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Finding ways to feel like you are always moving forward can be difficult. Sometimes it may seem like you can never change your situation. You may feel stuck in the same routine, destined to make ...

8 Intentions for Self-Improvement Every Woman Can Set for Herself

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If an anti-aging product claims to reverse the signs of aging, can it be true? The answer is, no product can turn back the hands of time, but there are products that can help improve the ...

Do Anti-aging Products Really Work? The Science Behind Them

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Bipolar disorder is a condition where a person has periods of extreme highs and lows, along with changes in their behavior and thinking. The person shifts between feeling excited and confident ...

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Women who have been treated for ovarian cancer who have a recurrence are considered to have cancer that falls into one of three categories: persistent, refractory or recurrent. Persistent ...

What Options Are Available for Ovarian Cancer That Comes Back?

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Ovarian cancer is more difficult to detect than other cancers. The most common symptoms are vague, and can easily be attributed to other conditions or simply female pelvic discomfort. This has ...

Why Ovarian Cancer Is Called the Silent Killer

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Women expect after their middle years to go through menopause. It is the natural course of our lives. However, did you know that going through menopause increases your risk of heart disease? ...

What Does Menopause Have to Do With Heart Disease?

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Back in 2002, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO) published findings that obesity is connected to increased risk of five ...

Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of 13 Types of Cancer

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We love our kids and love doing things for them. However, at some point helping is not helping. Our high schoolers will be leaving home and we are not doing them any favors if they cannot do ...

7 Basic Skills Every Kid Should Have by High School

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Health insurer Aetna plans to pull back from participation in two-thirds of the 778 public health exchanges providing individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare for ...

Aetna Withdrawing From Many Affordable Care Act Health Exchanges

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Brachioradial pruritus (BP) is a condition where the person experiences intense itching, burning and/or stinging to one or both arms. The itching often occurs between the shoulder and the elbow ...

Brachioradial Pruritus: Intensely Itchy Arms

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When we are young, our bones grow, they strengthen and increase their mass. However, by the time we are around 30 years old, our bone mass level peaks and we start to lose more bone mass than we ...

3 Ways to Beat the Top Bone Health Risks for Women

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Here on EmpowHER, we have an ASK section where numerous people have posted concerns about clicking sounds in their necks when they turn their heads. The clicking sound may or may not have a ...

4 Reasons You May Hear a Clicking Sound in Your Neck

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We hear a lot about women and osteoporosis. In fact, half of all postmenopausal women will have an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetime, according to the U.S. Preventive Services ...

Osteoporosis in Men Versus Women

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The HairMax Lasercomb® is a hand-held device that delivers low level laser therapy (LLLT) to the scalp as it is combed through the hair for 10-15 minutes three times a week. Laser treatments to ...

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You have been waiting for what feels like forever, to go away on an adventure. Or maybe you travel a lot for work and find yourself needing some fresh ideas on how to stay healthier while you are ...

6 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

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In 2005, John Rehm, husband of radio producer and NPR host Diane Rehm, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In 2012, John entered assisted living. After two years of continuous decline, ...

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For women, going for a mammogram stirs up a variety of emotions. We're afraid of getting breast cancer — for many it is the disease we fear most. But we dislike the discomfort of getting a ...

Is a Mammogram My Only Breast Screening Option?

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Determining which countries have the highest and lowest rates of depression can be a bit tricky. Results will be affected by the methods used to gather the information, as well as by factors such ...

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Try reading about sunscreens and it is easy to become overwhelmed. Which sunscreen is the right one to use and what is the right way to use it? Basically, this is what you need to know. ...

Which Sunscreen Should You Choose? And How Do You Use It?

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Ever notice a dark brown spot under your nail and wonder where it came from? I developed a brown area under my middle fingernail that looked like the nail in this photo. While I did not ...

Is That Blood Under My Nail or Is It Melanoma?

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My right eye had been appearing bloodshot and red on and off for about a month. At first, I wondered if I had a viral conjunctivitis but there wasn’t any drainage or feeling of irritation. Or ...

Have a Red Bloodshot Eye? It Could Be Episcleritis or Scleritis

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If you talk to a bunch of women about whether they need to have a menstrual period, you are likely to get strong opinions from both ends of the spectrum. The medical consensus is that women can ...

Do Women Need to Have Menstrual Periods?

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News that the first uterine transplant took place here in the United States was highlighted in the media in the beginning of March, 2016. In Sweden at least nine uterine transplants have been ...

Transplanted Uterus Offers Hope, But Also Raises Ethical Concerns

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Yeast infections are never fun but they are fairly common. Nearly 75 percent of women have had a yeast infection at least once in their lives, according to the CDC. About 40-45 percent of women ...

Why Am I Getting Yeast Infections After My Period?

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Most of us have headaches from time to time. While they can be painful, they usually do not indicate that something serious is going on. There are certain headaches however, that you should pay ...

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Most of us have headaches from time to time. While they can be painful, they usually do not indicate that something serious is going on. There are certain headaches however, that you should pay ...

4 Types of Headaches That May Signal a Dangerous Problem

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Migraine headaches affect about 12 percent of the population, or 36 million Americans, according to the American Migraine Foundation. Migraines also affect women three times more often than men. ...

What is a Migraine with Aura?

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Noticing more hair in the drain lately? Dealing with hair loss is one of the most emotional experiences people face. Have you thought about whether your hairstyle could be contributing to your ...

5 Hairstyle Choices That Could Be the Reason Behind Hair Loss

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If you are an allergy sufferer, you probably are pretty familiar with what sets you off. However, you may also be avoiding certain activities thinking that you will have a problem, when you may ...

Learn the Truth About These 6 Allergy Myths

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Depression and its effect on mothers and babies can begin long before delivery. One of the concerns about prescribing antidepressants during pregnancy is that they may lead to preterm labor or ...

Treating Pregnant Women for Depression May Decrease Preterm Births

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We care how our skin looks to others, so hearing about ways to improve its appearance is always welcome news. MIT scientists have recently developed a new material called “second skin” that will ...

‘Second Skin’ May Temporarily Reduce Wrinkles and More

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Peanut allergies have doubled over the last 10 years in Western countries. They are also becoming more evident in Africa and Asia, according to a 2015 Learning Early about Peanut Allergy (LEAP) ...

Giving Peanuts to Young Children May Avoid Allergies, Study Shows

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Pregnant women are more susceptible to yeast infections due to hormone changes, specifically estrogen levels that are thought to affect the normal pH balance in the vagina. A recent study ...

Pregnant? Take Care Choosing a Yeast Infection Medication

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Talking about toenail fungus is not the most exciting topic. However, permanently getting rid of toenail fungus may be something you are struggling with. You may not have thought of it, but ...

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There are 20 million estimated sexually transmitted diseases diagnosed each year in the United States, and there are 110 million men and women with estimated existing infections, according to the ...

Top 5 STDs in Women Versus Men

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Back pain has become a fairly common event for many of us. It is estimated that 60 to 80 percent of us will experience back pain at some time in our lives. (1) “In 2007, approximately 27 ...

4 Stretches You Should Try for Back Pain

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The question of whether human papillomavirus can go away on its own has been discussed quite a bit here on EmpowHer. HPV is a virus that infects the skin and genitals. Some high-risk types have ...

Can HPV Go Away on its Own? And 7 More Facts You Should Know

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Perhaps you are one of the many people who read headlines recently about a promising new male contraceptive option. Please take a moment to pat yourself on the back for being in the know, when ...

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Perhaps you are one of the many people who read headlines recently about a promising new male contraceptive option. Please take a moment to pat yourself on the back for being in the know, when ...

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If you are like most moms of young infants, you are holding your breath waiting for the time your little one sleeps entirely through the night. Unfortunately, your baby isn’t likely to be able to ...

Why Doesn't My Baby Sleep Through the Night?

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Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of uterine tissue outside of the uterus. A recent study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, has found that women with endometriosis, ...

Endometriosis Linked to Increased Heart Disease Risk, Study Shows

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FDA approval of Addyi (flibanserin), or the “little pink pill,” was big news last year. It was applauded by some women’s groups as, finally, a first step toward addressing sexual dysfunction in ...

FDA-Approved Addyi Underperforming as Women's First Pink Pill

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Multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barré syndrome are both autoimmune diseases where the protective myelin coverings of the nerves are attacked by one’s own immune system. Both conditions are ...

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MS is a difficult autoimmune disease to have because its progression is unpredictable. People with MS may have many symptoms in common though the disease affects different people ...

6 Ways You Can Support Someone With MS

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First, you need to ask yourself why you're taking magnesium. Are you getting enough magnesium from your diet? Are you having symptoms that you think show you need magnesium? Are you on ...

Should You Take Magnesium in the Morning or at Night?

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Multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barré syndrome are both autoimmune diseases where the protective myelin coverings of the nerves are attacked by one’s own immune system. Both conditions are ...

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for opioid prescriptions in response to growing misuse of the drug. Opioid prescriptions are often the gateway to opioid ...

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for opioid prescriptions in response to growing misuse of the drug. Opioid prescriptions are often the gateway to opioid ...

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Multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barré syndrome are both autoimmune diseases where the protective myelin coverings of the nerves are attacked by one’s own immune system. Both conditions are ...

What Are the Differences Between MS and Guillain-Barré Syndrome?

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Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease where the body destroys the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves of the spine and brain. Myelin is a fatty covering that protects nerves and permits ...

What Are the 4 Types of Multiple Sclerosis?