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    Chronic kidney disease and the transformative power of transplant

    A diagnosis of chronic kidney disease can lead to unanswerable “what ifs,” urgent lifestyle changes, anxiety and depression. In this episode of “Read. Talk. Grow.”, author Abby Jimenez explains her portrayal of kidney disease in her book “Yours Truly” as well as her own diagnosis. Dr. Mira Keddis lends her…
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    Flipping the script on menopause

    Many people view menopause with dread — or live in denial that it will ever happen. Kirsten Miller, author of “The Change,” and Dr. Paru David argue that menopause does not have to be a time of gloom and doom. It’s not a disease; it’s a stage of life, and…
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    How to survive — or even thrive — as a medical professional

    Medical school, residency and working in medicine can be tough — or even traumatic. The exhaustion and burnout can be worse for those from underrepresented groups in medicine (like women and people of color) or those working in certain specialties (like cancer care). Dr. Anthony Chin-Quee’s memoir “I Can’t Save…
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    Vaginal atrophy

    Diagnosis Diagnosis of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) may involve: Pelvic exam, during which your doctor feels your pelvic organs and visually examines your external genitalia, vagina and cervix. Urine test, which involves collecting and testing your urine, if you have urinary symptoms. Acid balance test, which involves taking a sample…
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    Should women take statins for cholesterol?

    Chrisandra Shufelt, M.D.,
    Denise Millstine, M.D.
    After recommending that a patient consider starting a lipid-lowering medication, she said, “I’ve heard cholesterol medications are bad for women and don’t really work anyway.” This is something we hear commonly. Every patient can, of course, make her own healthcare decisions. But as physicians, it’s our job to explain the…
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    Colorectal cancer screening aims younger: 45 is the new 50

    Peter Kendall,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Millions of people who thought colorectal cancer screening was somewhere off in their distant future recently got a wake-up call. The recommended age for taking one of the available tests was lowered to 45 years from 50, suddenly pushing the next generation of people into the group of those who…
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    Dr. Kate shares five things you may not know about sex

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    In her recurring guest column, Kate White, M.D., of Boston Medical Center, answers your questions on all things gynecology. As the author of the Mayo Clinic Press book “Your Sexual Health,” she’s ready to dole out wisdom on sex, periods, menopause and more. Watch the video…
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    Fibroids: What do you do?

    Sarah L. Rassier, M.D., M.P.H.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    My patients with fibroids often ask me, “What would you do if you were in my situation?” This is a great question. As the Fibroid Clinic Director at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, I completely understand where folks are coming from — but it is a deceptively difficult question to answer.
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    Constipation in women, explained

    Bob Nellis,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Chronic constipation is a reality for many people ― more often women than men. Fortunately, these symptoms generally respond to dietary fiber supplements or over-the-counter laxatives. But when these symptoms do not respond, tests can determine the cause. Sometimes contents move slowly through the colon, or patients have a rectal…
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    Five things you need to know about sarcoma

    Candace Nelson
    Sarcoma — cancer of the body’s connective tissue — is uncommon, making up less than 1% of all cancer diagnoses in the United States. That’s good because it means few people are affected by this quick-spreading cancer. But that also means many people don’t know about it — and often…
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    Seeds are healthy, but do they impact hormones?

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Seeds might remind you of glitter. You use them once and find them in the strangest places for months. But if you manage to keep them on your bagel, seeds add important nutrients to your diet. Some claim they do even more for your reproductive and hormonal health. Life begins…
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    Constant coverage of scary news events can overwhelm the body

    Candace Nelson
    When I worked for a news website, the first thing I did each morning was grab my phone and look through the breaking news alerts that came in while I slept. On days with few alerts, I might have taken the later subway or stopped for coffee. But when news…

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