New hope for Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s research is starting to focus more heavily on preventing this devastating illness. Investigators are targeting collections of abnormal protein in the brain called beta-amyloid and looking into the role of tau tangles. Scientists are also studying how inflammation and blood vessel damage might influence Alzheimer’s development. Until this work bears fruit, women should make efforts to preserve their brain function by staying mentally and physically active. More »

Sex and your heart

Research finds that 60% of women are less sexually active after a heart attack, at least in part because they’re afraid having sex will trigger another heart attack. However, the odds of sex causing a heart attack is very low—especially for women who regularly engage in physical activity. A stress test can determine whether women with heart disease or a history of heart surgery are healthy enough to resume sexual activity. Undergoing cardiac rehabilitation can help get their heart back into shape for sex. (Locked) More »

Common vision problems in women

Cataracts, dry eyes, and presbyopia are several eye conditions that become more common as women get older. Impaired vision can affect the ability to drive and lead to falls. Having an eye exam every year or two can pick up eye problems early, when they’re most treatable and before they can cause vision loss. Simple steps, such as wearing sunglasses and not smoking, can also help preserve sight. (Locked) More »

Do you need to see your gynecologist every year?

In light of new Pap test guidelines, some health experts question whether women still need an annual visit with their gynecologist. Yet doctors say it’s still important for women to see a doctor—whether it’s a gynecologist or primary care physician—for routine health checks. (Locked) More »

Quit smoking and live longer

Women who quit smoking can dramatically increase their life span, according to a study of more than one million women conducted in Britain. (Locked) More »