Women’s Health Initiative Sparks Research Support

women's health research

It wasn’t until recently that drugs intended for women were actually studied… using women. Until 1998, medical research primarily tested men, even if the medication was meant to be used for women. With the support of the government and private institutions, new research is looking to close the research gap in women’s healthcare and better […]

Understanding Weight-Loss Medications


There are over 100 million adults living with obesity in the United States. Individuals who struggle with obesity face many biases. They receive poor treatment in social situations, but they often receive inadequate medical treatment, too. This week on Fox 17, Dr.Bitner discusses how changes in the medical community are helping individuals regain hope and […]

Understanding Your Gut Health

Gut Health

Your gut contains Microbiomes that are essential for gut health and the prevention of colon cancer. The “good” bacteria in the colon produce and aid in feeding Colon cells while suppressing the growth of cancer cells. This week on Fox 17, Dr. Bitner defines a microbiome and explains how probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics, all work […]

The Importance of Regular Health Screenings


Did you know that 90% of U.S. healthcare spending (over 1 trillion dollars) goes toward treating preventable health conditions? These conditions include diabetes, heart disease and stroke, obesity, dementia, and cancer. While a healthy lifestyle is the easiest and cheapest way to reduce your risk, regular health screenings can help to find conditions early when […]

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

colon cancer

An estimated 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year, and in 2023, 53,000 people died from this disease. Luckily, colon cancer is largely preventable with early detection. This week, Dr. Bitner joins Fox 17 to discuss risk factors, symptoms, and testing options for colon cancer. Fact #1:  Colon cancer is more common among […]

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month


Endometriosis is a common cause of pelvic pain for women, affecting more than six million women in the United States and as many as 200 million women worldwide. Diagnosis, however, is difficult without surgery, and it can take seven to ten years for women to get the correct diagnosis. This week on Fox 17, Dr. […]

Eating Disorder Awareness Month

eating disorders

TW: For mentions of eating disorders and suicide. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, approximately 24 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. These are mental health conditions in which there is a persistent disturbance of eating behavior and impairment of physical or mental health. Eating […]

Happy Relationship, Happy Heart!


Did you know that romantic relationships can impact our heart health? It’s true! Research shows that people in sustainable and nurturing relationships are less likely to experience stress, have lower rates of inflammation, and enjoy, overall, better heart health. To celebrate the month of love, Dr. Bitner discusses the link between happy relationships and a […]

Heart Disease Awareness Month: Prevention is Possible!


Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, especially for certain groups, including Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black women. Heart disease is also gender specific and develops differently for women as compared to men, making it more challenging to diagnose. Estrogen plays a significant role in prevention until menopause occurs. Heart disease after menopause, […]

Improving Energy Through Sleep

sleep hygiene

According to the CDC, 1 out of 3 Americans get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night, and 1 out of 20 have fallen asleep at the wheel within the last month! While our bodies can adapt to short-term sleep deprivation, after a few days, we begin to experience brain fog, poor performance, irritability, […]