womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Tuesday, Sep 24th 2013

5 Easy and Healthy Dining Out Tips

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Since making our empty-nest switch from a rural home to an urban apartment, I've been excited about the change and the easy access to so many things.

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Monday, Sep 23rd 2013

Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer Remains Difficult

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.

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Monday, Sep 16th 2013

Your Aging Teeth

authored by Sheryl Kraft

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.

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Monday, Sep 09th 2013

Greek Yogurt Recall: How to Choose the Best Yogurt

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Last week, the yogurt-maker Chobani recalled some of its Greek yogurts after reports of gastrointestinal illnesses.

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Tuesday, Sep 03rd 2013

Please Don't Eat Kale

authored by Sheryl Kraft

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.

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Tuesday, Aug 27th 2013

How to Steer Clear of Food Poisoning

authored by Sheryl Kraft

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.

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Tuesday, Aug 20th 2013

Fear of Falling

authored by Sheryl Kraft

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.

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Monday, Aug 12th 2013

The Girls' Guide to Pain-Free Feet

authored by Sheryl Kraft

This summer has brought out a variety of shoe styles. Rainy days (and there have been lots of them!) preclude me from wearing sandals (unless I want soaked feet). And on the hot, humid days, wearing the wrong sandals can cause swollen feet to feel misplaced in even the most comfortable pair.

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Tuesday, Aug 06th 2013

Botox: Not Just About Vanity

authored by Sheryl Kraft

When you hear someone has gone for Botox injections, do you assume they're doing it all in the name of beauty? After all, the most popular use of Botox is as a cosmetic therapy—used to erase facial wrinkles by slightly relaxing the contraction of muscles.

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Tuesday, Jul 30th 2013

Dr. Wulf Utian Speaks Out on Hormone Therapy

Unnecessary premature death as a consequence of the WHI study

by Wulf H. Utian, MD, BCh, PhD, DSc(Med), FRCOG, FACOG, FICS

It is never ever pleasant in the practice of medicine to live to see a health warning you issued become fact.

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