Soy may be okay for breast cancer survivors

Soy seemed to be just the ticket for women: heart-healthy, good for bones, and helpful for hot flashes. And then there was the low rate of breast cancer in soy-consuming countries. Early research indicated that soy protein could lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. The latest study suggests that breast cancer survivors can eat soy foods in moderation. (Locked) More »

Conditions: When sweating is too much

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can take a serious toll, making handshakes unpleasant, intimacy difficult, and some types of work impossible. Although the underarms, palms, feet, and groin are most often involved, any part of the body may be affected. The condition is also associated with certain skin problems, including atopic dermatitis. The condition can be managed with products such as prescription-strength antiperspirants, Botox injections, and iontophoresis. (Locked) More »

What to do about bunions

A bunion is a deformity of the foot that causes the big toe to turn inward toward the other toes. This can result in damage to the other toes, calluses. Painful bunions interfere with walking and exercising. You can prevent them from getting worse. More »

Major depression more likely during perimenopause than during premenopause

Perimenopause begins several years before menopause (the end of menstruation) and ends a year after the last menstrual period. During this transition, ovarian hormones are in flux, resulting in irregular periods and sometimes vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes and night sweats). In a study, approximately one-third of women in perimenopause had at least one episode of major depression. (Locked) More »