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Friends, Fitness, and Housework May Ward Off Alzheimer’s Disease
Want a healthier brain? Move your body, tend to your home, and connect with your loved ones, new research suggests.

Physical Therapy Recharges Breast Cancer Survivors
During and after treatment, patients may not view exercise as a priority, or they may be too tired to participate in a standard exercise program. That’s where physical therapy (PT) comes in. PT especially designed for breast cancer survivors can help women safely regain their range of motion and strength while improving their mood.

Want a Healthy Pregnancy? Go Mediterranean
Lentils, eggplant, extra-virgin olive oil. They may not be typical pregnancy cravings, but they should be on your grocery list. In several new studies, researchers suggest a delicious, nutritious way to increase your chances of a healthy delivery: eating a Mediterranean diet.

Beyond Hot Flashes: Other Symptoms of Menopause
The time leading up to a woman’s last period, called perimenopause, is filled with many changes. Some, like hot flashes, are well-known. Others may surprise you. Learn how to manage these lesser-known symptoms and feel better.

Mammograms: What to Expect and How to Prepare
Research has shown that women ages 50 to 59 who get mammograms are about 14% less likely to die of breast cancer than those who don’t get screened.

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: Tips for Black Mothers
Every year in the U.S., 50,000 people have something unexpected happen during labor that causes a serious health problem. For Black women, pregnancy is more dangerous. In fact, Black women are 3 times more likely than white women to die of a cause related to being pregnant.

Pelvic Floor Disorders: Common in Women of All Ages
They’re not the kind of moments you discuss at the dinner table. But they happen every day to millions of women nationwide.Pelvic floor disorders.

Recovering from Hysterectomy: What You Should Know
Every year, nearly 500,000 women in the U.S. have a hysterectomy, an operation to remove the uterus. It is the most common type of surgery for women after cesarean section. A hysterectomy can help treat conditions such as fibroids, abnormal vaginal bleeding, endometriosis, and cancer.

Know How to Spot Pregnancy Complications
As a mom-to-be, you probably hear a lot about morning sickness. But how much have you heard about hyperemesis gravidarum, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes?

Stay Cool During Menopause’s Hottest Moments
When it comes to hot flashes and night sweats, you want relief—and you want it now. Hormone therapy is one solution, but it can raise your risk for heart attack, stroke, and other serious health issues.

Heavy Bleeding? Check With Your Healthcare Provider
About 33% of women will bleed abnormally during—or outside of—their monthly periods. Usually, hormones cause these irregularities. But it’s important to check with your healthcare provider. Abnormal bleeding can also signal a serious disease.

Women, Stay Safe When Taking Prescription Pain Medicine
In recent years, the U.S. has experienced a dramatic increase in deaths caused by prescription painkillers. What’s more, overdose deaths among women have risen by more than 400% since 1999, compared with an increase of 265% among men.
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