Update on Vaping

Dear Dr. Eva, Since most vaping disease has been linked to THC products, does that mean it’s safe to vape nicotine without THC? Addicted to vaping Dear Dr. Eva, Have they found out yet what causes lung damage from vaping? My son is still vaping. JB   Dear Dr. Eva, I saw on the news that vitamin E in vaping liquid is causing the lung disease. I take vitamin E as an antioxidant. Is it dangerous? Should I stop? Vitamin Lady   Dear Addicted, JB, and Vitamin Lady, As more people are getting sick and dying from vaping complications, we’re […]

Scar Prevention & Treatment

A discussion with Dr. Ciro Martins of Belcara Health by Dr. Ciro Martins Q: “What can I do to make the scars from my upcoming transition less noticeable?” A:  I’m glad you asked because there is quite a lot you can do to minimize scarring after transitioning. Gender reassignment often requires multiple surgeries to alter the appearance and function of existing sexual characteristics. These “top” and “bottom” procedures are all major surgeries that involve incisions and the inevitable scars can be upsetting. Fortunately, there are proactive changes you can make, as well as, many scar repair treatment options, to reduce […]

The Risks & Rewards of Anal Sex

All gay men have lots of anal sex and are experts at it, right? Not necessarily – many guys are intimidated by penetrative sex due to safety concerns, nervousness about potential pain, or insecurity. The good news is that these worries can be cured with a little education. Anal sex does carry certain risks that you need to be aware of, but when done safely and correctly, it can provide great pleasure to both partners. Anal sex presents a greater risk for bottoms than for tops. This is not a myth – it is based purely on anatomy. The lining […]

True Chesapeake Oyster

True Chesapeake Oyster 3300 Clipper Mill Road, Baltimore 410-913-6374 Truechesapeake.com To those not repulsed by the gelatinous loveliness of a raw oyster, Baltimore now has a new happy hour destination for you to try. True Chesapeake Oyster, the latest addition to Clipper Mill, has taken over one of the area’s historic mills and turned it into a fabulous, spacious den of unique seafood dishes. The layout is perfect for separating the louder, more boisterous gatherings from those who are looking for a quiet, intimate dinner. The extensive drink list was as long as the president’s Twitter feed, having at least […]

Congrats, You’re Engaged!

Where do you need to start with your wedding planning? Based on my experience working with thousands of couples, the two most important things to know – two things you have to know before you spend a dime – are how many people you plan to invite, and how much money you have available to spend. Every aspect of your wedding planning is related to those two things: your budget and your anticipated guest count.  Your budget – Your budget represents the total amount of money you have to spend for absolutely everything. That includes your venue, catering, photography, entertainment, […]

BARCELONA | with a Sprinkle of Sitges

Barcelona is an amazing city filled with famous places, breathtaking sights, and great food. It’s Spain’s second largest city (Madrid is first), it is located in the Catalonia region, and it is the Catalan capital. Its population identity is divided: many identify as Catalan rather than Spanish. The city is welcoming to the LGBT community and it promotes freedom, respect, and tolerance. In 2014 the Catalan parliament passed an anti-homophobia act which punish those who attack members of the LGBT community with heavy fines, in addition to its other laws that punish by incarceration. With Barcelona’s reputation as one of […]

Retirement Income Rules of Thumb

If you’re casually wondering if you’re on the right track for retirement, you can use some simple math to help determine how you’re doing. Normally, I’m not a fan of rules of thumb because so many variables are at play and retirement is so personalized. That said, this can give you some idea of what you’ll need for retirement income. How to determine your income needs – Take an estimate of your total expenses and modify those for changes you expect in retirement (such as more travel, fewer commuting expenses, greater healthcare costs, etc.). After you get that total, subtract […]

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 […]