womenTALK: Midlife Matters

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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Wednesday, Jul 08th 2009

Traveling? Move to Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I recently flew to California, a six-plus hour plane trip. And despite my reticence about walking around the plane while it was airborne, (I don't care much for flying and tend to stay put in my seat, tightly belted in) I made sure to get up and move - and drink lots of water, even though that meant lots of trips to the restroom.

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Tuesday, Jul 07th 2009

Aging: Not Necessarily What You Expected

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I remember as a young child hearing the word "middle age" and thinking OLD. Gray hair, false teeth, coke-bottle eyeglasses, canes...you name it. And now that I'm at "that age" I see things quite differently. It is certainly not what I expected... and I'm relieved.

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Monday, Jul 06th 2009

Corn on the 4th of July

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I hope everyone had a good holiday weekend. I'm happy to report that here in the Northeast we finally got a break from the relentless rain that seemed like it would never end. It feels like summer is really here! And with that, I finally got to enjoy a cookout complete with some corn on the cob.

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Wednesday, Jul 01st 2009

Tylenol and Acetaminophen : Some Important Facts

authored by Sheryl Kraft

It's scary to be reading the news these days, especially about possible liver damage or even death from an over-the-counter drug that many of us might regularly use. But before you panic, I think it's important to know the facts. Here's what I've found...

While consumers wait out the final decision on how these possible dangers will be handled, here are some important facts.

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Wednesday, Jul 01st 2009

Health Myths That Will Surprise You (They Sure Surprised Me)

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Did you read my earlier post about gray hair and stress being an old wives' tale? It was comforting to read (well, sort of) that it isn't an old wives' tale, but is actually true.

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