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Imaginis December 2010 Newsletter

Have a Healthy Holiday

The holidays are upon us, and many of us will be spending time with family and friends. This is the perfect time to support each other in healthy habits. Encourage your family and friends to visit the doctor, get the appropriate medical tests, and take preventive measures to maintain the best health possible. Explore for comprehensive information on a variety of women's health issues. Happy Holidays from the staff.

Fewer (But Still Many) Doctors Have Relationships with Drug Companies

Doctors’ relationships with pharmaceutical companies have long been a source of potential conflict when treating patients. Accepting money, services, or free products from drug companies could compromise a doctor’s advice to patients. Medical schools and hospitals have begun imposing bans on such relationships, and a new study shows a decline in doctor/industry relationships in recent years. However, over 80 percent of doctors surveyed still reported some type of relationship with the drug industry.

New Vitamin D Recommendations Issued

The Institute of Medicine released new recommendations on vitamin D. Vitamin D, along with calcium, can help promote bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a bone-weakening disease that primarily affects post-menopausal women. According to the report, most Americans and Canadians up to age 70 need no more than 600 international units (IUs) of vitamin D per day to maintain health, and those 71 and older may need as much as 800 IUs. The amount of calcium needed ranges, based on age, from 700 to 1,300 milligrams per day, according to the Institute of Medicine’s report.

Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure is a serious, chronic condition in which there is a deficiency in the heart’s ability to pump oxygen-rich blood. The condition usually occurs from a weakening of the heart over a long period of time. The first symptoms of congestive heart failure typically include fatigue, shortness of breath, or wheezing. Other noticeable symptoms include heart palpitations, swollen ankles and legs, and weight gain due to fluid build-up. This article provides in-depth information on congestive heart failure symptoms, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and patient monitoring.

If I Have LCIS, Will I Get Breast Cancer?

Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) refers to a sharp increase in the number, appearance, and abnormal behavior of cells contained in the milk-producing lobules of the breast. Though categorized as a stage 0 breast cancer (the earliest stage), LCIS is not considered a cancer. Rather, it is "marker" or a signal that breast cancer may develop. In fact, LCIS has recently been renamed lobular neoplasia to signify this belief. This article provides detailed information about LCIS, focusing on treatment options.