Women's Health


Wed October 2, 2013
The Salt

Fish Guidelines For Pregnant Women May Be Too Strict, Study Suggests

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 3:22 pm

In a study of 4,000 pregnant women, fish accounted for only 7 percent of blood mercury levels.
JackF iStockphoto.com

The health benefits of eating fish are pretty well-known. A lean source of protein, fish can be a rich source of healthful omega-3 fatty acids and has been shown to benefit heart, eye and brain health.

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Tue October 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

For Middle-Aged Women, Stress May Raise Alzheimer's Risk

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:27 pm

Stressed out? Who isn't? Stress can cause physical changes in the brain that may be linked to Alzheimer's.

Like most middle-aged women, I am stressed out. The work, the family, the aging parents — all things that jolt me awake at 3 a.m.

Does this mean I'm setting myself up for Alzheimer's in old age? Well, maybe.

Researchers in Sweden say that women who reported stress in midlife from experiences like divorce or a family member's illness were more likely to have dementia or Alzheimer's disease in old age.

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Mon September 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

To Succeed At Breast-Feeding, Most New Moms Could Use Help

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 6:58 am

That's how it's supposed to work. But for most new moms, breast-feeding doesn't come easily, a study finds.

The majority of new mothers try to breast-feed. But it's not easy.

Only 13 percent manage to breast-feed exclusively for the six months that are recommended for a baby's health. And, as you might expect, the moms who have trouble with breast-feeding in the first week with a new baby are the ones most likely to give up, a study finds.

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Mon September 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Younger Women Could Benefit From Mammograms After All

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 3:10 pm

Mammography detects cancer, but debate rages over when and how often women should get screened.

Women should get screened for breast cancer in their 40s, a study concludes, because they face a greater risk of death when cancers aren't found early.

Women who were diagnosed with cancer in their 40s and died of the disease were more likely to have never had a mammogram than were older women, according to the study.

Seventy percent of the women diagnosed with cancer in their 40s who later died hadn't had a mammogram, compared to 50 percent of women in their 60s. Half of the cancer deaths in the study were in women who had been diagnosed before age 50.

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Mon August 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

When Treating Abnormal Breast Cells, Sometimes Less Is More

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 9:39 am

Sally O'Neill decided to have a double mastectomy rather than "do a wait-and-see."
Richard Knox NPR

When Sally O'Neill's doctor told her she had an early form of cancer in one of her breasts, she didn't agonize about what she wanted to.

The 42-year-old mother of two young girls wanted a double mastectomy.

"I decided at that moment that I wanted them both taken off," says O'Neill, who lives in a suburb of Boston. "There wasn't a real lot of thought process to it. I always thought, 'If this happens to me, this is what I'm going to do.' Because I'm not taking any chances. I want the best possible outcome. I don't want to do a wait-and-see."

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