Topic: Women’s Health

How women can make sure they get the best care after a heart attack
Jan 19 2016

The questions women should ask to make sure they get the best care after a heart attack

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the U.S., with more women than men dying of the disease each year. A recent presentation of study findings at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting noted that women are less likely to leave the hospital after a heart attack with recommendations for... Read More

Treatment for heart disease
Dec 15 2015

Men and women may need different treatment for heart failure

Disease Management, Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

If you have heart failure, you receive essentially the same treatment whether you’re a man or a woman. But a new study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that men’s and women’s hearts age differently. That raises the question—should treatment for heart failure be different for a man than... Read More

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treatment for early stage breast cancer
Oct 6 2015

Study raises questions about how to treat the earliest stage of breast cancer

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Each year, about 60,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Many of them undergo surgery, radiation and hormonal therapy to combat the cancer. A recent study, however, raised questions about what the most appropriate and effective treatment approach is for DCIS. What... Read More

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lower your risk of osteoporosis
Sep 22 2015

Take these steps to lower your osteoporosis risk

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Osteoporosis will affect one in three women and one in five men in their lifetime. That’s why it’s never too early to start making the lifestyle changes that can help protect your bones from this disease. The first step is to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and what you can do... Read More

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Jul 21 2015

New treatment approaches could improve ovarian cancer outcomes

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Because the symptoms of ovarian cancer can be subtle and can also be caused by other, less serious health issues such as gastrointestinal problems, chronic back pain and urinary tract conditions, the disease is often diagnosed at a later stage when it is more difficult to treat. But researchers have found several new approaches to... Read More

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health screenings
Jul 16 2015

What screenings do you need to protect your health?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Preventive health screenings can help you catch conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer in the earlier stages when they are more treatable. But a number of studies have found that many Americans skip these screenings. According to a survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians, 55 percent of men are skipping health screenings.... Read More

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managing migraines
Jul 14 2015

What you need to know to manage migraine better

Disease Management  •  By Susan Walker

If you’re among the 36 million people in the U.S. who have migraines, you know that it’s important to learn what you can do to manage these often debilitating headaches. Working with your doctor, you can develop a personalized plan to manage migraine triggers, reduce the frequency of these attacks and find treatments that provide... Read More

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thyroid disease
May 19 2015

Thyroid cancer: Why Second Opinions are So Important

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Thyroid cancer is one of the fastest growing cancer diagnoses in the U.S., with nearly 63,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed this year. Recently, researchers have been exploring whether this rapid growth in the number of new cases is the result of increased screening and over diagnosis. If you’ve received a thyroid cancer diagnosis,... Read More

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travel and pregnancy
May 5 2015

5 tips for safer travel while pregnant

Family Caregiving, Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re pregnant and planning a vacation or have to travel for work, there are several steps you can take to make travel safer and healthier. It’s best to start your planning and preparations at least several weeks before your departure. But before booking that trip, it’s essential that you talk to your OB/GYN and... Read More

Apr 28 2015

Why it’s important to understand that prescription drugs aren’t one-size-fits-all

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

A man and a woman each visit their doctor and leave with a prescription for the tricyclic antidepressant Elavil. The prescriptions are for the same dosage of the drug, but what many people don’t know is that the drug may not work as well for the female patient as the male. This is one of... Read More