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 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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Severe Menopause Symptoms May Predict Heart Disease

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in women. A study of 138 menopausal women examined the association of mood, symptoms, and quality of life measures with the key markers of vascular aging, a major risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Study results are published online …

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February is Heart Month – spread the word with Elizabeth Banks’ “Just a Little Heart Attack”

Leave it to Elizabeth Banks to make heart attack awareness funny. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for women. Women have worse outcomes after a heart attack than men and many women cannot recognize the symptoms of a heart attack. We have serious work to do when it …

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Women Who Find Their Purpose Unlock the Secrets to Long-Term Health

Originally published April 7, 2015   Do you know your purpose in life? In other words, do you have a strong sense of why you’re here, and what you’re meant to be doing? If not, you’re not alone. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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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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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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Why Women Should Drop Their Obsession with Weight

You know that being overweight or obese can increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, and other health problems. According to the National Cancer Institute, there is consistent evidence that higher amounts of body fat are associated with increased risks of several types of cancer, including endometrial, esophageal, liver, kidney, …

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Why It’s Good for Women to Eat More Low-Glycemic Foods

What are the leading causes of death in women in the United States? Heart disease and cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these two diseases were the leading causes of death in women in 2014, which is the latest year for which they have complete …

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