March 2014

Internist Must Play a Role in Menopause Management

The number of menopausal women is projected to reach 50 million by 2020. With changing views on appropriate therapies to control symptoms and new treatments available and on the horizon, most internists lack the core competencies and experience to meet the needs of women entering menopause, according to a provocative Commentary published in Journal of Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Journal of Women’s Health website.

Spring break contact lens safety tip!

Be Careful With Contact Lenses

Spring break often means heading to sand and surf!.  We hear a lot about sun exposure, staying hydrated and avoiding too much alcohol but is it OK to wear your contacts while in the hot tub or sea? Contact lens are convenient but can expose you to serious conditions such as eye infections and corneal ulcers—something you don’t want to deal with on vacation.

Acupuncture and Women’s Health

Acupuncture has been used in Eastern countries to address women’s health issues but is not readily adopted in the U.S. especially by the medical establishment.   A new study reports preliminary data indicating that acupuncture may improve menstrual health and overcome delays in becoming pregnant. There are experimental data indicating that acupuncture can influence female reproductive functioning, although the actual mechanisms involved are not yet clarified.