Posts Categorized: Women’s Health

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the US, according to the National Institutes of Health. Drinking during pregnancy can cause a wide range of disabilities–intellectual disabilities, speech and language delays, poor social skills or fetal alcohol syndrome–that last a lifetime. International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders… Read more »

Relationship Stress Does Real Harm

Stress can kill a relationship. Now, research shows it can affect life expectancy, too. Middle-aged people’s mortality risk goes up when they are in stressful relationships, according to a recent issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Researchers in the University of Copenhagen reached their findings after following nearly 10,000 adults for 11… Read more »

Women with Diabetes, Watch Out for Heart Disease

Women with diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2) are at a higher risk for developing heart disease than men with the disorder, according to a study in a recent issue of Diabetologia. The medical journal’s meta-analysis of 64 studies involved more than 850,000 individuals and 28,000 coronary events. It confirmed the connection between diet, exercise… Read more »

Don’t Write Off Annual Pelvic Exams

Annual pelvic exams are useful for gynecologists to diagnose issues like incontinence and sexual dysfunction, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said yesterday. The group was responding to the American College of Physicians’ new recommendation against annual pelvic exams for women at low risk and with no symptoms. Scientific evidence doesn’t prove or… Read more »

Skin Damage: A Permanent Reminder of Days in the Sun

If you think tanned skin gives you “a healthy glow,” think again. Enough exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from any source, natural or otherwise, causes skin damage–such as skin cancer and premature aging–in anyone. I’ve seen signs of aging and skin cancer in patients as young as their 20s. Tanning salons do not prevent skin… Read more »

Healthy Eating: There’s an App for That

Get the low-down on healthy eating and the best tools to help you do it next Wednesday, June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. Join us for Healthy Eating in the Digital Age: There’s an App for That. We’ll discuss good-for-you food choices plus nutrition facts and myths. Then we’ll explore some of the best… Read more »

Not ALL Women with High Cholesterol Need Statins

A debate has been building since the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology jointly revised statin guidelines last autumn, according to the New York Times. The guidelines recommend the drug to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, regardless of gender. The formulation “would increase the number of adults [male… Read more »

Stay Heart Healthy at Every Age

Preventing or reducing the chances of heart disease is something you’re never too young–or too old–to think about. Leading a healthy lifestyle, starting from your teenage and early adult years, can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease later in life. Learn what you can do to stay heart healthy at every age: In Your… Read more »

Fight Heart Disease with Small Changes

Heart disease is a formidable foe. It’s the Number 1 killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer, according to the American Heart Association. Once heart disease develops, poor outcomes are a greater risk, so prevention is key. It may seem intimidating to fight such an opponent, but it isn’t when… Read more »