Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Battle With Powerful Thoughts

Danielle Durange has been dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, since she was 15. Now she’s 42, and it’s worsened with age. Her main problem is picking at her skin, which she says has controlled her life and affected her 12-year marriage. “I’ve been blessed with beautiful skin, but …

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Seven Steps to Keep Your Nails Healthy in Winter

‘Tis the season… for dry skin, chapped lips and craggy nails.  When the cold sets in, you know you need to switch up your skincare routine, but what about your nails?Here are seven simple tips to keep your manicure healthy no matter how frigid your fingers may feel. •  Moisturize. …

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Why Women Get More Migraines, and 10 Possible Solutions

The Migraine Research Foundation (MRF) states that nearly one in four households includes someone who suffers from migraines. Over 12 percent of the American population has them—more than diabetes and asthma combined. Women get them more often. According to a 2009 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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Postpartum Depression Struggle

The period after the birth of a child is a time of incredible transition for a woman. Her body, schedule and new responsibilities can feel both unfamiliar and demanding. The new baby in her life is a source of alternating pride, wonder and frustration. Life becomes a maelstrom of responsibilities; some critical, some mundane, …

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Is Low Stomach Acid the True Cause of Heartburn and GERD?

The painful burning chest and sour throat of heartburn are a familiar after-dinner event for many women. Commonly understood triggers include medications, certain foods, obesity and bending over or laying down too soon after eating. When heartburn symptoms escalate and occur at least twice a week, a diagnosis of GERD …

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What is Your Personal Breast Cancer Risk?

About 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. But that number starts to change when you begin looking at the specific factors in any individual woman’s life and family history. What factors influence a woman’s personal risk of breast cancer? Age, family history, alcohol use, …

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New Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines for screening women for breast cancer. The changes in the recommendations were based on new research reviewing the benefits and risks of screening with mammography. The new guidelines are intended to balance the benefits of early detection with the risks of false positives, pain, …

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Protect Your Heart Before Menopause

What’s the number one cause of death in American women? If you guessed cancer, try again. Contrary to popular opinion, cardiovascular disease kills more women than all cancers combined. What’s even scarier is that the majority of cardiovascular events occur after menopause, because that’s when a woman’s risk rapidly increases. …

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Could Women’s Lungs Be More Vulnerable to Cancer?

What’s the leading cancer killer in women? If you said breast cancer, think again. It’s true that breast cancer used to kill more women, but starting in 1987, lung cancer moved up to take over that position. It’s now the leading cancer killer for both men and women. In fact, …

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The New Generation Breast Cancer Book

Survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer have been increasing since the 1990’s, largely due to earlier detection. However, new treatment options are also developing, giving caregivers and patients more choices. These choices can sometimes lead to confusion and information overload for the newly diagnosed. Dr. Elisa Port, chief of …

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