Birth Control/HIV Prevention Combination Will Lower Risk of HIV

A new clinical trial performed by the charity, International Partnership for Microbicides, may be influential in developing birth control that also helps to protect women from contracting HIV. The organization has developed a silicone vaginal birth control ring that releases both the contraceptive hormone, levonorgestrel, and the anti-HIV drug, dapivirine.

Women contract HIV at a higher rate than men. Many women around the world do not protect themselves because of economic and cultural reasons. Other contributors to this higher rate include biological factors that make women more susceptible to contracting the disease. Previous attempts to design HIV prevention methods for women included models that only contained dapivirine. This is the first attempt to combine the antiviral medication with birth control. The initial model was designed in 2016 and lowered the risk of contracting HIV by about 30 percent. Issues with the initial model were not with design, but rather with improper and inconsistent use.

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New Drug Promises Reduction in Hot Flashes

A new drug shows significant promise in reducing hot flashes in menopausal women, according to a study published in the UK’s medical journal, The Lancet.

A hot flash is a sudden rise in temperature accompanied by sweating, feeling flush and turning red. Some women experience an increased heart rate as well. Hot flashes are often associated with women in menopause.

During the trial period, the drug, known as MLE4901, was shown to reduce hot flashes in women by almost 75 percent. The drug blocks the body chemical, neurokinin B. Neurokinin B, also known as NKB, has been known to cause hot flashes in laboratory rats, as well as women in other research studies. By blocking the body from producing this chemical, the drug will block hot flashes.

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Skip the Squats: Get a Brazilian Butt Lift

If you’re looking to boost your booty, but aren’t necessarily down for a bunch of leg lifts or squats, you may want to consider a faster fix and have a Brazilian Butt Lift. The Brazilian Butt Lift lifts and reshapes the buttocks. Dr. Alqulali performs the BBL procedure using your own fat.

During the procedure, fat is taken from an area of the patient like the thighs or abdomen. It is collected via special liposuction, and refined to separate out blood and other tissues. The pure, refined fat is then injected into the buttocks.

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The Lowdown on Low Blood Pressure

 
 Most people know that having high blood pressure, or hypertension, is bad for you. High blood pressure is a serious condition that can cause damage to your heart and blood vessels. High blood pressure can lead to heart attack or stroke, kidney damage and dementia, and may even impact your vision. Women are often at risk for high blood pressure, leaving them susceptible to heart attacks and strokes. Many women also experience blood pressure that is too low, leaving them at risk for other health complications. Dr. Alqulali monitors the blood pressure in her patients to ensure they are healthy- and to treat them if blood pressure is too high or too low. 

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Is There a Right Time for Mammograms?

 If you’re heading towards the big 4-0, you probably are wondering if it’s the right time to get a mammogram, but new recommendations say otherwise. For many years, 40 was the standard age suggested by the American Cancer Society to start preventative scanning. However, recently the ACS and the American College of Physicians have said that 40 is not a hard and fast rule for all women. In fact, they say that age 50 is the new 40 when it comes to screening mammograms. It is important to remember that these recommendations do not apply to all women, and Dr. Alqulali encourages patients to talk to their doctors about both their family health and personal health history to determine if they need earlier screenings.

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