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How to Talk to Your Teen About Marijuana

Guest post courtesy Labrix Clinical Services.

lab-logoEducating our teens and providing support can reduce the likelihood that they will abuse cannabis, or try any other dangerous substance. This is not a topic where a one time conversation will do it. This is a conversation that you will likely be having over many years.

Because the brain does not fully mature until the age of 25, young people are more likely to engage in risky behavior, including cannabis use. Cannabis use in adolescence, when the brain is undergoing critical development, may have neurotoxic effects. Research reveals that cannabis use in read more…

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Elevated Androgen Levels Observed in Perimenopausal Women

Article Courtesy Labrix Clinical Services.

 

lab-logoConventional wisdom suggests that all hormones decrease after a woman goes through menopause. Signs and symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, bone loss, changes in lipid profiles, and reduction of insulin sensitivity are well documented in the scientific literature and associated with changes in estradiol. Additionally, testosterone and DHEA are known to gradually decrease with age, although recent research suggests transient increases may be seen during the menopausal transition.

In reproductive women, production of testosterone is shared between the ovaries and adrenal glands and accounts for one third of testosterone in read more…

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Soak Up Vitamin D While You Still Can!

vitamind-heartAs summer begins its inevitable dwindle into cooler nights and shorter days, it’s easy to forget that the sun’s potency is in full swing well into the fall. As your mind wanders watching the kids play soccer, you may find yourself wondering, how much sun is too much?

Vitamin D is a unique nutrient, as it is formed in the skin by UV light. Most tissues in the body including brain, skin, breast, prostate and colon have Vitamin D receptors. Vitamin D deficiency is important for healthy bone metabolism, and decreased levels are associated with an increased risk of hypertension, read more…

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HPA Axis Dysregulation with a Side of Holy Basil

lab-logoGuest Post courtesy Labrix Clinical Services

 

No question about it, this is a fast paced world. The expectations to multitask, handle traffic, respond to floods of emails, work full time, deal with family stressors, manage finances and perhaps cope with health issues happen simultaneously. Today’s world is a recipe for cooking up abnormal cortisol levels.

Whether a real life stressor or a perceived stressor, the body physiologically reacts the same by producing excess cortisol, the classic chemical fight or flight response. Over time, this chronic stress leads to a dysregulation in the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal axis, otherwise known as read more…

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Sometimes Love Hurts – And Why it Doesn’t Have to

Guest post courtesy Labrix Clinical Services

 

lab-logoOver half of postmenopausal women report sexual dysfunction. Recent studies have postulated this number to be even higher as many women are reluctant to report symptoms such as lack of desire and/or discomfort due to vaginal tissue changes. While there are many additional aspects to a relationship outside of the bedroom, researchers point to the importance of a healthy sex life as a key marker for a happier, healthier life. As the average life expectancy lengthens, odds are most women will live 20-30 years past menopause. What does this mean for the majority read more…

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