womenTALK: Midlife Matters

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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Tuesday, Jul 30th 2013

Cancer: The Wrong Word?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

The word "cancer" conjures up many images, among them fear, death, disability, chemotherapy, radiation, mutilation and anguish.

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Friday, Jul 26th 2013

Depression: It's Not Only in Your Head

authored by Sheryl Kraft

A reader wrote to me recently with this email:

"All winter long, I can't wait until summer. I love the warm weather and always feel better in it. Yet, for some reason, I am depressed. I'm used to being depressed in the wintertime—I hate cold and snow—but I always am so happy in the summer. Any idea why this could be? I am healthy. I am happily married. And I had a good childhood. Where would this come from?"

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Wednesday, Jul 17th 2013

10 Steps Toward Finding Dr. Right

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Since recently moving to a new town, I find myself busier than ever. Like out-of-control weeds, my expanding lists are growing sub-lists—and those, in turn, have spurned "now" and "later" lists … it's hard to keep track of it all. Each time I cross something off my list, five new things take its place.

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Tuesday, Jul 09th 2013

Protect Yourself in the Heat

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I'm one of those people who rarely complain about the heat. Give me 80, even 90 degrees, and I'm fine—and happy—being outside. But winter? That's a whole other story. The minute the temperature dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, my body feels perpetually cold and doesn't thaw out until we're well into spring.

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Wednesday, Jul 03rd 2013

Tr(Eat) Your Body Right

authored by Sheryl Kraft

The old saying, "Treat your body right, and it'll treat you right," refers to more than just getting adequate sleep (7-9 hours a night for most of us), exercising and managing your stress levels.

It also means carefully considering the foods you're eating to fuel your body.

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Tuesday, Jun 25th 2013

5 Reasons Why It’s So Easy to Eat Too Much

authored by Sheryl Kraft

You eat.

And eat.

And eat.

Long after you're hungry, you're still eating.

And then, it hits you.

Right in the gut.

You are beyond full. You're uncomfortable. Maybe you have some indigestion, gas or reflux as a result (or worse). Perhaps a real "tummy ache."

And then you start the self-blame. Why did I eat so much? Ugh, I feel awful. I am such a glutton.

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Tuesday, Jun 18th 2013

10 Important Steps to Better Communication With Your Doctor

authored by Sheryl Kraft

In a recent post, I wrote a wish list of things I'd like every doctor or other health care professional to know. It was both an enjoyable and empowering exercise: too often, doctor-patient communication is fraught with time constraints, miscommunication, intimidation, anxiety or feeling overwhelmed and confused.

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Thursday, Jun 13th 2013

A Midlife Woman's Wish List for Her Medical Team

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Dear Doctor (and any other health professional who is caring for me):

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Thursday, Jun 06th 2013

Top 10 Tips for Safe Cycling

authored by Sheryl Kraft

If I could, I'd trade my car in for my bicycle, at least this time of year.

Riding a bike gives me so many pleasures: it takes me back to the joys of my childhood; it allows me to feel the fresh air on my face; it puts me more in touch with nature, giving me time to slow down and notice things I'd otherwise not notice from the inside of a car.

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