Ask the Doctor: Is diet soda all that bad?

Is diet soda bad for you

Q Sure, soda is bad. But how about diet soda with no calories. Is it healthy to drink?   A: Weight-conscious Americans think that drinking diet sodas will prevent gaining weight. This misconception however is “eating them alive”. Almost as acidic as car battery acid, soda can dissolve teeth enamel (which cannot be replaced). Dramatic ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: How can I prevent swimmer’s ear?

prevent swimmer's ear

Q: Now that school term is ending and it’s getting hotter, our children are eagerly looking forward to some serious pool time. I’m worried about swimmer’s ear from public pools, though. How can I make sure they don’t get it?   A: When water stays in the ear canal, the dampness can encourage bacteria to grow, causing ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Is It a freckle or skin cancer?

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Q: Help! I just noticed a new spot on my skin. Can it be a new freckle? How can I tell when it’s skin cancer?   A: As our skin gets exposed to the sun, whether walking around, playing tennis and golf or enjoying a day at the beach, it is not unusual for freckles to sprout. But with melanomas on the rise, you don’t want to just ignore ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Is there a reason to wear a bra?

Is it safe to go braless

Q: There are a lot of carefree styles during the summer that look better without bras like halter tops, strapless dresses, beach cover-ups and camisoles. Would I be harming myself by not having the support of a bra?   A:  Surprisingly, a 15-year study from France found that sporting a bra does not actually prevent sagging or back pain ... Read More...

Women Don’t Have Classic Symptoms of Heart Attack

heart attack symptoms women

Have you been experiencing sleep disturbances and unusual fatigue?   Unexpectedly, this may be a sign of a myocardial infarction (MI) (or more commonly known as a heart attack) for women. According to an article published in Circulation, women have unrecognized heart attacks at a much greater rate then men and are more apt to be ... Read More...

Q&A: Sex After Baby?

Sex after baby

Having a lowered sex drive or libido after delivering a baby is very normal. According to a scientific study of women who had just given birth within the last year, one out of five mothers had no interest in sex for three months after delivery. Sometimes the lack of interest in sex can last up to a year. Let’s face it - you’re exhausted. ... Read More...