Archive for November, 2011

Impotence Treatments

Posted in Men's Health on November 24th, 2011 by Lance

It is not surprising that that most men with erectile dysfunction currently prefer drug therapy versus an implant or drugs injected into the penis. But are any effective drugs available? Yohimbine is an oral medication available by prescription only. Clinical studies have shown 35-50% of the patients demonstrate moderate to complete improvement. The drug is equally effective for impotence that is associated with all causes.

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Unequal Arm Length

Posted in Conditions and Diseases on November 24th, 2011 by Lance

Unequal Arm Length

Q.My nine-year-old nephew was born at 31 weeks gestation. During his hospital stay he was treated for osteomyelitis in the left shoulder. Recently he went through a growth spurt, and he now has a significant discrepancy in arm length. Read more »

Pregnancy & Skin

Posted in Women's Health on November 17th, 2011 by Lance

Dermatologists can often help women avoid problems during pregnancy. According to Dr. Barbara Reed, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado, “several medications used to treat skin, hair and nail conditions have been known to result in birth defects.

A good rule is to avoid every drug which is not necessary to maintain health during pregnancy”. These drugs include isotretinoin often prescribed for severe nodular acne can cause low set ears and cardiac problems in a fetus.

The anti-fungal agent fluconazole has been associated with birth defects along with minoxidil during pregnancy and during breastfeeding.

Over the counter agents also pose a threat such as ibuprofen, aspiring and nutritional supplements. The best rule of thumb is for women to work with their physician when they decide to become pregnant.

Finally pregnancy can cause changes in the skin such as melasma or darkening of the skin, pruritic and urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy which is a benign rash arising in the third trimester and Pemphigoid Gestationis which is a rare itchy spread of blisters on the trunk.

Skin Care: Do You Know What’s in Your Products?

Posted in Beauty on November 11th, 2011 by Lance

Are you a label reader? Did you know that it is just as important to read the labels for what you put on your skin as it is for what you eat? Our skin is the largest vital organ of the body and it reacts in different ways to what we put on it. Read more »

Genes, Cancer Risk & Insurance

Posted in Men's Health on November 9th, 2011 by Lance

Q.The genes for breast and ovarian cancer are in my family. I learned this when my aunt, against her provider’s advice, had the genetic testing done. From what I understand, if my OB-GYN finds out this gene is in my family and notes it in my records, I could risk losing insurance coverage if I ever change providers. Read more »

Lion Hunt

Posted in Beauty on November 2nd, 2011 by Lance

This rapidly executed sketch shows a hunting scene, a theme often portrayed by Delacroix. In the center, the rearing horse dominates the composition, and in the general commotion we can just make out lions, horses and horsemen, particularly on the right hand side. Read more »