Ask the Doctor: Blood Pressure & Sun Exposure; Insomnia & Heart Disease

· · Heart Health

Why does the label on my blood pressure medication say I should avoid sun exposure while taking it?

Several types of medications, including some blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and diuretics, can cause “chemical photosensitivi-ty,” which is an enhanced reaction to ultraviolet (UV) light that makes skin extra-sensitive  … Read More

Knee Pain: When Joint Replacement is the Best Option

· · Bones & Joints

Knee replacement surgery has become increasingly more common over the last 15 years, mainly because the obesity epidemic has increased the prevalence of osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee. More than 600,000 total knee replacements (TKRs) are performed each year in the U.S., according to figures from the Agency for Healthcare  … Read More

How Precision Medicine and Genetic Profiling Will Impact Your Health

· · Aging & Independence

The term “personalized medicine”—the use of genetic profiles to help make medical decisions—has evolved into “precision medicine,” and the implications will change the way conditions and diseases are diagnosed, treated, and perhaps prevented.

Ronald Crystal, MD, Chairman of the Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, explains, “Precision medicine  … Read More

Frontline: Exercise’s Effect on Irregular Heartbeat; Vaginal Mesh Implants; Sodium Intake

· · Heart Health

More exercise linked with lower risk of irregular heartbeat
Postmenopausal women who reported the highest amount of physical activity had a 10 percent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition characterized by an irregular heart-beat, than women who reported the lowest amount of physical activity. Both obese and normal-weight women  … Read More

Editor’s Note: All Women Are At Risk for Anemia

· · Nutrition

Anemia is very common in women of all ages. Although premenopausal women are at higher risk for anemia, it also affects postmenopausal women.

Anemia is defined as having low red blood cell (RBC) and hemoglobin counts. RBCs and the hemoglobin molecules within them carry oxygen to all parts of your body,  … Read More

Breast Cancer: Separating Fact From Fiction

· · Cancer

Breast cancer is not caused by cell phones, caffeine, antiperspirants, bras, or mammograms. It’s not contagious, it does not automatically develop if you have a family history of the disease, and a diagnosis is not a death sentence.

Those myths about breast cancer are easy to dispel because there is simply  … Read More

Women Get Sleep Apnea Too: Be Alert for Symptoms

· · Sleep

Decades ago, heart disease was thought of as a “man’s disease.” Similarly, one of the most common sleep disorders, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has received a masculine label.

OSA affects half as many women as men, but it is far from rare—about six percent of women suffer from this condition.

OSA is  … Read More

Practice Safer Sex

· · Aging & Independence

You are never too old to enjoy an active sex life. In fact, about 40 percent of women aged 60 and older are sexually active, according to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB).

However, many do not practice safe sex. Recent statistics show that seniors are contracting sexually  … Read More

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