Hair loss: Don't despair, treatment is here

Every day, most people lose approximately 100 hairs from their heads. But nobody notices, because nearly 100,000 strands remain. It is only when the 100 lost ones aren’t replaced by 100 new ones growing in that someone goes bald.

Usually hair loss isn’t obvious until someone loses more than 50 percent of the hair on their head. But the loss can start surreptitiously, sometimes with men in their 20s and women in their 30s or 40s.

Honest talk about depression and psychotropic drugs during pregnancy

Depression is common during pregnancy. Up to one-quarter of women experience depressive symptoms such as sadness, loss of interest, low motivation, crying spells, loss of appetite, poor concentration and suicidal thoughts. The risk of an episode is higher, 25- 50 percent, among women with a history of depression.

A question I get from many of my patients is whether or not to take psychotropic medications during pregnancy. This is a difficult choice to make for most parents-to-be. The answer is different for everyone and is based on one’s personal risk-benefit profile. No two brains work the same.

Keep your holiday stress level to a minimum

The stress of family holiday events and professional commitments may make you feel like you are in your own version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” While the added responsibilities of parties and school functions can turn anyone into poor George Bailey, don’t let seasonal stress steal your joy and spirit of giving.

Following are suggestions for dodging the holiday blues and staying healthy and energized.

Tips for nutritious holiday nibbling

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Holiday food does not have to be heavy. Fresh fruit and smaller portions can make even sweet treats restorative.

The holiday season is the most delicious time of the year, but it can also bring lots of extra sugar, fat and calories.

Sharing traditional holiday foods with family and friends can be one of the most pleasurable parts of the holiday season. But there’s no need to sacrifice your waistline and gain weight. By using a few simple strategies, it is possible to enjoy your favorite holiday foods without overindulging.

Bad night's sleep? Nearby streetlights may be the culprit

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Streetlights compete with cars’ headlights and Christmas lights in downtown Los Altos. According to a new study, streetlights can make it difficult for city dwellers to get a good night’s sleep.

Bright nighttime streetlights may bring safer neighborhoods and highway driving, but they also have a less welcome impact: disturbing sleep.

Common foot problems can be prevented through care

One foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. We cram this intricate structure into a narrow shoe. We pound it running, jumping or just by standing all day. Is it any surprise that most people have foot pain at some point in their lives?

People go out and often buy expensive shoes, spending a lot of money, but we don’t really think about the health of our feet – until they hurt.

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