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  • Birth Control Pills Linked To Serious Health Problems

    Birth Control Pills Linked To Serious Health Problems

    Although the birth control pill was lauded as a liberating breakthrough for women when it was first introduced in the 1960s, the proverbial honeymoon was quickly over as significant health risks surfaced. Because it was convenient, affordable and effective at preventing pregnancy, the pill was em...

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  • Don’t Avoid Sex Because of Incontinence

    Don’t Avoid Sex Because of Incontinence

    Losing control of the bladder even a little bit can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. For women entering menopause, this can occur during sex, which can make what is supposed to be an intimate moment, humiliating. The inability to control the bladder is referred to as urinary incontinence, and th...

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  • Hot Flashes: Hormones, Heart or Heat?

    Hot Flashes: Hormones, Heart or Heat?

    Women of a certain age are all too familiar with that sudden burning heat to the face and neck. A quick glance in the mirror confirms an embarrassing flush of color and red cheeks, and then the sweat appears, requiring a quick dab with a flannel, tissue or towel. But what if that flush of heat i...

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  • Hair Loss In Women: Causes And Solutions

    Hair Loss In Women: Causes And Solutions

    Female pattern hair loss is a hereditary condition that affects about 30 million American women. Although it mostly occurs when they are in their late 50s or 60s, it can happen at any time, even during their teenage years. Normally, each time a normal hair follicle is shed it is replaced by hair ...

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  • Vitamin D And Alzheimer's Risk In Women

    Vitamin D And Alzheimer's Risk In Women

    Vitamin D is made by skin cells in response to sunlight. Just 10-15 minutes of daily exposure to the sun is sufficient to make enough vitamin D for maintaining good health. It is also found in fatty fish, fish liver oils, fish oil supplements, egg yolks as well as in fortified grains and dair...

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  • Vitamin C and Breast Cancer

    Vitamin C and Breast Cancer

    Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is not manufactured by the body. In other words, people need to obtain this nutrient through food or other sources. Vitamin C is utilized by the body to build healthy blood vessels, bones, ligaments, tendons and skin. It also facilitat...

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  • Depressing News for Breast Cancer

    Depressing News for Breast Cancer

    According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer to affect women after skin cancer. An estimated 1 in every 8 women is likely to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer which is the second leading cause of death from cancer. Breast cancer claims the ...

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  • Do Female Hormones Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Women?

    Do Female Hormones Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Women?

    The hormones produced in women during their regular menstrual cycle have been thought to give protection from the risk of cardiovascular disease. This would explain why the risk of heart attack generally increases at an older age in women than in men. This factor is known as "premenopausal hormonal...

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  • The Effects of EPA and DHA Supplements on Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Survivors

    The Effects of EPA and DHA Supplements on Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Survivors

    Postmenopausal survivors of breast cancer can now look forward to a longer life expectancy thanks to the increased effectiveness of chemotherapy and new drugs. The bad news is that cancer chemotherapy is known to induce long-term side effects in the bones of the sufferer. The common use of aromatas...

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  • Birth Defects Tied to Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

    Birth Defects Tied to Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

    Get a better understanding about taking antidepressants during pregnancy. Do antidepressants pose health risks to your baby and how stopping might be dangerous to you? Get the latest information about antidepressants and pregnancy. A Closer Look at Antidepressants and the Tie to Birth Defects ...

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  • Blood Pressure Meds May Increase Breast Cancer Risks

    Blood Pressure Meds May Increase Breast Cancer Risks

    Postmenopausal women who take prescription medications called calcium channel blockers to lower blood pressure may have increased odds of developing breast cancer, according to recent studies. Research published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association said in some cas...

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  • IVF Linked To Increased Risk For Breast Cancer

    IVF Linked To Increased Risk For Breast Cancer

    The desire to become a parent is instinctual and exceedingly strong. Childless couples will go to great lengths to fill the void, often employing extreme medical procedures which they hope will result in pregnancy. In vitro fertilization (IVF) has helped millions of women achieve pregnancy, bu...

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  • Understanding Dyspareunia

    Understanding Dyspareunia

    With the kids out of the house, older women can enjoy more privacy for intimate moments with a partner. However, getting older can be both a blessing and a curse when it comes to sexual intercourse. Dyspareunia is a medical condition that is fairly common, but few women who have it are comfortable ...

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  • THAT Can Cause Cancer?

    THAT Can Cause Cancer?

    According to the European Environment Agency, our homes and lifestyle are filled with chemicals and carcinogens that are known to be harmful to our health. The agency warned that many toiletries, cosmetics and everyday appliances may be a significant contributing factor to cancer. Here are four can...

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  • Meditation Solution for Breast Cancer

    Meditation Solution for Breast Cancer

    A diagnosis of breast cancer is devastating and can turn one's life into chaos with the uncertainty, fear and frustrations of such a life-threatening event. Those who are uninsured can have a far more difficult time in recovery after the rigors of treatment (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, medica...

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  • Whittle Your Waist, Whittle Your Breast Cancer Risk

    Whittle Your Waist, Whittle Your Breast Cancer Risk

    A woman's risk of developing breast cancer increases depending on the size of her waist. Emerging research has established a link between the circumference of your waistline and a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Ultimately, this means that you don't necessarily have to be obese to be at ri...

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  • Should Mammograms be Phased Out?

    Should Mammograms be Phased Out?

    By: Dr. Christine Horner For over 40 years, women have been told the best way to lower their risk of dying of breast cancer is by getting a yearly mammogram. But recently, several well-designed studies have found this recommendation may not be true. Researchers conclude the value of mammograms has...

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  • Get Tested for CHD before Starting HRT

    Get Tested for CHD before Starting HRT

    As women get closer to retirement, they look forward to life with a slower pace, more freedom, and less drama. Unfortunately, getting older also comes with a few downsides. By the age of 50, most women begin to experience signs of menopause with bothersome symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, depre...

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  • Berberine: Natural Compound May Prevent Breast and Cervical Cancers

    Berberine: Natural Compound May Prevent Breast and Cervical Cancers

    A plant alkaloid and naturally occurring compound found in goldenseal and a few other common plants may have a role to play in the prevention and treatment of breast and cervical cancers. Recent studies have suggested that berberine, which is found in goldenseal, European barberry, goldthread and O...

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  • Inflammation Linked To Increased Risk For Breast Cancer

    Inflammation Linked To Increased Risk For Breast Cancer

    A healthy lifestyle that includes an anti-inflammatory diet is linked to a reduced risk for breast cancer. According to the Breast Cancer Disparities Study, inflammation advances breast cancer growth and metastasis. Diet and lifestyle influence the inflammation biomarkers that impact a woman’...

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  • Do You Want To Prevent Gallstones? Get Moving!

    Do You Want To Prevent Gallstones? Get Moving!

    Do you want to prevent gallstones? Well, get moving then! According to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine , women who exercise are 31 per cent less likely to develop gallstones. Even a moderate amount of exercise can lead to a significant decline in risks. Gallstones aff...

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  • Vitamin D May Be a Mother’s Best Friend

    Vitamin D May Be a Mother’s Best Friend

    New studies reveal that low levels of vitamin D in pregnant women may be one of many causes of depression . During pregnancy, women have the highest risk of developing depression. In pregnant women, depression is often dismissed as a hormonal imbalance, which is dangerous for both the mother ...

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  • Top Foods for Healthy Hair

    Top Foods for Healthy Hair

    In order for hair to grow thick and healthy, it needs a constant, nutrient-rich supply of blood to its follicles. The best healthy hair diet includes adequate amounts of: Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) Zinc B vitamins Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) To ensure that you are getting enough ...

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  • Natural Treatments For Promoting Hair Growth

    Natural Treatments For Promoting Hair Growth

    One of the most widely accepted natural treatments for promoting hair growth and healthy scalp circulation is lavender. A study in Archives of Dermatology indicated that 3 drops of lavender (along with 2 drops each of thyme and cedar wood and 3 drops of rosemary in a carrier-oil blend of 1/2 teas...

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  • Breast Cancer and The Estrogen Connection

    Breast Cancer and The Estrogen Connection

    Many of today's female cancers breast in particular are estrogen dependent. If your body has too much estrogen , the normally supportive hormone can become toxic, leading to cancer. Most medical professionals refer to excess estrogen as estrogen dominance . To thoroughly understand why estr...

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  • Breast Cancer: The Benefits of DIM

    Breast Cancer: The Benefits of DIM

    The one of the keys to healthy estrogen metabolism is to ensure that the estrone metabolites head down the right path. Enter DIM. Diindolylmethane, or DIM , is a plant-compound found in Brassica veggies such as broccoli, bok choy, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. Researche...

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  • Recipes to Fight Breast Cancer

    Recipes to Fight Breast Cancer

    To help reduce your risk of breast cancer , be sure to load up on Brassica-rich veggies such as broccoli, bok choy, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. Below are easy ways to prepare a few of these vegetables and help offset your estrogen dominance, and hopefully decrease you...

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  • Brain-Boosting Supplements

    Brain-Boosting Supplements

    There are a number of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other supplements that can boost your mental acuity and keep your brain healthy. Below are just a few of the main supplements for general brain health . Vitamins C and E. In a Johns Hopkins University study that examined the use of vit...

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  • Best Brain Foods for Brain Function

    Best Brain Foods for Brain Function

    Food and certain supplements literally fuel your brain. Without good nutrition, your brain cannot function properly. Eating a steady diet of steak, potato chips, and ice cream would not give you nearly the mental boost that organic fruits, vegetables, and whole grains would. So, when at th...

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  • Thyroid Disease Basics

    Thyroid Disease Basics

    When the t hyroid gland is functioning properly, it produces hormones that regulate metabolism and convert food into energy. Women with healthy thyroid function burn calories efficiently; women who are not producing enough thyroid hormones develop hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism symptoms in...

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  • Iodine and Thyroid

    Iodine and Thyroid

    Iodine is particularly important. This nutrient is essential for the production of the hormone thyroxin, which your thyroid uses to regulate many bodily functions, including metabolism. If you don't have enough iodine, your body cannot produce adequate levels of thyroxin . This leads to t...

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  • The Thyroid - Serotonin Connection

    The Thyroid - Serotonin Connection

    Serotonin is intimately bound with thyroid hormone. Healthy thyroid function plays an important role in supporting healthy serotonin production and concentration, as well as preventing serotonin reuptake. As a result, strong, healthy thyroid levels result in an increased level of serotonin in...

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  • Are Tall Women At Increased Risk For Cancer?

    Are Tall Women At Increased Risk For Cancer?

    Researchers have released the results of an intriguing study that suggests a woman's height may be a factor in her risk for developing cancer after menopause. The study, which was supported by the Women's Health Initiative, was highlighted in the latest issue of Cancer Epidemiology, a journal of ...

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