womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Monday, Apr 29th 2013

Health Headlines in the News

authored by Sheryl Kraft

If you're like me (and lots of other people out there), these recent weeks have been tough ones in the news due to the Boston Marathon bombings and other tragedies around the world. However, there's also been some encouraging news on the health front.

Perhaps you'll find something here that is important to you or to share with someone you love.

Kidney Stones and Calcium

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Monday, Apr 22nd 2013

What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I'm a little late to announce that March was colon cancer awareness month. I guess I'm guilty of what a lot of us do when it comes to colon cancer awareness: ignore it or procrastinate thinking about it.

But what's important to realize is that colorectal cancer is an "equal opportunity employer," striking both men and women. It is responsible for 150,000 diagnoses (that's about 16 people every hour!) and 50,000 deaths annually in the United States.

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Tuesday, Apr 16th 2013

The Rise of Emergency Room Use

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Yesterday morning, concerned about a problem I was having after having some injections weeks before for varicose veins in my legs, I called my doctor. I'll be taking a five-hour flight later this week and wanted to make sure there would be no problem. Ever since writing about deep vein thrombosis, I've had it on my mind.

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Tuesday, Apr 09th 2013

Remember Your Calcium—But How?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

We'd like to think that staying healthy is as easy as swallowing a handful of pills. And many of us have been doing that—taking our recommended amount of calcium to ward off osteoporosis.

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Tuesday, Apr 02nd 2013

Is Menopause Playing Havoc With Your Sleep?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

My husband loves to recount this story: When we were first married, he came down with the flu. One night, he was having a particularly tough time sleeping.

"Honey, wake up. I don't feel well."

I barely moved.

"Honey, please. Wake up. I can't sleep."

Grunt.

The pleading got a bit more insistent until I managed to register that someone was talking to me, and I wasn't dreaming.

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Monday, Mar 25th 2013

Hidden Threat: Deep Vein Thrombosis

authored by Sheryl Kraft

While watching the Today Show last week, I was jolted into that familiar feeling of "Huh? Where has the time gone?" when it was reported that next month marks 10 years since the sudden and tragic death of 39-year-old journalist David Bloom. Ten years!

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Tuesday, Mar 19th 2013

Secrets of a Memory Champ

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Memory is a funny thing. There are many things we'd like to forget—like bad haircuts, lousy meals and upsetting fights with loved ones. And then, there are those things we would love to remember—such as where we parked the car, the name of that restaurant we want to recommend to our friends and a word that we've used a hundred times before but is now stubbornly stuck on the tip of our tongues.

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Tuesday, Mar 12th 2013

Life as a Balancing Act

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I'm forever striving for balance in my life. At times, my work schedule gets pretty hectic, threatening to obliterate my personal time (the growing to-do list is testament to this fact). But, the other side of the coin is not perfect, either: If I take too much personal time, my to-do list might be whittled down, but so will my work opportunities.

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Tuesday, Mar 05th 2013

Fiber: Something You're Probably Not Getting Enough of in Your Diet

Since March is National Nutrition Month, I thought it would be a good opportunity to remind you all of something we commonly don't get enough of in our daily nutrition: FIBER.

Dietary fiber is found in plant foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains, seeds and nuts. Unlike other food components like fats, carbohydrates and proteins, since our bodies cannot digest or break down fiber—here's the good news—it has practically no calories.

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Tuesday, Feb 26th 2013

Exercise and Immunity: What's the Connection?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

My children used to laugh at me when I gave them my best advice for treating a cold.

Go exercise, I'd insist. Works like a charm!

They'd look at me with blank stares, pick up their tissues and walk away.

But now they're in their 20s. And if you have older kids, you know what happens. Eventually they start to listen. Now when they have colds, they take their tissues along to the gym.

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