Turmeric: Miracle Spice or Herbal Myth?

All of a sudden, this yellow stuff is everywhere. It’s being stirred into your smoothies and heaped into products at your favorite health-food store. It’s in every hot recipe from curries to cocktails. But this herb is certainly not new. So what’s the deal with turmeric as a health trend? Turmeric (also known …

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7 Reasons Women Need to Get Their Vitamin D Levels Checked…Now!

Originally posted: May 24, 2015 Are you getting enough vitamin D? If you’re like most women in the U.S., you may not be. We’re supposed to get our daily supply of this important nutrient from the sun and from food, but according to recent studies, many of us are falling short. …

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How to Prepare for the Emotional Effects of Weight Loss Surgery

Weight-loss surgery has a lot of benefits for obese women. Studies have shown that for the majority of patients, it results in significant and lasting weight loss, and helps lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. (See our previous post, “Weight-Loss Surgery: What Women Need to …

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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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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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Indoor Tanning Addiction and the Depression Connection

A survey of young, white women who have used indoor tanning at least once in the past year showed that more than one in five of them have signs of being addicted to the high dose of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds. In addition, women with symptoms of depression …

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Happiness and Health

When was the last time you laughed or felt happy? If it’s been too long or you can’t remember, consider this old adage: Laughter is the best medicine. Bobby McFerrin had it right when he sang, “Don’t worry, be happy.” Research “Multiple studies confirm that cultivating positive emotions has enormous …

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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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Get Rhythm—What Women Need to Know About Afib

Do you have rhythm? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people don’t. Instead, they have a condition known as “atrial fibrillation”—also called “Afib” or “AF”—that causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way. The …

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Exercise Helps Women Cope with Multiple Sclerosis

While exercise doesn’t prevent people from developing multiple sclerosis (MS), certain kinds of exercise may be beneficial to those who already have it. MS is a neurological disease that directly affects the body, but coping with it can bring about depression – and this is where exercise comes in. What …

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