Out of Control Alcohol: Is Abstinence Required, or Will Moderation Work? Part II

In Part I of this series, we talked about Suzanne, who was experiencing some moments of out-of-control drinking. She was looking for help in increasing her control simply for her own peace of mind. She had not yet had any legal, occupational, or family problems related to her drinking, and …

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Changing The Way We Look At Dementia

Last November, six people with Alzheimer’s disease and related types of cognitive impairment stood before an audience of 100 in North Haven, Conn. One by one, they talked about what it was like to live with dementia in deeply personal terms. Before the presentation, audience members were asked to write …

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A Matter Of Life And Death: Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex, and potentially fatal conditions that can have serious consequences for general health, professional productivity, and personal relationships. They are not fads, phases, or vanity lifestyle choices. They are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s emotional and physical health. And according to the most recent …

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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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The Gut Bacteria and Depression Connection

Research is increasingly showing a mind-body connection. Did you know, for example, that depression could be a result of bacteria in your gut? In 2012, scientists at University College Cork discovered that brain levels of serotonin, or the ‘happy hormone,’ are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut …

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National Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week, May 13–19, 2018

Save the dates! National Women’s Health Week is May 13–19, 2018. Make your health a priority. It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you! This National Women’s Health Week, we want to help you take control of your health. Take the first step! Join the …

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All About Cortisol, and Signs That You’re Chronically Stressed

If you’ve heard about cortisol, most likely it was in relation to stress. Women know that chronic stress isn’t good for them, and that it’s linked to a number of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. You may have also heard that when you feel stress, the …

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Fat Shaming and Weight Bias at Your Doctor’s Office

The anecdotes are legion. One time when Abby Carter (not her real name) had to get her gallbladder out, her doctor told her that he made her surgeon wait an extra day even though she hadn’t eaten anything that day. The doctor wanted her to know what it felt like …

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What Health Issues Affect Women Differently Than Men?

Some health issues that are common to both men and women affect women differently. Although the symptoms may be similar, the effects of the condition and the care necessary can differ significantly for women. In addition, some of these conditions might affect women primarily or more severely than men. For …

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Focus, Fatigue, and Facebook: Why You Just Can’t Concentrate

Debra stared at the computer until her eyes went blurry. She closed them and shook her head. Why couldn’t she concentrate? Pulling out her smartphone, she checked her Facebook page. Funny. Her friend had posted a picture of her daughter making a snowman. And there was another cat video. Debra …

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