Kate Spade’s Death And A Disturbing Increase In Suicides

Fashion designer Kate Spade’s death Tuesday has reminded Americans of the enormous toll of suicide, a growing problem that claims nearly 45,000 lives a year. Suicide rates in the U.S. have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999, according to a report released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and …

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Your Brain On Yoga

Yoga, yoga, everywhere. It’s in your magazines, on your YouTube playlist, in your favorite sitcom and definitely in a class near you. Your friends do it and so do all the celebrities. From yoga pants to yoga bumper stickers – it’s hard to avoid the yoga craze. Will your New …

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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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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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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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How Your Gut Microbiome Is Affecting Your Health

Did you know that the average human body has 10 times more bacteria than human cells, and that over 4,000 different species of bacteria reside just in your gut? Otherwise known as “gut microbiome,” the bacteria in our gut aren’t all bad. In fact, this has become a hot area …

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How Women’s Brains Really Are Superior

“He never remembers our anniversary,” Felicia says about her husband of 15 years. “It used to really upset me, but now I just drop little hints as the day approaches. It works.” “I just don’t get his obsession with cars,” Renee says about her boyfriend of two years. “I mean, …

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How to Survive the Unspoken Grief that Comes After Miscarriage

“I would have had my baby in one more month, but at four months pregnant, I lost him,” says one mom. “I was feeling fine, but at my regular appointment the doctor couldn’t find a heartbeat. I don’t understand what happened. I’m devastated but I don’t know what to do.” …

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5 Perfectly Normal Ways Your Body Changes After Age 40

Have you asked yourself lately, “What’s going on? Is this normal?” If so, you’re not alone. Many women go through changes as they age that are a little confusing. We expect the fine lines and wrinkles. We know that menopausal symptoms could show up at any time. But some of …

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