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Yoga Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Curb Fatigue

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - About one third of breast cancer survivors experience fatigue that can affect their quality of life, but a small new study finds that doing yoga might help restore some lost vitality.After three months of twice-weekly yoga classes, a group of breast cancer survivors in California reported significantly diminished fatigue and increased "vigor." A control group of women who took classes in post-cancer health issues, but didn't do yoga, had no changes in their fatigue or depression levels.Dr. Maira Campos, a research scholar at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine who was not involved...

Teatime May Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer

By Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RDHealthnotes Newswire (July 22, 2010)—Other than pregnancy and regular use of birth control pills, there aren’t many steps a woman can take to reduce ovarian cancer risk. This makes this latest research, which points to the protective effects in the simple habit of drinking tea, all the more exciting.Tapping into teaTo better understand how tea may affect ovarian cancer risk, researchers compared green, black, and herbal tea drinking habits of 1,368 women with and 1,416 women without ovarian cancer. The women were similar to one another in terms of age and area of residence.Women who...

Teatime May Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer

by Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RDHealthnotes Newswire (July 22, 2010)—Other than pregnancy and regular use of birth control pills, there aren’t many steps a woman can take to reduce ovarian cancer risk. This makes this latest research, which points to the protective effects in the simple habit of drinking tea, all the more exciting.Tapping into teaTo better understand how tea may affect ovarian cancer risk, researchers compared green, black, and herbal tea drinking habits of 1,368 women with and 1,416 women without ovarian cancer. The women were similar to one another in terms of age and area of residence.Women who...

Green Tea EGCG: a Natural Treatment for Uterine Fibroids

February 04, 2010Green Tea EGCG: a Natural Treatment for Uterine FibroidsUterine fibroids can be a very difficult condition to treat clinically. The treatment is often surgical when symptoms are significant enough to cause problems. Uterine fibroids are believed to affect at least 1/3 of North American Women. They cause symptoms such as heavy bleeding, pressure effects on other organs, and fertility concerns: all of which have large impacts on a woman’s health. A study has recently come out from the Centre for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College which concludes that EGCG,...

Best Foods to Eat While Pregnant

Concentrate on eating foods that provide optimal nutrition to you and your baby. Those foods would include fish, eggs, beef, poultry and combining legumes (bean family foods) and brown rice. You also need complex carbohydrates that provide Vitamin A, C and B complex. Those nutrients are found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Whole grains are in cereals and breads. Low-fat dairy products provide protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and Vitamins B-12 and D. You will find these nutrients in milk, yogurt and cheese. Our body makes Vitamin D when we are exposed to sunshine. Long chain omega-3 essential fatty acids...

Lignans Shown to Provide Great Benefits for Breast Health

by Barbara L. Minton(NaturalNews) Most women who worry about the health of their breasts have a yearly mammogram and hope for the best. That's about all they can do since the traditional medical model offers nothing in the way of preemptive strategy. And it's readily apparent that mammograms were designed to recruit patients into the lucrative cancer treatment machine, not to actually help women. After all, as many of us learned when we were kids, radiation causes cancer. On the other hand, the world of natural health offers tremendous evidence that there are many ways to prevent and cure breast...

Vitamin D Found to Help Back Pain in Women

Vitamin D Found to Help Back Pain in Women By Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS, September 9, 2008, abstracted from “Associations Between Vitamin D Status and Pain in Older Adults: The Invecchiare in Chianti Study” in the March 6, 2008 issue the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society With one in five Americans expected to be 65 years or older by 20301, disability is becoming a significant issue, due to the high costs of medical care2. Seven million Americans over 65 years of age are currently disabled and this number is only expected to increase, along with healthcare...

Omega-3's and Pregnancy

Healthnotes Newswire, By Jane Hart, MD (June 26, 2008)—It is well known that folic acid may help prevent birth defects if taken during pregnancy, and more evidence emerges all the time about the role of other nutrients, such as essential fatty acids from fish and other sources. Prior studies have shown that children who don’t get enough fatty acids in early childhood may have impaired vision and brain functioning and recent studies suggest that essential fatty acids taken by a mother in pregnancy support a developing child’s brain and central nervous system. Most recently, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition...

Beware the Afterglow

May 3, 2007NATASHA SINGERYears before Ursula Andress, the Swiss actress who was the first Bond girl, emerged from the waves in Dr. No with her caramel skin offset by a blindingly white bikini, the tan had taken hold as the abiding fashion image. A honey-glowing face and a body that is buff and bronzed had come to conjure up associations of beauty, leisure and upper-class privilege: of exotic private beaches, robust games of tennis, long afternoons aboard a yacht and, of course, the healthy-looking afterglow of exercise or sex. Even in the 25 years since medical groups began warning that...

Less Pasta for Pelvic Pain

by JEROME BURNE Last updated at 13:46pm on 17th April 2007 Pernilla hatter, a 35- year-old solicitor from Northamptonshire, has endometriosis, a debilitating disorder of the womb. "The pain was so severe I could barely stand up - and I felt so sick I couldn't eat." Two million women in the UK have the condition - many suffer such excruciating pain that work, let alone a social life, becomes impossible. Its cause is unknown. Tissue that normally forms the lining of the womb starts flowing out into the abdominal cavity. These growths, or 'implants', can stick organs together, for instance,...

Natural Tips and Tricks for Maintaining Beauty

Roy Thomsitt April 9, 2007Magazine and television advertising focuses almost entirely on beauty products that contain synthetic chemicals, some of which may cause health problems later in life, or even sooner if you are unfortunate. Some advertisements, of course, promote surgery as a means to "improve", sometimes with disastrous results for the patient. Surely, there are some natural ways to maintain your already existent natural beauty; and maybe even provide some anti-aging protection at the same time?Here are a few natural beauty tips that you may not have considered, or never taken seriously before, for which you do not need...

HRT Does Not Increase Heart Attack Risk Among Women In Their 50s

Hormone replacement therapy use among women in their 50s slightly increases their risk of breast cancer and stroke but does not increase their risk for heart attack, according to a new Women's Health Initiative analysis published in the April 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New York Times reports (Kolata, New York Times, 4/4). NIH researchers in July 2002 ended the agency-funded WHI study on combination HRT three years early because they determined that the treatment might increase the risk for heart disease, invasive breast cancer and other health problems (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy...

10 Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid

Apr 12 2007 - 2:00am What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it absorbs everything including toxins. If you are concerned about not eating unhealthy foods like trans fat, then you'll definitely want to know which synthetic ingredients you should watch out for in the products you use.Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Parabens: Used as a preservative to inhibit microbial growth and extend shelf life. Unfortunately, it can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes. Preliminary research found parabens in human...

Why Wait to Look Great?

11 Beauty Boosters You Can Start Todayby Laura Miller You have probably thought about goals for nearly every facet of your existence -- but have you worked up a plan to boost your health and beauty regimens? This list of eleven beauty boosters will help you get on the fast track to bliss both inside and out. 1. Wear SPF on your face every day of the yearProtecting your facial skin from the damaging rays of the sun is an important commitment. You need to be serious about it. Many daily moisturizers contain sunscreen, including Dove Deep Moisture Lotion with...

Cardiovascular Disease Threatens Women's Health

Cardiovascular disease is the single greatest health threat for women today, more than all cancers combined. Recent studies have shown that the general public is more aware of this threat than physicians, which is cause for concern when so many entrust their health to their doctors. A national study from the Association of Women's Heart Programs (AWHP) and the California Pistachio Commission (CPC) showed 59 percent of women and 44 percent of men were aware that heart disease was the leading cause of death among women. * No matter how young or old you are, talk with your doctor now...

Women's Health Risks

Do you worry excessively about developing breast or ovarian cancer? Your anxiety may be misplaced. Although these cancers can cut your life short, your risk of having either one is far lower than is your risk of having — and dying of — cardiovascular disease.That's not to say you should forgo regular mammograms or ignore symptoms that may suggest ovarian cancer, particularly if you have a high-risk family history. But it does mean you might benefit from a realistic appraisal of your true health risks — if only to put your mind at ease. Better still, understanding your top health...

Vitamin D for Women

Women who take vitamin D and calcium supplements, even for a short time, appear to lower their risk of stress fractures, researchers have found.The researchers followed the health of more than 5,000 female Navy recruits participating in eight weeks of basic training. Members of one group were given 2,000 milligrams of calcium and 800 IU of vitamin D a day, while the other group received placebos.Earlier studies had found that a lack of these nutrients makes people, especially women, more susceptible to stress fractures, which can be very painful and lead to permanent disability. But the researchers, who presented their...

Anger may be Dangerous to a Woman's Well-Being

by Rachel MateckiEnjoy venting problems to friends? Be cautious ladies: According to a Reuter's Health article from Yahoo news, women who make a habit of venting their anger could be more likely to develop blockages in the heart arteries.Though past studies have linked anger to a greater risk of heart disease in men, the latest findings of the Journal of Women's Health suggest there is a relationship between anger and heart health in women. These researchers found that women who tended to outwardly express their anger had a higher risk of artery blockages. These results, according to Reuters, were based...

High Copper Levels Tied to Postpartum Depression

By Amy NortonNEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with a history of postpartum depression tend to have unusually high levels of copper in their blood, a new study has found -- suggesting the mineral may play some role in the disorder.While many women go through a short spell of the "baby blues" after giving birth, about 15 percent suffer full-blown postpartum depression. It's not clear why some women are more vulnerable than others.The new findings suggest that the body's regulation of copper levels may be involved, researchers report in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology. They found...

Magnesium Could Help Build Bone Strength

By Anne HardingNEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Making sure young girls get enough magnesium may help keep their bones strong, according to new research.But the findings are too preliminary for any blanket recommendations to be made on taking magnesium supplements for bone health, Dr. Thomas O. Carpenter of Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health. "There's a number of caveats that have to be taken into account," he said. Magnesium plays a key role in bone formation, and many young women don't get enough of the mineral, Carpenter and his team note...

Daily Vitamins Are a Good Way to Improve Health

If you resolved to improve your health this year, taking a daily multivitamin is a good way to keep that promise, especially if you're a woman of childbearing age. January 8 through 14 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week and an ideal time to make this important and affordable health commitment. "By taking a daily multivitamin, women are giving the best possible start. I ask that all women of childbearing age take this simple step to improve health for life for our babies," said Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. "Far too many babies don't live to see their first birthday...

Study Finds Pregnant Mothers At-risk for Vitamin A Deficiency

By Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS, December 8, 2006, abstracted from "Vitamin A and B-carotene supply of women with gemini or short birth intervals" printed online November 14, 2006 in the European Journal of Nutrition.Efforts at educating pregnant women about the importance of maternal nutrition has led to increased awareness of the role of folic acid in helping decrease neural tube defects. However, most women are stillunaware of the importance of fish oil and calcium with vitamin D during pregnancy.Research has also found that vitamin C, vitamin E, B-vitamins, and calcium intake all help ensure a healthy pregnancy. But...

Prenatal Vitamins Linked to Healthier Babies

FRIDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal vitamins may reduce the risk of low birth-weight babies for certain women, researchers say. Low birth weight, or infants weighing less than 2,500 grams (about 5.5 pounds) at birth, is a major predictor of death during infancy and is also associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure later in life.Low birth weight is especially a problem for women in countries low on resources and for low-income women, both of whom are often malnourished.In a study published in the January issue of the Archives of Pediatrics &...

Folic Acid and Pregnancy

Having a healthy baby means making sure you're healthy, too. One of the most important things you can do to help prevent serious birth defects in your baby is to get enough folic acid every day - especially before conception and during early pregnancy. What Is Folic Acid?Folic acid, sometimes called folate, is a B vitamin (B9) found mostly in leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach, orange juice, and enriched grains. Repeated studies have shown that women who get 400 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) daily prior to conception and during early pregnancy reduce the risk that their baby will be...

How Black Cohosh Works

Scientists from the University of Illinois in Chicago have reported for the first time just how black cohosh may alleviate hot flushes in menopausal women - information previously lacking about the herb. Black cohosh (referred to by the European Medicines Agency, or EMEA, as Cimicifugae racemosae rhizome) is a member of the buttercup family, and is a perennial plant native to North America. It has a long history of use by women to reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes. Historically, it has been a popular alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in many countries including the UK, where it...

Estrogen Study Provides New Impetus For Development Of Colon Cancer Drugs

Colorectal Cancer News, 23 Dec 2006 - 3:00 PST The female hormone estrogen may hold important clues for scientists working on new therapies for colon cancer, a study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers suggests. Using data from a long-running study of women's health, the investigators found that postmenopausal women with colon cancer lived longer and had less likelihood of dying of the disease if they had been taking estrogen supplements within five years of their diagnosis. In this new study, published in the Dec. 20 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, investigators examined the effect of estrogen use on...

Study: Low-fat Diet Can Help Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrence

By reducing the amount of fat in their diet, postmenopausal women who have been treated for early-stage breast cancer may lower their risk for cancer recurrence, U.S. researchers say. The study of more than 2,400 women, ages 48 to 79, found the rate of cancer recurrence after five years was 9.8 percent among women who ate a low-fat diet (about 33 grams of fat per day) and 12.4 percent among those who ate a standard diet (about 52 grams of fat per day).That means that, compared to those on the standard diet, the women on the low-fat diet had a...

Mechanism of Black Cohosh Versus Hot Flashes Revealed

The natural herb black cohosh is commonly used by women to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, but the molecular mechanisms underlying its action have eluded scientists -- until now. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the National Institutes of Health Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research have discovered that black cohosh may act on human opiate receptors, which play a role in regulating a body's temperature. Z. Jim Wang, assistant professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutics, led the study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry; the...

Muscle Your Way Through Menopause and Beyond

By Judith Sherman-Wolin, HealthNewsDigest.comAnti-Aging Exercise Strategies for Leaner, Younger, and Sexier FutureAmid the confusion and controversy surrounding hormone therapy and alternative treatments for the symptoms of menopause, one thing remains indisputable: muscle is essential. Muscle is age-defying. It helps women stay stronger and healthier, and it can combat the physical and emotional signs and symptoms of menopause. For women who are committed to maintaining their health and determined to defy signs of aging as well as the symptoms of menopause, Muscle Your Way Through Menopause is the answer. The book presents fifty detailed exercises with instructional photographs to maintain and...

Breast and Ovarian Cancers: The Impact of Vitamin D and Flavonoids

While risk factors for breast and ovarian cancers include menopause, obesity, family history and specific genetic mutations, researchers also are looking at the role of diet in the development, as well as the treatment and prevention of these tumors. Potential Reduction in Breast Cancer Risk Associated with Vitamin DThough researchers have suspected that Vitamin D helps to prevent and possibly even treat breast cancer, population-based studies on the possible link have been few and of limited scope.Now, new studies by researchers at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto suggest the sunshine vitamin may play a...

Is Your Lipstick Safe?

By Anuja Mendiratta, Ms. Magazine. Posted December 11, 2006.That lipstick or nail polish you may be wearing -- are they a danger to your health? How about your deodorant, toothpaste, body lotion, soap?Seemingly innocuous personal-care products contain a host of largely unregulated chemicals and toxic ingredients. Some of those chemicals -- phthalates, formaldehyde, petroleum, parabens, benzene and lead -- have been variously linked to breast cancer, endometriosis, reproductive disorders, birth defects and developmental disabilities in children.Women and girls should be particularly concerned, as our bodies are uniquely susceptible to certain environmental chemicals. Women have a greater percentage of fat in...

1-In-5 Young Women Using Diet Pills

November 1, 2006 A new study from the University of Minnesota (UM) reveals that the dietary habits of female teens and young adults are in crisis, and that more support and communication is required within families to curb the problem. After following the dietary habits of 2,500 teens over five years, researchers revealed that the intake of diet pills among high school-aged females had doubled from 7 to 14 percent, and reached 20 percent by ages 19 to 20. "These numbers are startling, and they tell us we need to do a better job of helping our daughters feel better...

Nutrition Advice for Cancer Survivors

BY CHRIS ROSENBLOOMCox News ServiceLast year, 217,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. I was one of them. The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 2.3 million women are breast-cancer survivors, yet very little research is available to guide us on lifestyle and food choices to prevent a recurrence. Here is what we do know, but keep in mind that most research shows an association with increased or decreased risk of cancer recurrence. What we lack is a causal relationship.CONTROL WEIGHTWeight gain in adulthood, especially after menopause, is bad for the breast. After menopause, a woman's body fat is the...

Nutrition Advice for Women Cancer Surivors

BY CHRIS ROSENBLOOMCox News ServiceLast year, 217,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. I was one of them. The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 2.3 million women are breast-cancer survivors, yet very little research is available to guide us on lifestyle and food choices to prevent a recurrence. Here is what we do know, but keep in mind that most research shows an association with increased or decreased risk of cancer recurrence. What we lack is a causal relationship.CONTROL WEIGHTWeight gain in adulthood, especially after menopause, is bad for the breast. After menopause, a woman's body fat is the...




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