Archive for the Conditions and Diseases Category

Signs and Symptoms

Usually, the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of an existing mole. A black or blue-black area is usually present. A new, black, abnormal mole may also indicate a melanoma. Continue reading Signs and Symptoms

Just What Causes ADD and ADHD?

There is much speculation on the cause of ADD/ADHD. Here is research that may shed some light on the common disorder.

Environmental Causes of ADD

There has been some evidence that some chemicals in the environment may cause ADD and/or ADHD, even though the exact cause is still unknown. Continue reading Just What Causes ADD and ADHD?

Mammography

If you are one of those diligent women who examines your breasts every month, sees your doctor on a regular basis and gets a mammogram every year, I have good news and bad news for you. Continue reading Mammography

Don’t Let Lyme Disease Sour Your Summer. Part 2

But the good news is that, once diagnosed, Lyme disease is very easily treated. If your child has been hiking, camping or vacationing in an area where deer ticks are common, and she develops the characteristic red rash of Lyme disease, your doctor will be able to diagnose Lyme disease easily.

Continue reading Don’t Let Lyme Disease Sour Your Summer. Part 2

Don’t Let Lyme Disease Sour Your Summer. Part 1

You’ve probably heard about Lyme disease on the news or from friends, and you may wonder if your child is at risk. Let’s explore this relatively “new” illness.

Lyme disease was first described only 25 years ago, but no doubt it existed long before then. Lyme Disease gets its name from Lyme, Conn., a shoreline community where this illness was first identified in children with an unusual rash and arthritis (inflammation of the joints).

Continue reading Don’t Let Lyme Disease Sour Your Summer. Part 1

How Breasts Change as Ovaries Age, Part 2

Why do my breasts become so tender before my period?
Every month, with each ovulatory cycle, hormonal changes (increased estrogen) cause the body to prepare for a possible pregnancy. For example, the uterine lining becomes thickened in order to support a potential pregnancy and breast glandular tissue gets ready to produce milk. When pregnancy does not occur, hormonal changes again occur (progesterone levels decrease) and glandular tissue of the breast undergoes physiologic regression. That’s why women often experience relief of breast tenderness once their periods start. Continue reading How Breasts Change as Ovaries Age, Part 2

How Breasts Change as Ovaries Age, Part 1

As a “more mature” mother of two, I have noticed significant changes in my breasts from when I was much younger. They are not quite as “perky,” to say the least. As a physician, woman and scientist, I am determined to explain why these changes occur with ovarian aging, independent from any past history of breast-feeding. Continue reading How Breasts Change as Ovaries Age, Part 1

Classification of Scoliosis

Idiopathic scoliosis (unidentifiable cause), can be classified by age at diagnosis 1:
Congenital scoliosis is present at birth. Continue reading Classification of Scoliosis

Treating Kid’s Colds Safely

Although most cold formulas are generally safe when taken as directed, more than 29,000 annual exposures to cold products require medical attention. Many of these cases involve young children. Doctors urge parents to watch for any drug reactions! Continue reading Treating Kid’s Colds Safely