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Focus on Women's and Men’s Health

There are real differences in men's and women's health concerns. The life expectancy gap is decreasing between men and women, but men still deal with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, prostate and testicular cancers, fluctuating testosterone levels, and fertility issues. Women’s health issues include cancer, reproductive and sexual health issues, osteoporosis prevention and management, nutrition and sports medicine. This series focuses on new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of gender-specific health issues.

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Keeping Up on Matters 'Down There:' Feminine Hygiene Advice for Clinicians

Host: Michael Krychman, MD Feminine hygiene, though an important part of daily life, is rarely discussed openly,not even in clinical settings. Host Dr. Michael Krychman sits down with Dr Alyssa Dweck, practicing gynecologist in New York and Assistant Clinical Professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. They give essential tips for clinicians on how to talk to patients about feminine hygiene.

18 Jul 2016

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Obstetric vs Gynecological Priorities in Treating Acute Excessive Vaginal Bleeding

Host: Ana Maria Rosario Guest: Anita L. Nelson, MD Current clinical definitions and terminology for vaginal bleeding often fail to clarify frequency, duration, and volume. Moreover, standards of treatment sometimes differ between obstetric and gynecological points of view. Taken together, the risks for misclassifying and mistreating women with acute excessive vaginal bleeding are preventably high. Joining host Ana Maria Rosario at Omnia Education's Women's Health Annual Visit in Pasadena, CA to discuss key considerations for acute excessive vaginal bleeding is Dr. Anita Nelson, Professor Emeritus at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

16 Nov 2015

Rank #2

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Low Libido in Women: Ending the Conspiracy of Silence

Host: Michael Krychman, MD Women who experience low libido often feel embarrassed, lonely, and unsure where to turn or with whom to confide. Left unaddressed, this issue can have devastating effects on relationships. Dr. Michael Krychman sits down with Amanda Parrish, nationally recognized patient advocate for women's sexual health, to talk about hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) and the need for clinicians to foster open conversations with patients about low libido.

9 May 2016

Rank #3

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Relief from Vaginal Atrophy: Restoring Sexuality through Vaginal Rejuvenation

Host: Patrice L Basanta-Henry, MD, MHSc, FACOG Guest: LaToya Stephens, MD Vaginal atrophy is a painful and emotionally distressing condition affecting many women, yet many suffer in silence. For those who find traditional treatment options to be ineffective, a vaginoplasty procedure already in use for cosmetic applications has been demonstrated to help counter the most severe symptoms. Join host Dr. Patrice Basanta Henry and Dr. Benita Stephens, Board Certified Ob-Gyn and founder of Ciao Bella Medical Center & Spa in Atlanta, GA, as they discuss the benefits and risks of "vaginal rejuvenation" procedures for symptomatic vaginal atrophy.

14 Mar 2016

Rank #4

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Selecting the Right Contraception for the Dyslipidemic Woman

Host: Alan S. Brown, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA Guest: Robert Wild, MD, MPH, D.Phil. Recorded live at the recent Annual National Lipid Association meeting, Dr. Alan Brown welcomes Dr. Robert Wild to discuss types of dyslipidemia that clinicans may see in women of child bearing age, particularly those using hormonal contraception. The two discuss ways for clinicians to trace the source of dyslipidemia in these women, from primary to secondary causes, and how this knowledge can guide future contraception choices. Dr. Robert Wild is Professor of OB/GYN and Adjunct Professor in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma. He is also Adjunct Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Oklahoma State University.

6 Jun 2016

Rank #5

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Breast Basics 101: What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer Risk, Screening, & Detection

Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Joining Dr. Jennifer Caudle to discuss top tips in breast cancer risk, screening, and detection is Dr. Monique Gary, breast surgical oncologist at Grand View Health in Sellersville, PA. Dr. Gary earned her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at University of Massachusetts Hospital and went on to complete her fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital.

11 Apr 2016

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Cesarean Section Rates and Health Outcomes For Mothers and Babies

[Read the Article] The most common operation done worldwide is the cesarean or C-section. Cesarean delivery is lifesaving for obstructed labor and other obstetrical emergencies; however, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks of complications and overuse can be harmful to both mothers and newborns. There were about 22.9 million cesarean deliveries worldwide in 2012. Based on older analyses from the mid-1980s, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that cesarean delivery rates should not exceed 10 to 15 per 100 live births. In a study in the December 1 issue of JAMA, Harvard Researchers examine the relationship between cesarean delivery rates and maternal and infant death, and other adverse outcomes in children following planned cesarean delivery. The results indicate that the optimal cesarean delivery rate in relation to maternal and neonatal mortality is approximately 19 per 100 live births. Higher cesarean delivery rates were not associated with better outcomes in mothers and children. [Watch more videos of The JAMA Report]

14 Dec 2015

Rank #7

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Should Annual Routine Pelvic Examinations Go the Way of the Dinosaurs?

Host: Matt Birnholz, MD Most women will readily testify that pelvic examinations are unpleasant experiences; they can be physically painful and induce anxiety. But recent studies have also indicated that examinations of asymptomatic, average-risk woman may lead to unexpectedly high rates false positives and unnecessary followup tests. So the perennial question resurfaces: are routine pelvic examinations more trouble than they're worth? Join Dr. Matt Birnholz and guest Dr. Hannah Bloomfield, Chief of Research at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, speaking at ACOG’s annual scientific meeting. They focus on the latest research behind this question of whether routine pelvic examinations are really necessary for monitoring patient health, and the potential pros and cons of abandoning this practice in annual OB/GYN checkups.

13 Jul 2015

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How to Counsel Patients Dealing with Pregnancy Loss

Host: Renée Simone Yolanda Allen, MD, MHSc., FACOG Pregnancy loss can occur in any trimester of pregnancy and for several possible reasons. For clinicians who treat pregnant patients, delivering the bad news of pregnancy loss is an avoidable part of practice. How do health care professionals best counsel these patients and their loved ones through these difficult times? Host Dr. Renee Allen joins Dr. Jocelyn Slaughter-Moore, practicing OB/GYN at Heras Healthcare for Women and attending physician at Clearview Regional Medical Center in Monroe, GA, to discuss counseling and coping strategies for patients who have experienced pregnancy loss.

30 Nov 2015

Rank #9

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Examining Penile Implants for Surgical Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Charles N. Walker, MD Dr. Charles Walker, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Urology at Yale University School of Medicine, shares clinical insights about penile prostheses, such as inflatable versus malleable devices, used as surgical gold standards to treat erectile dysfunction.

7 Jul 2016

Rank #10

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Obesity in the Pregnant Patient: Risks, Complications, and Management Strategies

Host: Renée Simone Yolanda Allen, MD, MHSc., FACOG In the US, more than one half of pregnant women are overweight or obese, and 8% of reproductive-aged women are extremely obese, putting them at a greater risk of pregnancy complications. In this episode, we review the magnitude of the problem, the anatomic and physiologic factors specific to the obese patient, and the maternal and fetal complications that can occur. Host Dr. Renee Allen welcomes Dr. Patrice Basanta Henry, an Ob-Gyn & MFM at Atlanta Maternal Fetal Medicine, an affiliate of Mednax National Medical Group. Dr. Basanta-Henry’s clinical interests include intrauterine growth restriction and endocrine disorders in pregnancy.

23 Nov 2015

Rank #11

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Managing Erectile Dysfunction Stemming from Diabetes and Heart Disease

Host: Shira Johnson, MD Guest: Charles N. Walker, MD Dr. Shira Johnson speaks with Dr. Charles Walker, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Urology at Yale University School of Medicine. The two focus on erectile dysfunction as a common complication for patients dealing with diabetes and heart disease, and ways that clinicians can help patients manage this problem through lifestyle modifications. Dr. Walker also introduces emerging pathophysiological understandings of ED as a potential predictor of diabetes.

31 May 2016

Rank #12

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Bringing Medical Genetics into Obstetrics and Gynecology: The Future of Women's Health

Host: Matt Birnholz, MD Guest: Ronald J. Wapner, MD Innovations in medical genetics are changing the practice of obstetrics and gynecology. With advancing knowledge of underlying genetic predispositions, doctors can provide more precisioned care plans for patients in women's health centers. Dr. Matt Birnholz talks with Dr. Ronald J Wapner, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Reproductive Genetics at Columbia University, about how the ever-changing field of medical genetics is revolutionizing OB/GYN treatment options and patient care.

9 May 2016

Rank #13

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Still Birthday: The Role of Bereavement Doulas in Childbirth

Host: Renée Simone Yolanda Allen, MD, MHSc., FACOG Guest: Heidi Faith Doulas have become an integral part of the obstetrics field. In recent years, a new, specialized type of doula, called the bereavement doula, has emerged. But what roles and duties are performed by this care provider? Host Dr. Renee Allen speaks with Heidi Faith, Founder, President and CEO of StillBirthDay, a highly specialized doula program. The two talk about the unique care roles a bereavement doula can play in the labor and delivery of stillborn babies.

7 Jul 2017

Rank #14

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Breast Cancer's Reality Check: Separating Facts from Fiction for Patients

Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO There are many widely circulated myths regarding breast cancer, such as: Beliefs that this disease affects women only. Fears that mammograms can cause cancers to spread. Assumptions that most patients with breast cancer have family histories positive for this disease. Host Jennifer Caudle talks with guest Dr. Monique Gary, a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist at Grand View Health in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. Together, they dispel myths about breast cancer and talk about what patients can expect during a surgical oncologist appointment.

6 Jun 2016

Rank #15

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Does Working the Night Shift Increase the Risk of Heart Disease in Women?

[Read the Article] An estimated 15 million Americans do some kind of rotating shift work, including overnights, evenings and early morning shifts. But can this type of shift work increase the risk of coronary heart disease? A new study examined the link between rotating night shift work and heart disease in a group of female nurses.Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital used data from the Nurses' Health Studies (1 and 2), which followed participants for a twenty-four year period. They specifically looked at 189,000 women who reported their lifetime exposure to rotating night shift work. Over the course of the study period, more than 10,000 new cases of coronary heart disease were reported.The results suggested that rotating night shift work was associated with modest risk of coronary heart disease, but further research is needed to help determine whether the association is related to specific work hours and/or individual characteristics. [Watch more videos of The JAMA Report]

2 May 2016

Rank #16

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Addressing Breast Cancer's High Recurrence Rates: The Breast Cancer Translational Center of Excellence (TCE)

Host: Barnett Mennen, MD Guest: Angela DeMichele, MD, MSCE Penn Medicine’s Breast Cancer Translational Center of Excellence (TCE), known as the 2-PREVENT TCE is led by Drs. Lewis Chodosh and Angela DeMichele. 2-PREVENT TCE aims to address one of the greatest challenges in breast cancer treatment: the high rate of relapse and late treatment effects among breast cancer survivors. Host Dr. Barry Mennen welcomes Dr. Angela DeMichele, the Alan and Jill Miller Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Excellence, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, and Co-Leader of the Breast Cancer Research Program at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine.

18 Apr 2016

Rank #17

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Selecting the Best Contraceptive Methods: A Sexual Health Perspective

Host: Michael Krychman, MD The primary purpose of contraception is to separate sex from procreation. However, sexual function is rarely addressed or considered in the context of making contraceptive choices. Dr. Michael Krychman speaks with Dr. Rachel Perry, Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at the University of California-Irvine, about the various complex sexual health impacts of oral contraceptives, IUDs, condoms, and permanent sterilization procedures.

4 Jul 2016

Rank #18

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Life After Ovarian Cancer: Protecting Sexual and General Health for Survivors

Host: Michael Krychman, MD Ovarian cancer is among the most highly prevalent and deadly cancers in existence, and in the struggle to care for patients and protect their quality of life, clinical standards in diagnostic screening and treatment protocols must change frequently. Joining host Dr. Michael Krychman to discuss advances in treatment and prevention of ovarian cancer, with special focus on sexual health priorities, is guest Dr. Leslie Randall. Dr. Randall is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California-Irvine, and also Director of UC’s gynecologic oncology fellowship program.

30 May 2016

Rank #19