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June 2 is National Cancer Survivors Day. For Karen Shayne and Judy Pearson, co-founders of the Women Survivors Alliance, it is also an opportunity to galvanize others to their 365 days-a-year ...

Redefining Cancer Survivorship

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It’s the kind of story you would expect to see as an episode of Law & Order—not to be a part of. However, in 2008, Cindy Zimmermann’s already crumbling world hit rock bottom when her husband, ...

“A Woman of Interest” — Murder in Arizona

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For many people, a good night’s sleep is elusive. However, simple changes to the bedtime routine can yield remarkable results. Dr. Robert S. Rosenberg refers to these protocols as “good ...

What Women Need to Know About Tackling Sleep Issues

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Not every playwright wants their work to start a movement. That’s where Eve Ensler differs. When she wrote The Vagina Monologues in 1996, vagina wasn’t a word that was used during television ...

Eve Ensler’s 'Emotional Creature' Speaks the Language of Girls

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In a recent conversation I had with an Ob/Gyn, she mentioned her belief in the necessity of having a thyroid shield when getting a mammogram. I made a mental note of it, and decided it was worthy ...

Another Look at Thyroid Shields and Mammograms

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With global conflicts in the headlines and a constant analysis on the health of the economy filling the airwaves, it’s not surprising that people feel anxious about the future ... and increasingly ...

The Stress Balloon

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With a range of women’s concerns being pulled into the maelstrom of election cycle rhetoric, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has now become another political football. Originally ...

Domestic Violence: Everybody’s Issue

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When Amy Ferris asked me to contribute an essay to Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small, I wasn’t sure that I had any shame. Then, when I thought about it, I realized ...

Naming The Shame That Can Cripple

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Ann Louise Gittleman holds a PhD, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and has written extensively about the impact of nutrition in menopause. Her most incisive point to me was that nobody was ...

Hormones, Menopause and Vaginal Atrophy: Paths to Self-Advocacy

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In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative contributed a study to The Journal of the American Medical Association on the “Risks and Benefits of Estrogen Plus Progestin in Healthy Post Menopausal ...

Hormones, Menopause and Vaginal Atrophy: A Beginner's Primer

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May 13-19 is National Women’s Health Week, an event spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. Ironically, although women use the health care system ...

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In today’s world of information overload and unrelenting messages about everything from the economy to terrorism, it’s pretty difficult to feel calm. Fortunately, Sarah McLean has put together a ...

Meditation: Sarah McLean’s Perfect Antidote to Stress

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Facing an illness presents many challenges. Yet in today’s world of social media, finding resources and support online has helped many to connect with others who are facing similar ...

Jo-Ann Golec: Taking on Parkinson’s Disease

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May 13-19 is National Women’s Health Week, an event spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. Ironically, although women use the health care system ...

What the Affordable Care Act Means for Women

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When I attended and live-blogged the 2012 Women in the World summit, I was surprised to find that Tweets from the handle of @dayleythought belonged to top model of the 1970s and 80s, Dayle Haddon. ...

Dayle Haddon Models a New Paradigm of Beauty

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With the baby boomers (those born from 1946-1964) aging in increasing numbers, many books are being written to help them navigate the terrain of aging. For women specifically, there are an ...

Older Women Take on the Challenges of Life, Love, and Sex

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The image of a table of men — primarily from religious organizations — comprising a hearing devoted to birth control, became a snapshot emblematic of problems to follow. Rep. ...

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The image of a table of men — primarily from religious organizations — comprising a hearing devoted to birth control, became a snapshot emblematic of problems to follow. Rep. ...

The Birth Control Conundrum

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During the height of the cold weather months, people count on antibiotics to fight bacterial infections. What they may not know is that current overuse and misuse of antibiotics is making bacteria ...

Antibiotics in Your Food: What You Need To Know

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With the year drawing to a close and a fresh beginning on the horizon, there is no better time to examine the attitudes and strategies we adopt to cope with the vagaries of daily existence.In her ...

"Becoming Ginger Rogers": How Patrice Tanaka Found Her Joy

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Six months after the birth of her first child, Chaunté Smith couldn’t get out of bed. She was in “excruciating pain.” At first she thought it was the result of being an “older mother,” having ...

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Six months after the birth of her first child, Chaunté Smith couldn’t get out of bed. She was in “excruciating pain.” At first she thought it was the result of being an “older mother,” having ...

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Chaunté Smith Shares Her Story

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In 1986, at the age of 18, Cassaundra StJohn joined the Air Force. She had grown up in a military family. Her father was a Master Sergeant in the Army, and she respected the values and commitment ...

Cassaundra StJohn: Helping Female Vets to Move Forward

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Since 1994, Lifetime Television has been a leader in promoting awareness and activism around the issue of breast cancer. Combining advocacy work with the medium of television, they have reached ...

Lifetime Presents "FIVE" -- Exploring the Impact of Breast Cancer

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When I sat down with Jennifer Grey in New York City to talk with her about being the spokesperson for Partners Against Pain, I didn’t ask about Dirty Dancing. It wasn’t on the agenda. Yet it came ...

Jennifer Grey’s New Role: Educating Chronic Pain Sufferers

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Notice: To sexually active women of all ages who have ever hesitated to ask their partners to suit up and wear protection.  Fear no more!  You now have an outspoken advocate on your ...

MAC Cosmetics and Lady Gaga: Promoting Women’s Sexual Empowerment through HIV/AIDS Awareness

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It’s getting down to the wire. On August 4, the window closes for comments on the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule. The feedback the EPA has received will set the stage for the next act in ...

Asthma and Clean Air: One Mother’s Fight in Texas

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As the country continues to debate concerns on ways to protect our environment and natural resources, individuals are gaining greater recognition about how their lifestyle choices can make an ...

Sunscreen Protection and Nail Polish: A Green Approach

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In New York, the tag line for the lotto ticket that folks line up to buy is, “You have to be in it to win it.” It’s a fair assessment of most things in life . . . even clean air. Right now, ...

Clean Air: You Have to Be in It to Win It

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She came on the radar as the woman who gave a voice to a previously unmentionable—the vagina.  Today it might seem ridiculous, but as Pat Mitchell, President of the Paley Center and the host ...

Eve Ensler Reframes Cancer

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For whatever reason, there are private events that happen to public figures, which become watershed moments for the general population. They act as a litmus test for the national sensibility. ...

Maria Shriver in Transition

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I was watching cable television when the phone rang.  A friend was on the line to tell me that President Barack Obama would be addressing the nation with an important announcement within the ...

Thoughts on the Death of Osama bin Laden

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My mother used to joke that giving birth to me put her into shock. I never got many details.  Just that she had lost a lot of blood and they had to call in a second doctor to stabilize the ...

“Every Mother Counts” – Fighting Maternal Mortality

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Despite the fact that the Safety in Cosmetics Act of 2010 didn’t get traction, there are still plenty of products available for those who want to go the “natural” route.For a month, I sampled ...

Skin Care: It Doesn’t Have to be Hazardous

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At a time when men’s concerns around their aging penises get constant print and media attention, women are sometimes woefully unsure about the changes that are taking place with their genitals. ...

A New Look at the Older Vagina

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At the recent TEDwomen conference in Washington D.C., one of the presenters was Dr. Deborah Rhodes, an internist who has become a leader in assessing breast cancer risk. She delivered her talk in ...

What Women Should Know About Breast Density

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With the buildup to Christmas over, all that remains are the days until the New Year makes its entrance.  This time can be equally stressful.  During the final leg of the holiday season, ...

Understanding Your Emotional Calendar and the Seasons

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Thanksgiving kicks off a six week period that can put people in a state of anxiety about potential weight gain, loneliness, unresolved family relationships, and a generalized, “It’s the end of ...

Having a Healthier Thanksgiving: Advice on How to Reframe Your Attitude

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With people out of work, the economy in a slump, and competition for jobs at a premium, is staying visibly younger the solution to surviving in the contemporary job market? This is one of many ...

“Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain”

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Stacy Malkan is the spokesperson for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. She has been involved in chemical safety policy reform for ten years and is the author of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly ...

What's the Price Beauty? The Safety Regulations Debate

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Most Americans would be astonished to learn that of the approximately 12,500 individual chemical ingredients in personal care products, the overwhelming majority has never been reviewed for safety ...

What Price Beauty? New Legislation Seeks Safety Regulations

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You’ve heard the term before. “Shopaholic.” The reference is usually to someone always on the hunt for a new item, a bargain, or the quest to have the latest and the best. But oniomania—the ...

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You’ve heard the term before. “Shopaholic.” The reference is usually to someone always on the hunt for a new item, a bargain, or the quest to have the latest and the best. But oniomania—the ...

Compulsive Shopping – The Closeted Addiction

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Most American women might presume that the dangers of maternal mortality are a concern and problem only in developing nations. They’re wrong.  A March 2010 report put out by Amnesty ...

Is Having a Baby Bad for Your Health?

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With the state of the economy at the top of everyone’s list of concerns, women are looking hard to find beauty solutions that are gentle on the pocketbook. One of the answers they are turning to ...

Retin A – What Can It Do for Your Skin?

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When the story broke, the tabloid headlines screamed that Hall of Fame football star, Lawrence Taylor, had been arrested on Thursday, May 6, 2010 for having sex with a 16-year-old-prostitute. One ...

Lawrence Taylor, The Media, and Human Trafficking

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Mother’s Day used to be simple. It was a holiday when I would strive to come up with an original gift for my mother. When I was very young, part of the ritual included marking the occasion with ...

The Mother’s Day Conundrum

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NPH is the short form term for a three-word disease misdiagnosed all too frequently.  I first learned about Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus from a colleague.  She told me how her life had ...

If It’s Not Alzheimer's Disease or Parkinson’s Disease, It May Be NPH

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Every family has a story. Some are more complicated than others. In Tom Murray’s documentary, Dad’s in Heaven With Nixon, narrative threads are woven together to create impressions and nuances. ...

"Dad’s in Heaven With Nixon" – A Documentary about Autism, Bipolar Disease

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After my mother died, I went down to my all time flyweight of 115 pounds. At 5’10”, I knew I was way too thin. For my whole life I had been in the fashionable size 6/8 mode. I could always eat ...

My Visit to a Body Therapist, Also Known as a Nutritionist