Decode the hidden health clues in your fingernails, hair, teeth and more.
Air Travel Investigation
Before you fly the friendly skies, learn the shocking truth about air travel. Two undercover airline workers reveal the surprising health threats lurking in your aircraft cabin.
Get to Know Your Girl Parts
OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson encourages all women to become familiar with their private parts, as it can improve their overall medical and sexual health.
“The International Journal of Sexual Health reports women who hold a positive view of their genitals are more likely to orgasm,” Dr. Lisa says.
“Only one in four women is looking down there and knows what’s going on,” Dr. Lisa adds. “Whether you hold a hand mirror or look in a big mirror on the wall, you want to examine yourself.”
It is vital to regularly check your genitalia for irregular moles, bumps or skin changes, and notify your physician if you find anything out of the ordinary.
Skin changes on the genitals usually signal one of three things:
Razor Burn: If the bump is raised and hard, that is a sign of an ingrown hair. To prevent ingrown hairs, stop shaving with a dull razor and be sure to exfoliate and moisturize.
HPV: Flesh-colored bumps that may resemble a cauliflower most likely indicate a wart, which is a sign of the human papillomavirus (HPV). More than 20 million Americans are infected with HPV, but while it’s not uncommon, it is important to follow up with a doctor.
Herpes: Red bumps that look like a blister or an ulcer may signal herpes. Herpes can be spread without sores being present. If you find a sore, contact your doctor immediately.
Dr. Lisa stresses that your spouse should be as familiar with your genitalia as you are, so he or she can notice any changes as well.
Sensitive teeth? Your mouth may not be to blame. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains the surprising culprit of your oral ailments.
“If your teeth are prone to cracking and painful sensitivity, the trouble may not be coming from your mouth,” he says. “It may be your stomach! Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a major cause of tooth erosion.”
When you suffer from GERD, the acid comes up from your stomach and can eat away at your teeth. So, in addition to your daily brushing and flossing routines, taking care of your GERD symptoms may help protect your smile.
What Your Skin is Saying
Dermatologist Dr. Glynis Ablon reveals what your skin is really saying about your health.
If you suffered from diarrhea more than a dozen times a day, how far would you go to make it stop? Doctors are now transplanting healthy feces into sick patients to cure serious bacterial infections.
“Sounds disgusting right? Well, a fecal transplant could actually save your life,” Dr. Travis says.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Timothy Rubin explains that fecal transplants are performed to treat an antibiotic-resistant infection called clostridium difficile, or C. diff. The infection causes severe, sometimes constant diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and can be life threatening.
• Watery diarrhea, three or more times per day
• Abdominal cramping
• Blood or pus in stool
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
Until recently, fecal transplants were an invasive procedure through the colon that required anesthesia. Now, doctors are transferring feces in a matter of seconds, through the nose. Dr. Travis and Dr. Rubin explain the breakthrough procedure.
Research shows that 91 percent of patients who undergo fecal transplants report their diarrhea subsiding after just one treatment.
Dr. Rubin says an ideal fecal donor is a healthy person who lives with the patient, such as a sibling or a spouse, since his or her colon biology is more likely to match the patient’s.
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