You Asked: What to Do When a Doctor’s Visit Is the Cause of Pain?

I have vaginismus, and though I’ve undergone physical therapy for it, pap smears are still unbearably painful — it basically feels like I’m being stabbed. Is there any way to tell my doctor that an Ativan and a Tylenol won’t cut it? Or am I doomed to never get a pelvic exam ever again? —…

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Medical News Today: Acupuncture may reduce menopause symptoms

A recent study concludes that just a relatively short course of acupuncture could significantly reduce some of the most unpleasant symptoms of menopause. Researchers put acupuncture to the test once again. Menopause typically begins in the sixth decade of life and continues for an average of 4–5 years. The symptoms of menopause can reduce overall…

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Has Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party Lost Its Luster?

Lady Gaga is invited. So is Mahershala Ali. But the screaming fans outside Vanity Fair’s Oscar party in Beverly Hills this Sunday night may have a hard time recognizing everyone — like the two civilians who secured invitations in an online auction, bidding with customer-loyalty points from Marriott. “Our team really went deep into discussion…

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What’s Covered Under Medicare? A New App May Leave You Still Wondering

Millennials, beware: Your grandparents are about to start calling you for help downloading the new Medicare smartphone app. The iPhone and Android app, which launched Feb. 6, is called “What’s Covered,” and true to its name, it mostly answers one simple, yes-or-no question: Is this medical procedure covered by traditional Medicare? Milt Roney, a 71-year-old…

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Living With Cancer: The Financial Toxicity of Illness

It sometimes seems baffling to me: I put my life on the line for research to produce a cancer medication that — if and when it is put on the market — I probably could not afford. Its miraculous prolongation of my existence, for which I am ever grateful, deepens my concern about those who…

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Working for a New Normal in Italian Fashion’s Understanding of Race

Image Edward Buchanan, the designer and founder of knitwear label Sansovino 6, in Milan.CreditValerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times MILAN — At age 26, Edward Buchanan, an African-American graduate of Parsons School of Design, got his dream job: design director for Bottega Veneta. “I’d walk into factories with my dreadlocks, not speaking Italian,” he…

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New in the Hastings Center Report, January-February 2019

IMAGE: Social media as a bioethics issue: several articles examine concerns raised by integrating social media platforms and artificial intelligence into medical practice, research, and public health. view more  Credit: Courtesy of the artist, www.johnstuartstudio.com Social Media, E-Health, and Medical Ethics Mélanie Terrasse, Moti Gorin, and Dominic Sisti Given the profound influence of social media and…

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WVU researcher explores what tumor cells and a healthy retina have in common

IMAGE: New research from the WVU School of Medicine explores a parallel between how cancer grows and how a healthy eye renews its photoreceptors. Assistant professor Jianhai Du is studying the… view more  Credit: Stock photo MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—How is a healthy retina cell like a tumor cell? It hijacks an energy-producing chemical reaction to churn out…

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Grant funds opioid addiction treatment in two county jails

IMAGE: Evans, assistant professor in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Science, says opioid addition ‘is probably the issue of the 21st century in terms of public health.’ view more  Credit: UMass Amherst In what could serve as a model for tackling one of the nation’s top public health crises, a University of…

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