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Ask Dr. Renee: Black Friday

As promised I will be updating you on Black Friday deals…..

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Ask Dr. Renee: Do You Really Know How To Take Care Of Your Vagina?

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Do You Really Know How To Take Care Of Your Vagina?

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing my colleague Dr. Drai #AmericasOBGYN. We talked about one of his favorite topics “THE VAGINA”. Ladies I know he does not have one but believe me when I tell you he knows what he is talking about. If you do not feel you have received enough information from the article then please head over to his site, DrDrai.com and pick up his FREE e-book “20 Things You May Not Know About The Vagina”.

“Do You Really Know How To Take Care Of Your Vagina” can be found on MadameNoire.com

If you have any questions please Ask Dr. Renee

Ask Dr. Renee: Beyond The Lights Movie

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Beyond the Lights

 

As you know it is very important to have balance in your life. I took a little time to enjoy a movie this week. I had the pleasure of seeing “Beyond the Lights” movie last night. What a wonderful movie. Many of you may know Gina Prince-Bythewood’s work from, “Love & Basketball”, “Secret Life of Bees” and “A Different World”. She has DONE it again!! This movie is a beautiful love story like “Love & Basketball”. Gina took us to lots of great locations in this movie and really allowed us to fall in love with the characters. There are several cameos in the movie that were exciting to see. And a complete surprise to me was Amar’e Stoudamire as producer of the movie (I guess he does more than play basketball). The relationships in this movie were so wonderful especially refreshing was the father and son dynamic between Danny Glover and Nate Parker’s characters. Anyone that is a fan of “Black & Sexy TV” “Hello Cupid” if you don’t blink you will see Robyn (@xoHayleyMarie) Hayley Marie Norman. I am still hoping for a sequel to “Love & Basketball” and now “Beyond the Lights” too! The music is AMAZING during the whole movie. The soundtrack has some great slow songs by Amel Larrieux, Kevin Ross and one of my favs India.Arie. This movie will be in theaters November 14, 2014.

My friend Kelley L. Carter interviewed Gina Prince-Bythewood and she told the story of why it took 5 YEARS to make this film! Please read it HERE

Please let me know what you think of it in the comments section!

 

Ask Dr. Renee: Back On The Radio….ReachMD

Ask Dr. Renee: Back On The Radio....ReachMD

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ReachMD and Ask Dr. Renee

Last month Ask Dr. Renee relaunched her radio show on the Clinician’s Roundtable on ReachMD. You can tune in to TuneIn App, iHeartRadio app and ReachMD apps on your tablet, smartphone or computer. Please tune in and hopefully you will learn something. Here are links to a few shows:

 

http://bit.ly/ADR_MM

http://bit.ly/ADR_Sandy

http://bit.ly/ADR_APanc

Ask Dr. Renee: Managing Asthma

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Managing Asthma

Importance of managing asthma is that it can be a life-threatening illness. Most people are diagnosed with asthma as children so it is extremely important that you teach your child about their triggers and what to do in case they do have an attack.

Everyone diagnosed with asthma needs an Asthma Action Plan. This plan details what measures are taken depending on how the patient is feeling. This plan will also have to include the most important thing, how to AVOID an attack.

Who Is Taking Care Of You?

It is important that you have the right doctor treat you or your loved ones asthma. I suggest an Allergy and Immunologist or a Pulmonologist.

What Are Your Triggers?

The main thing to remember when trying to avoid an attack is to know your triggers. Most doctors will perform an allergy test to let you know exactly what you are allergic to. For example, I have food allergies in addition to my environmental allergies. Most asthmatics have environmental allergies such as :

  • Dust mites
  • Pet Dander
  • Mold and Mildew
  • Cigarette Smoke

There are pillowcase and mattress covers that will help to prevent dust mites. It is recommended people with asthma sleep in a room with no carpet because dust mites can live in the carpet. Filters can be placed over heating vents of the home to cut down on dust mites. Vacuum regularly and wash sheets and blankets in hot water (131 degrees Fahrenheit). It is important to keep the environment of an asthmatic clean (dust free) some will require no carpeting and no stuffed animals.

What Is Your Zone?

The other part of the plan is broken up into zones: Red, Yellow and Green.

Peak Flow Meter – An instrument that monitors the peak expiratory flow rate of air from a person’s bronchi; used to manage asthma

Green Zone – (safety zone) how to manage you or your child’s asthma on a daily basis when he or she is feeling good.

Yellow Zone – (caution zone) how to look for signs that you or your child’s asthma is getting worse. It also instructs you on which medications to add to bring the asthma back under control.

Red Zone – (DANGER ZONE) what to do when a flare-up is SEVERE.

The color system helps you and/or your child understand exactly what to do according to the person’s peak flow meter. Before you can put this plan in action you must know your personal best. This plan can include emergency phone numbers as well as list of triggers.

If you have any other questions please Ask Dr. Renee

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