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Posts from Those Nerdy Girls

All the posts from our Those Nerdy Girls Facebook page dating back to May 1st, 2020, are currently archived here and can be searched for by category, key words, etc. Be sure to check back often as additional posts are being added each day.

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Is it safe to use vaginal estrogen for local menopausal symptoms?

Reproductive Health

Current data support that vaginal estrogen is very safe and effective for most people, yet many clinicians are under-informed about and overly reluctant to prescribe treatment for menopausal symptoms. “I’m struggling with post-menopausal vaginal symptoms, and my clinician only recommended a moisturizer, which doesn’t help much.  Why didn’t they prescribe an estrogen cream?” – Becca Read more…

What’s going on with FDA approval of MDMA for PTSD, and what does it mean for psychedelics as psychiatric treatment in general?

Health Policy Mental Health

An independent advisory committee voted against approval of MDMA for PTSD. This makes it unlikely the FDA will approve it, but we’re still not sure. There’s no reason to believe this substantially affects the opportunity for other psychedelics to be approved for other psychiatric conditions. On May 30, 2024, there were headlines everywhere (at least Read more…

What is immune imprinting, and should the public be worried about it?

Biology/Immunity Infectious Diseases Vaccines

Q: What is immune imprinting, and should the public be worried about it? A: Don’t let statements about imprinting stop you from getting your annual vaccines for COVID and flu. Immune imprinting refers to the fact that our immune response to a vaccine (or infection) is affected by previous exposures to similar vaccines (or infections). Read more…

Are chemical sunscreens really “toxic,” as some social media influencers say?

Families/Kids Health & Wellness Staying Safe

Chemical sunscreens have no proven health risks, but they ARE proven to protect the skin from the sun’s UV radiation — a major risk factor for skin cancer. As with many things in our daily lives, we can’t be sure that chemical sunscreens are 100% risk-free. Still, medical and scientific experts agree that the benefits Read more…

Are we seeing more colorectal cancer cases in younger adults?

Clinical Symptoms Health & Wellness Hot Health Topics

Yes. There is a recent global uptick in colorectal cancer rates among adults under 50. If you are aged 45 or older (or <45  with increased risk of colorectal cancer due to family history or certain medical conditions), talk to your clinician about getting screened. In the US, colorectal cancer (CRC) – cancer that starts in Read more…

Q: June is Pride Month. Why do Those Nerdy Girls feel it is important to write about Pride?

Social and Racial Justice

Q: June is Pride Month. Why do Those Nerdy Girls feel it is important to write about Pride? June is Pride Month in the U.S. and many countries around the world. Pride events serve to celebrate, honor, uplift, educate, and increase understanding and visibility for and among members of Queer communities and their families and Read more…

Why are girls entering puberty earlier?

Reproductive Health

Girls are getting their first period at younger and younger ages, especially girls of color and of low socioeconomic status.  Potential reasons include both higher BMI and stress, but it’s still not fully understood.  This change is important, as earlier sexual maturation brings with it concerns for both physical and social health. A recent study of over Read more…

Nerdy Girls Live 06/17/24 – The Ins and Outs of Cancer Screening

Health & Wellness Videos

Those Nerdy Girls discuss the ins and outs of cancer screening. Which cancers should you get screened for? What are the pros and cons? Why do screening guidelines keep changing? Hosted by: – Sarah Coles, MD: TNG Contributing Writer, Family physician and Assistant Professor – Chana Davis, PhD: TNG Contributing Writer & Founder of Fueled Read more…

This month I’m seeing Pride 🏳️‍🌈 and Trans 🏳️‍⚧️ flags everywhere. What is that all about?

Social and Racial Justice

June is Pride Month in the U.S. and many countries around the world. (Pride is celebrated during other months in countries such as Denmark.) Pride events serve to celebrate, honor, uplift, educate, and increase understanding and visibility for and among members of Queer communities and their families and loved ones. Visibility is important because it Read more…