COPD: No Longer a Man’s Disease
Wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing. Do these symptoms sound like asthma? They can actually be the warning signs of a much deadlier lung condition: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Once considered a man’s disease, COPD is now a serious health burden for women.
Do Toxic Metals Lurk in Your Lipstick?
Many women pucker up with shades like Ripened Red, Plum Luck, and Instant Mocha. Coloring the lips has been a beauty basic for centuries. A recent study, though, questions whether a daily dab of lipstick or gloss is a harmless habit.
Hot Flashes: You Don’t Have to Take the Heat
A sudden rush of heat across your face and upper body, followed by a rapid heartbeat, sweating, even chills—these are likely the signs of a hot flash. It’s the chief complaint for many women approaching menopause. The latest treatment options can help you manage these bothersome symptoms.
Is Asthma Worse for Women?
Asthma is a thief. It steals the breath away from more than 25 million Americans. Women are especially likely to have this chronic lung disease. And they may struggle more with asthma problems, so suggests a recent study.
Kidney Stones: A Painful Reality for More Women
Kidney stones are becoming a painful reality for more people. In a recent survey, nearly twice as many people reported having one, compared with the results of a similar 1994 survey. Women may be especially feeling the uptick.
More Women Are Dying From Prescription Painkillers
Taking prescription painkillers like Vicodin and Oxycontin may not seem like a life-threatening act. After all, you can obtain them through your doctor. But if you don’t use these medications properly, they can be deadly. More women, in particular, are overdosing on these drugs.
Mothers-To-Be Need to Be Smart About Medicine
A mother and her unborn child share a vital bond. The fetus absorbs nutrients from its mother. In this same way, it can also be exposed to harmful substances-some of which you may be storing in your medicine cabinet. Not all medications are safe to use while pregnant. And finding reliable information about them isn't always easy.
Newer Prenatal Test Less Risky for Finding Birth Defects
Every mother-to-be hopes for a healthy baby. Prenatal testing can help your doctor identify problems before your child is born. Some of these tests can be risky for the fetus. Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a safer technique that may provide answers about certain birth defects.
Postpartum Depression May Be More Common Than Thought
Many women find the few weeks following birth rife with emotions—otherwise known as the baby blues. For some, these feelings can plummet into postpartum depression, a condition that may be more common than previously thought.
Preventing Stroke in Women
A stroke can strike anyone—no matter your age, ethnicity, or sex. There is no typical stroke victim. Yet women are slightly more likely than men to have a stroke and die from it. These troubling facts recently led health experts to compile the first female-focused guidelines for stroke prevention.
Treating UTIs: Antibiotics May Not Be Necessary
Many women are familiar with the unpleasant signs of a urinary tract infection, or UTI. A constant urge to go. A burning sensation when using the bathroom. These symptoms and others often send women to their doctor for treatment. The usual remedy: antibiotics-although a recent study suggests they may not always be needed.
What You Need to Know About Uterine Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are a common condition. Some research suggests up to 8 out of 10 women may have these noncancerous tumors. Many don’t know it, though, because they may never have any symptoms. For those who do, timely treatment can restore a woman’s well-being.