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Abdominal Obesity–a New Marker for Health Risk

The Body Mass Index (BMI) testing is a widely used simple calculation that helps assess the amount of total body fat in a person; it’s the clinical standard to determine if a person is at higher risk for certain health risks associated with obesity. You can calculate your own here. What your BMI doesn’t tell […]

Does Pregnancy Age Us?

It comes as no surprise that pregnancy causes dramatic changes to a woman’s body as it kicks into overdrive, compensating for the increase in metabolism associated with developing a baby. But what is surprising is that pregnancy may actually have an effect on aging. Whether it may cause accelerated or slowed down aging, however, is […]

The Goal: to Eat Like a “Normal” Person, or is it?

The Lasting Weight Loss Blog Series:  Post 2 (Read Post 1 here) What does it mean to eat “normally”? If you think looking around you and watching those who are enjoying their lives and eating anything is the definition of “normal” eating, you’re likely wrong.   According to the NIH, 34% of adults in America are […]

Self-care Rituals Are Important

By Shyamali Singhal, MD Surgical Oncologist Founder of Hope & Beauty Maintaining Self-care Rituals Can Help In Battling Cancer Don’t Neglect Self-Care Routines Rituals are a way to celebrate life and inspire our days with meaning. A routine is made up of those things we do every day. A ritual, however, is how we break up the […]

Rosacea–The Basics

Rosacea is a common, chronic skin disease. According to the U.S government, more than 14 million people currently live with rosacea, and is most frequent in individuals who are between 30-50 years of age, are fair-skinned, or have a family history of the disease.  To diagnose rosacea, dermatologists examine your skin and eyes for one […]

Making Weight Loss Last in the New Year

Every New Year, almost half of Americans make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.  That’s right, someone out there keeps statistics on New Year’s resolutions! It’s not surprising given that a third of Americans are overweight and another third are obese.   As physicians, helping people achieve their best health often includes a discussion on […]

Trying to Improve your Milk Supply? Have you Tried Meditation?

The benefits of breastfeeding infants have been well studied and are generally well known.  Breastfeeding continues to be the recommended source of newborn feeding as long as it’s practical and sustainable for mom and healthy for baby.  Breastfed infants are at lower risk of developing gastrointestinal issues and infections in their infancy. Breastfeeding also plays […]

5 Skin Care Products Anyone Undergoing Chemotherapy Will Love

By Shyamali Singhal, MD Surgical Oncologist Founder of Hope & Beauty These skin-care products are recommended for anyone who is undergoing or underwent cancer treatment. While being diagnosed with cancer of any form is a serious crisis, for many cancer patients, it can also lead to an identity crisis. Depending on the type of cancer and the effects of […]

How do psychological factors impact endometriosis pain?

Endometriosis is a painful condition that involves endometrial tissue growing outside of the uterus. While the endometrium tissue thickens and breaks down with every menstrual cycle, women with this disorder have blood that is unable to exit the body. This causes several symptoms, including but not limited to painful periods (dysmenorrhea), excessive bleeding, the formation […]

Consumer Reports Examines Conflicting Claims About Sunscreen Ingredients

Wearing sunscreen on a hot summer’s day has always been such an obvious, primitive thing to do due to its perceived benefits — protection from UV rays, sunburn prevention, premature aging, and lower risk of skin cancer. However, current research suggests that these benefits we have always believed sunscreen to have may not be the […]