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A proven treatment for women’s sexual health

I started a specialty clinic to help women who are experiencing sexual dysfunction. Some of the most common issues my patients experience are pain with intercourse and vaginal atrophy, which usually result from decreased estrogen. Usually the symptoms occur with age, but I’ve also seen them in younger women if they smoke, use medications for fibroids or endometriosis, chemotherapy or are experiencing early menopause.

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Children and concussions

Concussions are a form of mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall or another injury that shakes the brain inside the skull. Sports injuries account for the majority of concussions in children. Other common ways a concussion may occur are from falls, playground injuries, bicycle accidents or from motor vehicle accidents. Across the country, concussions account for more than 500,000 ER visits each year.

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Short-term steroid use alert

Miguel Indurain, five-time winner of the Tour de France; Jackie Joyner-Kersee, an Olympic track star; and Jerome Bettis, a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, were able to master their sport despite having asthma. Around 25 million Americas also contend with the disease and work hard to control it so they, too, can stay active. Sometimes, however, an acute flare-up happens unexpectedly. That’s when folks may take oral corticosteroids (along with a rescue inhaler) to restore comfortable breathing. These powerful drugs also are used to ease chronic joint pain and severe allergic reactions.

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When it’s smart to be in the dark

When Willie Nelson croons, “Turn out the lights/the party’s over/They say all good things must end,” he’s not quite right as far as your health is concerned. That’s because turning off the lights at night is essential for good physical and mental health – and not just for you, but perhaps for your kids-to-be.

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10 tips for a healthy walk

Dedicated local walkers Christina Monaghan and Catherine Everingham, along with fitness researcher Michael Rogers from Wichita State University and Wichita cardiologist Dr. Shilpa Kshatriya, offer these tips for developing a walking regimen:

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A gym where Comic-Con is the reigning spirit

The first sign of what is to come at Nerdstrong Gym in North Hollywood is the red welcome mat: It’s in the shape of a Dungeons & Dragons 10-sided die. The equipment inside includes 25-pound steel clubs (for the potions class portion of a Harry Potter workout, among others).

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Losing nerve (pain, that is)

In the slightly futuristic 2016 sci-fi movie “Nerve,” Vee (Emma Roberts) finds herself playing an online game that takes over her life and tests her nerve. Scary stuff. In the real world, people with Type 2 diabetes who suffer peripheral nerve pain find that it’s no game, it’s very scary and it also can take over their life.

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Getting ready for allergy season

Springtime brings sunshine and warm breezes – but also misery for millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. Lily Pien, M.D., explains how being prepared can put you on the road to relief. (Cleveland Clinic)
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Getting ready for allergy season

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Coffee may help slow effects of aging

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Taking carbon monoxide seriously

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What is the state of America's health in 2016?

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