The Long-Term Effect of Weight Teasing on Girls

Jennifer Leslie was always the tallest kid in her class, but also the heaviest. She was never an unhealthy eater, but was constantly ridiculed for her size. Once puberty hit, Leslie grew more height-wise and thinned out, but was still larger than many kids her age, so the teasing didn’t …

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Are Women Choosing Unnecessary Double Mastectomy?

Treatments for breast cancer have made dramatic advancements in the last 20 years. Survival rates are increasing and therapies now offer women more options for breast conservation and reconstruction. A diagnosis of breast cancer does not automatically mean a double mastectomy. But many women are opting for this procedure despite research showing …

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Interstitial Cystitis – Not Just a Bladder Infection

Barb Zarnikow woke up one day feeling like she had the worst bladder infection of her life. Her extreme pain felt like acid was being poured into her bladder or that her bladder was being cut up by broken glass. She had a constant need to urinate. In fact, the …

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Your Omega-3 Source Matters: Supplements Vs. Foods

It’s well known that too much fat in the diet isn’t healthy, but there is a particular fatty acid that is necessary: Omega-3. This is considered an essential fat because it isn’t made by the body and can only be obtained from food. Read on to learn more about omega-3, …

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What Women Need to Know about Sports Injuries

The benefits of playing sports are well known, but the impact may be greater for females. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, high school girls are less likely to get pregnant and more likely to do better academically if they participate in sports. Girls and women also have more confidence, …

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BRCA Gene Testing for Women with Ovarian Cancer

A recent study out of McGill University Health Centre suggests that all women with ovarian cancer should be tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, regardless of family history. But this study confirms what is already known and practiced in the U.S. It wouldn’t change current guidelines here in the …

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Restless Legs Syndrome: Quiet Your Feet and Get Back to Sleep

Allie McIver is constantly bouncing her legs. It gets worse at night, especially if she’s been too sedentary that day. It’s a feeling she describes as similar to an itch — or an overwhelming desire to move her legs – that starts at the ankle and sort of runs up …

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Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Can you hear me over the noise of your MP3 player? If you have to turn it down, that’s a red flag as you could be at risk for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). What is NIHL? Noise-induced hearing loss is 100 percent preventable, but once it occurs, it’s irreversible. It …

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Coffee is Good for Breast Cancer and You

Coffee has actual health benefits, and may even protect against breast cancer recurrence, a recent study out of Sweden has found. No, this message is not sponsored by Starbucks, which will no doubt benefit as well. Health Benefits Coffee comes from a bean, or a whole plant source, which means …

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How to Reset Your Metabolism: Is it Possible?

It’s been hard to miss the success of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” in which people underwent dramatic weight loss makeovers to compete for the $250,000 grand prize. But it turns out the short, grueling, extreme pace to weight loss has a price. A recent NY Times article details how Season …

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