Top Health Questions from Baby Boomers!

In a special baby boomers edition of “Ask Our Docs,” The Doctors are joined by family physician and sexual health expert Dr. Rachael Ross to take on three generations of questions from baby boomers, their children and grandchildren.

Meet the Boomers!
Meet a lively crew of glamorous golden girls who live at Trilogy at Glen Ivy, a tranquil resort community for active seniors, nestled next to the Cleveland National Forest in sunny Southern California.

Health Hazards of Talking too Much?
Sally, “The Socialite,” was diagnosed with nodules on her thyroid gland and vocal cords. Can talking too much be the cause? Find out!

Solutions for Common Aging Complaints
From fine lines around the lips to sagging skin under the neck, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon offers cosmetic solutions for frustrating, age-related body problems.

Warning Sign of Arthritis?
Two ladies from the Trilogy troupe have recently developed bumps on their finger joints and wonder if they could be an early sign of arthritis. The Doctors diagnose these mysterious bumps, and give tips on preventing arthritis.

Losing Sense of Taste and Smell
Vision and hearing are known to decline with age, but what about other senses? Jan, “The Beauty Queen,” is concerned she may lose her ability to smell and taste. Can a loss of these senses be genetic?

Gender-Revealing Baby Showers 

Baby showers are often associated with presents, cake and social celebration, and now, expectant parents are using at-home sonogram machines to show off the literal life of the party!

Many moms and dads are incorporating gender-revealing, 3D and 4D ultrasounds into their baby shower festivities. The Doctors weigh in on the new trend.

Look Who’s Asking!

Do mother and grandmother always know best? Inquiring babies want to know! The Docs address questions from grandchildren of baby boomers — the Z generation!

"When can I have grown-up food?"
Is your baby tired of eating mush at every meal? Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains “the squish test” and gives tips on introducing solid foods.

"Why can't I have my bottle in bed?"
Babies, bottles and bedtime seem to go hand in hand, but putting your baby to sleep with a bottle could harm his or her health. Find out why.

"What's with the 'baby voice,' Mom?"
Do you find yourself instinctually making goo-goo, gah-gah sounds to your baby? The Doctors discuss the best form of “baby talk” to promote language development.

Balloon Kyphoplasty for Back Pain

It’s being hailed as one of the biggest back surgery breakthroughs ever — a procedure that lasts less than one hour and allows you to wake up pain-free! Click here to see if balloon kyphoplasty is right for you.

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Hysterectomies May Increase Libido
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus and ovaries, which is often necessary for women who suffer from uterine fibroids, cancer, abnormal bleeding and endometriosis. Many women fear hysterectomies because the procedure is sometimes associated with negative side effects, such as hormonal imbalance and decreased sex drive. The positive news, however, is that new research shows hysterectomies may actually improve libido.

A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association monitored the post-operative sexual function of more than 1,000 women between the ages of 35 and 49 who had received hysterectomies. The two-year study found a significant increase in sexual frequency and satisfaction in the test subjects. In addition, it marked a dramatic drop in women who experienced pain during intercourse.

Hysterectomy patients have also been shown to respond better to hormone replacement therapy. This form of treatment may negate the need for a hysterectomy, but it is often needed in combination with a hysterectomy for certain women as they approach and enter menopause.

OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains how and why a hysterectomy is performed, and whether it’s better to undergo a robotic hysterectomy rather than a laparoscopic or vaginal hysterectomy.