Watch This Video: Stress and Your Health

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital July 22, 2014

Helene Langevin, MD, CM, Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Are you stressed out? Well, you are not alone. Unfortunately, for most of us, stress is a part of everyday life – fighting traffic in the morning, rushing to bring your kids to their various activities, constant worrying about finances or the health of a loved one.

But did you know that stress also has a major impact on your health and its effects are different for women and men? Recently, an expert panel from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) met to discuss this very topic – how stress effects us and how gender plays a role.

In this video, “Demystifying Stress: An Integrated Approach for Women”, cardiologist Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, and Chief, Division of Women’s Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, leads the discussion about the impact of stress on women’s mental and physical health as well as medical and non-medical approaches for relieving the symptoms arising from stress. Joining Dr. Johnson for this informative and insightful discussion are Martin A. Samuels, MD, Chair, Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Miriam Sydney Joseph Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, and Helene Langevin, MD, CM, Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and Bernard Osher Professor in Residence of Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, Harvard Medical School.

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Is It a Headache or Is It a Migraine?

Posted by Blog Administrator March 2, 2012

Woman with Migraine HeadacheDo you ever get recurring headaches and wonder if you might be having migraines? If so, there’s good news for you – it’s easy to define the difference and the best course of treatment.

Headache is one of the most common afflictions of human beings. Nearly everyone has experienced headache and many people have recurrent headaches,” explains Dr. Martin Samuels, Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Migraine is, in fact, the most common type of recurrent headache, but other causes of headaches exist as well, says Dr. Samuels, “It is important to see a doctor about headaches so the doctor can hear about the nature of the problem and carry out a neurological examination.”

Based on an examination with your doctor, other causes of headache can be excluded – sometime with some tests, including brain images. In the end, though, most recurrent headaches will be determined to be migraine.

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