Miscarriage or Stillbirth Should be a ‘911 Call’ for Churches and Healthcare Professionals

Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Many of you know that Barb and I have lost four children during pregnancy. Both of us were surprised at the depth of emotion we went through -- that only escalated with each loss. Now, come a new study the reports relationships often founder after failed pregnancy. When the researchers controlled for known risk factors, women who experienced miscarriages had a 22 percent greater chance of their marriage ending, while women who experienced stillbirths had a 40 percent had a significantly greater hazard of their marriage ending -- in both cases, compared with women whose pregnancies ended in live births. In our practice we consider a miscarriage or a stillbirth a 911 emergency for the marriage. I recommend to healthcare professionals and pastoral professionals that they be interactive in getting…
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Doctors, Listen Up: Have a Seat and You’ll Have Happier Patients

General Health
For years, when I teach young healthcare professionals about caring for patients, I teach them to sit down to talk. Why? Not only do patients warm up more quickly to physicians who sit down, they say they are more satisfied with doctors who sit, as opposed to those who stand for the entire visit. Now, a new study shows patients also estimate that physicians stay 40 percent longer than they actually do. That's huge! The details are in this report from HealthDay News: When it comes to doctor-patient relationships, new research suggests that patients would be happier if their doctors would just sit down and stay awhile. And for doctors, taking a seat doesn't necessarily have to add time to their day. The researchers found that when doctors sat down during…
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Survey: Most Baldness Treatments Don’t Work

Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
A new survey is out and confirms what I see in the office: more than half of men say that their hair loss treatments are not effective. In other words, most baldness cures just don’t cut it, at least according to a new Consumer Reports magazine survey of more than 8,000 men and women who have personal experience with hair loss. Here are the details from WebMD: Of the respondents, nearly 40% of women and 27% of men said they had tried a treatment or product to help stop or reverse their hair loss. More than half of the men polled said that the benefits of the baldness remedies were overplayed. Most of them said they reached for over-the-counter baldness remedies, but 20% of men opted for Propecia, a prescription pill…
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The Myths and Bald Facts About Hair Loss

Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
Hair plays a huge role in many people's sense of physical beauty, and losing hair can be devastating for many. The emotions surrounding hair make men and women vulnerable to all sorts of false notions about hair loss or balding, particularly those that offer hope - such as the host of miracle cures hawked on the Internet. Here's a rundown of some of the most common myths about hair loss from an excellent article by Consumer Reports: Myth: Men who lose their hair have more testosterone than other men and are better lovers. Reality: The fact that eunuchs never become bald may have spawned this myth. They keep their hair because they lack the male sex hormone that causes male-pattern baldness, the common kind. But that hormone isn't testosterone-it's DHT,…
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