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Does menopause speed up aging in women? Two recent studies from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) indicate a possible link between menopause, insomnia and epigenetic age ...

Does Menopause Make Your Body Age Faster?

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We all do it from time to time. Let the self-disciple slip, and overindulge in foods and drinks that really aren't good for us. (But they taste so good!) The slip-up doesn't have to create a ...

10 Do's and Don'ts to Help You Recover After Overindulging

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When we say a woman is going through menopause, what she is actually "going through" is perimenopause. This is the transition period before menopause. And you reach menopause after 12 consecutive ...

10 Things You Might not Know About Perimenopause

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Marian Smartt was an active, confident woman in her forties whose days were filled with her favorite things — travel, auto racing and medicine. Through the late 1990s until 2002, she was busy ...

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I have had a chronic health condition for a quarter of a century that, due to lack of research, continues to be shrouded in mystery. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is one of its foolish names, ...

Alternative Medicine Aids in My Ongoing Recovery From ME/CFS

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Marian Smartt was an active, confident woman in her forties whose days were filled with her favorite things — travel, auto racing and medicine. Through the late 1990s until 2002, she was busy ...

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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At one time, alternative medicine was largely unfamiliar to the average American. But some of these therapies have been coming into their own in recent years. Here are 10 alternative ...

10 Alternative Treatments and Medicines Explained

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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Marian Smartt was an active, confident woman in her forties whose days were filled with her favorite things — travel, auto racing and medicine. Through the late 1990s until 2002, she was busy ...

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Marian Smartt was an active, confident woman in her forties whose days were filled with her favorite things — travel, auto racing and medicine. Through the late 1990s until 2002, she was busy ...

Jody Smith commented on Jody Smith's post Despite Chronic Illness Marian's Life Continues to Expand

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Exercise is a good thing for people living with some chronic conditions but not for others. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can respond very negatively to even ...

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Exercise is a good thing for people living with some chronic conditions but not for others. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can respond very negatively to even ...

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It just seems natural to North American girls and women to feel put upon and inconvenienced when their period starts, especially if the arrival is unexpected. But these are first world problems. ...

Girls and Women in Parts of the World Still Need Pads and Tampons

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Marian Smartt was an active, confident woman in her forties whose days were filled with her favorite things — travel, auto racing and medicine. Through the late 1990s until 2002, she was busy ...

Despite Chronic Illness Marian's Life Continues to Expand

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Exercise is a good thing for people living with some chronic conditions but not for others. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can respond very negatively to even ...

Obstacles to Exercise With ME/CFS: Normal Rules Do Not Apply

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Heart disease has been a relatively unknown killer of far too many women for far too long. It's essential that this situation be changed through increased awareness and greater flow of information ...

Heart Disease Is the Top Killer of Women: More Awareness Needed

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Asperger's Syndrome is finally moving into the spotlight. Questions that have perplexed Asperger's (AS) and neurotypical (NT) family members alike are now finding answers. Marriages between Aspies ...

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Nobody's saying your man isn't perfectly capable of acing his own health. Maybe he's already healthier than you, and you could really use HIS help. But lifestyle change can be hard, and is ...

8 Ways You Can Help Your Man Lead a Healthier Lifestyle

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Father's Day has changed with the passage of time, because by and large fathers have changed. An increasing number of dads are becoming more involved in the raising of their offspring than their ...

Father's Day Has Changed Over the Years, as Fathers Have

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What tests should a man see a doctor for? What ages should he be getting certain tests done? How often should some of these tests be repeated? These are important questions, and we've provided ...

10 Health Tests That Are Important for Men at Every Age

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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People with rosacea may have a higher than normal risk for dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the Annals of Neurology. The chronic inflammatory skin ...

Rosacea Linked to Slightly Increased Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

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There's been an increase in the number of children 14 years of age or younger who are getting playground concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI), according to a study reported on by ...

Playground Concussions Have Increased in Recent Years

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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It may not be possible for people with spring allergies to completely avoid allergy symptoms when the warm weather hits. Some areas of the country are better for this than others, however. A ...

10 Best Cities for Allergy Sufferers: 5 Tips To Make Life Easier

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My mother was just a year or two older than I am now when she told me something I hadn't expected. I was 35 years old, and she was 62. I was supposedly in my prime and I guess I bought the common ...

Advantages of Menopause: No Pregnancy — And a Whole Lot More

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The word "chakra" is derived from the Sanskrit for "turning" or "wheel". Hindu texts and practices are the origin for teachings on chakras. These teachings delve into the universal elements of ...

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Springtime and allergies, sadly, go together. As the weather begins to warm and the trees and other plants begin to grow, pollen begins to make its presence felt. The Asthma and Allergy ...

The 10 Worst U.S. Cities for Allergies

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The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation was created by Todd Crawford in September 2015 to honor his late wife Lisa Colagrossi who died of a brain aneurysm in March 2015. Lisa had been a popular television ...

The Legacy of Lisa Colagrossi: Raising Awareness Around Brain Aneurysms

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May 12 is a big day in the ME/CFS world. For the last 24 years, it has been our International Awareness Day, shared with sufferers of fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses over the years. ...

International ME/CFS and FM Awareness Day: Ever Heard of It?

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I've been a mom for 33 years. I've been a grandmother for 10. I have five children and four grandchildren. This year is a bit different for me though because for the first time, one of my ...

Mother's Day Through the Eyes of a Grandmother

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Seems like so many traditional Mother's Day treats and gift ideas are less than healthy options. Chocolate? Heavy desserts in the form of cakes, pies and cookies? Boxes of candy? Come on, now. ...

7 Healthy Gift Ideas for Your Mom This Mother's Day

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It's not unusual for the offspring of a troubled relationship to breathe a sigh of relief if their parents get divorced. But some occasions actually get stickier. Mother's Day is a great example ...

Mother's Day Guide to Etiquette for Families of Divorce

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You may be surprised to know that an assortment of bumps can plant themselves on your face near your eyes. Some will go away on their own. Some will not. Here are just a few: 1) ...

4 Causes for Bumps Around Your Eyes

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Living with ongoing chronic anxiety is no picnic. Seems like everything in life is just harder for the anxious soul than it is for someone not burdened this way. It can be harder to get up in ...

10 Things Your Friend With Anxiety Wishes You Understood

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It can be tough enough dealing with stress in your own life. If you're part of a couple, though, things can get even more challenging. So much depends on your partner's style in handling (or not ...

You Can Help Your Stressed-out Partner

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Being a grandmother to your children's children is a great gift. Being a good grandmother who respects boundaries is also a great gift for the parents of your grandchildren. I saw a cartoon ...

Being a Good Grandparent Means Respecting Boundaries

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The suicide rate for Americans in almost all age ranges has increased since 1999, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the group whose suicide rate has ...

Suicide Rates Rise Over Past Decades, Especially for Young Girls

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Bronchitis occurs when the lining of your bronchial tubes which move air in and out of your lungs, becomes irritated and inflamed. It gets harder to breathe and your chest begins to hurt. You may ...

Can Bronchitis Be Contagious?

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African American abolitionist Harriet Tubman is slated to grace the $20 bill. Tubman helped rescue hundreds of slaves during the Civil War era, and will replace slave owner and former President ...

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman Will Take Andrew Jackson’s Place on $20 Bill

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Jill Justiss and two of her children have been making their way back from years of devastating chronic illness through hard work, personal research and dogged perseverance.They were the last ...

A Mother and 2 Children Make Their Long Journey Back to Health

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It's a little easier to be a woman in several parts of the country these days. The New York State Senate has just dropped the sales tax from menstrual products. This is the latest win in a story ...

State of New York and Chicago Drop Tampon Tax

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Work stress should be left at work at the end of the day. Easy to say — we all say it — not so easy to do. But particularly if you have a special relationship with a partner, or are part of a ...

6 Ways to Keep Work Stress Out of Your Relationships

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Full-fat foods have been getting a bad rap for decades now. But brace yourself. There is no evidence that eating low-fat dairy is more healthy than eating whole-fat dairy, according to researcher ...

Full-fat Dairy May Reduce Risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

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It's easy to take your eyes for granted when they are functioning properly. And it's easy to forget about all the things that can go wrong with them. Do what you can to protect these natural ...

Enjoy These 10 Types of Foods and Improve Your Eye Health

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It started the year my husband was turning 50. I was actually 46 at the time but I suddenly realized that he was nearing the big 5-0. And ... well, I freaked. Quietly. But intensely. This ...

Don't Let Turning 50 Freak You Out: The Best May Be Yet to Come

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Heart disease causes one in every four deaths among women, according to the National Institutes of Health. Yet heart disease doesn't get the attention that some other conditions do, such as breast ...

Mammograms May Help Prevent Heart Disease

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When it comes to food, I have gone down several different paths over the years. I have been an earnest vegetarian, an avid carnivore and low-carber, and recently have been looking for a new way of ...

Vegetarian, High Protein, Low Carb ... I'm a Work in Progress