February 27, 2016

Saralyn Mark, MD Feedback from TappMD Expert
Saralyn Mark, MD
Are you struggling with autoimmune disease at work?
Autoimmune diseases are 70-80% more common in women and develop often during a woman's peak career time. If your employer is sensitive to his/her colleagues than it may be worth sharing that you have this disease since some of the impact can be invisible to the eye.

Just as millions of Americans hit their stride professionally and personally, their bodies turn on them — literally — sometimes bringing careers to a screeching halt.

As many as 50 million Americans, or 20 percent of the population, must manage one of 80 serious, chronic diseases that cause the body’s immune system to turn on itself, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). Among the most well-known autoimmune (AI) conditions are lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS) and scleroderma. Symptoms include numbness, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, muscle tightening and cramping, dizziness, pain, visual disturbance, poor balance and clumsiness…

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Saralyn Mark, MD

Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women's health on Earth and in Space.