Health and Wellness

Decoding Urine Color, Odor, and Appearance

Posted by Disha Poonia, M.D. on Apr 6, 2019 8:41:00 AM

It might not be a topic everyone likes to talk about, but your urine, specifically the color, odor, and appearance, can tell you quite a bit about your health from insufficient hydration to potential issues with your liver. The key is knowing what to look for, so here is some information you might find helpful when it comes to decoding the color, odor, and appearance of your urine. 

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Topics: urine odor, what's normal for urine, urine color, urine appearance

Nutrition for Night Owls

Posted by Michelle Udayamurthy, M.D. on Apr 3, 2019 8:05:00 AM

No matter how many healthy choices we make, there are some disease risk factors we just can’t change. Our age, race, genders, and other genetic qualities all tend to sway us into or out of high-risk categories for just about every known disease and condition. But what about our circadian rhythms? As much a part of us as all of our other deeply engrained characteristics, it turns out that our circadian rhythms – or natural wake/eat/sleep clocks – can also put us at higher or lower risk for health problems. 

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Topics: nutrition for night owls, late night snacks, healthy food choices

Cauliflower Is Suddenly Popular – Why That’s Good

Posted by Sujatha Anand. M.D. on Apr 1, 2019 8:42:00 AM

Cauliflower seems to be popping up a lot lately. People are using the cruciferous vegetable to replace some of their favorite, most-beloved carbs. It’s being used in pizza crust, in place of potatoes in tater tots, and as a rice replacement. People are mixing cauliflower with egg and making cauliflower bread. While not everyone likes cauliflower, it’s good the vegetable is back on the radar. 

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Topics: health benefits of cauliflower, cauliflower, cauliflower rice, cauliflower food products, cauliflower pizza crust

Pericarditis Can Mimic Heart Attack Symptoms

Posted by George Adesina, MD., M.S.P.H., F.A.C.C. on Mar 30, 2019 9:34:00 AM

Tightness in the chest that radiates out toward your left shoulder and into your neck. Stabbing chest pain. Difficulty breathing. Coughing and shortness of breath. Although these symptoms may point to a possible heart attack, they could also be an indication of pericarditis. 

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Topics: heart health, how is pericarditis treated, houston heart doctor, what is pericarditis?, houston cardiologist

How to Get Your “Sexy Back” After Baby

Posted by Chanelle Clark, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Mar 27, 2019 8:07:00 AM

Dirty diapers. Near-endless feedings. Laundry. Laundry. More Laundry. As parents of a newborn, sex may not be something you’re thinking about when you’re in survival mode. It’s particularly difficult for new moms to “switch hats” and get into the mood. Many things change overnight when you become a new mom – your body, your sleep habits, and your priorities. But sex is a healthy part of life, and part of a healthy relationship with your significant other. Before engaging in sex, you may want to consider these things:

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Topics: sex after having a baby, sex after pregnancy

Eating to Lower Cholesterol Doesn’t Mean Depriving Yourself

Posted by Mehreen Fatima, M.D. on Mar 25, 2019 8:20:00 AM

Picture this: You’re sitting in your doctor’s office for your regular health check-up and your physician says you need to lower your cholesterol. Having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease, as fatty deposits wind up in your blood vessels, making it difficult for blood to flow through the arteries. Many patients mistakenly think they must eliminate foods that are high in cholesterol from their diets. I’m happy to report you don’t have to deprive yourself to keep your cholesterol levels in check. In fact, cholesterol is a vital nutrient for health, cognition, and hormonal balance. 

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Topics: high cholesterol, foods that lower cholesterol, lifestyle changes to improve cholesterol

How to Prevent a Yeast Infection

Posted by Purnima Rao, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Mar 23, 2019 8:17:00 AM

If you’re a woman, you’ve likely had a vaginal yeast infection at some point since puberty. It’s an extremely common condition that is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida. Three out of four women will get at least one yeast infection in their childbearing years, with the infection being rare before puberty and after menopause. More than 50% of women experience two or more yeast infections during their lifetime. 

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Topics: how to prevent a yeast infection, what are the symptoms for a yeast infection, yeast infection

Lifestyle Choices that Help Improve Fertility

Posted by Joseph Salinas, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Mar 20, 2019 2:48:17 PM

In the United States alone, over 6 million women struggle with infertility, which is defined as the inability to get pregnant or stay pregnant. This can be not just frustrating, but also heartbreaking. Many women wonder if the infertility is due to something they’re doing or not doing.

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Topics: lifestyle choices that improve fertility, houston fertility doctor, how to improve your chances of getting pregnant

7 Common Myths About Hip Replacement

Posted by David Edelstein, M.D. on Mar 18, 2019 8:11:00 AM

Hip replacement is a surgery in which diseased parts of the hip joint are removed and are replaced with a prosthetic implant. Hip replacement surgery is recommended by physicians when other treatments do not relieve pain. Prior to surgery, patients may choose using a cane or walker for stability, physical therapy, medication and other measures prior to hip replacement therapy. 

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Topics: hip replacement, hip replacement misconceptions, hip replacement myths

How to Conquer Emotional Eating

Posted by Marjorie Broussard, M.D. on Mar 13, 2019 8:04:00 AM

For many of us, whenever we’re under stress or distress, there’s nothing like comfort food to make us feel better. After all, there’s a reason it’s called comfort food. So, if you get uncontrollable food cravings when you’re emotional, you’re certainly not alone. Unfortunately, that feeling of comfort is short-lived when you realize you just sabotaged your healthy eating efforts.

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Topics: how to overcome emotional eating, avoid emotional eating, emotional eating, can emotional eating be treated

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