Articles on Women's Health

Women and men have many of the same health issues, but they can affect women differently (e.g. women may have different symptoms of heart disease).  Women sometimes neglect their own health and focus instead on their partner's and their children's, which can lead to a worsening of a current condition or the development of additional conditions.

There are certain diseases or conditions are more common in women, such as osteoarthritis, obesity and depression.  Some conditions, such as menopause and pregnancy, are unique to women.  Healthy lifestyle choices and regular check-ups can go a long way toward reducing women's health risks.

11/17/2011 - Articles

Elder Abuse and the Importance of Bruising

Physical abuse isn't an accident. It's an intentional action that creates a serious risk of physical harm to a vulnerable elder. Read more

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10/05/2011 - Articles

Why Seniors Avoid the Flu Vaccine

Overcoming Resistance: Why Seniors Avoid the Flu Vaccine Read more

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10/05/2011 - Articles

Vaginal Dryness: Is it just you, or does everyone feel this way?

It's not just you; 50% of American women complain of vaginal dryness (atrophic vaginitis) during and p Read more

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08/23/2011 - Articles

A Man’s Perspective on Menopause | Managing Hot Flashes

Sitting in the restaurant, warmth suddenly spread through my body. Beads of sweat formed on my head. I was helpless as rivulets coursed down my neck and over my forehead. Read more

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08/12/2011 - Articles
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Food and Nutrition for Pregnant Women

Nutrition during pregnancy is important. Pregnant women's food has an affect on the pregnancy, on the fetal development and also on the health of the mother and child. The foods a pregnant woman eat are the main source of the nutrients for the baby. But what foods should pregnant women eat? What foods a pregnant woman should avoid? It is important for pregnant women to understand what kind of food is best for them and their baby. Read more

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05/20/2010 - Articles

Red clover supplement helps with menopause

Menopause is often associated with symptoms like depression, anxiety and hot flushes. Although hormone replacement therapy can help, there are concerns over the long term impact of such treatment on women’s health. Therefore, a recent study showing the value of a natural, over-the-counter supplement in treating symptoms of the menopause is of interest. Read more

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05/05/2010 - Articles

Study finds no impact from breast screening

Breast screening by mammography has been introduced into many countries over recent years. Breast screening is a big investment and so we need evidence that it provides real value for healthcare money – in terms of reduced mortality from breast cancer. You might expect that catching cancers early through breast screening is sure to reduce mortality, because women can be treated for their disease much earlier. For mammography picks up tiny tumors long before a woman could detect a problem herself. Read more

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05/03/2010 - Articles

Female sexual dysfunction not easily solved

Male sexual dysfunction is a problem that can be addressed – using sildenafil and related drugs. For female sexual dysfunction, the pharmaceutical industry has yet to come up with an effective solution, according to a new Datamonitor report. There are, however, 120 million women or more in the seven major pharma markets that have some form of female sexual dysfunction. Low libido, painful intercourse and problems with arousal are the most common manifestations of female sexual dysfunction. These are topics not often raised between doctor and patient because of cultural and societal barriers. Read more

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04/12/2010 - Articles

Soya isoflavones reduce menopausal symptoms

Soya has many health benefits, most of which are attributed to its soya isoflavone content. A new study from researchers in Italy now suggests that soya isoflavones can help reduce hot flushes during the menopause. Hot flushes and night sweats are common among women going through the menopause and they can severely impact  quality of life. In Western countries, 70% of women experience hot  flushes during the menopause, compared to only up to 18% in Asian  woman. It has long been believed that women in Asia enjoy this  benefit because their diet is high in soya and soya isoflavones. Read more

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03/18/2010 - Articles

HRT linked with increased asthma risk

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be very useful in helping women deal with the symptoms of menopause. However, hormones are powerful biochemical messengers so it’s perhaps no surprise that HRT has been associated with various health risks. A new study from researchers in Mexico and France now identifies a link between HRT use and asthma. The report comes from the French E3N study which includes around 100,000 women born between 1925 and 1950 and is part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. Nearly 58,000 women from the group were asked about HRT use and development of asthma symptoms every two years from 1990 and 2002. None of them had asthma at the start of the menopause. Read more

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