Women's Health

Women have many unique health concerns — menstrual cycles, pregnancy, birth control, menopause — and that's just the beginning. A number of health issues affect only women and others are more common in women. What's more, men and women may have the same condition, but different symptoms. Many diseases affect women differently and may even require distinct treatment.

We tend to think of breast cancer and osteoporosis as women's health diseases, but they also occur in men. Heart disease in a serious concern to both men and women, but risk factors and approaches to prevention are different. Women may also have specific concerns about aging, caregiving, emotional health issues, and skin care.

Women's Health Articles

7 things you can do to avoid drug interactions

The other medications a person takes, as well as food and supplements, may affect how a drug works in the body. Taking drugs properly, using only one pharmacy, limiting alcohol and grapefruit juice, and avoiding supplements can minimize drug interactions. More »

Concern about recurring hiccups

Hiccups are often caused by many everyday situations, including distention of the stomach (which can be the result of overeating), swallowing air, or drinking carbonated beverages. They usually go away on their own, but episodes that last longer than 48 hours could be a sign of certain medical problems.  (Locked) More »

How to handle a headache

Intermittent tension-type headaches can usually be relieved with nonprescription pain relievers. Mind-body approaches and limiting caffeine may help prevent them. Persistent headaches require medical attention to rule out underlying conditions.  (Locked) More »

Moderate and intense exercise may slow brain aging by 10 years

 Image: iStock Another reason to turn up the exercise intensity: It may keep your brain young. An observational study published online March 23, 2016 in Neurology examined 876 people, average age 71, who were enrolled in the Northern Manhattan Study. The participants were asked how long and often they exercised prior to the study. Approximately 90% reported either no exercise or light exercise, such as walking and yoga; 10% did higher intensity activities like running and aerobics. An average of seven years later, each person was given a brain MRI and tests on memory and thinking skills. The tests were repeated five years after that. (Locked) More »

Shopping for sunglasses

People should wear sunglasses whenever they go outdoors. The ideal sunglasses can be inexpensive, but should provide at least 99% protection from ultraviolet radiation, have large wraparound lenses, and be polarized to reduce glare. (Locked) More »