Posts Tagged ‘Women’

Men May Be More Vulnerable to Roller Coaster Ride of Romance

Young men are often portrayed as insensitive players with a “love ‘em and leave ‘em” attitude toward the opposite sex, but a new study suggests that they are actually more vulnerable to the emotional ups and downs of romantic relationships than young women. “The perception is that young men are unfeeling when it comes to relationships, and that all they want is to have sex,” said study author Robin Simon, a professor of sociology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. “But these findings reveal that they are emotionally involved, and that they actually benefit more from the good parts of the relationship and are more harmed by the bad than women.” ... read more >>

Happy Feet at Any Age

Whether you’re pounding the pavement in a pair of killer heels, propelling through a 5K, or pursuing a 5-year-old around the house, you probably take your feet for granted. But as you get older, your tootsies develop their own unique growing pains and need you to show them some love. Here’s how to sidestep the biggest foot-health issues—and enjoy pain-free feet for years to come. ... read more >>

More women are getting disorders traditionally thought of as ‘men’s’ diseases

Once considered “men’s” diseases, gout, heart attacks and lung cancer now are sickening women, too. Experts partially blame the exhaustion that comes with stressful jobs. Women working in high-pressure jobs are twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease as other women, and women under 50 run the highest risk, according to a Danish study. ... read more >>

It seems there’s nothing the stars won’t try to look good – but could a celebrity diet work for YOU?

As Naomi Campbell’s bizarre maple syrup and cayenne pepper diet proved last week, celebrities have some strange ideas about what constitutes a decent meal. Here, we enlist Ursula Arens, from the British Dietetic Association, and Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, to give their opinions… ... read more >>

The Pill Turns 50

Untold millions of women have taken it at some point in their lives, Loretta Lynn wrote a song about it, people have been arrested for it and it’s still one of the most common prescription drugs in the world. And it’s simply known as “the Pill.” On May 9, 1960, an advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended approval of the birth control pill. The agency did just that 45 days later. ... read more >>

Is Alcohol Actually Good for You? What’s Right and Wrong With Drinking

When you toast a bride and groom with a flute of champagne or down a glass of your favorite red wine on the weekends, it can actually be good news for your body: One glass a day (or less) can make your heart stronger and may boost your memory. But have a few too many, and your risks for breast cancer, uterine cancer, and osteoporosis rise fast. So when it comes to drinking, should you or shouldn’t you? Here, experts make sense of the contradictions and help four drinkers (and one abstainer) find the healthiest imbibing strategy. ... read more >>

Lung Cancer Increase in Women Tied to Genes, Estrogen

Researchers working with mice report they’ve gained insight into why lung cancer rates are going up in women, including those who don’t smoke. In a new study, they say they’ve found that smoke exposure leads to changes in how genes operate in female mice. This, in turn, appears to affect the body’s processing of estrogen, which could contribute to lung cancer in non-smoking women as well as smokers. ... read more >>

With Infertility May Come Sexual Dysfunction

Infertile women face an increased risk for sexual dysfunction, a new study reports. Stanford University researchers compared a group of infertile women, who averaged about 36 years old, with a group of fertile women, who averaged about 33 years old. Their weight and years of education were similar. The average length of infertility was 3.4 years, and 45 percent had been through in-vitro fertilization. ... read more >>

Cigs affect women’s mental function

A history of alcohol abuse does not appear to affect men and women’s current mental functioning. However women who have ever smoked are not so lucky, the results of a new study indicate. US researchers looked at almost 300 men and women, aged 31 to 60. They found that those who abused alcohol in the past performed similarly on cognitive function tests as those with no past drinking problems. In other words, their previous alcohol abuse did not affect their current memory and thinking ability. ... read more >>

Sacre bleu-tox! Amid rumours of an affair with a young lover, has Carla Bruni had a little help keeping up appearances?

She was once lauded as one of the world’s most beautiful women. Before becoming the First Lady of France, her dazzling good looks had captured the hearts of Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton. But, it seems, age and lifestyle – not to mention those infidelity rumours – have taken their toll on Carla Bruni. ... read more >>

Contraceptive Depo-Provera May Weaken Bones

In a study of women who received the “birth control shot” — also known as depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera), nearly half lost at least 5 percent of their bone mineral density in the hip and lower spine within two years. Women who were smokers, who had never given birth and who didn’t consume much calcium were at highest risk, and they continued to experience significant losses in the third year of use, according to the report published in the January issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. ... read more >>