Dr. Ko Says
Every Halloween, I make an effort to dress up, even if it just means putting on a red clown nose—generally whatever I can find spur of the moment. This year was no exception. After I got my kids ready for trick-or-treating, I realized that I did not have a costume.
As women, we are destined to pass through different rites of passage. One of these rites is menopause. While some approach menopause with disdain, others welcome it with open arms. As with any change, there is good and bad. The good news for many women is that menopause marks the end of the pesky monthly period.
It is hard to believe that fall is here, especially since I have been experiencing temperatures in the triple digits this past week. Fall is my favorite time of the year - autumn colors, new school year and football! As a physician, it also marks the time to prepare my patients for the upcoming influenza, otherwise known as “the flu” season.
Signs of the new school year approaching are everywhere, with stores stocked full of school supplies and back-to-school sales advertisements galore. As a kid, I remember the excitement that would come with shopping for school supplies - new notebooks, markers, pencils, rulers, etc. As a parent, it is still fun, but our list goes beyond that of classroom supplies.
Here’s one for you trivia buffs out there in Softcup land! Which of these diseases is the most common curable cause of sexually transmitted infection (STI): chlamydia, gonorrhea or trichomoniasis?
What do Shannon Miller, the most decorated female gymnast in U.S. history, Dinah Shore, a well-known singer and actress from the 70’s, Rosie O’Donnell, an often controversial comedian and actress, and Coretta Scott King, activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., have in common? At first glance, this appears to be a very odd crew of celebrities from completely different walks of society. Nonetheless, these ladies all share the diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
In Osteoporosis Part I, Dr. Ko introduced us to this degenerative bone disease. The good doctor covered what osteoporosis is and the uncontrollable and controllable risks associated with the disease. Read on for part II.
My grandma epitomized the stereotypical qualities of a grandmother. She was as sweet as honey, always made sure that I ate more than I needed, and she could knit a scarf in an afternoon. In her later years, she was hunched over and walked with a shuffle. I remember how proud I was when I surpassed her in height at 4'9". What I failed to realize in my youth was that Grandma was not always 4'9" at her tallest, and being hunched over was not a natural process of age.