Mini-stroke: What should you do?

The symptoms of a transient ischemic attack (TIA) often go away on their own, but they are a warning that a person is at greatly increased risk for a true stroke. It’s important for women to get to the hospital within three hours of when their symptoms start. More »

Why you need a bone density scan

To help avoid a fracture, women over 65 and those at risk for osteoporosis should have a baseline bone density scan and a FRAX score. How often they need additional scans depends on their fracture risks. The doctor can use their risks, as well as the results of their DXA scan, to determine whether they need treatment with osteoporosis drugs and then to determine whether treatment is working. (Locked) More »

Staying active when it's hard to move

Experts recommend getting 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week, but it can be hard for people with arthritis or other mobility-limiting conditions to get that exercise. A number of exercise techniques can help people with reduced mobility, including pedaling on recumbent bicycles, doing seated exercises with weights, and practicing chair yoga. (Locked) More »

Tea: Drink to Your Health?

Drinking tea provides a number of different health benefits, from lowering heart disease and stroke risk, to protecting against several types of cancer. The less processed tea leaves are, the more health-promoting compounds they contain. Green teas have the most nutritional benefit, followed by oolong and black teas. (Locked) More »

Vitamin and mineral supplements: Do you need them?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has found insufficient evidence to recommend vitamin or mineral supplements for the purpose of disease prevention. However, for many women, taking a daily multivitamin may help fill in dietary gaps. Certain supplements, including vitamin D, still need further study to determine how they might improve health. (Locked) More »

New treatments for incontinence

Many different therapies are available to treat incontinence in women, from anticholinergic drugs that calm overactive bladder to surgery that supports the urethra and prevents it from leaking. New treatment options include Botox injections, Myrbetriq, the Oxytrol patch, and mini-sling procedures. (Locked) More »

Lose a few pounds to help your heart

Losing 10% of their body weight can help overweight women improve heart risks such as unhealthy LDL cholesterol and C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation). Even women who lose smaller amounts of weight can see improvements in heart risks. (Locked) More »