Women's health

Underarm Sweat: How much is too much?

by Howard P. Horlick, MD Everyone sweats, especially under their arms.  However, for some, underarm sweat is a major problem that can interfere with their personal and professional lives. For others, underarm sweat may be an occasional annoyance. Regardless of where they fall in this spectrum, sufferers may go to great lengths to hide their condition and may even avoid social situations and interactions. Those who experience bothersome underarm sweat are often

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal Cord Stimulation is an evolving implanted treatment used for patients suffering from a variety of painful ailments including Failed Back Syndrome, Diabetic Neuropathy, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Phantom Pain and Spinal Stenosis and Vascular Pain, to name a few. The concept dates back to 1965, and is based on the “Gate Theory of Pain”, whereby painful ascending nerve fibers are blocked by electrical impulses created by an implanted device that

Anti-Aging: Inside & Outside

The quest for maintaining or restoring health and beauty impacts each of us in different ways.  If you are sitting in a doctor’s office as you read this article, then you are likely involved in some aspect of this quest.  Much of American (and western) medicine is focused on treating disease and hopefully restoring health, sadly with much less emphasis on maintaining wellness and health. Ideally, each of us would

Cure for Cataracts: The “PILL” or the “DIAMOND?”

You have likely heard someone say “we will all get cataracts if we live long enough!”  That is true generally, however, we must also appreciate that how we live, and what we do with our eyes, can influence cataract formation.  To understand what I am about to tell you, we must first appreciate that the eye is brain.  It is formed, embryologically, beginning the first month of gestation, as an

Rise Up Against Sitting Disease

Sedentary disease is becoming the malady of the century. Millions and millions of lives are affected by the sitting disease that spreads almost like a virus. It has become a lifestyle and combating it is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Today, the modern society is exposed to some of the most serious health issues of our times, triggered by the escalating rate of sitting disease. Heart disorders, diabetes,

Women’s Health

Most of the women avoid alcoholic drinks and sushi when they are pregnant – all for the best of the baby. But what they often forget is the safety of the routine beauty products they regularly use. According to Andrew Healy, MD, an obstetrician at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, any substance absorbed by the skin can reach the blood stream and then cross the placenta. Hence whatever the beauty

Sexual dimorphism and osteoarthritis: The role of leptin

Not only are women more often affected by osteoarthritis (OA) than men, but obese women especially have a high risk of developing OA. The risk of OA development in obese individuals increases by between 9 and 13 percent per kilogram increase in body weight. Biomechanical factors are the major causes of OA in weight-bearing joints. However, scientists have found a link between obesity and OA in the non-weight-bearing joints of

Cosmetic Surgery Guide for Non-Caucasians

The demand for cosmetic surgery within non-Caucasian ethnic groups has risen dramatically in the last two decades. The desire to maintain a youthful appearance and preserve beauty through surgery crosses ethnic boundaries. Unfortunately, many of the standard cosmetic surgery procedures were developed for Caucasians and do not necessarily address the aesthetic concerns of darker skinned individuals. Furthermore, there are structural differences between Caucasians and non-Caucasians with regard to skin, facial

Anti-Aging: Inside & Outside

The quest for maintaining or restoring health and beauty impacts each of us in different ways. If you are sitting in a doctor’s office as you read this article, then you are likely involved in some aspect of this quest. Much of American (and western) medicine is focused on treating disease and hopefully restoring health, sadly with much less emphasis on maintaining wellness and health. Ideally, each of us would

Breast Cancer Detection: What You Need to Know

Robert Smith, M.D You already know that you need to examine your breasts regularly and have a mammographic examination yearly. And you’ve heard that breast cancer can be a deadly disease. But what are the real facts about breast cancer and early detection? Currently, it is estimated that 13.4% (greater than 1 in 8) women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime with over 220,000 new cases detected and over