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All about OCD: its causes and various manifestations:

From the physicians in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of  Medicine, we learn all about the causes, nature, symptoms and treatment of OCD –  obsessive-compulsive disorder. What are the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder? Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is … Continue reading

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Stemming the rise of childbirth complications

When things go wrong in pregnancy, they can quickly spiral out of control. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported a steep rise in childbirth complications, which affect about 52,000 women per year. During delivery, incidents … Continue reading

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I read that there is a big rise in asthma cases in Connecticut and throughout New England, and especially in New Haven. Why is this?

Many people who saw the article in the New Haven Register (see link below) had been noticing increased breathing problems in themselves and their families. To answer “why,” we turned to Geoffrey Chupp, M.D., Director of the Yale Center for … Continue reading

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When we learned that Britain’s Kate Middleton was hospitalized due to “acute morning sickness,” many people had questions about the condition – how it differs from ordinary morning sickness experienced by pregnant women, and what it might mean for Kate and the baby she is expecting with her husband, Prince William. For answers, we turned to Christian Pettker, M.D., of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale School of Medicine.

Ask Yale Medicine: Please describe the condition Hyperemesis Gravidarum. What is it, and why would a pregnant woman wind up in the hospital? Dr. Pettker: Nausea and vomiting are common early symptoms of pregnancy. The most serious cases fall under … Continue reading

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I had a mammogram, but because I have dense breast tissue, my doctor suggested that I have another test, an ultrasound. What is the benefit of this second test, and can it detect problems that may escape mammogram detection?

Once again we turn to Anees Chagpar, M.D., Director of the Breast Center at Yale Cancer Center. She writes: “Mammograms may miss up to 15% of small breast cancer, particularly in women who have very dense breast tissue.  Dense breast … Continue reading

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How important is a monthly self-exam in detecting breast cancer?

October is national Breast Health Awareness Month, which makes this question very timely. To answer it, we turned to Yale Cancer Center breast surgeon Anees Chagpar, M.D., director of the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. She … Continue reading

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I have an enlarged prostate gland. Does this put me at greater risk for prostate cancer?

Our answer comes from Peter Schulam, M.D., chairman of the department of urology at Yale School of Medicine, and head of the prostate and urologic cancers program at Yale Cancer Center. He writes: “An enlarged prostate does not put you … Continue reading

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I’m a smoker who worries about lung cancer. How long will it take for my lungs to heal after I quit?

For an answer, we turned to Tom Lynch, M.D., director of Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. Dr. Lynch is a world-renowned expert in lung cancer and the development of novel therapies. He writes: … Continue reading

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I have seasonal allergies and take over-the-counter medication. Is it necessary to take it every day to build up its effectiveness, or can I just take it on days when my allergies are really bad?

Our answer comes from Mark Bianchi, M.D., ear, nose and throat specialist at Yale Medical Group.  “There are three categories of allergy pills; antihistamines, decongestants, and leukotriene inhibitors. They all work fairly rapidly. I don’t continue the first two for … Continue reading

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What causes lower back pain, and why does it sometimes seem to radiate to other parts of the back and hip area?

We turned to Peter Whang, M.D., spine expert at the Yale School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics. He writes: “Low back pain is, unfortunately, a ubiquitous problem in our society. Approximately 80% of individuals will have an episode of low … Continue reading

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