• Mammograms: What You Need to Know

    A 2010 study in the New England Journal of Medicine… suggested that aggressive use of mammograms could, at most, reduce the death rate from breast cancer by 2 percent.

  • Miscarriage


    No matter how careful, healthy, or lucky a newly pregnant woman may be, there’s no guarantee that she will actually have a baby. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, up to half of all pregnancies fail, usually before a woman realizes shes pregnant. In many ways, women who never know about the lost

  • Male Breast Cancer

    Male Breast Cancer

    Anne Hofstadter is a breast cancer survivor. Her sister and mother have also had breast cancer. So Anne worries that her 46-year-old daughter may eventually be diagnosed with the disease — especially since her daughter’s paternal grandmother also suffered from it. But it never occurred to her to fret about her 44-year-old son. “I guess

  • Mood Swings During Pregnancy

    Mood Swings During Pregnancy

    You only glanced at the headlines on a local tragedy, yet you find yourself weeping. A sappy movie that should have made you cringe with embarrassment makes you nostalgic. With barely any provocation, you find yourself barking at your partner. Pregnancy is an emotionally volatile time, so it’s no surprise that you’re on a roller

  • Morning Sickness

    Morning Sickness

    Why am I nauseous? Do I have morning sickness? Morning sickness is one of the notable misnomers in medicine — nausea during pregnancy can occur at any time of day. Although many women are queasiest when they wake up, others find that they suffer a daily bout of nausea in the late afternoon or just

  • Male Infertility

    Male Infertility

    From a man’s point of view, starting a family is easy. While women are on the job for nine months, men can often complete the task in a single evening. When it comes time to try for a pregnancy, they just naturally assume that it will happen. But among the couples who try unsuccessfully for

  • Menopause: How it Can Affect the Body

    Menopause: How it Can Affect the Body

    Menopause, strictly speaking, is when you stop having periods, but it is usually identified once it has been a year since your last period. When you’ve reached menopause, your body’s hormonal mix shifts. Both men and women produce the female hormone estrogen and the male hormone testosterone. At menopause the ovaries begin producing more testosterone

  • Male Menopause

    Male Menopause

    Women aren’t the only ones who get hot flashes in their later years. Aging men can get them, too, along with osteoporosis, dwindling energy, fading sex drive, and a host of other problems that would be familiar to millions of menopausal women. Over the years, health journalists, members of the general public, and a few

  • Mitral Valve Prolapse

    Mitral Valve Prolapse

    Doctors wear stethoscopes for a reason. Every once in a while, a patient’s heart tells a story you can’t hear any other way. Lub. Click. Whoosh. Dub. That extra click and whoosh may be a sign of mitral valve prolapse, an extremely common heart condition. But if your heart is making these sounds, don’t panic.

  • Month 01 Cognitive Development

    Month 01 Cognitive Development

    Even when your newborn seems to just be staring into space, she is actually working overtime on developing her mind. In the first year of life, the brain will double in size and your child will make amazing cognitive leaps. The brain is made up of neurons, nerve cells resembling long wires. A newborn’s brain