Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Marla Ahlgrimm Encourages Women to Break Barriers

Marla Ahlgrimm
Marla Ahlgrimm started her career as a pharmacist back in the 1970s. Then, it was definitely a male-dominated industry. It took years of hard work and unwavering persistence, but Ahlgrimm fought her way through each barrier with grace and poise. Despite a closing gap, there is still a great deal of gender inequality in the workplace, especially in STEM fields, including medicine and technology. The now-retired women’s health expert continues to encourage women to break barriers, but says there are many challenges that face the fairer sex.

Q: Why other fewer women than men in the tech industry?

Marla Ahlgrimm: There are potentially many reasons for this. I suspect that one is that it takes an advanced degree and lots of experience to be successful in things like computer programming and hardware design. Since women often choose to start a family and take time out of school or work to do so, they may feel as though they cannot dedicate the resource of time to pursuing a profession in IT.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Marla Ahlgrimm: Follicle Stimulating Hormone

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The follicle stimulating hormone is one that doesn’t get a lot of attention, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But despite its relative obscurity, it’s an important hormone to be familiar with.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, the follicle stimulating hormone is essential to the healthy growth and development of males and females during puberty. It triggers the growth of follicles in the ovarian tubes in women and is part of the process that allows young men to begin producing sperm.

Follicle stimulating hormone is made and released by the pituitary gland and is part of the hypothalamic pituitary gonadal axis. Follicle stimulating hormone is distributed throughout the body via the blood. In addition to controlling some aspects of puberty, Marla Ahlgrimm explains that this hormone has ebbs and tides throughout a woman’s reproductive cycle. As levels fall to the end of the menstrual cycle, the follicle stimulating hormone and others trigger additional production in the pituitary gland.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Marla Ahlgrimm on Medicare Part D

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Seniors age 65 and older typically rely on Medicare for their health needs. However, while Medicare is a valuable asset, it’s not a comprehensive solution, and there are gaps. One area Medicare lacks significantly is in drug coverage. Part A and B, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, don’t provide any financial assistance with prescription medications. Most seniors choose to purchase a separate Medicare Part D plan or enroll in Medicare Advantage, which often includes prescription coverage.

Q: What is Medicare part D?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Medicare Part D is prescription drug coverage and is separate from hospital and doctor insurance. Those enrolled Original Medicare may purchase a prescription plan at an added cost. For 2019, Medicare Part D premiums tend to average around $30 per month.

Q: Does Part D cover all prescriptions?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Not necessarily, and seniors are often responsible for a copayment even when drugs are covered. The vast majority of seniors wishing for prescription drug coverage choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, which is also a form of private insurance.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Marla Ahlgrimm: Advancements in DNA Sequencing and Health

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Genetic testing has become available to the masses thanks the companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com. Marla Ahlgrimm says this has given individuals more power to take control of their health since many of the tests are FDA-Approved to screen for genetic markers associated with health conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. In 2018, Michigan State University researchers took things one step further.

Q: What can DNA predict?

Marla Ahlgrimm: People inherit DNA from both of the parents, who, in turn, inherited DNA from their parents and so on. It’s widely accepted that children inherit approximately 50% of their genes from their mother and 50% from their father. These genes share markers with certain populations that can help predict things such as eye color, skin tone, and an individual’s region of genetic origin. But they can also offer insight into more important subjects, such as medical risk.

Monday, November 26, 2018

HVP, a Common STD with a New Vaccine | Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla Ahlgrimm
Medicine has come a long way since Marla Ahlgrimm began her career in women’s health back in the 1970s. PMS is now an accepted medical condition, women have access to breast cancer screenings at any time, and there are new vaccinations to help prevent common diseases. Here, Ahlgrimm touches on one of the newest additions to women’s sexual health, the HPV vaccine.

Q: What is HPV?

Marla Ahlgrimm: HPV, or human papillomavirus, is not one but a collection of 150 (or more) viral infections. It is a sexually transmitted disease that is so commonplace that virtually all sexually active people will have an infection at some point in their lives.

Q: Is it dangerous?

Marla Ahlgrimm: While many HPV infections are benign, there are forms of the virus that can cause noticeable issues. Genital warts is one example. Thankfully, the dozen or so viral infections that cause genital warts are low-risk. Higher risk strains can cause cancer but are are less common. HPV can be detected during a PAP exam.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Marla Ahlgrimm: The Mentor That Never Knew Her Impact

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Marla Ahlgrimm says that there were many women who inspired her throughout her career. None, however, made such an impact as a British physician named Katharina Dalton.

Katharina Dalton, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, is the mother of modern women’s medicine. Dalton, who was one of the first women to obtain a medical degree from the Royal Free Hospital in London, “discovered” PMS at the most unlikely time in her life: when she was pregnant. At the time, Dalton was 32-years-old and had been suffering with migraine headaches for more than a decade. Halfway through her pregnancy, she realized the headaches had disappeared.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that Dalton, in cooperation with an endocrinologist named Dr. Greene, concluded that progesterone deficiency was the cause of her recurrent pain. Progesterone levels are elevated during pregnancy. Together, the two physicians were published numerous times in British medical journals. They coined the phrase “premenstrual syndrome” in 1953.

Dr. Dalton dedicated her entire career to treating women with hormone issues surrounding their menstrual cycle. In conflict with popular opinion – and her mostly male coworkers and colleagues – Dr. Dalton asserted that women’s cyclic symptoms were not simply psychological. At the time, explains Marla Ahlgrimm, male physicians tended to diagnose women with “hysteria” when presenting with these recurrent symptoms, which include epilepsy, asthma, migraines, depression, fatigue, and irritability.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Marla Ahlgrimm: Winter Sun Remains Dangerous to Skin

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Winter has a way of sneaking up on us and so do the dangers that come along with UV exposure, says author and women’s health advocate Marla Ahlgrimm. Keep reading as Ahlgrimm sheds light on the issues of winter UV exposure.

Q: How does snow affect a person’s exposure to ultraviolet radiation?

Marla Ahlgrimm: All it takes is one look at a winter wonderland to see how much brighter things look with fresh snow. Snow, which is primarily made up of tiny ice crystals, can reflect back up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays. This essentially doubles your exposure to UV radiation.