Fibromyalgia: Not the Flu

Imagine what it feels like when you have the flu: You’re exhausted and it feels like you’re carrying 50 pound sacks on your shoulders, your body hurts, you have a headache, it’s hard to get comfortable, you’re limited in what you can do, and you’re cranky because of these things. …

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How to Sail Through Empty Nest Syndrome

Graduations took place across the country several weeks ago, and now thousands of promising young people are heading off to college or to their first jobs. For most parents, it’s a time of pride, but also of mixed feelings, particularly for moms. Seeing that bedroom suddenly emptied out can do …

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How to Be a Healthier, Happier, Better-Balanced Woman

If you could take a pill that would help reduce your risk of heart disease, strengthen your muscles and bones, improve your mood, boost immunity, support mental function, and ease anxiety, would you take it? Not a hard question, right? Most women would jump at the chance to easily improve …

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How is your Spouse’s Health Impacting Yours?

When Sharon Vecchiarelli’s husband was diagnosed with cancer in February 2011, their world was completely turned upside down. It quickly fell to her to manage his care, find the right doctors, try to keep their two children’s lives as normal as possible, update family and friends, and take care of …

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Health Apps Can be Good for You

Taking charge of your health has a whole new meaning these days, with over 165,000 health-related apps to choose from. The choices can be overwhelming, until you take a closer look. Many health apps, for example, promise modest outcomes, while others make impossible claims, says Dr. Niket Sonpal, assistant professor …

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5 Ways Strength Training Boosts Female Power and Confidence

About a year ago, I made a change in my regular exercise routine. I’m now convinced it was the best change I’ve made since I started yoga in my later twenties. It started when I was visiting my younger brother at my parents’ house last summer. He’s in the Air …

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5 Ways to Control the Way Social Media Affects Your Emotions

According to the 2014 annual Women’s Media Center report, 71 percent of women use social networking sites, compared to 62 percent of men. Forty million more women than men use Twitter. Women participate in 62 percent of the sharing on Facebook, and have 8 percent more “friends” than men. Yet …

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Try 5 Minutes of Meditation a Day – Start Right Now

During a live broadcast of “Good Morning America” in the spring of 2004, ABC newscaster Dan Harris had a very frightening, very powerful and very public panic attack. That event became the springboard for years of research, reporting and a personal quest to find a way to control his anxiety. In …

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Battle With Powerful Thoughts

Danielle Durange has been dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, since she was 15. Now she’s 42, and it’s worsened with age. Her main problem is picking at her skin, which she says has controlled her life and affected her 12-year marriage. “I’ve been blessed with beautiful skin, but …

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Postpartum Depression Struggle

The period after the birth of a child is a time of incredible transition for a woman. Her body, schedule and new responsibilities can feel both unfamiliar and demanding. The new baby in her life is a source of alternating pride, wonder and frustration. Life becomes a maelstrom of responsibilities; some critical, some mundane, …

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