Why Size Matters
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Ask Dr. Lisa
OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson answers women's biggest questions about size.


Does size really matter "down there?"


What is a healthy amount of weight a woman should gain during pregnancy?

 

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Child Obesity Test

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains how to screen for childhood obesity.

Growth Charts
Parents are often vigilant to record their baby's growth during their first year of checkups, but as babies become toddlers, parents may have a difficult time understanding the ever-changing height and weight expectations.

Leslie's 18-month-old daughter, McKenzie, is in the 99th percentile for height but just the 3rd percentile for weight, and Leslie is concerned by the disparity.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears demonstrates how to track a child's height and weight, and explains what McKenzie's growth chart reveals.

"Looking at her height, she has stayed really consistent, [has] a really nice growth curve," he says. "She's shooting right up there, and that's a good sign. But looking at her weight, from 12 months to 18 months, she actually lost weight.

"Parents can be concerned about that," Dr. Sears continues, "but this is when kids start running around, walking and burning a lot of energy. Plus, they kind of become picky eaters. I see this a lot, and I usually don't worry about it too much if I see a height curve like [McKenzie's], because if kids are growing in their height, that means their hormones are working well."

 

 

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To help McKenzie's weight get back on track, Dr. Sears recommends making sure she eats nutrient-dense foods, such as avocado and whole wheat pastas and breads. He also suggests making a kid-friendly Toddler Smoothie that includes healthy yogurt, toddler formula and fruits such as bananas, strawberries and blueberries.

 

 

 

"I don't want this to replace meals," Dr. Sears says. "But maybe in between meals, because she's burning all that energy, it will help."

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• Follow your kid's development with childhood growth charts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Virtual Nose Job
Nearly 300,000 Americans undergo a rhinoplasty, or nose job, every year. But how do you know what size nose is best for your face?

Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon demonstrates the latest way to see how a new nose will look before going under the knife!

 

 

Snack Attack

The bigger the snack doesn't always mean more calories. See how healthy, filling snacks come in all sizes.

• Can eating in the dark have an affect on your waistline



Thigh Size

Learn how the size of your thighs may put your health at risk. 



Prostate Size
The prostate is a gland located between the bladder and penis, and produces about 25 percent of the fluid that comes out in ejaculate.

A normal prostate should be the size of a walnut. As men age, however, the prostate increases in size, which can cause pain and problems with urination and ejaculation. An oversized prostate can become cancerous, as well.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. More than 200,000 men are diagnosed with the disease every year in the United States, and approximately 40,000 men die from it each year.

Risk factors for prostate cancer include a diet rich in fatty foods, family history of prostate or breast cancer and older age.

A prostate exam is a test to screen for prostate cancer. The goal is to detect cancer early, when treatment is most successful. The most common prostate exam is the digital rectal exam (DRE), performed by the doctor inserting his or her gloved, lubricated finger into a man's rectum to blindly feel the prostate gland and surrounding tissue.

A PSA test is a blood test that measures prostate-specific antigens (PSA), a substance produced by the prostate gland. Elevated PSA levels may indicate prostate cancer or a noncancerous condition such as prostatitis.

The Cleveland Clinic recommends an annual prostate exam beginning at age 45. They recommend a prostate exam accompanied by a PSA blood test for the following:


All men beginning at age 50
African-American men beginning at age 40
• Men with a family history of prostate cancer, beginning at age 40 (or younger, if recommended by a doctor)

Men who develop persistent urinary symptoms


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