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  1. False-Positive Mammograms and Long-Term Distress

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have a false-positive mammogram result -- when breast cancer is first suspected but then dispelled with further testing -- can have lingering anxiety and distress up to three years after the misdiagnosis, a new stu

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  2. Mammograms Every Other Year OK for Women Over 50?

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 18 (HealthDay News) -- Some women 50 and older may be able to have a mammogram every other year without increasing their risk of developing an advanced breast cancer, according to a large new study on nearly 1 million women. The findings are publis

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  3. Personal Best: Q&A With Mayim Bialik

    To say it’s been a busy couple of years for Mayim Bialik is an understatement. Perhaps still best-known for her starring role on the perky '90s sitcom “Blossom,” Bialik, 37, has not only resurrected her acting career by playing Amy on the CBS hit show “The Big Bang Theory,” but is raising two boys,

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  4. Petroleum Jelly Tied to Vaginal Infection Risk

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- Women who use petroleum jelly vaginally may put themselves at risk of a common infection called bacterial vaginosis, a small study suggests. Prior studies have linked douching to ill effects, including bacterial vaginosis, and an i

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  5. Women's Life Span Declining in Many Parts of U.S.

    March 7, 2013 -- A 15-year analysis of death trends in the U.S. surprised health researchers by revealing a widespread increase in premature deaths among women, especially in the Western and Southern regions of the nation. "We ... were actually shocked to see that female [death] rates were worsening

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  6. Does Less Housework by Women Lead to More Obesity?

    March 5, 2013 -- A new study adds yet more evidence that the decline in physical activity is contributing to the rise in obesity in the U.S. This study, however, is bound to cause some controversy, as researchers found the increase in obesity in women is tied to a falloff in the amount of housework

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  7. FDA OK's Drug for Painful Sex in Older Women

    Feb. 27, 2013 -- The FDA has approved Osphena for treating moderate-to-severe pain during sex in postmenopausal women. The condition, called dyspareunia, is associated with declining levels of estrogen during menopause, which leads to atrophy of the vulva and vagina, often resulting in pain during s

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  8. Personal Best: Q&A With Katharine McPhee

    The second season of NBC's musical drama Smash has fresh stars and characters, new music, and surprising plot lines. Look for singer, songwriter, and actress Katharine McPhee, 28, to stay the musical and dramatic course of her Midwestern character, Karen Cartwright. McPhee herself hails originally f

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  9. Iron-Rich Diet Might Ease PMS Misery

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of American women know the pain and emotional tumult of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. But a new study finds that diets full of iron from plant-based sources might help ease the condition. Women who ate in this way wer

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  10. Healthy Older Women Advised Against Taking Calcium

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy older women should not take calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent fractures, according to a final recommendation issued Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In healthy adults, lower doses of c

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