8 tips for pain-free summer travel

Tips to avoid arthritis pain during travel include packing light, using wheeled luggage, taking along pain relievers, and bringing accessories that can make travel more comfortable. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: When should I stop getting screening tests?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women generally no longer need to have Pap smears after age 65, and mammograms and colonoscopies after age 75. However, women should discuss their personal risk factors and goals with their doctor when deciding on screening. (Locked) More »

What too much sugar could do to your heart

Sugar not only leads to weight gain, but also can contribute directly to cardiovascular disease. Research finds people who get 25% of their daily calories from sugar nearly triple their risk of death from heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 100 of their daily calories from sugar, and the World Health Organization recently lowered its recommendation to no more than 5% of calories a day. (Locked) More »

What to do about pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse—the displacement of pelvic organs into the vagina—is a common complaint among women. It’s mainly caused by muscle and connective tissue weakness that follows pregnancy and childbirth. Women have three main options for treating prolapse: pelvic floor physical therapy, a pessary, or surgery to support the displaced organs. (Locked) More »

COPD: Could you be at risk?

In the 20th century, COPD was considered a man’s disease. Today, the number of women with this condition is rising, and they account for more than half of all COPD deaths. Any current or past smokers, as well as women with a family history of COPD, should talk with their doctors about getting tested for COPD. Quitting smoking is the key to controlling COPD, along with inhaled medications and pulmonary rehabilitation. More »

Are you wearing the correct eyeglass prescription?

Conditions like farsightedness, cataracts, and macular degeneration can affect vision with age. It's important for women to see their eye doctor for regular visits and to make sure they leave with the right eyeglass or contact lens prescription. (Locked) More »

What's for dinner?

Cooking at home can be challenging because of time, money, and a lack of ideas. Adding one meal at home a week, using websites and cookbooks to find recipe ideas, is a gradual way to ease into home cooking. (Locked) More »