womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Tuesday, Nov 19th 2013

Mediterranean-Style Diet and Midlife

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Apologies to those of you who like to maintain your childlike naiveté: By now, life has granted us the unique knowledge to know that certain things like Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and magical crystal balls don't exist.

Still, if someone told you that if you ate a certain way in midlife, you would be less likely to be without major limitations in both physical and mental health in your old age, what would you do?

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Wednesday, Nov 13th 2013

Brain Boosters

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Just recently, my husband gave some advice to his 83-year-old mother, who has been growing increasingly distressed over her mental acuity (or loss thereof). She is frequently forgetting things (like where she put her keys) as well as losing the ability to recall words mid-sentence.

"Play some games," he told her. "Crossword puzzles, word jumbles … stuff like that. Find something you like and spend a half-hour each morning. Make it like your homework."

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Wednesday, Nov 06th 2013

Drink Up Coffee's Health Perks

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I first tasted coffee when I was 16. After seeing the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, my date took me to a local IHOP and confidently ordered us both short stacks plus a carafe of coffee.

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Tuesday, Oct 29th 2013

Top 3 Common Health Misconceptions

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Ever since my 28-year-old son ran his first marathon earlier this month, he's more concerned than ever about optimizing his health. (For all you mothers out there who try to instill good habits in your children and think they're not listening, there's hope that when they get older your messages will have resonated.)

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Tuesday, Oct 22nd 2013

Am I Having a Heart Attack?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I recently was enjoying dinner with a friend whom I hadn't seen in many months. After catching up on our latest news—our jobs, our children, our husbands—we got around to that popular topic: health. It seems that ever since my group of friends has ventured into our 40s and 50s, the topic of our health inevitably pops up. Some of the most common topics? Sports injuries, menopausal symptoms, sleep or lack thereof, the need for reading glasses … you get my drift.

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Tuesday, Oct 15th 2013

Don't Hide From Breast Cancer

authored by Sheryl Kraft

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.

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Monday, Oct 07th 2013

Flu Shots Demystified

authored by Sheryl Kraft

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).

New Choices

It's no longer "just" a flu shot. This year brings many different choices of shots.

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Tuesday, Oct 01st 2013

Easy Ways to Eat Smart and Healthy

authored by Sheryl Kraft

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.

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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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