Trichomoniasis: Don't let the TRICH be on you, GET TESTED(July/Aug 2011)
Research finds that 13 percent of women 50+ have sexually transmitted parasite trichomonas vaginalis ...
Trichomoniasis (trich·o·mo·ni·a·sis), also known as 'trich', is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a parasite. Trich is primarily an infection of women's vaginal and urinary tracts. A woman is most susceptible to infection just after having her menstrual period. Men may carry the organism unknowingly, since infection in men may cause mild or no symptoms. Trichomoniasis occurs more often in individuals who have multiple sexual partners. Trichomoniasis is the most common curable STD in sexually active women.
FAQ Trichomoniasis (May/June 2011)
How do women get trichomoniasis?
Is there a test for trichomoniasis?
Reduce Your Risk for Trichomoniasis (May/June 2011)
Do not have sex. Abstinence is the surest way to reduce your risk of trichomoniasis or any STI. This means not having vaginal, oral, or anal sex.
Get tested for STIs. Get tested for STIs and insist that your partner does the same before becoming sexually active.
Have regular checkups and pelvic exams even if you are healthy. Give honest answers – that is the only way your doctor can give the care you need.
Finding a New Doctor(May/June 2011)The doctor you have been seeing for years is retiring may be one of many reasons that you need to find a new doctor. Before beginning your search, gather you thoughts, make notes on what you are looking for in a doctor and ponder these questions...
1. Do you need day, evening or weekend appointments?
2. Is there a particular hospital you prefer?
3. What language do you want your doctor to speak?
4. Do you prefer a large or small practice?
5. How far are you willing to travel?
6. Is parking an issue for you?
7. Do you need the doctor's office to be on a bus line?
8. Do you want your doctor to be open to complementary or alternative treatments?
9. Is there a particular age range, gender or religion you want your doctor to be?
10. Do you prefer male or female doctors?
11. What kind of payment policy do you need?
12. Do you need a doctor that takes Medicare?
13. Do you want a doctor who believes in preventive treatments or one who will work with you 14. after you show signs of having a disease?
15. Do you need a specialist, internist or a general practitioner?
What is Thoracic Surgery(May/June 2011)Purpose ... To treat diseased or injured organs in the thorax, including the esophagus (muscular tube that passes food to the stomach) trachea (windpipe that branches to form the right bronchus and the left bronchus), pleura (membranes that cover and protect the lung), mediastinum (area separating the left and right lungs), chest wall, diaphragm, heart, and lungs. General thoracic surgery is a field that specializes in diseases of the lungs and esophagus. The field also encompasses accidents and injuries to the chest, esophageal disorders (esophageal cancer or esophagitis), lung cancer, lung transplants , and surgery for emphysema.
Description ... The most common diseases requiring thoracic surgery include lung cancer, chest trauma, esophageal cancer, emphysema, and lung transplantation. Diagnosis/Preparation ... The surgeon may use two common incisional approaches: sternotomy (incision through and down the breastbone) or via the side of the chest (thoracotomy ). An operative procedure known as video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is minimally invasive. During VATS, a lung is collapsed and the thoracoscope and surgical instruments are inserted into the thorax through any of three to four small incisions in the chest wall. Another approach involves the use of a mediastinoscope or bronchoscope to visualize the internal anatomical structures during thoracic surgery or diagnostic procedures. Preoperative evaluation for most patients (except emergency cases) must include cardiac tests, blood chemistry analysis, and physical examination .
Source: Encyclopedia of Surgery. Thoracic Surgery - procedure, blood, tube, removal, pain, time, infection, operation, heart, cells, types, risk, cancer, rate, Definition, Purpose, Description
Phoenix Clinic Cares for Women with Cut Genitals (May/June 2011)
By Katherine Rausch, WOMENSENEWS
Medical care in the United States for women with female genital cutting is lagging and many women don't trust doctors who appear to frown on their condition, say advocates. A specialized clinic in Phoenix provides a culturally sensitive approach. That's the finding of advocacy group Sauti Yetu Center for African American Women, a nonprofit based in the South Bronx that recently publicized research at a New York conference. They found that few New York clinicians were trained to handle women with the condition and many women felt uncomfortable in their care.
A Phoenix clinic, however, offers a way of doing things differently.The Refugee Women's Health Clinic cares for immigrants takes a culturally sensitive approach to female genital cutting. The clinic provides translators, counseling, education and transportation to the facility. It works with agencies that provide diapers, car seats and food stamps for the mothers.
During childbirth, women with cut genitals often need special attention. Some may need defibulation, a procedure to open the scar. Some suffer heavy bleeding, deficiency in amniotic fluid during childbirth and gestational diabetes.
Rights groups including Amnesty International urged Indonesia to revoke a regulation which they say legalizes female circumcision in the mainly Muslim country.
(Source: AFP REPORTS, Y NEWS, 6-24-11) FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING (FGC).
Female circumcision, and female genital mutilation (FGM) all describe the cultural practice of partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. The most severe form of FGC is when all external genitalia are removed and the vaginal opening is stitched nearly closed. Only a small opening is left for urine and menstrual blood. FGC is performed on infants, girls, and women of all ages and varies widely from country to country.
Subscribe to BLACK WOMEN 50+ MAGAZINE to read the full story.
Get A Second Opinion(March/April 2011)Whenever we need to make a difficult decision, it is usually helpful to get more than one point of view. Doctors may get similar medical training. However, they have their own opinions and thoughts about how to practice medicine and can have different ideas about how to diagnose and treat conditions or diseases. Some doctors take a more conservative or traditional, approach to treating their patients. Other doctors are more aggressive and use the newest tests and therapies. A second opinion may be beneficial when
Learn About Heart Disease (March/April 2011)
Azure'De M. Williams, Health Equity Director
Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for all people, but African American and Hispanic communities are disproportionately affected.
Through continual effort via community channels and trusted sources the American Heart Association is striving to increase awareness of risk and to create health equity in cardiovascular disease and stroke as defined in relation to three key pillars:
1. INEQUALITY- Eliminating health disparities by coordinating our efforts to effect change in policy, patient care, quality of care, prevention and treatment of disease.
Four years ago I lost my father, Robert (Bobby) Crymes, to the "silent killer." Knowing what I know today, there were signs my family and I should have recognized to save his life.
What you can do …
Accept the challenge. Regardless of your day-to-day responsibilities, you can make a difference in building health equity. We need everyone's efforts to drive needed change.
Embrace the change. The demographics of Americans are ever-evolving and changing. We should constantly identify new opportunities to expand our reach.
We need everyone's work, expertise and passion to eliminate health disparities. Together we can help all Americans to live healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.Warning Signs of Heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest(March/April 2011)
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
STROKE WARNING SIGNS SUDDEN:
CARDIAC ARREST WARNING SIGNS
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of all American women. African American women are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease than any other ethnic group, yet they are less likely than white women to know that they may have major risk factors. Diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, physical inactivity, overweight/obesity and family history of heart disease are all greatly prevalent among African Americans and are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including stroke. Fewer than half of African American women (41%) consider themselves well informed about cardiovascular disease.*
High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke. The rate of high blood pressure for non-Hispanic black females age 20 and older is 46.6%.
The risk of heart disease and stroke increases with physical inactivity. Physical inactivity is more prevalent in women, African-Americans and Hispanics. For non-Hispanic black females age 18 and older, 33.9% are inactive, compared to 21.6% of non-Hispanic white females.
The single strongest predictor of health is our position on the class pyramid. Those at the top have the most power and resources, and on average live longer and healthier lives. Those on the bottom are exposed to many health threats over which they have little or no control including insecure and low-paying jobs, mounting debt, poor child care, poor quality housing, less access to healthy food, unreliable transportation, and noisy and violent living conditions- that increase their risk of chronic disease and early death. Even among smokers, poor smokers face a higher mortality risk than rich smokers. Those of us in the middle are still worse off than those at the top.
Source: Reaching for a Healthier Life: Facts on Socioeconomic Status and Health in the U.S.- Report from the Macarthur Foundation Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health