About the Author

Leonaura Rhodes, MD

Leonaura Rhodes, MD

Dr. Leonaura Rhodes is a physician turned author and health writer and currently Medical Writer for Belvoir Media Group. Her primary role is creating content for Belvoir's Special Health Reports division and for Belvoir's consumer health website University Health News.

 

Prior to her work as a medical writer, Dr. Rhodes served as a physician in the UK and as a health coach. In 2014, she authored the book Beyond Soccer Mom: Strategies for a Fabulous Balanced Life.

In her medical career, Dr. Rhodes has worked in hospital medicine, general practice, developmental pediatrics, and public health. She gained her MD (MB ChB) from the University of Manchester and her Masters in Public Health from the University of London. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

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1. Introduction: What Is the Prostate?

Hidden deep within the male pelvis is a small gland about the size of a walnut known as the prostate. The prostate is an essential part of the male reproductive system. But it suffers from a serious design flaw.
Similar to a rubber ring, the prostate surrounds the urethra, the thin,

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From The Editor

Dear Reader,
You may be reading this special report because you suffer from prostate disease. It could be that you have urinary symptoms and are wondering what the cause might be, or maybe you have a diagnosis and want to learn more about your condition. Or perhaps you’re reading this because

Adult ADHD: A Condition Worthy of Focus

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Adult ADHD: A Condition Worthy of Focus

Many people joke about having ADHD when they get easily distracted or act impulsively. However, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is no laughing matter. It can be a lifelong—and sometimes debilitating—condition. And it may be more common than you think: Estimates show that up to 10 million of us in the

Is There a Cure for Diabetes?

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Is There a Cure for Diabetes?

Every year in the United States, 1.5 million people are diagnosed with diabetes, and it’s the seventh-leading cause of death, according to the American Diabetes Association. Can diabetes be cured? Let’s first consider the two main types:

Type 1 (or juvenile) diabetesaccounts for 5 percent of all cases.
Type

Graves’ Disease: Do These Symptoms Sound Familiar?

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Graves’ Disease: Do These Symptoms Sound Familiar?

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). And it’s not particularly rare: It affects 1 in 200 Americans. If untreated, Graves’ disease can cause serious health issues within many of the body’s systems—and it even can prove fatal.

Graves’ disease is up to eight times more common

Cold vs. Allergies: What’s the Difference?

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Cold vs. Allergies: What’s the Difference?

Ah-ah-ah-CHOO! You’re sneezing again. It’s that time of year when every other person seems to have the sniffles—nasal congestion, a runny nose, and frequent sneezing. These common symptoms most often are caused by two conditions that can be difficult to tell apart: allergies and the common cold. When it comes

How to Quit Smoking: 6 Steps to Success

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How to Quit Smoking: 6 Steps to Success

Unless you live under a rock, you know that smoking is bad for your health. Tobacco-related diseases kill more than 480,000 people each year in the United States alone, accounting for around 20 percent of all premature deaths. If you’re a smoker, the habit can shorten your life by up

Delirium: Defining a Syndrome Often Mistaken for Dementia

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Delirium: Defining a Syndrome Often Mistaken for Dementia

Delirium is a medical syndrome—not a disease—in which there is a rapid onset of confusion, altered consciousness, and behavioral changes. Unlike dementia, which shares some of these symptoms, the onset of delirium is usually within hours or days (as opposed to months or years).

Delirium is considered a medical emergency.

Common Cold and Flu Prevention: 15 Tips to Keep You Healthy

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Common Cold and Flu Prevention: 15 Tips to Keep You Healthy

Every year, millions of Americans are hit by cold, flu, and other respiratory infections. While the common cold will rarely cause serious complications, the flu and other infections—such as Legionnaire’s, pneumococcus, and mycoplasma—can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications, especially in the young, the elderly, and the chronically sick.

OCD: Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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OCD: Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common form of anxiety disorder marked by uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and the urge to engage in repeated behaviors or rituals (compulsions). OCD will affect 2.3 percent of adults in their lifetime. Research by the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R) revealed that approximately 1.2 percent