1. July 08, 2024

    BOOM! BAM! BANG! (and pet anxiety)

    Reprinted courtesy of the Partnership for Personalized Prescriptions.

    Does your pet have anxiety or fearful behaviors?

    Like humans, pets can develop anxiety and fears. Fireworks are considered a normal tradition on holidays for some cultures but can also frequently trigger anxiety in pets and animals.

    What are some common causes of anxiety in pets, and what should I look for?

    Anxiety is described or defined as a “phycological, physiological, and behavioral state induced in animals and humans by a threat to well-being or survival, either actual or potential.”

    Common causes of anxiety in animals include loud noises, threatening/unfamiliar situations, travel, and cruelty, abuse, or neglect, but anxiety can occur in animals from any background or training.

    Signs of anxiety in your pet may include inappropriate

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  2. July 08, 2024

    Men’s Health Condition Overview: Erectile Dysfunction

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    Erectile Dysfunction is an extremely common disorder among men worldwide. So much so that it is estimated that 322 million men will be afflicted by the year 2025. Men experience increased symptoms of ED as they age by 10% per decade of life and researchers are seeing onset of symptoms in younger men due to changes in lifestyle like higher rates of obesity and alcohol or substance abuse. Other factors that contribute to erectile dysfunction are conditions related to vascular disease that impede circulatory function, neurological conditions, physiological and hormonal issues, surgeries, injuries, and mental health conditions or side effects caused by the medication used to treat these conditions.

    Since ED is so common,

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  3. June 25, 2024

    Navigating Bacterial Vaginosis and Yeast Infections: A Guide for Practitioners

    Healthcare practitioners often encounter patients presenting with vaginal discomfort and discharge. Two common culprits behind these symptoms are bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast infections (candidiasis). Although these conditions share similar symptoms, their etiologies, treatments, and implications can vary significantly.

    Understanding bacterial vaginosis

    Bacterial vaginosis is an imbalance of the vaginal flora. It occurs when an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria, including Gardnerella vaginalis, overwhelms the beneficial lactobacilli. BV is the most common vaginal infection in women of reproductive age.

    Clinical presentation

    • Thin, grayish-white, homogeneous vaginal discharge
    • Fishy odor, especially after intercourse
    • Vaginal itching or irritation (less common)
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  4. June 24, 2024

    How hormones affect the brain (and how to be smart about them)

    Hormone treatment — and hormonal birth control — can be life changing for women. But, as with any medication, sometimes there are side effects (especially with medications designed for everyone rather than custom-made).

    If you’re curious why “ovarian hormones” can affect mood, for example, a University of Michigan psychologist has the answer with a great explanation of how hormones like birth control affect so many other bodily functions, notably in the brain.

    “Estrogen and progesterone have broad effects on neurons and cellular processes that have nothing to do with reproduction,” she explains. In fact, “Estrogen and progesterone also regulate the stress response — the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction.”

    That’s why it’s so important to make sure

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