6 numbers you absolutely need to know

Knowing six important numbers—your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference—can help you control risk factors for heart disease.  (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: What can I do about fecal leakage?

Fecal incontinence-or leakage of stool-becomes more likely as we age. Try to avoid foods that can cause loose stools, such as spicy or fatty foods and diet foods or drinks. Eat smaller meals more often, and increase your fiber intake. (Locked) More »

Pain relief: Taking NSAIDs safely

NSAIDs can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation from arthritis and other chronic aches and pains. However, you want to use the lowest dose for the shortest time. More »

Important nutrients you could be missing

Nutritional deficiencies become more common as women get older. Vitamins B12 and D, iron, and calcium are among the most common deficiencies that occur with age. In some cases, women need to take supplements. Although quite rare, taking certain medicines, such as antiseizure drugs, diuretics, or antacids, can contribute to nutritional deficiencies. In some cases it may be useful for women to be checked for deficiencies, and to take a supplement if needed. (Locked) More »

COPD rates rise in women

Today, women are 37% more likely than men to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and they account for more than half of COPD deaths each year. (Locked) More »

Lack of sleep harmful to women's hearts

Women with heart disease who don't sleep well have higher levels of inflammation markers, such as interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein. Inflammation has been found to increase the risk for heart disease and heart attacks. (Locked) More »