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  1. Racial Gap in Life Expectancy Shrinking

    June 5, 2012 -- The life expectancy gap between African-Americans and whites in the U.S. has hit an all-time low. A new report shows the racial gap in life expectancy rates declined by about a year for both men and women between 2003 and 2008. The results showed the difference in life expectancy at

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  2. Done Having Kids: His and Her Options

    Some people reach this point in their lives after having many children. Or one child. Or even no kids at all. Some are in their 30s or beyond, and some have made up their minds even earlier. Though their circumstances vary widely, millions of men and women have asked themselves these same two questi

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  3. Study: Trash Old, Unused Drugs

    May 18, 2012 -- Prescription medication "take-back" programs are increasingly promoted as a way to safely dispose of unused drugs, but they are no better for the environment than simply throwing old drugs in the trash, a new study suggests. When researchers used a complicated methodology called "com

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  4. Kyra Sedgwick on Work, Family, and Empty Nests

    Kyra Sedgwick has to jump on another phone. It's her husband calling. She and actor Kevin Bacon will celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary this September, and there's a melty tenderness in her voice when she says, "Hi, honey … is everything OK?" There's a pause, and you can hear the smile -- that

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  5. Sunscreen Ingredient Linked to Endometriosis

    May 11, 2012 -- Certain chemicals that are widely used in sunscreens and other products because they protect against UV light are associated with an increased risk of developing the gynecological condition endometriosis, a new study shows. But the Personal Care Products Council, a group that represe

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  6. Menopause: Smokers Have More Hot Flashes

    May 3, 2012 -- There are countless reasons why women who smoke should kick the habit for their health, but here's one more. Smoking women have more hot flashes as they transition through menopause, and this is especially true for women who carry certain genes, a new study finds. Previous research ha

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  7. Mental Stress May Be Harder on Women's Hearts

    April 24, 2012 -- Coping with mental stress may be harder on a woman's heart than a man's, according to new research. Men and women given the same stressful math problem all had an increase in blood pressure and heart rate while solving it, as expected, says researcher Chester Ray, PhD, professor of

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  8. 10 Budget-Friendly Exercise Gadgets

    Tight budgets are no excuse to let yourself get flabby. Sure, a pricey gym membership may be something you don’t want to spring for right now. And home exercise equipment with all the bells and whistles may be out of the question. Luckily, there are plenty of inexpensive ways to exercise. Some won’t

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  9. Am I at Risk for Fibroids?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our June 2012 issue, we asked Laura Corio, MD, WebMD's women's health expert, about the risk factors for fibroids. Q : Several women in my family have fibroids. Does that mean I am

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  10. Do False-Positive Mammograms Predict Cancer Risk?

    April 5, 2012 -- More than half of women in the U.S. who get annual mammograms will have at least one false-positive reading after 10 years of screening, and now new research suggests that these women may be at increased risk for breast cancer. Women in a Danish study who had at least one false-posi

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