7 Ways Women Can Protect Themselves from the Flu This Season

It’s been called the “flu-pocalypse” by some in the media, and by others, simply “bad.” We’re talking about the 2017-2018 flu season, and according to early predictions, it’s not looking good. In December 2017, CNN reported that flu activity was higher in the U.S. than usual for that time of …

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Celebrating the Holidays with a Loved One with Dementia

Celebrating the Holidays with a Loved One with Dementia: A Guide for Family Caregivers

When you are a caregiver for a family member with dementia, the holidays are a mixture of many things: practical organizing and preparations, as well as a jumble of feelings and emotions. It is not uncommon for family caregivers to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or sad, as they look forward to …

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Phone Apps and Resources for People with Hearing Loss

Hearing is one of the senses that can decline with age. About 15 percent of American adults over 18 report some trouble hearing, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), with age being the strongest predictor – particularly among adults aged 20-69. The good news …

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Something Old but New to Ease Your Migraine Headaches

Carolyn groaned and pressed on her right temple. Another migraine, and it was only one o’clock in the afternoon. She had a lot to do, but the pain was so bad it was making her sick to her stomach. She went to the restroom and sat down and closed her …

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Phone Apps and Resources for People with Vision Loss

Do you wear contacts or glasses, or are you in denial about needing them? At least 10 percent of all adult Americans reported they either have trouble seeing – even when wearing glasses or contacts – or that they are blind or unable to see at all, the 2015 National …

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Weight-Loss Surgery: What Women Need to Know

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of American adults are obese, which means that they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) states that about 40 percent of …

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The Study was Flawed: Why Women Should Rethink Hormone Therapy

A friend of mine was telling me recently about her menopausal symptoms. The hot flashes were getting to her, and the mood swings were no fun either. I asked her if she had considered hormone therapy (HT), and she gave me this look—you know, the kind that seems to say, …

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The SAD Season is Upon Us Shorter Days Triggering Seasonal Affective Disorder

Source: Loyola University Health System Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression triggered by shorter days and reduced light. “We are in the midst of the full-blown SAD season,” said said Loyola Medicine psychiatrist Angelos Halaris, MD, PhD. Seasonal affective disorder affects between three and five percent of the …

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Pregnancy Poses No Greater Risk to Breast Cancer Survivors

Source: Oxford University Press USA A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates that pregnancy does not incur a greater risk of relapse for survivors of breast cancer. The safety of pregnancy for women with history of breast cancer has remained a controversial topic for …

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Too Hot to Sleep? Severe Hot Flashes Linked to Greater Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Early diagnosis important to control risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, and death Source: The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Many menopausal women complain about poor sleep. Should the problem be blamed simply on menopause or on a more serious underlying sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? What, if …

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