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Graves’ Disease: Do These Symptoms Sound Familiar?

Graves’ Disease: Do These Symptoms Sound Familiar?

Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). And it’s not particularly rare: It affects 1 in 200 Americans. If untreated, Graves’ disease can cause serious health issues within many of the body’s systems—and it even can prove fatal.

Graves’ disease is up to eight times more common

Melatonin Benefits: A Surprising Treatment for Migraine Sufferers

Melatonin Benefits: A Surprising Treatment for Migraine Sufferers

The crushing pain, nausea, and light sensitivity of a migraine headache can wreak havoc on the lives of migraine sufferers. For many, the only treatment options are heavy-duty pharmaceuticals with many unpleasant side effects. And those don’t even work for everyone. But research is pointing to surprising melatonin benefits that

Editor’s Note: Watch for Thyroid Disorder Symptoms

Hypothyroidism—underproduction of thyroid hormone—is the most common type of endocrine function abnormality found in women. The difficulty in diagnosis is that the symptoms are so common: fatigue, weight gain, constipation, thinning hair, dry skin, mood disturbances, and, for younger women, changes in the menstrual cycle. Many women will identify with

Could You Have Endometriosis?

Could You Have Endometriosis?

About 176 million women worldwide (10 percent of women in the United States) are believed to suffer from endometriosis, which typically strikes during a woman’s reproductive years. But despite the fact endometriosis can cause severe physical pain, depression, and infertility, statistics on endometriosis from the National Institutes of Health suggest

Ask the Doctor: Ovarian Cysts; Lyme Disease

Q: Are there any symptoms associated with ovarian cysts?

A: Ovarian cyst symptoms may include a dull ache or a sharp pain in the lower abdomen, a feeling of heaviness or fullness in the abdomen, and bloating. However, many women with ovarian cysts have no symp-toms.

An ovarian cyst is a sac filled

Menopause Isn’t for Sissies

Menopause Isn’t for Sissies

The word “menopause” often is used inappropriately. A woman doesn’t “go through menopause.” She ends up in menopause. Menopause is the state a woman enters once she has gone 12 months without a period, at which point her ovaries are no longer producing the hormone estrogen. What she experiences leading

Manage Migraines to Improve Your Quality of Life

If you suffer from migraines, you know how debilitating these headaches and their associated symptoms can be.

Migraine affects more than 10 percent of people worldwide. Roughly one-third of migraine sufferers expe-rience what is known as an “aura,” a visual disturbance that appears as flashing lights, zigzag lines, or a temporary

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