Postmenopausal bleeding: Don’t worry — but do call your doctor

You've gone through menopause and you thought your periods were a thing of the past — but suddenly, you're bleeding again, more than a year after your last period. Should you be concerned? The good news according to an analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is that most likely your bleeding is caused by a noncancerous condition, such as vaginal atrophy, uterine fibroids, or polyps. But the study also reinforces the idea that postmenopausal bleeding should always be checked out by your doctor to rule out endometrial cancer, a cancer of the uterine lining, says Dr. Ross Berkowitz, William H. Baker Professor of Gynecology at Harvard Medical School. (Locked) More »

Legumes: A quick and easy switch to improve your diet

Eating too much red meat may raise the risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even some types of cancer. Substituting some servings of red meat with legumes can provide similar nutrition, but less saturated fat. Legumes include beans, peas, and even peanuts and are a great source of plant protein. (Locked) More »

Drugstore sleep aids may bring more risks than benefits

Over-the-counter sleep aids are commonly used but may have side effects and risks, including daytime grogginess. They have also been associated with impaired thinking and memory loss. Improved sleep practices and even cognitive behavioral therapy are safer and more effective long-term strategies to address insomnia. More »

Certain pain relievers could harm your heart

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, have been linked to higher cardiovascular risks. A new study seems to confirm the risks of these medications and shows that one particular NSAID, diclofenac (Voltaren), may bring higher risks than other medications in this class. For most people who take these medications for short periods of time, the risks aren’t a major concern, but people who take these drugs long-term and have other heart risk factors should discuss the pros and cons with their doctor. (Locked) More »