Menopausal Women Find Help for Painful Intercourse

(NewsUSA) – September marks the start of a new season and it’s important for another reason: Menopause Awareness Month. When women enter menopause, they experience many physical changes – some like hot flashes and night sweats are widely known and are easier to discuss. Yet, other changes are harder to talk about.Linda Williams 71, experienced painful sex due to menopause. Yet she was unaware that her experience was actually a medical condition called vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA). After menopause, hormonal changes can lead to physical changes to the vagina, including loss of vaginal tissue, loss of lubrication and loss of flexibility. About 50 percent of postmenopausal women suffer from VVA, which can lead to symptoms like dryness, irritation, painful urination, and painful sex. While lubricants temporarily relieve pain with sex, they don’t treat the underlying cause.Painful sex due to menopause can be a difficult and awkward topic to discuss with partners, friends or healthcare providers. "I don’t think women are comfortable talking about their symptoms which is unfortunate because painful sex due to menopause isn’t an inevitable part of aging," said Linda.Linda’s nurse practitioner prescribed INTRAROSA® (prasterone), vaginal inserts for moderate to severe painful sex due to menopause. Prescription treatments such as INTRAROSA help treat the underlying cause of painful sex after menopause and help relieve pain when taken as directed."Painful sex due to menopause is common and treatable," said Linda’s nurse practitioner, Dr. Lisa Chism DNP, APRN, NCMP, FAANP, Clinical Director, Women’s Wellness Clinic of Karmanos Cancer Institute, and a consultant of AMAG Pharmaceuticals. "I urge women to talk to their healthcare provider about their symptoms and find a treatment option that is right for them, just like Linda did." Indication INTRAROSA vaginal inserts are a prescription medicine used in women after menopause to treat moderate to severe pain during sexual intercourse caused by changes in and around the vagina that happen with menopause. Important Safety Information INTRAROSA is contraindicated in women with undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding.Estrogen is a metabolite of prasterone. Use of exogenous estrogen is contraindicated in women with a known or suspected history of breast cancer. INTRAROSA has not been studied in women with a history of breast cancer.In four 12-week randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials, the most common adverse reaction with an incidence ?2 percent was vaginal discharge. In one 52-week open-label clinical trial, the most common adverse reactions with an incidence ?2 percent were vaginal discharge and abnormal Pap smear.You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.Please see full Prescribing Information.Visit https://us.intrarosa.com for more information about managing VVA. 

Don’t Let a Blood Clot Spoil the Joy of Pregnancy or Childbirth

(NewsUSA) – One health issue pregnant women should think about is the risk for a dangerous blood clot. Blood clots occur usually in the legs, arms, or lungs. Women are especially at risk for a blood clot during pregnancy, childbirth, and the 3-month period after delivery.During pregnancy, a woman’s blood naturally clots more easily to help her body deal with blood loss during childbirth. A pregnant woman also may be at even higher risk for a blood clot if she:* has a family or personal history of blood clots or a blood clotting disorder,* has a C-section, or* is immobile for long periods of time due to decreased activity, such as being on bed rest. Signs and Symptoms of a Blood Clot It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a blood clot. The signs and symptoms of a blood clot in the legs or arms include* Swelling* Pain or tenderness not caused by injury* Skin that is warm to the touch, red, or discolored.If you have these signs or symptoms, alert your doctor as soon as possible.A blood clot in your legs or arms can travel to your lungs, which can be life threatening. Signs and symptoms of a blood clot in your lungs include* Difficulty breathing* Chest pain that worsens with a deep breath or cough* Coughing up blood* Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat.Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these signs or symptoms. Prevention of a Blood Clot The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Blood Clot Alliance share these safe and effective ways to prevent a blood clot:* Tell your doctor if you or a family member has had a blood clot and discuss all your possible risks.* Work with your doctor to reduce your risk for a blood clot.* Exercise as much as your doctor recommends, move around frequently if you sit for long periods of time, and drink plenty of liquids.* Follow your doctor’s instructions for prevention of a blood clot. Take medicine as prescribed, and use any compression devices your doctor prescribes to help improve blood flow.If you are expecting a baby or recently gave birth, there are many exciting things to do – from doctor’s visits, catching the first glimpse of your developing baby during an ultrasound, to picking out baby clothes. The list can seem never-ending. Make sure you are able to enjoy all these special moments and plans by making your health a top priority.For more information, visit www.stoptheclot.org/spreadtheword

Americans Are Flossing in the Strangest Places

(NewsUSA) – Where have you flossed other than your bathroom? If you’re like nearly 40 percent of Americans, the answer is… in a car.How about on a date? Seven percent admitted to flossing on a date. Another six percent said on an airplane, and then there was the five percent who said in a work meeting.While experts agree that even some flossing – no matter where – beats none at all, the survey by Atomik Research for the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) illustrates a bit of a dichotomy: Only seven percent of Americans name flossing as most important to their personal care routines when it comes to perfecting their smiles, revealing that adults can be better educated about healthy smiles and gums."Healthy gums are the foundation of a great smile," said Steven R. Daniel, DDS, president of the AAP and a practicing periodontist in Murfreesboro, Tenn. "Taking care of your gums means more than just flossing when there’s popcorn stuck in your teeth or when you’re killing time in traffic. It also requires integrating diligent at-home care into your personal care routine and regular visits to a periodontist to ensure your mouth is healthy and free of periodontal disease."So when it comes to our personal care routines, how much of a priority do we place on flossing?Among those surveyed who said they do floss, only 23 percent rated it the single most important part of their personal care routine, as opposed to:* Brushing their hair (48 percent)* Applying moisturizer (38 percent)* Shaving (32 percent)* Cleaning their ears (25 percent)The good news is periodontal disease is preventable and actually reversible by rethinking your oral health regimen. Follow the advice of periodontists – dentistry’s experts in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease – by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and having an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation. Taking these steps will soon give you that strong smile we all crave.Visit Gumblr.org for more information, including articles and quizzes, and to find a periodontist near you who can create a personalized plan to help support a life-long commitment to healthy gums. 

The Road to a Healthy Smile

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News -As much as we all love having a healthy smile and gums, a new national survey reveals many U.S. adults miss the mark when it comes to caring for their teeth and gums, putting them at risk for periodontal disease, which affects one in every two adults over age 30. One of the biggest no-nos? Eating a snack at night after having already brushed your teeth, which one-third of those polled admitted to. On the plus side, respondents show a willingness to floss more regularly – in fact, you’ll be surprised at the odd places we admit to flossing. For healthy teeth and gums the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) recommends brushing and flossing twice daily and regular visits to your periodontist for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation, and most importantly to Love The Gums You’re With. See full-sized image here

The Balancing Act of Two Microbiomes

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News -The gut microbiome impacts general wellness. Women have a vaginal microbiome as well that affects feminine health. See full-sized image here

50 Years Later, This Medicine is Still Protecting Moms and Newborns

(NewsUSA) – Every pregnant woman in the world should know the name Marianne Cummins.Fifty years ago, in May 1968, the then-29-year-old Teaneck, New Jersey, homemaker was expecting her third child when she became the first person to receive an injection of a new medicine called RhoGAM, developed to help prevent a condition that in the U.S. alone was leading to the deaths of about 10,000 newborns annually and brain damage in others."That one injection had a tremendous impact on my family," Cummins recently recalled.Cummins, you see, has Rh-negative blood, a trait shared by 15 percent of the U.S. population.But the fetus inside her was Rh-positive – as were her two children at home.To understand how terrifying that incompatibility was in those pre-RhoGAM days, a bit of Biology 101 is in order. During any pregnancy, it’s normal for some of the baby’s blood to enter the mother’s blood stream, usually at delivery. However, when Rh-positive fetal red blood cells cross into an Rh-negative mother’s circulation, her body reacts like it’s fighting off an invading virus, producing antibodies that can attack the baby’s blood cells. This immune system response is called "Rh sensitization."The first child is typically unaffected since manufacturing those antibodies takes time. However, any Rh-positive baby after that – and, remember, this was Cummins’ third pregnancy -represents a dangerous gamble; Rh sensitization sometimes leads to hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN), a deadly condition.RhoGAM, as it does to this day, prevented that sensitization from happening."I still marvel at RhoGAM’s impact," John Gorman, MD, a co-creator of the medicine and former director of the blood bank at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, has said.In fact, with approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in hand, the drug’s use became standard medical practice for every pregnant Rh-negative woman here and in Europe and Canada, resulting in HDFN’s virtual eradication there. But in many poorer countries lacking the same protocols? Even now, the situation remains what many call so "dire" that an estimated 14 percent of affected fetuses are stillborn and a full 50 percent of live births end in death or brain injury, according to a scientific paper published in 2010 by leading medical experts.That’s why in February 2018, as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the FDA’s approval, Kedrion Biopharma, which makes RhoGAM, and Columbia University Irving Medical Center, which developed it, hosted a panel discussion to map strategies for getting the medicine to the rest of the world."The view ahead should be bright for all women, their partners, and their families around the globe," declared Paolo Marcucci, chief executive officer at Kedrion Biopharma.In addition, a series of upcoming events throughout the year will encourage Rh-negative women to donate blood plasma to be used in the ongoing manufacture of RhoGAM by Kedrion BiopharmaImportant Safety Information RhoGAM should NOT be used if you are Rh-positive.Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including:* If you have known severe allergic reactions or a severe response to human immune globulin.* If you have experienced a serious reaction to other medicines that contain immune globulin.* If you have an immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficiency. RhoGAM contain a small quantity of IgA and there is a potential risk of an allergic reaction in IgA-deficient individuals. Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure.* Your recent history of vaccinations. Certain types of vaccines (ones containing a live virus) may not work as well for you if you are also receiving immune globulin products, like RhoGAM. The antibodies in RhoGAM may prevent the vaccine from working. Before you get a vaccine, tell your healthcare provider that you have received RhoGAM.RhoGAM is made from human blood and therefore, carries a risk of transmitting infectious agents, such as viruses, the agent of the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), or unknown infectious agents. You should consult with your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.Reactions to RhoGAM that affect the entire body are extremely rare. However allergic responses to RhoGAM may occur. You should be observed for at least 20 minutes after administration for early signs of an allergic reaction. Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction include itchy rash (hives), tightness of the chest, wheezing, low blood pressure and anaphylaxis (which may also include throat or tongue swelling, shortness of breath, vomiting, hives and/or lightheadedness).The most common side effects of RhoGAM are swelling, hardening, redness, and mild pain at the site of the injection. A small number of patients have noted a slight fever.Your healthcare provider should provide you with a completed Patient Identification Card for you to retain and present to other healthcare providers.You are encouraged to report adverse events of prescription drugs to the FDA.Visit www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.Click here for the RhoGAM Full Prescribing Information. 

Cancer Research Focuses on Growing Tumor Cells Outside the Human Body

(NewsUSA) – One of the great barriers to improving the fight against cancer has been the problem of growing human cancer cells for drug testing so they behave as if they were inside the patient.To answer this, pharmaceutical companies are beginning to grow human tumors in mice. But mice are not human, so the tests often lead to dead ends. And while it’s possible to grow tumor cells in petri dishes, they rarely behave like actual cancers.But now this problem is being solved by a company called Precision Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:AIPT), formerly Skyline Medical Inc (NASDAQ:SKLN), and its partner, Helomics.Precision Therapeutics and Helomics, through a subsidiary named TumorGenesis, are pioneering an approach that takes cancer cells from a patient, then analyzes the tumors’ genes and proteins. That information is crucial because it guides the selection of nutrients and other substances that the cells need. The final step is putting the cancer cells not in a petri dish, but rather on a special scaffold that’s bathed in the nutrient-rich media.The result: "For the first time, it will be possible to grow tumors outside the body that closely mimic those in the body," explains Dr. Carl Schwartz, CEO of Precision Therapeutics.That, in turn, will bring major benefits for cancer treatment and drug discovery. Cancer is actually many thousands of different diseases, each with different underlying DNA mutations.That’s why drugs that are effective against one person’s ovarian cancer may fail utterly against another’s. But with the ability to grow the cancer cells from patients outside the body, doctors will be able to test drug combinations to discover what works before treating the patient, thus saving people from debilitating side effects from ineffective drugs.Equally important, pharmaceutical companies will have a far better and lower-cost way to test drug candidates than testing on mice. It’s yet another key step towards personalized cancer treatment that will give every patient a much better chance of long-term survival.

Virtual Colonoscopy Is Becoming a Reality for More People

(NewsUSA) – Colorectal cancer deaths are slowly declining, but shocking racial and ethnic disparities remain.According to the American Cancer Society, Latinos living in the United States are more likely to develop and die from this disease than those in many Central and South American countries. African-Americans are at least 41 percent more likely to die from colorectal cancer than whites.Both groups are also less likely to get screened, and their cancers are often found later.What can be done?A growing number of medical groups, patient advocates and members of Congress say virtual colonoscopy – known medically as CT colonography – can overcome cultural stigmas and anxiety associated with this screening."CT colonography can attract those who would otherwise not be screened, allow doctors to remove more polyps before they become cancers and help people avoid getting this disease," says Carolyn R. ("Bo") Aldigé, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.The evidence is thereVirtual colonoscopy is an American Cancer Society-recommended screening exam. Studies show that it is as accurate as standard colonoscopy in most people – including those 65 and older.Virtual colonoscopy increases screening rates where it is offered in the U.S. and abroad. Former President Obama chose to have the virtual exam.Michael Sapienza, President and CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance, says the virtual exam can "jump-start screening by offering access to a less-invasive option that millions of screening age who choose not to be tested find more appealing."Unfortunately, the prep is the sameHowever, the virtual exam is far less invasive than standard colonoscopy. The CT scanner uses low-dose X-rays to make 3-D, moving images of the colon that doctors examine for polyps and cancer.The test does not require sedation. It is over in minutes. And you may not need someone to drive you to the exam. Afterward, you can go back to daily activities.Private insurers are starting to listenThirty-six states require that insurance policies sold in their state cover virtual colonoscopy. Insurers who take part in federal exchanges are required under the Affordable Care Act to cover the exam. CIGNA, UnitedHealthcare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna and other insurers cover these tests irrespective of ACA requirements.Challenges remain for Medicare patientsScreening those on Medicare with virtual colonoscopy may cost nearly a third less than standard colonoscopy. Yet, Medicare is among a shrinking number of insurers that does not cover the test."We need more Medicare-covered options, including CT colonography, to increase Hispanic screening rates and save lives," says Elena V. Rios, MD, MSPH, president and chief executive officer of the National Hispanic Medical Association.Patient and provider groups want Congress to pass a new bill that would provide Medicare coverage for virtual colonoscopy."With Medicare coverage, CT colonography can increase screening and reduce unnecessary deaths," says Judy Yee, MD, chair of the American College of Radiology Colon Cancer Committee.Find more information on virtual colonoscopy (CT colonography) at RadiologyInfo.org/virtualct.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Fight Presenteeism At Work

Even with a stronger economy, businesses face an uphill battle when it comes to making a profit. Which is why it’s not surprising that much of a company’s success hinges on its employees. But what if an employee is fighting a medical condition or illness? How impactful is that to a business’s bottom line? It turns out: quite a lot.

Unlike absenteeism, according to a recent study, presenteeism – when people show up for work but don’t or can’t perform at full capacity – isn’t always apparent. You know when someone doesn’t show up for work, but you often can’t tell when – or how much – health problems, including chronic conditions such as back pain, headaches, and arthritis, can leave them muddling through the day.

Three Ways Older Americans Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care

As a nation, America is getting older. So too is its population, with 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day. And even if you don’t want to admit it, you are most likely experiencing the same nagging aches and pains that you thought only plagued your parents.

Assuming you’re one of the nation’s 100 million chronic pain sufferers, in all likelihood you’re looking for a safer alternative for treatment other than opioids – especially with headlines of people becoming addicted to prescription painkillers and even dying from them. To see if drug-free chiropractic care is for you, read on.