Give Yourself the Gift of a Stress-Free Holiday Season

The holidays aren’t always a joyous and restful time of the year, especially for LGBT elders. From dealing with their families or families of choice to budgeting their time, energy and finances, the year’s end can be a hard time for many. Tips for managing holiday stress and avoiding its negative health effects will be presented at an upcoming workshop hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, December 12th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). Anyone […]

How Can I Look Great for the Holidays? and start the New Year right?

A discussion with Dr. Nadia Mostovych of Belcara Health By Dr. Nadia Mostovych The holidays can be magical, but they can also be quite stressful. As our social calendars fill up and our to-do lists get longer, we can quickly become overwhelmed and tired. The opportunities to indulge in high-calorie, low nutrition meals, and stray from our healthy physical routines are ample – and the reality of January’s New Year’s resolutions looms just ahead. Now is the time to prepare and invest in ourselves so we can fully enjoy the holidays and start the new year at our best. Here […]

First Date Red Flags

Grindr, Tinder, Zoosk, PinkCupid, whatever.… So you’re going to meet. Or, you already met somewhere and now it’s the first real date.… What do you pay attention to? What gives you the feeling this is good? Or really bad? Signs to keep going, or bail out? Malcolm Gladwell, in his recent book, Talking to – Strangers, discusses the how, why, and why not of trusting and believing other people. To each new situation and encounter, we bring our own beliefs, opinions, and views. How we approach a person is affected by those existing mental sets. For example, if you are […]

Translating Medspeak

Hello Dr. Eva, When my mother’s heart specialist told me she had heart failure, I thought that meant she was about to die. After all, when something fails that means it doesn’t work anymore, right? I was extremely upset. After I searched online and talked to my own family doctor, I learned that people with heart failure often live on for years. And I understand the same thing is true for kidney “failure.” Why use such scary language when that isn’t even what they really mean? Annoyed   Dear Annoyed, You are 100% right! Saying someone has “heart failure” does […]

What a Pain in the Neck!

Neck pain is a very common problem in today’s society, afflicting nearly 25% of us, with reports as high as 86% of us complaining about some level of neck pain. That means 87,750,000 Americans will complain of neck pain something this year. That is a lot of people! What causes neck pain? The answers are as varied as we are. Often times it is as simple as stress in our lives manifesting into tension in our upper trapezius (UT) muscles that attach to the spine of our neck as well as the base of the skull and the shoulder blade. […]

Winter Blues

How many of you have already been affected by the changing seasons? Although winter has not officially set in, I think we can all agree that this season can have both a positive and negative impact on our moods. For some, the seasonal changes can have a profound impact on their moods, which could stem from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? SAD is a type of mood disorder that affects around five percent of the country’s total population each year. As a psychiatrist at Sheppard Pratt Health System who specializes in mood disorders, I have seen […]

Comemmorating World AIDS Day 2019

Join Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners on World AIDS Day, Sunday, December 1st, for “A Celebration of Perseverance,” a memorial march through Mount Vernon, followed by a prayer breakfast. The event will honor those we’ve lost, rejoice with our long-term thrives, and celebrate how far we’ve come to support one another, improve health care, and get closer to an end to the HIV epidemic. “World AIDS Day is important because it gives us the opportunity to educate the community on the importance of HIV testing and prevention,” said Tonya Williamson, project coordinator for the POWER (Protecting Ourselves […]

Do We Need Passion in a Relationship?

Who can deny the joy in connecting with another and experiencing the height of emotion, the passionate encounters and even that peaceful time after the peak? Dictionary definitions of passion include: “Any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate. Strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor. An instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire.” So, there is a mixing of feeling or emotion and chemistry or sexual desire. Can one feel passion for another as desire but not love? Alternately, can one love another without desire? This is a really tough area of relationships to […]

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 […]