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Which type of psychotherapy works best? Many people find that a
blended approach — one that draws on elements of different
schools of psychotherapy — suits them best. There are many forms
of psychotherapy, but the two most popular forms are
psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Midlife is not too late for women to reap the benefits of change
by seeking the help they need to gain greater satisfaction in
their lives. One avenue to change is psychotherapy. Successful
psychotherapy can heighten your awareness and insight into your
actions, thoughts, and feelings and help you learn and practice
more effective ways of thinking and behaving. Either alone or
combined with medication, psychotherapy is valuable in treating a
wide range of mental health conditions. But even if you're not
trying to solve a fixed psychological problem, psychotherapy may
provide help in challenging situations or guidance in creating a
happier or more fulfilled life.
Interstitial cystitis is a painful, chronic bladder condition
also called painful bladder syndrome, that disproportionately
affects women. It causes recurring bouts of pain and pressure in
the bladder and pelvic area, often accompanied by an urgent and
frequent need to urinate. Because symptoms are so variable,
experts today describe interstitial cystitis as a member of a
group of disorders collectively referred to as interstitial
cystitis/painful bladder syndrome.
There's no cure for IC, but many treatments offer some relief,
either singly or in combination. Figuring out what works can be
hit-or-miss; there's no way to predict who will respond best to
Exemestane (Aromasin), tamoxifen (Nolvadex, generic) and raloxifene (Evista) are three drugs used to prevent breast cancer in postmenopausal women who are at elevated risk for the disease. Exemestane appears to have less frightening side effects — hot flashes, joint pain, and loss of bone density.
All three of these drugs target estrogen, which fuels the growth of most breast cancers, but exemestane belongs to a different class of drugs, called aromatase inhibitors, which work by blocking the body's production of estrogen.
Previous studies have shown that aromatase inhibitors are more effective than tamoxifen in preventing breast cancer from recurring. This study, funded Pfizer, and conducted under the auspices of the National Cancer Institute's clinical trials unit, looked at whether exemestane could reduce the likelihood of a first occurrence of breast cancer.
Uterine artery embolization (UAE) — a minimally invasive procedure that shrinks fibroids by cutting off their blood supply — is an alternative treatment for women wanting to avoid surgery. Short-term studies have shown that UAE and surgery produce similar improvement in symptoms and quality of life. Now, a controlled study has found that the same is true even after five years.
I'm 70 and in good health. My cholesterol levels are normal.
Lately, I've started to get little yellow deposits on my eyelids,
which I'm told are xanthelasma. What causes these, and how can I
get rid of them?