Monthly Archives: April 2015

Low Testosterone What It Is and How to Treat It

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Low testosterone (also known as testosterone deficiency or “low T”) is a common medical condition for men. More than 13 million men are thought to have lot T yet unfortunately, only 10% of them will seek treatment. Despite the lack of awareness about low T, it is a serious medical issue that should be treated immediately if diagnosed. Low T is defined as having a total testosterone level of 300ng/dL or less. If left untreated, low testosterone can lead to serious problems including increased body fat, loss of muscle mass, lack of focus, lack of energy, poor sleeping, anxiety, and depression. In some cases, low T may reduce life expectancy.

Low T is nothing to trifle with or brush off. The effects can be devastating. Doctors aren’t sure what e

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Study Links Borderline Testosterone Levels To Depression

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It can be difficult to pinpoint the source of depression — and, for many men, there may be an unexpected culprit. In a study of 200 men at George Washington University, over half suffered from depression associated with borderline low testosterone levels. The men who participated in the study ranged in age between 20 and 77, and 56% ultimately left the university with a clinical depression diagnosis. Researchers compiled and “presented their findings at The Endocrine Society’s Annual Meeting in San Diego,” according to MD Magazine.

Why are these results significant?

If men are able to treat the underlying problem, they may be able to significantly reduce the symptoms of depression without talk therapy or antidepressants — an impressiv

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What Are the Most Troubling Symptoms of Fibroids?

Signs and symptoms of fibroids

If you are a women in your 30′s or 40′s, then there’s a decent chance that you could develop fibroids, benign tumors that grow in the uterine wall. Although these tumors are rather common, they’re often small and aren’t often problems.

However, some symptoms of fibroid cysts can develop in uncommon cases. Women whose fibroids do cause them problems need to undergo uterine fibroid treatments to have the issues resolved, as the signs and symptoms of fibroids can be rather severe.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms of fibroid cysts, you should speak to your doctor about the uterine fibroids treatment op

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How Does RFVTA Work?

fibroidsarebenignUterine fibroids are benign growths of smooth muscle tissue in the uterus that are usually asymptomatic. So common and benign are fibroids that they actually affect one in four women, usually in their 30s and 40s, and most don’t even realize they have them.

However, that’s not to say they’re all asymptomatic. In fact, about 250,000 hysterectomies, a surgical procedure that removes the uterus, are performed each year to deal with the symptoms of fibroid cysts. That’s about one-third of all total hysterectomies performed in the United States.

The trouble is, though, that a study from the University of Michigan published last January in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that one in five women who underwent a hysterectomy for benign conditions might not have needed it.

Fortunately, there are other alternatives.

Radiofrequency volumetric thermal ablation, or RFVTA, is one of the best alternative uterine fibroid treatments available. Here’s how this uterine fibroid removal procedure works.

Laparoscopic Placement
RFVTA fibroid treatments use laparoscopy and laparoscopic ultrasound to guide needle electrodes that have deployable arrays as they’re placed. Once the laparoscopic ultrasound probes are placed, it becomes possible for the care giver to map the uterus, and devise a plan to destroy the fibroids.

Targeting the Fibroid
Once an approach has been determined, the next phase in these fibroid treatments is to insert a handpiece containing the radiofrequency needle through the abdominal wall under laparoscopic visualization. The needle is then placed in the target fibroid using both ultrasound and laparoscopic guidance. The needle array is then deployed depending on the size of the fibroid, ensuring that its properly destroyed.

Once the fibroid has been targeted, practitioners engage the radiofrequency generators, using the timing function to optimize the fibroid’s destruction. This will destroy the fibroid without harming any of the surrounding tissues.

In Conclusion
RFVTA fibroid treatments are outpatient procedures that use heat to destroy the tissues without harming the surrounding, normal uterine tissues. Once destroyed, the fibroid will not grow back. Patients are free to go home several hours following these fibroid treatments, and are even able to return to their normal routines in about a week after their fibroid treatments.

If you’d like to learn more about this innovative treatments for uterine fibroids, feel free to share any questions in the comments.

What You Need to Know About Finding the Right Pediatrician

Choosing a pediatrician

A recent measles outbreak that originated in southern California’s Disneyland last December and spread to several other states across the country has sparked a nationwide debate over early childhood vaccination and the role of pediatric doctors.

The state of Mississippi has the highest rates of infant mortality in the country, and the second highest rates of childhood poverty, it ironically takes the lead vaccines for school-aged children. The Magnolia state’s strict childhood vaccination stance is thought to have protected it from the measles outbreak, while several other bordering states reported measles cases.

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