Flu Season 2019-20 – Q&A

1) How many people die from the flu in the US every year? a – 10,000 b – 50,000 c – 100,000   2) When does flu season start? a – November b – January c – You can get the flu any time, but it’s most common in the winter.   3) Does getting flu vaccine prevent the flu? a – Yes, 100% b – It cuts your chance of getting the flu in half c – It doesn’t work at all, it’s a scam   4) What parts of the body does the flu virus attack? a – […]

Body Contouring

By Dr. Gary Vela Q: “I work out all the time but still have belly flab. What can I do?”  A: I hear this frustration frequently! Many people who eat well and exercise regularly still don’t get the results they want. This visible excess fat is called subcutaneous fat (the jiggly, pinchable fat located just under the skin). It can be difficult to lose, especially in the abdominal area. Fortunately, there are several body contouring procedures that can help you gain the fit, firm, smooth tummy you desire. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, and CoolSculpting are all designed to improve the shape […]

Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Here

Open enrollment is here, and everything you need to know to determine your eligibility and get signed up for health insurance will be discussed at the LGBT Health Resource Center’s next Lunch & Learn workshop. The workshop will take place on Thursday, November 14th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). The session will be presented by Chase Brexton Health Care social work case managers Alyson Mullie and Robin Mayfield, along with eligibility specialist Ronday Wilson. We asked the trio to share a bit of the information […]

How Helpful is Physical Therapy?

October 19th, I had the honor of presenting physical therapy topics to the Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) in Richmond, Virginia, and I had a great time! The audience was wonderful, and my hope is they learned a few things in the brief hour we had together. I want to share with you some of the ways in which physical therapy can help you during and after your transition whether it involves hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or gender-confirming surgeries. Carpal tunnel syndrome can either flare up if you already have it or you can develop it once on HRT […]

Three Proven Health Benefits of Pumpkin

By Lindsey Gass With fall in full-swing, pumpkin everything is filling grocery store shelves! Although pumpkin flavors may taste great to most of us, the actual vegetable is packed with so many nutrients that it’s easy to add it to almost any recipe for a nutritional boost. Youfit’s registered dietician, Lindsey Gass, is here to provide. Three of the best reasons to eat pumpkin this fall season: 1) It can improve skin – Pumpkin is full of a carotenoid called beta-carotene that gives it that orange hue. Beta-carotene (a provitamin) breaks down into vitamin A in the body. One-half cup […]

MENTAL HEALTH MOMENT – All it Takes is One

Nine out of ten LGBTQ youth reported experiencing bullying in the past year. And LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to experience physical assault as their peers. During National Bullying Prevention Month in October, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of bullying, and how you can help those impacted.  Bullying is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger or more powerful.” Symptoms of someone who is being bullied include isolation, declining grades, disinterest in eating, poor sleep habits, and irritability and anger. While much of the literature about bullying […]

Gay Sex in the Golden Years

Of all the factors that affect your sex life, the most predictable is the natural process of aging. As men get older, they often notice that their libido is no longer raging, that their erections are no longer as quick on the draw or as firm, and that they need more time to recover after sex. These changes happen at different times to different men, but they happen to every man who lives long enough! Does this mean that you have to give up on a fulfilling sex life after reaching a certain age? Of course not! If you are […]

Time to Leave?

At the beginning, it was exhilarating … Looking into each other’s eyes, holding hands, hooking up, savoring the physical and the emotional highs. Then, slowly, all seemed to be calming down. You started to notice little quirks that annoyed you. The same quirks that you used to think were oh so cute …. You asked: Why do you leave the wet towels on the floor? Who do you think should be putting them in the hamper? For a few days, that behavior improved, and then, back to the old ways… So for every relationship, there does come a time when […]

Starting the U=U Conversation in Maryland

The Baltimore City Health Department and community partners across the city joined the international U=U conversation last December with the launch of the U=U Maryland campaign, spreading the scientific consensus that HIV-positive individuals with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the disease to sexual partners. In the months since, the campaign has been a presence at community events, resource fairs, and health discussions across the city. Guiding the campaign’s efforts is its community board, chaired by Anthony McCarty. We asked Andrew to reflect on the first year of U=U Maryland, and what it took to bring the campaign’s message to […]

How Alcohol Affects Your Body

Dear Dr. Eva, I don’t have a drinking problem and never have. A few months ago, I decided to stop drinking because I was gaining weight and I know alcohol has a lot of calories. I used to have two to three drinks several days a week. I’m amazed at how much better I feel physically after stopping alcohol. I stopped getting headaches, my sleep is better, I don’t have problems with heartburn anymore and I was able to stop taking sleeping pills and medicine for reflux. Even a rash I couldn’t seem to get rid of has healed up. […]