal (kidney) impairment. While PPI may promote the problems reported, they may also be more of a marker of other high-risk behaviors rather than the cause of the conditions discussed.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Treatment Options for Anxiety

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
This week, Dr. Patricia Allen has asked Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D.— a psychiatry resident at the University of Washington and a graduate of the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program—to address a woman riddled with anxiety, which she likens to a gnawing feeling of dread.
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Dr. Pat Consults: Is the ‘Female Viagra’ for Me?

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
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: Preventing the Perils of Summer

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
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

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
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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Alternative Treatments for Depression (Dr. Pat Consults)

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
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: Gluten-Free Diets—Science or Fad?

By Brian Landzberg, M.D.
By Brian Landzberg, M.D.

"It seems that celiac disease and gluten consumption have become the scapegoat for all of society’s ills, including a host of non-specific symptoms that include fatigue, headache, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, etc." A gastroenterologist's view.

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Is Marijuana as Harmless as My Son Says?”

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

"My son, a college sophomore, tells me that marijuana is far safer than cigarettes or alcohol, with basically no health side effects. Is it really as harmless as he says? Although I admit that I tried it briefly when I was about his age, I worry about what sort of long-term effects it might have, and I want him to be informed."

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