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  1. Berry Habit May Help Women Avoid Heart Attacks

    Jan. 14, 2013 -- Young and middle-aged women who eat blueberries and strawberries regularly may help lower their risk of a heart attack later. In a new study, researchers wanted to focus on whether substances known as anthocyanins are good for the heart. Anthocyanins are antioxidants, substances fou

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  2. IUD May Be Best for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

    Jan. 9, 2013 -- Heavy menstrual bleeding is a rarely discussed but remarkably common condition that affects about 1 in 4 women. For many, monthly periods are much more than a minor annoyance. They stop life in its tracks for days each month. Oral contraceptives and progestin hormone pills are common

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  3. Binge Drinking a Big Problem Among Women, Girls

    Jan. 8, 2013 -- Binge drinking is a prevalent and often-underestimated problem among U.S. women and girls that frequently starts in high school, a new report from the CDC shows.   The report found that nearly 14 million women in the U.S. binge drink about three times a month, having on average six d

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  4. Hilary Swank's New Role: Malaria Hero

    A heartbreaking scene unfolds in the new HBO film Mary and Martha. Hilary Swank (as Mary of the film's title, opposite British actor Brenda Blethyn's Martha) witnesses a grief-stricken mother leaving a South African health clinic with her deceased toddler, who is wrapped from head to toe in a white

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  5. Q&A With Jessica Alba

    You probably know Jessica Alba as the star of Dark Angel, Fantastic Four, and Little Fockers. But the Golden Globe-nominated actress and mom of 4-year-old Honor and 18-month-old Haven is equally passionate about a new role: healthy living entrepreneur.  In January 2012, she launched The Honest Compa

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  6. Flame Retardant Chemicals in House Dust, Sofas

    Nov. 28, 2012 -- Many people may be breathing in chemical flame retardants that are seeping from their upholstered furniture, electronics, and other common household items, a new study suggests. Researchers from the environmental research group Silent Spring Institute found potentially unsafe levels

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  7. Brooke Burke-Charvet Has Thyroid Cancer

    Brooke Burke-Charvet, co-host of Dancing With the Stars, announced Thursday that she has thyroid cancer. The 41-year-old mother of four will undergo surgery to have a thyroidectomy, a procedure to remove part or all of the thyroid gland.  The thyroid, which is found in the neck, produces hormones th

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  8. 10 Small Changes with Big Health Payoffs

    By Sarah Jio See why minor lifestyle tweaks can make a major difference for your overall well-being   Does it ever feel like you have to spend hours and hours at the gym, change your diet dramatically or jump way out of your comfort zone to reap any rewards in the health department? Think again. Our

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  9. Smoking Can Cut 10 Years Off a Woman's Life

    Oct. 26, 2012 -- Smoking cigarettes can shave 10 years off of a woman's  life, a large new study shows. But quitting before her 40th birthday (preferably well before it) avoids more than 90% of this increased risk of dying, and stopping before 30 avoids more than 97% of it.  These are the main findi

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  10. Red Wine Compound May Not Help Healthy Women

    Oct. 25, 2012 -- New research raises doubts about the health benefits of the much-hyped red wine compound resveratrol. In a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, healthy women in their late 50s and early 60s who took resveratrol supplements showed no improvement in factor

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