My First Mammogram

Dr. Laura Pearson and Dr. Sharon Harley

I confess: I am over age 50, and I have never had a mammogram. After a year of being scolded by Dr. Sharon Harley at the Women’s Specialty Clinic, I finally made an appointment for my first mammogram. But not just because I was tired of hearing Dr. Harley’s voice; I got my first mammogram because I want to live.

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Medical Minute: The Worst Shoes for Your Feet

Reality TV star and singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss leaves 'Watch What Happens Live' in NYC

Podiatrists have issued warnings about women wearing high heeled shoes for decades. The high fashion footwear are available in a variety of styles including stilleto’s (or spikes), pumps and wedges. Originally designed to keep a horseback rider’s feet from slipping out of the stirrups, high-heeled shoes have evolved into medieval torture devices.

Doctors say pointy pumps (such as those pictured above on a local celebrity) are the worst culprits. The pointy toes squeeze the entire front of your foot together, causing nerve pain, bunions, blisters, and hammertoes.

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Medical Minute: Acid Reflux (GERD)

Barack Obama

According to published reports, President Barack Obama was rushed to a military hospital near Washington D.C. on Saturday after complaining of a sore throat. Doctors there diagnosed Obama with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) caused by acid reflux.

Comedian Joan Rivers also suffered from acid reflux (GERD). She was undergoing an endoscopy (a test to diagnose GERD acid reflux) when she died tragically in a Manhattan clinic on Sept. 4 at age 81.

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Mom Shares Her Love of Yoga With Young Daughter

Laura Kasperzak and Mini

Laura Kasperzak is a mom, wife and Yoga instructor who still has plenty of time for her young daughter, Mini. Both Laura and Mini share a love of Yoga that is documented lovingly in amazing photos on Laura’s Instagram account. Her @Laurasykora IG account has over 1 million devoted followers.

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Medical Minute: Blood-Sucking Parasite Infects 300K Americans

Chaga blood-sucking bug

A deadly blood-sucking parasite, introduced into America by Mexicans crossing the porous southern border, has infected up to 300,000 Americans — and 300,000 more Americans are expected to be infected by year’s end according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Doctors at the CDC compare the deadly “kissing bug” disease to the virus that causes HIV/AIDS.

Chaga blood-sucking bug

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Tameka Opens Up About Eye Color Surgery

Tameka Harris

Don’t ask rap mogul T.I. to comment on his wife’s ongoing dependence on cosmetic surgery. In addition to a laundry list of cosmetic procedures in recent years, Tameka Harris, 39, recently received iris implants to permanently change the color of her eyes from brown to ice gray.

When asked to comment on his wife’s latest surgery in a radio interview, T.I. politely deferred all questions to his wife.

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Rev. Al Sharpton’s Starvation Diet Really Works

Al Sharpton

Rev. Al Sharpton says his new starvation diet has made him a new man. The once portly, 60-year-old radio host says cutting red meat and poultry out of his “Al Sharpton Diet” helped him drop over 300 pounds!

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