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- Will the CVS Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco Products Help Reduce Smoking?
- Survival Guide: 5 Tips for Coping With Infertility Leading Up to Valentine's Day
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- What to Do About Those Embarrassing Bodily Noises
Tuesday, Oct 15th 2013
Ever since 1992 when the pink ribbon was adopted as the official symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I can't see the color pink without thinking about my own diagnosis, which started innocently enough in 1988 with a first-ever screening mammogram at the age of 34.
Monday, Oct 07th 2013
Although it still may feel like summer in many parts of the United States, it's not too early to get your flu shot. But before you do, there's some new information (as well as a lot of misinformation).
It's no longer "just" a flu shot. This year brings many different choices of shots.
Tuesday, Oct 01st 2013
You may think it costs more to eat healthy, but it doesn't have to.
A new study by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest analyzed 20 snacks and 19 side dishes, including fruits and vegetables, and found that snack foods like cookies and candy actually cost twice as much on average as similar-sized servings of fresh fruit and veggies. Likewise, processed side dishes cost more on average than healthier options like fresh summer squash.
Monday, Sep 23rd 2013
by David Fishman, MD
Ovarian cancer is a complex and rapidly progressive disease that affects a relatively small percentage of women but has poor survival rates. In the United States, the number of deaths attributed to ovarian cancer is about the same as that of all other gynecologic malignancies combined.
Monday, Sep 16th 2013
A while back, I received an email from a reader who was bemoaning the condition of her teeth since entering the "M" phase of life: Menopause. She wrote: "I would like to know if perimenopause affects your teeth. Mine are just falling apart on me suddenly."
I'm afraid this type of question will be a perennial one, because at some point, we're all—if we're fortunate—visitors passing through this time when so many changes are sneaking up on us.
Monday, Sep 09th 2013
Last week, the yogurt-maker Chobani recalled some of its Greek yogurts after reports of gastrointestinal illnesses.
Tuesday, Sep 03rd 2013
When I was a kid, I wasn't exactly a veggie lover. My repertoire consisted of (canned) corn, carrots and, occasionally, zucchini. Anything else was met with stubborn resistance. If the dog was nearby, I'd sneak her whatever I refused to eat—and she got a virtual rainbow! The more my parents begged me to eat my peas or lima beans ("There are so many reasons you should eat your vegetables," they insisted), the more stubborn I became.
Tuesday, Aug 27th 2013
It wasn't until I got a frantic phone call this past Sunday that I remembered how absolutely dreadful feeling nauseous looks.
"Can you meet me downstairs please?" I heard the muffled sound of traffic in the background. "I'm in my car, two blocks away, and I'm feeling so nauseous." My friend K. sounded absolutely awful.
Tuesday, Aug 20th 2013
Confession: I think I have turned into one of those slow walkers.
Perhaps it's because last week I was away visiting the West Coast and was in unfamiliar—or less familiar—territory that I began to feel paranoid about falling and moved around a bit slower than my usual robust pace.
OK, I'm not really a s-l-o-w walker. But I am a bit more cautious than when I was younger.