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Endometriosis - A Misunderstood Condition
Endometriosis is a common but little talked about a medical condition affecting 10% of women around the world — that’s almost 176 million women. Despite its prevalence, it is not often discussed and is even less understood.
Use a Simple Self-Exam to Find Signs of Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of one or both testicles. It is the most common cancer in men aged 15 to 34 years, and it can usually be cured.
Importance of Proper Hand Hygiene
“Wash your hands before eating dinner!” is something many of us grew up hearing from our parents. We may have grumbled, but we learned from an early age the importance of washing our hands. But what we may not have learned is exactly why hand hygiene is so important.
Maintaining Your Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
With the appearance of the novel coronavirus at the end of 2019, daily life began to change for many people around the globe. For some communities, these changes were gradual, but for others, they were more rapid. As the SARS-CoV-2 virus continued to spread, and the COVID-19 pandemic landed on our shores, it completely disrupted our daily routines. The current pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life for many Americans, including access to medical care. Unfortunately, many Americans have become ill with a COVID-19 infection, and many more may become ill in the future.
Are You Hiding Depression?
What may begin as one bad day, turns into several in a row. And a month or two later, you may realize that those “sometimes blues” have started to become your new normal. Depression can come and go, or it can hit you all at once like a freight train. It’s really different for everyone.
Medication Use and COVID-19
As the world scrambles to contain COVID-19, a lot of information – and misinformation – is spread throughout the news and social media sites. There has been much published regarding the ways in which we can combat COVID-19, from drugs we can use for treatment (new or old), drugs we should not use, and vaccines that are being developed. There have also been assertions regarding over-the-counter remedies. Our goal is to relay evidence-based data we have available at the time of this publication and clear up some of the confusion. This is a fluid situation; the data is constantly being refined and recommendations can change on a daily, if not hourly, basis.
Answers for Expectant Mothers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
I know this is a stressful time, when instead of focusing on this joyful time before the delivery of your baby, you may have concerns or fears related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please be assured that the OB staff at LVMC are dedicated to providing you with the best support we can during this hard time.
COVID and Diabetes in Latinos
COVID-19/Coronavirus is a new and serious threat to everyone, including seniors, but especially Hispanic/Latino people with type 2 diabetes if their blood sugars are high.
Fortunately, all of us can take simple steps to reduce our risk of catching COVID-19 and, if someone with diabetes develops COVID-19, there are important, practical steps to take immediately.
This website includes information in Spanish and English on what Hispanic/Latino people with diabetes should know and do about COVID-19.
Visit www.LatinoDiabetes.net and share this resource with your firends and family.
Tips on Social Distancing and Behavioral Health
Amid the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and the declaration of a National Emergency, the public is being asked – and in some cases required – to practice a concept called “social distancing.”
For many, terms such as social distancing are new. COVID-19 response has also led to quarantine and isolation to limit the spread of the virus.
National Sleep Awareness Week
Sleep, precious sleep. After a long day of work and play, going to sleep is something many of us look forward to. But are you getting enough? While we all know that eating nutritious foods and getting exercise is important for our health, we hear less about the importance of sleep. Getting enough rest is critical to your overall health and well-being.