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Ask the Gastroenterologist: Explaining the Mystery of Women’s Gut Health

Ask the Gastroenterologist: Explaining the Mystery of Women’s Gut Health

As a female gastroenterologist who specializes in women’s digestive health, many women ask me similar questions, especially as they age. In this article, I address FAQs that commonly arise, and…

Ten Tips for Staying Safe in the Summer Sun

Ten Tips for Staying Safe in the Summer Sun

Recently, I went to see my dermatologist, and she noticed a small area on my leg which didn’t look right. She did a shave biopsy. It turned out to be…

COVID-19: Delta Variant Update

COVID-19: Delta Variant Update

The Delta variant which first appeared in India and has now been identified in 96 countries, has now become the dominant strain in the United States, representing more than half…

7 Tips for Headache Prevention

7 Tips for Headache Prevention

Headaches are a leading cause of time spent out of commission–time you were going to use to get work done, go to the gym, spend time with family, but instead…

The Impact of Your Fitness Level on Overall Longevity

The Impact of Your Fitness Level on Overall Longevity

In 2019, a simple fitness test caught headlines in the Washington Post with the provocative title, Can this test tell you how long you’ll live? The test itself is simple,…

Women Deserve Good Sexual Health

Women Deserve Good Sexual Health

It’s estimated that about 41% of women experience sexual dysfunction, compared to 31% of men. So, then, why are there at least six brand name drugs to treat erectile dysfunction…

Understanding and Recognizing ADHD in Women

Understanding and Recognizing ADHD in Women

ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by persistent inattention, with or without hyperactivity. Importantly, it causes deficits in executive function. Executive function refers to our brain’s ability…

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Menopause: Timing Matters–don’t wait!

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Menopause: Timing Matters–don’t wait!

Towards the end of 2020, the American Heart Association (AHA) published a statement on “Menopause Transition and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Implications for Timing of Early Prevention.” Below are the salient…

Insomnia & Tips for Better Sleep with Anna, NP

Insomnia & Tips for Better Sleep with Anna, NP

Friends, how have you been sleeping? Insomnia, trouble falling or staying asleep, is a common symptom of stress or anxiety. So, it’s no wonder that so many of us aren’t…

Heart Attacks & Women: Know Your Risk, Know the Signs

Heart Attacks & Women: Know Your Risk, Know the Signs

There’s more and more conversation around a woman’s heart health – and for good reason. While men are twice as likely to have a heart attack compared to women, heart…

When will I be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Will I be able to go to Dr. West to receive it when it’s available?

When will I be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine? Will I be able to go to Dr. West to receive it when it’s available?

As of December 30th, 2020, in the state of Virginia, only frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (Phase 1a of the…

Want to live longer? Get social.

Want to live longer? Get social.

Relationships with friends, family and coworkers are a source of happiness, joy (and yes, sometimes stress and frustrations). But, when it comes to your health, the good far outweighs the…

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