Celebrating the Holidays with a Loved One with Dementia

Celebrating the Holidays with a Loved One with Dementia: A Guide for Family Caregivers

When you are a caregiver for a family member with dementia, the holidays are a mixture of many things: practical organizing and preparations, as well as a jumble of feelings and emotions. It is not uncommon for family caregivers to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or sad, as they look forward to …

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How Physical Therapy Can Help Pelvic Muscle Weakness

Pelvic muscle weakness is a condition that many women experience. A common treatment involves pelvic floor exercises.  Kegels are the most well known, but by no means the only option. Doing these exercises can improve symptoms like pain and pressure, as well as bowel and bladder control. WomensHealth.com talked with …

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What You Can Do to Relieve Heartburn and GERD

The fact that GERD Awareness Week occurs annually during Thanksgiving should be the first clue that it’s digestive related. Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. This treatable disease affects up to 1 in 5 people, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders …

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Toss the Allegra – Could the Problem Be In Your Belly? Silent Reflux Posing as Allergies

The cough that shows up after you eat, the incessant throat clearing, the random hoarseness in your voice. You’ve been to your allergist and she’s prescribed anti-histamines, decongestants – maybe even steroids. And yet, the cough persists. Your mucus production is on hyper drive and there’s an unsettling sensation of …

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Are Women Choosing Unnecessary Double Mastectomy?

Treatments for breast cancer have made dramatic advancements in the last 20 years. Survival rates are increasing and therapies now offer women more options for breast conservation and reconstruction. A diagnosis of breast cancer does not automatically mean a double mastectomy. But many women are opting for this procedure despite research showing …

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Can Women Trust Online Medical Care?

Social media isn’t just for sharing cat videos and pictures of puppies. According to a 2012 report from PwC’s Health Research Institute, one-third of consumers are using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sights to “seek medical information, discuss symptoms and express their opinions about doctors, drugs and health insurers….” …

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Interstitial Cystitis – Not Just a Bladder Infection

Barb Zarnikow woke up one day feeling like she had the worst bladder infection of her life. Her extreme pain felt like acid was being poured into her bladder or that her bladder was being cut up by broken glass. She had a constant need to urinate. In fact, the …

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7 Natural Remedies to Help You Breeze Through PMS

The Curse. Aunt Flow. Mother Nature’s Monthly Gift. Whatever you call it, you’re probably not thrilled with it. Legendary country singer Dolly Parton even wrote a song about it. She called it “PMS Blues,” singing, “I got those God almighty, slap somebody PMS blues….” (Check it out on YouTube if …

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Women More at Risk for Gallstones—How to Avoid an Attack

Margaret wasn’t feeling well. She was nauseated, with cold chills and sweating. She figured she must have gotten the flu, but then there was the pain between her shoulder blades. She didn’t think it was muscle pain, as she hadn’t done any heavy lifting lately, and besides, it felt a …

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What Women Need to Know about Sports Injuries

The benefits of playing sports are well known, but the impact may be greater for females. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, high school girls are less likely to get pregnant and more likely to do better academically if they participate in sports. Girls and women also have more confidence, …

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