Can Dementia Be Prevented?

Dear Dr. Eva, All the women on my mother’s side of the family have ended up with dementia from strokes and Alzheimer’s disease. It starts to be noticeable in their 70s and they end up in nursing homes by 80. I recently turned 60 and I’m wondering if there’s anything I can do to avoid this happening to me. Bad Genes?   Dear Genes, Your question is interesting because you’ve mentioned two different causes of dementia. Dementia is the current name for memory loss and mental deterioration in old age, which was previously called “senility” or “senile dementia.” There are […]

Are You Overreacting?

How do you measure whether your emotional reactions are completely out of proportion to the situation? If I start crying because I lost my pen, it would be an overreaction. But if the same response was to putting my cat/dog to sleep, it may not be. Cultural factors and expectations play a huge role in evaluating emotional expressions and their intensity. Many boys and men have been raised being taught that “boys don’t cry.” There are those who have grown up with the belief that being angry, or even very happy, is a no-no. Family traditions, religious thought, and gender […]

Erectile Dysfunction and Your Health

Q: Can erectile dysfunction (ED) be indicative of a more serious health concern? A: Yes! Thank you for this important question, for most men are unaware that erectile dysfunction can be an early indicator of more serious health problems, most of which can be addressed with the proper treatment.  Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection long enough to have sex. Most men find the condition highly emasculating and difficult to discuss, even with professional health care providers. This is unfortunate because ED can be alleviated or cured when properly treated and it is critical […]

All About Our Pronouns at Chase Brexton Health Care

It’s Pronoun-palooza at Chase Brexton Health Care! Our centers are honored to serve nearly 4,000 gender-diverse children, adolescents, adults, and elders. In creating a welcoming, affirming care environment, using the appropriate name and pronoun for every patient is non-negotiable. In that spirit, our LGBT Health Resource Center is leading an internal campaign about the importance of correct pronouns in patient care. Using the patient’s chosen name and appropriate pronoun isn’t just good manners – it’s good health care. Demonstrating respect by seeing someone as the whole person they are is the basis of a therapeutic relationship. The cost of being […]

Dangers of Vaping

Dear Dr. Eva, I am worried about the recent news on deaths from vaping. I have two teenage nephews that vape, and, according to them, so do most of their friends. They think it’s much safer than smoking. What do you think? Concerned   Dear Concerned, I’m concerned too. In case there are readers who don’t know, vaping means inhaling vapor from heated oil containing nicotine, THC (the active ingredient in marijuana), and other chemicals. This is done using electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) and other vaping devices. As you may have read or heard in the news, we are in the […]

Who, Me? Anger

How would you finish this sentence: “I get so angry when my partner…”? You may know that we all have a roughly almond-shaped mass of gray matter in our brain: the center that is involved in the experiencing of emotions. So when we feel angry, it means that center, the amygdala, has been triggered. Based on how we were raised, what we were taught about feelings, and what our inborn temperament is, this emotion is expressed, or suppressed. Some of us may deny we are angry. Some may fly into a rage. However you experience it, and however you express […]

Anti-Aging Solutions

A discussion with Dr. Nadia Mostovych of Belcara Health Q: “What are the most effective anti-aging solutions?” A: Aging is inevitable, but aging well is something we can control. The science and technology of skincare has become so advanced that we can now enhance, refine and restore our individual beauty in ways that were never possible. In addition, well-established procedures, a proliferation of next-generation surgical and non-surgical anti-aging solutions are now available, providing patients with a variety of customizable options. These include preventative treatments for those in their 20s and 30s and restorative procedures for those looking to reverse the […]

Upcoming Workshop to Discuss Abuse in the LGBT Community

If you needed help to escape an abusive relationship, where would you go? What long-lasting impacts can abuse have on an individual? What barriers does the LGBT community face in improving the resources available to survivors? The topic and more will be discussed at the next “Lunch and Learn” event, hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care on Thursday, October 10th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). We asked Kate Bishop, education coordinator for the LGBT Health Resource Center, and social […]

Motion is Lotion

Motion is Lotion, Rest is Rust. My mom she is an F.F.W.W. (Far From a Well Woman) given her health issues as she gets older but I still love her as her memory shifts and the stories we once knew now have different people in them and sometimes different endings….can be quite interesting as the details of multiple events are cobbled together into a new tapestry of a story. She unfortunately slipped in her bathroom resulting in a minor fall and breaking her fibula in two places. She was able to walk on it as long as she used her […]

Workout with a Coach

Ever worked with a Master YouCoach? It’s the cat’s pajamas. If you haven’t? Well, fear not – we spoke to Master YouCoach Janzen Fallgren, and he shared with us some great insight about the importance of a warm-up before your workout. And, just for good measure, he threw in some great step-by-step instructions for a dynamic stretching routine to round-out that warm-up. Now, if you’ve ever wondered if you even need a warm up, well sorry to burst your bubble, but yes, you probably should. According to Janzen, “a warm-up is almost universally accepted as an integral part of any […]