Tips to help you sleep at night

Posted by Dr. Nina Hamza on Jul 25, 2014 3:18:35 PM

Advice from an insomniac

I’m an insomniac. Those of you out there who share this malady know my pain. You know what it means to look at the clock at 3 a.m. and quickly do the math to see how many hours of sleep you can still get if you could only get back to sleep. If only.

So how much sleep do you really need? As much as it takes. You should feel refreshed when you wake up. If you are not so lucky and find yourself a (reluctant) member of the insomniac club, there are a few things you can do.

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Topics: Primary Care

Understanding and treating thyroid dysfunction in women

Posted by Dr. Gretchen Soberay on Jul 22, 2014 4:34:00 PM

Should you be concerned with thyroid dysfunction?

More than 20 percent of menopausal women in the United States may suffer from thyroid dysfunction. Many more are likely suffering but are undiagnosed, in large part because women aren’t aware of the close relationship between thyroid hormones and female hormones. In this third part of our blog series on women and hormones, you’ll learn more about your thyroid.

The thyroid is a tiny gland located below your Adam’s apple. Despite its size, it produces two hormones that are responsible for regulating your body’s metabolism—things like your heart rate, how quickly you burn calories, your kidney function and reproductive system.

Thyroid dysfunction affects 7 to10 percent of Americans over age 55. It’s five to eight times more common among women than men, and more common among Caucasians than African Americans. Your risk of thyroid problems is greater if you have a family history of thyroid or rheumatoid problems, migraines, colitis or diabetes.

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Topics: Women's Health

Treatments and Therapy for Peri/Post Menopausal Hormone Imbalance

Posted by Dr. Gretchen Soberay on Jul 18, 2014 4:15:00 PM

Understanding Peri/Post Menopausal Hormone Imbalances 

This is the second in our 4-part series on the most common hormonal problems in women. In this article, we’ll answer a question on every woman’s mind: what treatments are available as therapy for peri/post menopausal hormone imbalance. 

Up to 80% of women suffer from some kind of hormonal imbalance at some time in their lives, whether it’s trouble in adolescence with painful, heavy menstruation or during the most common time in life to suffer imbalance – during and after menopause.

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Topics: Women's Health

What is the role of nutritional supplements in our lives?

Posted by Dr. Nina Hamza on Jul 16, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Nutrition supplements: Are they for you?

I recently walked past a nutrition supplement store and had a flashback to my first grocery store trip in the United States more than 15 years ago. I remember standing in the cereal aisle, mouth wide open, amazed by the variety and choices. Although my cereal shelf at home now looks like Jerry Seinfeld’s, I don’t feel the same about vitamins.

My opinion on supplements is best summed up by the title of an article in the December 2013 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, “Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamins and Minerals.”

Yet over 50 percent of Americans take supplements. Could more than half of the country be wrong?

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Women's Health

Understanding Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Posted by Dr. Gretchen Soberay on Jul 11, 2014 1:27:00 PM

How to treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) 

Hormone imbalances can cause a tremendous range of health challenges for women. In fact, as many as 80% of women suffer from some kind of hormonal imbalance at some time in their lives. This blog article is the first in a 4-part series in which we’ll explore the four most common hormone-related problems in women – their symptoms, causes and treatment options.

Our resident expert for this discussion is Gretchen Soberay, DO, one of our doctors at Ridgeview Clinics. In this first post, we’ll take a look at polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, a condition that affects millions of women here in the United States.

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Topics: Women's Health

Back pain advice

Posted by Dr. Nina Hamza on Jul 8, 2014 10:22:00 AM

What to do with back pain

My five-year-old and I don’t always see eye to eye. A while ago when we were battling it out over potty training, I lifted him—against his will and my better judgment—to put him on the potty. My back suddenly cramped, and I had to crawl out of the bathroom. He won that battle, and it took me four weeks to recover.

Back pain can happen to any of us; in fact, it is one of the most common reasons Americans visit their doctors.

The temptation for me was to kick back on the couch and start a marathon session of Downton Abbey. The truth is that although a little rest is okay, you should try to get back on your feet as soon as possible.

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Prevent teen hearing loss

Posted by Dr. Carrie Meyer on Jul 3, 2014 9:13:00 AM

You only get one set of ears - part two

The fireworks and firecrackers we enjoy as part of our annual Fourth of July celebration can be very EAR2beautiful and exciting. But they can also cause irreparable hearing damage, especially adolescent hearing loss. Both sound intensity and distance from the sound affect that possibility.

Fireworks can be anywhere from 150 to 175 decibels (compared to a jet engine, which is about 140 decibels), so it’s particularly important to stay at least 65-200 feet away from fireworks displays. The younger your children, the farther away they should be.

In our last blog post, we discussed how health and environmental factors – including fireworks -- can cause hearing loss in children and teens. Exposure to loud sounds can result in tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, and that’s an indicator of hearing damage. But knowing the causes of hearing loss is just the beginning. As a parent, you want to know how you can help your teens avoid damage in the first place.

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Teen hearing loss

Posted by Dr. Carrie Meyer on Jul 1, 2014 5:44:00 PM

You only get one set of ears - part one

Every parent wants their child to have the healthiest possible start in life. Hearing and teens can be a particularly touchy issue for parents, because adolescents often tend to see themselves as invincible. Dr. Carrie Meyer, an audiologist at Ridgeview Clinics, says the bottom line is simple: You only get one set of ears.

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Summer safety - Healthy living in the summer

Posted by Dr. Nina Hamza on Jun 27, 2014 5:03:00 PM

Staying healthy in the sun

For my children, the hierarchy of power from bottom to top goes something like this: their mother (that would be me), my mother, and at the top of the list is Mother Nature. They know my mom is more powerful than me because they have enjoyed seeing my mom yell at me to eat more fruit or to stop procrastinating. They know Mother Nature trumps all because rain and snow have cancelled the best-laid plans and a beautiful day can make anything seem better.

It’s easier to remember with a tornado looming than on beautiful summer days, but Nature is powerful and must be respected.

So here are some basic guidelines for staying safe in summer.

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Topics: Primary Care

HPV vaccination

Posted by Ridgeview Doctor on Jun 25, 2014 9:54:00 AM

A vaccination to prevent HPV 

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a vaccine that could actually prevent cancer? Believe it or not, such a vaccine exists. Gardisil is a vaccine for high-risk HPV, or human papalomaviris, offered at Ridgeview Clinics. HPV is responsible for cancers in multiple sites including tonsil, throat and neck.

Here are some frequently asked questions that a lot of our patients have asked about the HPV vaccination:

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