The SAD Season is Upon Us Shorter Days Triggering Seasonal Affective Disorder

Source: Loyola University Health System Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression triggered by shorter days and reduced light. “We are in the midst of the full-blown SAD season,” said said Loyola Medicine psychiatrist Angelos Halaris, MD, PhD. Seasonal affective disorder affects between three and five percent of the …

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Pregnancy Poses No Greater Risk to Breast Cancer Survivors

Source: Oxford University Press USA A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates that pregnancy does not incur a greater risk of relapse for survivors of breast cancer. The safety of pregnancy for women with history of breast cancer has remained a controversial topic for …

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Too Hot to Sleep? Severe Hot Flashes Linked to Greater Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Early diagnosis important to control risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, and death Source: The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Many menopausal women complain about poor sleep. Should the problem be blamed simply on menopause or on a more serious underlying sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? What, if …

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For Frequent UTI Sufferers, More Water May be the Secret to Relief

Drinking an additional three pints of water a day may keep the urinary tract infection (UTI) away — at least for women who are prone. The study found women at risk of UTIs who increased their water intake by about that much water every day were nearly half as likely …

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Statins Linked to Lower Rates of Breast Cancer and Mortality

A 14 year study in more than one million people has found that women with high cholesterol have significantly lower rates of breast cancer and improved mortality. The research, presented at European Society of Cardiology Congress, suggests that statins are associated with lower rates of breast cancer and subsequent mortality. …

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What Women Can Do to Overcome Panic Attacks

You open your mouth, but you can’t breathe. Your chest is tight. Your heart is pounding. You feel the perspiration sting at your temples. Something is wrong, but you don’t know what. You sit down and put your head low, but you still can’t breathe. You can’t breathe. Your friend …

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Endometriosis and Pregnancy Risks

New US research has found that pregnant women with endometriosis have an increased risk of complications during pregnancy and at delivery, suggesting that women with the condition should be more closely monitored. The new large meta-analysis looked at 24 studies and a total of more than 1 million women, with …

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Surgeons Have Major Influence on Breast Cancer Treatment

Written by Nicole Fawcett, manager of cancer communication for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Surgeon attitudes were biggest driver of likelihood patients receive contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, a new study finds The procedure, called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy or CPM, involves removing both breasts even when cancer is found only in …

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Vulvodynia: The Pain Down Below

Imagine experiencing burning, stinging, and stabbing sensations in your vulva constantly or when there’s pressure or contact. Either way, this condition – known as vulvodynia – can affect every aspect of your life. Michelle Living knows this all too well. She realized something was really wrong in 2003 when she …

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Get Rhythm—What Women Need to Know About Afib

Do you have rhythm? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people don’t. Instead, they have a condition known as “atrial fibrillation”—also called “Afib” or “AF”—that causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way. The …

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