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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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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Why Are Women More Likely to Suffer Back Pain?

Oh, my aching back. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Affecting over 31 million Americans, it is one of the most common reasons for missed work, and is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor …

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Are You One of the Many Women at Risk for Fatty Liver Disease?

Scientific American asked the question back in 2015 if non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) was America’s greatest health risk of the times. In that year, the American Liver Foundation estimated that up to 25 percent of Americans were living with the disease. Researchers have echoed that concern. In a 2015 …

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Friday 5! 5 Body Positive Blogs to Read This Weekend

It’s Friday! The weekend is here and so is your weekly roundup of five new inspiring voices for health! This week we’re sharing 5 Body Positive Blogs you’ve got to check out. Body positivity is a movement which encourages people to take a less punishing view of health and wellness. …

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Is Knee Surgery Inevitable for Women?

I have a neighbor who’s about five feet tall and possesses the energy five women in her small body. She’s in her sixties, but she moves around like she’s twenty years younger and has one of those bright, sunny attitudes that people love to be around. A few months ago, …

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How is your Spouse’s Health Impacting Yours?

When Sharon Vecchiarelli’s husband was diagnosed with cancer in February 2011, their world was completely turned upside down. It quickly fell to her to manage his care, find the right doctors, try to keep their two children’s lives as normal as possible, update family and friends, and take care of …

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Why Women May Want to Return to Full-Fat Dairy Products

I remember when we made the switch. Whole milk, which had been a staple of the American diet for decades, was bad for our hearts, the experts told us. It contained too much fat that could clog our arteries. Other full-fat dairy products, too, like cottage cheese, yogurt, pudding, and …

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Endocrine Disruptors in Our Homes, Environment, and Bodies

The ingredients in my lipstick read like a chemist’s dream. The fourth item, cyclopentasiloxane, is on a list of potential endocrine disruptors. This means that the beauty product I use regularly has at least one chemical – if not more – that can interfere with my body’s endocrine system. Effects …

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The Long-Term Effect of Weight Teasing on Girls

Jennifer Leslie was always the tallest kid in her class, but also the heaviest. She was never an unhealthy eater, but was constantly ridiculed for her size. Once puberty hit, Leslie grew more height-wise and thinned out, but was still larger than many kids her age, so the teasing didn’t …

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