Going gluten-free? There may be a downside to skipping heart-healthy grains

Many women may be adopting gluten-free diets even though they don’t have a medical reason to be on one. A new study shows that this may be unwise, because it can cause you to miss out on heart-healthy whole grains. Until research shows otherwise, gluten-free diets should be reserved for women who have a reason to be on one, such as celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. (Locked) More »

Is my bruising normal?

If you find that you are bruising more easily, it may be due to aging, which causes changes to your blood vessels and skin that make bruising more likely. More »

An aspirin a day for your health?

Low-dose aspirin use has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer. But it’s not right for all women and can lead to serious complications, including gastrointestinal bleeding. A thorough risk analysis should be conducted by your doctor before you consider starting a low-dose aspirin regimen. (Locked) More »

Lacing right to fight foot pain

Women may be more prone to foot pain than men due to their footwear choices. But the simple strategy of adjusting your shoelaces, or tying them in different configurations, may help to relive pain in some instances. It’s a low-risk option to consider before heading to your doctor. (Locked) More »

Putting off retirement may benefit your brain, health, and longevity

A later retirement may not only benefit your bank account but can pay dividends when it comes to your health. Research increasingly shows that a later retirement may actually improve your brain health and could extend your life. But it’s important to mention that not all research shows this benefit and some jobs, including those that are stressful or too physically demanding, may actually have the reverse effect. More »

Gender equality? Not when it comes to alcohol and the brain

Men and women are not created equal when it comes to alcohol. Women may be more prone to negative health effects related to drinking. A new study shows alcohol may also affect their brains differently, specifically the reward center of the brain. This may mean that women need gender-specific treatments for alcohol-use disorders. (Locked) More »