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BRCA Genes: What’s your Breast cancer risk?
By: Dr. Christine Horner On May 14, 2013, the world woke to the shocking news that Angelina Jolie , a young actress and humanitarian graced with exceptional beauty and fame, and a mother of six, had undergone a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. A blood test revealed that she had t...Read Article
Learning How To Cope With Stress
By: Dr. Christine Horner It's the holiday season again. Oh the parties! The fun! The champagne! Oh the crowds! The traffic! And those family members who push all your buttons! Yes, you know what stress feels like, but do you really know the magnitude of potential harm that this level of chronic st...Read Article
A Secret to Kick-Starting Weight Loss
By: Dr. Christine Horner Happy New Year! Yes, all that celebrating with family and friends was lots of fun. But, chances are the festivities also gave you something you didn't want grrr, extra pounds. If so, losing that extra weight is no doubt near the top of your New Year's resolutions. Bef...Read Article
By: Dr. Christine Horner Open a magazine, turn on your television, or log onto the Internet and you'll find people talking about "superfoods." You might be wondering: What exactly are they? What's all the hoopla about? Are they really something you should be consuming? Or is what's being said abou...Read Article
Can You “Game” Your Way to Improved Brain Health?
By: Dr. Christine Horner "Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory." -Albert Schweitzer How many times have you walked in a room and forgot what you went in there for? I don't know about you, but for me, a more appropriate question would be-how many times a day? I can't r...Read Article
Pre-Emptive Surgeries: Good Thinking or Dangerous Trend?
By: Dr. Christine Horner Last year, one of the most famous women in the world, actress Angelina Jolie, announced she had undergone a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction. She chose this surgery because she had a genetic mutation of the BRCA1 gene which is associated with a high risk of brea...Read Article
Tips to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer
By: Dr. Christine Horner As a plastic surgeon, I witnessed the horrors of breast cancer almost everyday while taking care of my breast reconstruction patients. Then, this disease became too personal-it claimed the life of my own mother in 1994. At that moment I vowed to go after her ...Read Article
Benefits Of Black Cohosh For Menopause: A Godsend Or A Placebo?
By: Dr. Christine Horner More than two centuries ago, deep in the shaded woods of the eastern United States, Native Americans discovered the root of a plant with the ability to improve a variety of conditions, including fever, arthritis, snake bites, menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms. The r...Read Article
Women, Strokes and New Prevention Guidelines
By: Dr. Christine Horner If you think that heart attacks and strokes associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are more of a concern for men than women, you are not alone. However, this long held belief is a myth. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in ...Read Article
Essential Health Screenings for Women
By: Dr. Christine Horner As we age, the incidence of chronic diseases begins to rise. The good news is-you can reduce your risk of developing most of these diseases through simple diet and lifestyle measures. Even if certain diseases run in your family, you can still reduce your risk to a minimum ...Read Article
Are you Gluten Sensitive?
Do you love bread-but bread doesn?t love you? Do you find that the pleasure you get from eating several delicious, warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven rolls at your favorite restaurant is quickly followed by uncomfortable abdominal bloating and cramping, and/or headaches, stuffy sinuses and joint pain? Th...Read Article
Can you Freeze Out Weight Gain
By: Dr. Christine Horner I'm not a fan of cold winters, which is one of the main reasons I moved to warm sunny San Diego a couple of years ago. If you have dreamed about living in a place that's warm in the winter, don't pack your bags yet. There's an upside to living in a cold winter climate. R...Read Article
Keeping Fit after Fifty
It?s no secret that regular exercise is one of the most important components to good health at every age. But what you may not know is just how powerful keeping fit can be, especially after 50 years of age. Recent research shows the effects of moving, or not moving, your body is more profound tha...Read Article
Sleeping: How Much Do You Really Need?
As a general rule, either too much indulgence or too much restriction of anything that is considered ?good? usually leads to problems. Sleep is a classic example. Sleeping too few hours, or sleeping too many hours, can have a serious negative impact on your health. These less than optimal sleeping ...Read Article
BRCA Gene Mutations: Is Pre-emptive Surgery the Best Choice?
Angelina Jolie Pitt recently made headlines again when she announced on March 24, 2015 in a New York Times Op-Ed that she had just had her ovaries removed to prevent ovarian cancer. The Oscar-winning actress has the BRCA1 genetic mutation which substantially raises the risk of breast and ovar...Read Article