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H1N1 in Pregnancy

Influenza viruses are a group of RNA viruses. They belong to the viral family Orthomyxoviridae. This group is divided into Influenza A, B and C. Influenza C generally causes only mild respiratory illness. A and B strains cause seasonal viral flu and the main strains are included in the yearly flu shots.

Influenza A is divided […]

Pelvic Pain

In this post, we will look into some of the useful information regarding major entities that cause pelvic pain. The type of pain we will address will be chronic pain. Most acute causes for pain such as ectopic pregnancy, ruptured or torsioned ovarian cyst, appendicitis or kidney stones result in acute ( sudden onset and very […]

Osteoporosis

Your bones are constantly undergoing turnover. On the one hand some bone content is being resorbed and on the other hand more is being built. Building bones is a normal function that goes unnoticed. There is normally a balance between building and resorbing.

When this balance is upset there could be osteoporosis and fractures. If this […]

High Blood Pressure

This is a common and serious problem. It is estimated that 40% of women with high blood pressure are unaware of this or do not get treated. It can cause the life span of women to be shortened by upto 20 years. Women who develop high blood pressure at menopause might think that this is […]

Heart Disease In Women

There are several contributing factors and health issues contributing to the alarmingly increased rate of heart disease in women. Chief among these is the increased rate of metabolic syndrome which is directly related to the obesity epidemic.
WHAT IS METABOLIC SYNDROME?
This consists of three or more of the following:

1) Waist circumference of over 88 inches

2) Blood […]

Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D is essential in bone repair and maintenance. Vitamin D is instrumental in calcium absorption. In cases of vitamin D deficiency osteoporosis is seen. 50% of adults are vitamin D deficient. Further, many adults who have the following factors are at higher than average risk of vitamin D deficiency:

1) Inadequate vitamin D intake

2) Dark […]

Dyspareunia

Dyspareunia is painful intercourse. It can occur due to physical or psychological factors. It can be occasional or persistent. It can also occur after intercourse. The causes are as follows:
1) Infection:

Herpes
Bacterial vaginosis
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Yeast
Trichomonas
Sexually Transmitted Infection
Urinary Tract Infection

2) Endocrine

Menopause
Breastfeeding
Estrogen lowering medications

3) Trauma
4) Medications that reduce libido

Antipsychotic medications
Some antidepressants
Some heart medications and
antihypertensives

5) Various:

Fibroids
Pelvic floor spasms- vaginismus
Vulvitis
Atrophic vaginitis
Vulvar Intraepithelial Neoplasia
Vulvar vestibulitis
Lichen […]

Flu Facts

More new facts are emerging in the quest to conquer the flu virus. Initially, the H1N1 virus appeared in 1918 as it spawned the most dangerous pandemic on record. This strain of virus in its weakened form returned every year for about 30 years until it reassorted its genetic structure and appeared as the Asian […]

Resources on the Flu

Here is a list of web resources on updated information on this timely topic:

1) 2009 H1N1 Flu ( Swine Flu)

www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu

2) 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine and Pregnant Women

www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/pregnant_qa.htm

3) 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus

www.acog.org/departments/department_notice.cfm?recno=20&bulletin=4866

4) 2009 H1N1 Vaccination Recommendations

www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm

5) Updated Interim Recommendations for the Use of Antiviral Medications in the Treatment and Prevention of Influenza for the 2009-2010 Season

www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/recommendations.htm

BIBLIOGRAPHY

1) Neuzil KM.Pandemic influenza vaccine policy: considering the […]

Avoid Alcohol

Some alcohol users have hid their use and abuse of alcohol even from their family members. Sometimes family members and friends are enablers and complicit in this. Hiding alcohol use is very common. In fact, this could remain secret for quite some time. Because routine physical exam can not detect this, doctor visits will not […]