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Hair Dyes and Risk of Breast Cancer in Women

Mar 13 2017 - 12:33pm
Hair Dyes and Breast Cancer

A recent dissertation asserts that hair dyes contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer. Learn more here.

Researcher Sanna Heikkinen of the University of Helsinki has conducted an analysis of self-reported survey data among 8000 breast cancer patients and 20,000 controls in Finland and has determined t

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Women need good jobs to help avoid the sex trade and high HIV rates

Mar 8 2017 - 4:44am
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Research has found there are links between women deciding to trade sex for security and associated high rates of HIV.

There generally seems to be an association between economic hardship and increased rates of many serious illnesses.

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Models deserve protection from being pressured to be too thin

Feb 5 2017 - 12:01am
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A new study has addressed pressures on models to be too thin which often leads to very unhealthy behaviors. Initiatives should be taken to protect models from being pressured to risk their health to make it in the fashion industry.

Modeling is a big business with a lot of young girls dreaming they could go from rags to riches if only they got a break as a model.

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Social connections can help women beat breast cancer

Dec 15 2016 - 5:02am
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Researchers have found that women who have a greater number of social connections have a higher rate of survival from breast cancer.

Breast cancer is a devastating condition. However with aggressive treatment and a positive attitude cure rates for breast cancer can be impressive.

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Good Social Ties Improve Breast Cancer Survival

Dec 14 2016 - 11:52am

Loneliness is a risk factor for poor health outcomes, per a new Kaiser Permanente study.

Your social network – including spouses or partners, family members, friends, and community and religious relationships – is quite important to all women, but particularly so for those who have bre

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How Licorice Could Lower Estrogen and Affect Fertility

Nov 13 2016 - 6:25pm
licorice can affect estrogen and fertility

Licorice is a popular chewy candy as well as a common herbal supplement sometimes used to manage peptic ulcers, blood sugar and diabetes, colds, indigestion, coughs, hot flashes associated with menopause, and perhaps even gum disease. But did you know that licorice contains a compound that could lower estrogen and affect fertility in women?

The results of a new study, which was conducted by a team at the University of Illinois, found that exposure to a compound found in licorice, isoliquiritigenin, reduced the expression of genes invo

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Resveratrol For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Oct 21 2016 - 9:44am
resveratrol for polycystic ovary syndrome

For the 5 to 10 percent of women of childbearing age who suffer with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), news that a natural supplement can address the hormone imbalance characteristic of the condition could be great news. That supplement is resveratrol, which is found in grapes, raspberries, and red wine.

What’s special about resveratrol?

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Breastfeeding saves lives of babies and mothers

Sep 29 2016 - 4:10pm
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Breastfeeding as it is recommended may protect babies and their mothers from premature death and serious illnesses.

There has been growing evidence that breastfeeding is good for the health of babies. It seems that breastfeeding is also good for the health of mothers.

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How Corn Can Help Build Strong Bones

Sep 2 2016 - 11:50am
corn can help build strong bones

Building strong bones is critical during adolescence and for avoiding osteoporosis and fractures in postmenopausal women. Now new studies from experts at Purdue University explain how corn can help build strong bones when used in the form of soluble corn fiber.

What is soluble corn fiber?

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Home Remedies: Sweetened and dried cranberries help with urinary tract infections

Aug 18 2016 - 11:22pm
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Urinary tract infections are very common among women and can cause a great deal of pain and suffering, but there are home remedies women can use, including cranberries.

There has been talk for a long time dealing with the beneficial effects of cranberries in helping to prevent urinary tract infections.

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The Difference Between Food Allergy, Intolerance and Food Sensitivity

Jun 15 2016 - 11:15am
Food allergy vs food intolerance

Do you know what a food allergy is? Probably so. What about food intolerance or food sensitivity? You generally understand that as well. Now, how about explaining the differences between the three? That's where things start getting confusing. Dr. Chad Larson gets questions about the differences between these three health issues often enough that he decided he might as well put something in writing to help people differentiate.

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4 things to know about ultrasounds

Feb 12 2016 - 12:46am

For parents expecting their first child, an ultrasound is one of the most exciting parts of the pregnancy. It gives you the opportunity to see your child’s heartbeat and movement. However, it can also cause anxiety and concern if you do not know what to expect. Before you get an ultrasound, you may want to consider the following points.

What is the purpose of an ultrasound?

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One Exercise All Women Need To Do and Why

Jan 18 2016 - 9:19am
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My research has convinced me that there is one exercise all women need to do, starting right now. This exercise is so easy, you can do it just about anywhere, at anytime. In fact, I’m doing it while I’m keyboarding this article.

You may have guessed that the exercise all women need to do is Kegels, but simply guessing the right answer isn’t good enough. Women need to do Kegel exercises and practice them every day.

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You Will Be Surprised To Learn The Percentage of Polled Women Who Are "Body Positive"

Jan 4 2016 - 10:59am
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Today, Yahoo Health launched Body-Peace Resolution, a month-long initiative to motivate you to pursue wellness goals that aren’t vanity-driven - and therefore, destined for failure - but that strive for more meaningful outcomes, such as physical strength, mental fitness, nutritional nirvana and self-acceptance - true and total body peace.

To kick-off the campaign, Yahoo Health released a new study that reveals the shocking realities of male/female body perception, and body image issues across adults and teen. Highlights include:

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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) Treatment Options

Sep 13 2015 - 11:26am
PMDD treatment options

For women who suffer with a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), it’s important to know the available treatment options, both conventional and alternative. Awareness of a variety of treatment approaches gives women an opportunity to make an informed decision.

Approximately 3 to 8 percent of menstruating women experience PMDD, which is characterized by physical and psychological symptoms that occur during the days before the menstrual period.

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Vaginal Labiaplasty On the Rise

Mar 12 2015 - 2:07pm
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Vaginal labiaplasty, sometimes referred to as vaginal rejuvenation, is one of the fastest growing procedures on the plastic surgery circuit. What is the latest on labiaplasty and why are more and more women choosing it?

A labiaplasty is a broad term for a variety of techniques used to remove excess labial skin (labia minora) for aesthetic and/or functional reasons.

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Common Chemicals May Cause Earlier Menopause

Jan 29 2015 - 3:15pm
common chemicals and earlier menopause

Common chemicals found in shampoos, cosmetics, plastics, flooring, cars, food, and the environment may be causing women to experience an earlier menopause than normal. When these endocrine-disrupting chemicals are present at high levels, they can interfere with the normal production and activity of hormones in the body and result in additional health problems as well.

Scientists have been aware for some time that common chemicals capable of disrupting hormone levels are associated with various cancers, metabolic syndrome, pregnancy complications,

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3 Yeast Infection Mimics That Could Fool You

Aug 3 2014 - 10:08am
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According to a recent issue of Dr. Oz—the Good Life, Oz-writer Dana Hudepohl tells readers that research has shown that up to two-thirds of women who buy OTC yeast infection treatment products at the local drugstore actually have something else going on “down there” rather than a yeast infection.

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Women need more counseling from obstetricians on environmental toxins

Jul 1 2014 - 2:15am
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Environmental toxins often have the power to tragically undermine the reproductive health of women. These toxins are all around us. Women need to be reminded about this problem and encouraged to attempt to do something about it. Yet, it appears obstetricians often let their patients down by failing to take the time to counsel them about environmental toxins.

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Overdue for Your Physical Exam? Four Health Tips from Oprah

Mar 25 2014 - 11:51am
Physical Exam

In the April issue of "O - the Oprah Magazine" readers are reminded that many women tend to let their yearly physical exam unintentionally pass by and only see their doctor after they become sick or have discovered a new and mysterious mole. In some cases this can be a too little, too late. The writers of “O - the Oprah Magazine” tell readers that missing out on your yearly exam also means that you may be potentially missing out on detecting the warning signs of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure… and even cancer.

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Food addiction is real, affecting middle-aged women most

Jan 25 2014 - 12:41pm
New study suggests food addiction is real

Although there continues to be a debate surrounding the existence of so-called “food addiction”, new research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that some women may indeed be addicted to certain foods, as opposed to just eating them because they like the taste.

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