Category - General Health

5
Mar

Macular Degeneration and Menopause

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is not rare. According to the National Institutes of Health, it is the leading cause of vision loss for people over 60. The macula of the eye is the part that lets you see the central portion of what or who you are looking at. Imagine looking at someone and not …

1
Mar

Is Too Much Sugar Killing You?

I heard an excellent discussion today on WBUR/NPR regarding sugar and the affect it is having on our health. We are eating 30 times more sugar than our ancestors 100 years ago and 1/3 of our country is obese while another 1/3 is overweight. Is sugar the cause of chronic illness, heart disease, more cancer …

24
Feb

Seven Sleep Tips To Improve Sleep in Perimenopause

Is getting enough sleep keeping you up at night? If so, here are seven sleep tips the Sandman approved. Sometimes simple lifestyle strategies and relaxing music go a long way to improving minor sleep disturbances, especially for women as they enter perimenopause and transition into menopause: Light sleepers do best avoiding heavy meals and large …

24
Feb

Memory and Menopause: HRT Can Help

One of the commonest complaints I hear is that “my memory is not as good as it was.” Does that sound like you? If so, you are definitely not alone. One of the biggest causes of poor memory is poor sleep that often comes with menopause. It’s one of the reasons women consider HRT. But …

23
Feb

Dr. Mache Joins Huffington Post

I’m delighted to tell you that I’ve been asked to blog for the Huffington Post. My first blog post was just featured and received a lot of attention. I think you’ll find it interesting. Click here to read it.

14
Feb

Baby After 40?

Women are waiting longer today to have their first baby. And even in the best of conditions, making a baby can take time; up to one year. For young women, fertility begins to fall off after age 27. The research shows that for women between the ages of 19 and 26, the chances of conceiving …

3
Feb

One Doctor's Quest to Change Medicine Through Song

Great article by Carey Goldberg on CommonHealth about using music to change our relationship with patients and our approach to healthcare. It’s all part of a triple aim put forward by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to provide better health, better health care and lower cost. http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/02/singing-doctor-mache-seibel/#more-18684

3
Feb

Increased Risk of STDs among 50+

The boomers or gaining in numbers and so is their incidence of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). Maybe it’s all the Viagra giving sex a greater likelihood of occurring with aging. Since pregnancy isn’t an issue, people might just not be thinking about STDs. Seems they should be. For additional info.  Click here for a link to a …

3
Feb

HealthRock Songs Help Engage Docs and Patients

Today I gave Grand Rounds at Mass General Hospital to a group of Ob/Gyn doctors. I spoke about the need for the medical community to interact more with patients, engage them and change the way we have been doing things to create a community of caring. I’ll be talking more about that in future posts, …

26
Jan

Women's Sexuality in Menopause

A few years ago Karen Giblin asked me to write a theme song called Red Hot Mama for her Red Hot Mama’s menopause organization. One of the lines in it goes – “Just because I’m in the ‘Pause doesn’t mean I’m dead.” That line underscores what a number of studies show; that sexual activity is alive …

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