Recent Articles from Dr. Fredda

  • Broken Heart Syndrome Is Real (And It Can Kill You)

    “Too much love can kill you,” sings Freddie Mercury. Despite the disbelief of many, it is possible. What is broken heart syndrome? Each year, usually around Valentine’s Day, news sources publish stories about “broken heart syndrome” or takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The condition occurs when people experience cardiac issues following an episode of extreme emotional distress. According […] Read More

  • Total Eclipse of the Brain: How Love Affects Us Like a Drug

    Being in love is not a total eclipse of the heart. Love, actually overwhelms our brains with chemicals that induce feelings of pleasure and attachment. These chemicals cause reactions throughout the body, which might help explain that giddy feeling we get when we see a loved one. Love moves in mysterious ways—but not to science. […] Read More

  • Through the Eyes of Survivors: The Truth About Beating Cervical Cancer

    Life after a cervical cancer diagnosis is never the same—even after remission. It can be better, more meaningful, challenging, stressful, and different. But if you are standing on greener grass, meaning you are a caregiver, wife, husband, child or friend, there are a few things you need to know. Babies and bundles of joy are […] Read More

  • Teen Drug Abuse: Understanding Signs and How to Intervene

    As a parent, you want nothing more than to see your children succeed. Having teens who experiment with drugs is disappointing, especially since they put their health, safety, and future at risk. Although teens’ use of illegal drugs (other than marijuana and inhalants) is now the lowest in history, 24 percent of young men and […] Read More

  • Role of Folic Acid in Preventing Birth Defects

    Folic acid is an essential form of vitamin B9. It plays a role in planning for a healthy pregnancy, particularly since congenital disorders (birth defects or neural tube defects) of the brain and spine can be thwarted if women of childbearing age consume folic acid. What types of birth defect affect babies? Anencephaly is a […] Read More

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