Author Archives: Helen Dodson

All about OCD: its causes and various manifestations:

From the physicians in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of  Medicine, we learn all about the causes, nature, symptoms and treatment of OCD –  obsessive-compulsive disorder. What are the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder? Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is … Continue reading

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I read that there is a big rise in asthma cases in Connecticut and throughout New England, and especially in New Haven. Why is this?

Many people who saw the article in the New Haven Register (see link below) had been noticing increased breathing problems in themselves and their families. To answer “why,” we turned to Geoffrey Chupp, M.D., Director of the Yale Center for … Continue reading

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When we learned that Britain’s Kate Middleton was hospitalized due to “acute morning sickness,” many people had questions about the condition – how it differs from ordinary morning sickness experienced by pregnant women, and what it might mean for Kate and the baby she is expecting with her husband, Prince William. For answers, we turned to Christian Pettker, M.D., of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale School of Medicine.

Ask Yale Medicine: Please describe the condition Hyperemesis Gravidarum. What is it, and why would a pregnant woman wind up in the hospital? Dr. Pettker: Nausea and vomiting are common early symptoms of pregnancy. The most serious cases fall under … Continue reading

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I had a mammogram, but because I have dense breast tissue, my doctor suggested that I have another test, an ultrasound. What is the benefit of this second test, and can it detect problems that may escape mammogram detection?

Once again we turn to Anees Chagpar, M.D., Director of the Breast Center at Yale Cancer Center. She writes: “Mammograms may miss up to 15% of small breast cancer, particularly in women who have very dense breast tissue.  Dense breast … Continue reading

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How important is a monthly self-exam in detecting breast cancer?

October is national Breast Health Awareness Month, which makes this question very timely. To answer it, we turned to Yale Cancer Center breast surgeon Anees Chagpar, M.D., director of the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. She … Continue reading

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