Don't Struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder this Winter

Winter in Bettendorf can guarantee a few things: Seemingly endless snow, bitterly cold temperatures and brutal winds are definitely going to happen. For some individuals, something else happens - seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that develops during the fall, when days become shorter, and lasts until the spring. Researchers estimate that 5 percent of people in the United States are living with SAD, and many of them are women.

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Meeting About Menopause

Women’s health researchers from around the United States, Canada and Mexico recently gathered for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the North American Menopause Society to discuss and present topics and new treatments concerning menopause and women’s health.

The Women's Health Initiative 

Topics and takeaways from the summit included updates on the Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term health study funded by the U.S. Health and Human Services' National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The WHI was established in 1991 to address the top three causes of death, disability and quality-of-life issues for postmenopausal women in the U.S.: cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis.

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Are Pelvic Exams Necessary Every Year?

If you’re like most women, you’re probably not too excited when your annual checkup rolls around. While you may be tempted to skip this exam, before you cancel your appointment, you should remember that although it can be uncomfortable, annual exams play a critical role in protecting your health. The annual exam allows Dr. Alqulali to make sure your reproductive organs are healthy and helps her identify any conditions or concerns that may negatively impact your overall health.

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A Word About Wine

Many women love to unwind with wine, but is wine really all that healthy? New research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says yes, wine has some surprising health benefits. But before you reach for your corkscrew, Dr. Alqulali wants you to remember one thing: Moderation is key. 

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