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3 Questions to Test Your Healthy Nutrition Smarts

  • Posted on: 22 December 2009
  • By: jleff
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I do my best to eat healthy foods, especially as I get older and find out how important it is for my body to run at its peak performance. And I do okay – most of the time. As I've said in the past, it's amazing how most of the time I find my body gravitating toward fresh fruits and veggies and lots of grains, anyway. Give me a salad with lots of colors thrown in, and I'm happy. Give me a steak and mashed potatoes and you'll get the entire plate back, untouched.

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A Celebration of Cancer Survivorship

  • Posted on: 23 November 2009
  • By: jleff
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I must admit that by the end of October I felt inundated by pink. I'll also admit that all the pink might have made me a bit grouchy. In last week's post I wrote about not being so special just because I survived cancer; that really, we all all survivors of some sort. After all, who hasn't faced difficult situations in their lives?

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Mammography Mayhem

  • Posted on: 19 November 2009
  • By: Sheryl Kraft
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I'm sure by now you've heard about the U.S. Task Force's new standards for breast cancer screening. What I'm not so sure about is if any of us have been able to keep track of what's happening day to day, though. No sooner were these new recommendations made public that women and other groups, like the American Cancer Society, began to push back and question the motives and sanity behind them.

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Asthma: It's Different When You're Older

  • Posted on: 2 April 2019
  • By: jleff
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Asthma can develop for the first time in midlife. Triggers that might never have bothered you before can now be a problem, and the symptoms can be more serious for adults.
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There are many health conditions that are usually diagnosed in younger women, but if you think you're out of the woods because you've made it this far without having asthma, sorry, you're not. Asthma can strike at any age.

Many people wrongly think that asthma is a childhood condition, and if they've not had it before, they won't develop it in midlife.

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Tips for a Better Colonoscopy

  • Posted on: 26 March 2019
  • By: jleff
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Colonoscopies are essential to preventing colon cancer, but the prep is never fun. Here are some tips for making sure the preparation goes well—and you don't have to repeat it.
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"Ooh, I love the way this colonoscopy prep tastes. Bring it on!" said no one, ever.

Let me reassure you. It's so common to dread it. In fact, it's the procedure before the procedure that causes most people—myself included—the most angst. It's hard to find an equivalent of unpleasantness. (All I can think of is going to the dentist times a zillion.)

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10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Colon Cancer

  • Posted on: 12 March 2019
  • By: jleff
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Without screening, colon cancer can be in an advanced stage before it is discovered. Generally, the earlier colon cancer is found the easier it is to treat.
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Colon cancer is not the most "glamorous" of cancers—if you can call cancer "glamourous."

What I mean is that it hasn't been widely celebrated with ribbons and balloons and marches and merchandise. Rather, because it involves a less-than-appealing part of the body, many people run the other way when it comes to awareness and screening, using not-so-sophisticated but appropriate words like "ewwww," "gross," "revolting" and "I'd rather NOT."

OK, I get it. But we really need to grow up.

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What to Expect When Your Eyes Start Changing

  • Posted on: 26 February 2019
  • By: jleff
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As we age, our eyes, along with many other body parts, change. Here are some common vision problems that may occur as you age.
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Until midlife, you probably didn't think much about your eyes beyond going for your annual eye exam and figuring out which eyeglass frame best suited your face or which contact lens was the most comfortable. (If you're not needing glasses full-time yet—like my husband, lucky guy—it's likely you're at least using reading glasses, which most of us begin to need in our early to mid-40s.)

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7 Important Facts Every Woman Needs to Know About Heart Attacks

  • Posted on: 12 February 2019
  • By: jleff
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Women don't experience heart attacks the same way men do. The signs and symptoms may be less obvious. That's why it's important to know the warning signs and how to lower your risk.

Women are three times more likely to die after a serious heart attack than are men. That's the findings of a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, highlighting a few serious facts.

Learn More: How Women's Heart Attack Symptoms Are Different Than Men's

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4 Top Health Trends Worth Noting

  • Posted on: 6 February 2019
  • By: jleff
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Some new health trends are on the horizon. Have you tried "Trashion" (fashion good for you and the environment)? Or try simply walking outdoors or meditating.
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"The wellness industry has grown 12.8% between 2015 and 2017; climbing from a $3.7 trillion to a $4.2 trillion market. Wellness expenditures are now more than half as large as total global health expenditures."
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