- Podcast: Beyond Bone Health: The Power of Vitamin D
A simple glass of milk can do a lot for your health. Thanks to the "Got Milk" campaign, many women know that it packs a healthy punch of calcium and vitamin D – two nutrients critical for strong bones.
- Podcast: Binge Drinking: A Woman’s Health Concern
Many women drink alcohol – whether it’s to celebrate a special event or maybe to relax with friends. An occasional drink usually isn’t a concern. Moderate amounts of alcohol may even protect against coronary heart disease.
- Podcast: 'Broken Heart' Syndrome More Common in Women
Broken heart syndrome – a temporary heart condition brought on by extreme physical or emotional stress – is far more likely to occur in women than in men.
- Podcast: Considering Birth Control? Know Your Options
Women today have more birth control options than ever before. The condom, the pill, the patch—to name just a few. In fact, more than three-quarters of sexually active women in the U.S. have tried at least three different methods of contraception.
- Podcast: C-Section Rate Reaches Record High in U.S.
The number of women giving birth by cesarean section is at an all-time high, raising concern among doctors.
- Podcast: Do Toxic Metals Lurk in Your Lipstick?
Many women pucker up with shades like Ripened Red, Plum Luck, and Instant Mocha. Coloring the lips has been a beauty basic for centuries. A recent study, though, questions whether a daily dab of lipstick or gloss is a harmless habit.
- Podcast: Hormone Therapy May Be OK for Some Women
The pendulum may be swinging back toward the use of supplemental estrogen – in low doses and for short periods of time – to help ease some symptoms of menopause.
- Podcast: Hormone Therapy May Lower Risk for Artery Disease
Not all data on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is negative: A new study says that HRT may help prevent peripheral artery disease (PAD).
- Podcast: HPV Test Finds Cervical Cancer Earlier
The human papillomavirus (HPV) test is better than the traditional Pap test alone as a screening tool for cervical cancer – both in the short and long term, researchers say.
- Podcast: Java and Pregnancy: An OK Combo?
Finding out you are pregnant may prompt you to make some lifestyle changes, particularly in your diet. You may decide to eat more fruits and vegetables and less high-fat foods. Another change you may want to consider: cutting back on coffee.
- Podcast: Many Doctors Still Urging Yearly Pap Tests
Although national health guidelines say that some women can safely stretch their Pap test to every three years, many doctors haven’t gotten the message.
- Podcast: Mixed Reviews on Alcohol Use by Women
Alcohol can be both a benefit and a danger to women, according to two recent studies. The key seems to be in knowing when it’s appropriate to drink and how much alcohol is considered safe.
- Podcast: Moderate Drinking May Offer Benefits to Women
Middle-aged women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol may end up in better physical and mental health in old age than women who don’t drink.
- Podcast: More Women Face Mental Illness
You may pay more attention to your physical health than how you feel mentally. Like any physical ailment, though, conditions such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse can tax your body.
- Podcast: Panel Nixes Supplements for Bone Health
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says that older women should not take low doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements to help prevent fractures. The panel is still weighing what to recommend on higher supplement doses.
- Podcast: Respiratory Symptoms Wax and Wane with Period
You're likely familiar with the changes your body goes through each menstrual cycle. Estrogen levels rise as your body prepares for ovulation. Then they fall before your period. This flux in hormones can trigger fatigue, breast tenderness, and other
- Podcast: Sleep Apnea Affects Men, Women Equally
Women with sleep apnea face an increased risk for heart problems, just as men with this condition do. But just as for men, women who are treated with CPAP appear to bring their risk down.
- Podcast: Smoggy Air Fogs the Brain
Women who spend most of their life breathing air pollution are more likely to have a decline in mental functioning as they age, a new study says.
- Podcast: Study Confirms Longer Time OK Between Pap Tests
Women 30 and older who have normal results on two previous Pap tests can wait three years before their next one.