Beauty is certainly skin deep when that skin is reinforced by a strong underlayment of collagen, but collagen, a long, fibrous, structural protein found in the inner layer (dermis) of skin, is more than a simple preventive for skin wrinkles, creases and sags.
Collagen composes a third of the proteins in the human body and serves as an important, supportive structure for cells in bones, muscles, tendons, as well as skin. Studies have shown various types of collagen play a key role in healing wounds, including heart repair; maintaining skin elasticity; acting as a protective coating for internal organs; and preventing some diseases, such as cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. (more…)
It usually starts with the itching. Your vulva feels like it’s on fire, and it’s all you can do not to reach down and scratch away. If you’re nodding along, you’re probably one of the millions of women who’ve dealt with a vaginal yeast infection.
Yeast infections are the second most common type of vaginal infection in the U.S., according to the CDC. In fact, most women will have at least one in their lifetime, says Amesh Adalja, MD, a senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Yet myths about these common infections abound, from what causes them to what they say about your overall health. (more…)
How High Of A Fever Can A Pregnant Woman Have? Here’s What To Know If You’re Expecting
By Candace Ganger 11/13/17
As if pregnancy isn’t difficult enough, what with changing hormones, an expanding body, and all the other annoying, arguably weird symptoms, there’s the potential for a fever. I mean, come one pregnancy gods. Give it a rest. But, alas, during 40 weeks (more or less) a woman’s suppressed immune system has to work extra hard to keep both mom and fetus healthy. So, how high of a fever can a pregnant woman have? After all, even the most run-of-the-mill cold can be scary when your body is doing something as difficult, and incredible, as growing a human being inside your own body. (more…)
HEALING FROM SURGERY WHILE CARING FOR A NEWBORN CAN BE TOUGH. HERE’S WHAT’S LIKELY IN STORE FOR YOU AND HOW YOU CAN GET BACK ON YOUR FEET FASTER.
Let’s get one thing straight: When it comes to childbirth, there’s no easy way to have a baby. But if you had a c-section, whether it was planned or unplanned, the postpartum period may prove even more challenging: After all, you’re not only caring for a newborn but also healing from abdominal surgery. C-section recovery feels different for every mom—and can even feel different from one birth to the next—but there are a few things you can expect to encounter while you recuperate.
C-SECTION RECOVERY TIME
With a new baby to care for, you’ll probably be anxious to get back on your feet—but recovery after a c-section can take some time. “In general, full recovery from a cesarean section is about six weeks,” says Kecia Gaither, MD, director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals-Lincoln in the Bronx, New York. (more…)
Adolescence is a stressful time. Along with the excitement of having one’s body’s transform and one’s experience broaden comes the dismay of hormonal volatility and, for most of us, the scourge of acne. For the lucky ones, acne is limited to a few unsightly blemishes. For others though, acne storms across the face, chest and upper back as if intent on destroying not only our appearance but our self-esteem. Those who suffer the worst ongoing outbreaks of acne during the teen years are sometimes left with unattractive reminders of the dermatological onslaught: acne scars. These scars, the physical evidence of teenage humiliation, can be improved or removed with a few simple treatments. (more…)
Finding out you’re pregnant can cause any number of emotions—from excitement to stress to joy, and everything in between. But for women whose pregnancies turn out to be ectopic, it can be both scary and dangerous.
So what is an ectopic pregnancy exactly? Put simply, it’s when an embryo implants itself outside the central cavity of the uterus, rather than within, says Kecia Gaither, M.D., a double board-certified physician in ob-gyn and fetal maternal medicine. (more…)
Both Plastic and ENT Surgeons Can Safely Repair Orbital Floor Fracture
By Marilynn Larkin
November 02, 2017
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Orbital floor fracture repair is a safe procedure that can be managed with low postoperative complications by plastic or ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons, researchers in New York say. (more…)
AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill Allows for Faster and Safer Rehabilitation for Patients
West Orange, NJ (PRWEB) October 27, 2017
October 2017 – Atlantic Spine Centerannounces that the Alter Anti-Gravity Treadmill, the world’s first and only treadmill using NASA based anti-gravity technology, has been installed to help patients in their short-term rehabilitation programs. According to physical therapist Sridhar Yalamanchili, MSPT and director of rehabilitation at Atlantic Spine Center, “the Alter Anti-Gravity Treadmill helps patients Rehab Faster and Safer.” (more…)
One-third of Americans today are classified as obese, and another one-third considered overweight. And according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one-quarter of women giving birth are obese (for example, 175+ pounds for a 5-foot-4 woman) before becoming pregnant. Gaining weight during pregnancy is anticipated and necessary for a healthy mother and baby. However, according to double board-certified OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician Dr. Kecia Gaither, “for obese women—defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher—starting a pregnancy can present a wide range of complications and possible health challenges for them and their babies.” (more…)
While beauty standards are always evolving (we like to think for the better!), it’s undeniable that one of the most common fitness goals is still to get rid of cellulite. Yeah, we get it. We’ve all been told through pop culture, media portrayals of the “ideal” body, and maybe even our friends and family that cellulite is ugly. But the truth is, it’s really, really normal, and for many women, unavoidable. So why are we still spending our time and money trying to get rid of it? Ahead, read what experts in the field want you to know about cellulite, plus what you can (and can’t) do about it. (more…)
Capsular contracture develops in some patients because the body is trying to protect itself from an object that’s been inserted that it recognizes as foreign. (Getty Images)
Surgery is a common and effective means of treating breast cancer, used in some 95 percent of early stage breast cancer cases and 70 percent of later stage cases. Surgical options contribute to the current 89.7 percent five-year survival rate for all types of breast cancer as reported by the National Cancer Institute. However, these surgical procedures can leave patients with scars and a changed body shape and image. In response to these changes that may cause deep psychological pain for some patients, some will undergo breast reconstruction surgery. But as with just about all treatments for breast cancer, breast reconstruction surgery also offers the opportunity for side effects among those who’ve had implant-based breast reconstruction. (more…)
If you are approaching a “certain age,” you may be among the 80% of adults who experience lower back pain. Some yrs ago, I had it…Called the doctor and they said, “Oh, everyone over 50 gets it.” They didn’t even say to come over. I did some yoga poses for a while and it went away. Now I only get it if I lean over for a long time–changing the cat litter or something.
But there is a spine surgeon at the Atlantic Spine Center–Kaixuan Liu, MD–who says once you have had it once, there is a good chance it will recur. Causes can range from sprains, to age, to sitting, or stress. (more…)
On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in Hawaii federal court challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change its regulations on the abortion pill. The ACLU is fighting to make the pill more accessible to women and people who can get pregnant, as currently, the FDA prohibits mifeprestone (one of two drugs needed for a medication abortion) from being available at a pharmacy. (more…)
Confession time: I don’t wash my face. I mean sure, I splash water on it daily, and of course, I use makeup wipes if I’m wearing foundation or concealer. But facial cleansers? Nope. Soap or masks? Not a chance. (more…)
Dr. Kecia Gaither provided commentary for HoneyColony for an article titled: Wet Vagina Dilemma: 13 Reasons Women Of All Ages Are Dry.
Not having a wet vagina can bring the most steamy sexual encounter to a painful interlude, as if your romantic playlist was hijacked by the garish sound of nails scraping a chalkboard. According to statistics, 50 percent of women of all ages (i.e. not just menopausal, perimenopausal or postmenopausal ladies), suffer from a lack of a vaginal lubrication. Around 17 percent of women, ages 18-50, consistently have a hard time enjoying sex due to a lack of natural vaginal lubrication. This is demonstrated by the fact that at any given time of the day or night, at least five people are reading our article on natural lubrication.
While most often the fallopian tube is the primary site of implantation causing a tubal pregnancy – ectopic pregnancies can implant on other sites such as the cervix, ovary, abdominal wall or on the surface of other intra-abdominal organs. “The fallopian tube cannot support a growing embryo and an ectopic pregnancy must be treated promptly to avoid damage to the tube,” says Dr. Kecia Gaither, a double board-certified physician in OB/GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine in New York City. “It typically occurs in the first few weeks, sometimes before a woman realizes she is pregnant, so it’s important for women to be alert to the symptoms and seek immediate treatment.” (more…)
You might have heard that it’s possible to bleed after having sex. It might sound kind of freaky, but it can actually be pretty normal. Seventeen.com talked to Dr. Kecia Gaither, a double board-certified gynecologist, MD, MPH, FACOG, about why bleeding sometimes occurs after sex, when it’s NBD, and when you should consider seeing a doctor. (more…)
We all have a good idea of how sleep affects the body, but few of us know that skin cells go into makeover mode while we snooze. Several studies suggest that the magic happens between 11 and midnight. “That’s when cell mitosis—cell division that renews and repairs skin—is at its peak, whether you’re asleep or not,” says New York-based dermatologist Dennis Gross, MD. “This is when cells need nutrients the most, and when their anti-aging benefits have maximum impact.” (more…)
We’ve seen tabloid headlines scream about “bad botox”. But then there are megawatt actors, like Game of Thrones’ Robin Wright, now 51, who credits the injections with helping her age beautifully. What gives?
Frozen is fine if you’re talking ice cream or blockbuster musicals. But when it comes to cosmetic use of botulinum toxin – often called botox – the goal is to work with patients to enhance their own appearance. Yes, they want to look more youthful – but they absolutely can still look natural and like themselves. And the good news is that ongoing use has been shown to be safe and effective.
Medically Reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, APRN on September 27, 2017 — Written by Julie Ryan Evans
What exactly are razor bumps?
A good, clean shave leaves your skin feeling so smooth and soft at first — but then come the red bumps. Razor bumps are more than just an annoyance; in some cases, they can cause permanent damage if they’re not treated.