womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Monday, Jul 27th 2009

Vaccines that Adults Should - But Don't - Get

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I can't remember the last time I had a vaccine to prevent an illness, save for the annual flu shot I have every year around October. And I'll bet most of you can't, either. If you knew that a disease was preventable, wouldn't you take advantage a vaccine?

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Thursday, Jul 23rd 2009

Exercise and Metabolism: Canyon Ranch Expert Weighs In

authored by Sheryl Kraft

You may have read my earlier post, where I expressed some frustration at reading new research reporting that our metabolism does not get quite the boost we all thought it got from exercising.

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Wednesday, Jul 22nd 2009

Hearing "Chicken Fat" Just Made My Day

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Maybe I'm feeling all nostalgic lately over the 40th anniversary of the landing on the moon and Paul McCartney's recent concert in New York, but when I found the "Chicken Fat" recording on YouTube, I was so excited.

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Monday, Jul 20th 2009

Want Strong Abs? Ditch the Crunches

authored by Sheryl Kraft

If you work out , chances are that you probably avoid or save your least favorite exercise for last - abdominal crunches. I do.

Well, here's some good news: You really shouldn't be doing them, anyway

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Friday, Jul 17th 2009

Would YOU Want to Know If You Carried the Alzheimer Gene?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I recently tested for the breast cancer gene. Although I had already had breast cancer, I still was curious - and my oncologist backed me up on this - where it came from.

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Wednesday, Jul 15th 2009

Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy: Read This Before You Consider It

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I just received an email from a reader in Idaho, Doreen. She wrote, "I'm 52 years old and just started full-blown menopause. I'm getting a ton of hot flashes, day and night, and I'm so moody all the time. I am very health conscious and generally shun any medications but am so tempted to ask my doctor for hormones! But I'm reading so many studies about their danger.

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Tuesday, Jul 14th 2009

Go Ahead and Curse. You'll Feel Better.

authored by Sheryl Kraft

If you sometimes have potty-mouth - especially when you hurt yourself - take heart. You may actually doing yourself some good by shouting some expletives.

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Monday, Jul 13th 2009

The Economics of a Bedbug Infestation

authored by Sheryl Kraft

As if a bedbug infestation wasn't upsetting enough, there's more than just the physical ramifications like itching and hives.

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Friday, Jul 10th 2009

Meatless Imitations May be Veggie-less, too

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I don't eat meat, but am the only one in my family who shuns the stuff. And there's nothing my husband and sons love more in the summer than a juicy hamburger or hot dog on the grill. So not to feel totally left out, I join them with my own version of a hamburger - a veggie burger, instead. And I feel like I can actually eat something healthy from the barbecue.

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Wednesday, Jul 08th 2009

Watch Celebrity Stylist Nick Arrojo Cut My Hair and Offer Tips on Midlife Change

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Back in May, I wrote a post about change. A reader, feeling quite overwhelmed, had sent me an email bemoaning all the changes all around her. We can all relate, I'm sure. Around the time I hit 50, I was amazed at how many things started changing - my skin, my hair, my body - and my attitude.

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