Thursday, October 22, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
According to retired women’s healthcare advocate, author, and pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, a mammogram remains a woman’s first and best line of defense against breast cancer. Keep reading for a quick Q&A session about this often misunderstood process.
Q: What is a mammogram?
Marla Ahlgrimm: A mammogram is a test that doctors use to find breast cancer. Although it cannot treat the condition if found, it is the best way for a woman to find out if she has breast cancer. And the sooner the cancer is detected, the more effectively it may be treated.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Marla Ahlgrimm explains that massage can ease out postural stress. This is the physical toll that sitting for eight or more hours each day takes on the body. A regular massage can ease lower back pain or weakness by restoring the body’s natural balance. Further, many studies have shown that massage can actually increase circulation, which can go a long way toward easing muscle pain.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Q: What’s the first step when looking for a new healthcare provider for me or my family?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Ask your friends and family. Talk to your neighbors. Ask your son’s teacher. Referrals are one of the best ways to get an idea of who to consider and also who to avoid. Keep in mind, however, that, because no two people are alike, it’s best to get opinions from several different individuals.
Q: Do all doctors accept all insurance plans?
Marla Ahlgrimm: No, and they do not have to. Most insurance plans run off what’s called a network. This is a stream of physicians that have chosen to offer services to the insurance provider’s clients. Once you decide on a healthcare provider, contact their billing office to determine if they accept your plan.
Friday, August 7, 2020
According to Marla Ahlgrimm, one place where a gender disparity remains is in the weight of emotional labor in relationships. She explains that emotional labor is the mental burden that one person takes over another or within a family/friendship. It might be anything from reminding a spouse or partner about doctors appointments to managing all of the household chores and paying all of the bills.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Q: Which demographic of women consumes the most tobacco products?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Unfortunately, low income, those with mental health disorders, and women of color tend to be the most active smokers. These are also those at a higher risk of other issues, such as obesity and heart disease. They are also the group least likely to understand the full scope of health effects associated with tobacco, and especially that of cigarettes.