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When menopause comes too soon
Written by Gerald F. Joseph Jr, MD   
Monday, 13 July 2009 11:40

President, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Menopause is a natural part of life for all women. But while the average woman in the US goes through menopause at age 51, some women become menopausal at a much younger age. An estimated 1–4 percent of US women have premature menopause, which can happen any time before age 40. 

Normally, the transition to menopause begins when the ovaries start to produce less estrogen and other hormones that regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle. In the years leading up to menopause (peri-menopause), fewer eggs are released, and plummeting hormone levels lead to symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, sleep problems, vaginal dryness, and moodiness. Official menopause occurs when a woman’s periods have stopped for one full year.

 
“The 40-70 Rule” Campaign aims to get seniors and their families talking
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Monday, 13 July 2009 11:39

Your dad’s neighbor just called to tell you that your 79-year-old father sideswiped his parked vehicle and nearly hit a child standing nearby. Was it an isolated slip-up or the sign that it’s time for your dad to think about giving up his car keys? More importantly, how do you begin the discussion about such a potentially volatile subject?

Sensitive issues like this prompted Home Instead Senior Care, a company serving Ottawa, Erie and Huron counties, to launch a public education campaign called the “40-70 Rule.”

 
St. Charles treats recurring lab patients with VIP service
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Monday, 13 July 2009 11:37

Who wouldn’t want to be classified as a VIP?

The VIP Fast Track Clinic in the St. Charles Lab provides the convenience of a “one-stop shop” for patients who need to visit the lab for recurring blood draws.

The service allows patients to schedule their appointment, pre-register and have their blood drawn by the same person each time. The lab then sends the results directly to the patient’s physician. The office will report the results to the patient, and depending on the patient’s need, instruct him or her to set up the next draw and evaluate his or her medication level. 

 
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