womenTALK: Midlife Matters

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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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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