Sleep Apnea May be More Dangerous for Women than for Men

When it comes to heart attacks, a woman’s symptoms are subtler than a man’s. Whereas a man may have fierce chest pain, a woman may feel nauseated, tired, and out of sorts. It took us decades to discover the difference. Meanwhile, women may have had fewer heart attacks then men, …

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The Smart Woman’s Guide to Avoiding Heart Disease

Okay, ladies, admit it. There are a lot of things we do better than men. We can make dinner, talk to Mom, balance the checkbook, and solve Jenny’s boyfriend problems all at the same time. We can dance in high heels, find the perfect present for the in-laws, and keep …

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A 3-Step Self-Care Program for Women with Lupus

When you have lupus, people just don’t get it. Friends and family may not understand why you can’t get out of bed and get going. Co-workers may think you’re being lazy, or wonder why you’re taking so many sick days. After all, most of the time a person with lupus …

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Celiac Disease and Women

If not for my mother-in-law’s diagnosis of celiac disease 10 years ago, my kids wouldn’t be as healthy as they are now. At 3 ½, my daughter was losing weight and we were getting concerned. My mother-in-law’s celiac diagnosis meant that all family members had to get tested. My daughter’s …

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Living With Low Vision

Laine Amoureux has been living with low vision for all of her 31 years. Her description of what it’s like is a bundle of contradictions. Sometimes she feels like she’s in a bubble, like an object of fascination at the zoo. It can be discouraging, frustrating, or embarrassing. But life …

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The Danger of Gender Bias in Medicine

I traveled to South America several years ago with a friend of mine. When we arrived for our stay, he recommended that I take melatonin to help reset my body clock, since the time zone was several hours different from our own. I had never tried melatonin before, but I …

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Women And Stress: The Positive Handling Of A Negative Life Dimension

The fact is, stress has always been with us, since our ancestors were hunting and gathering, being constantly vigilant for Saber Tooth Tigers around every dark corner. Because such circumstances were common in our evolutionary past, our DNA has an instinctive mechanism called the fight or flight response, named because …

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Can You Cure Your IBD with a Poop Transplant?

Animal poop is a good thing Since time immemorial we’ve used it to nourish the ground and grow our food. But human poop? We’d just as soon not talk about it, but these days, doctors can’t seem to talk about it enough. Not because it might be a good alternative …

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How To Cope With The Stress Of Infertility

Infertility is a stressful and emotional experience. Learn about the normal responses to infertility and how to cope. Hope in an all-consuming struggle. The process can also be a highly rewarding experience. When Nadine Wilson was 37, she started trying to get pregnant. When she wasn’t having any luck, her …

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COPD Kills More Women Than Men In The US

Joan Cousins was among a generation of young women who heard — and bought into the idea — that puffing on a cigarette was sophisticated, modern, even liberating. No one suspected it would make them more than equal to men in suffering a choking, life-shortening lung disease. “Everybody smoked. It …

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