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  1. Eating Fatty Fish Benefits Younger Women, Study Shows

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- Younger women can cut their risk of heart disease and stroke by occasionally eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, Danish researchers report. “We saw a positive effect on [heart disease and stroke risk] even from relatively modest intake of fish, so this is encoura

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  2. Some Kotex Tampons Recalled Due to Infection Risk

    Nov. 16, 2011 -- The Kimberly-Clark Corp. says it has ordered a limited recall of 1,400 cases of tampons contaminated with a bacterium that could cause serious infections and, according to the FDA, could be life threatening. "We have so far recovered 98% of the product -- Kotex Natural Balance Secur

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  3. Study: 'Thyroid Support' Supplements May Be Risky

    Oct. 28, 2011 - Nine out of 10 "thyroid support" pills tested by Mayo Clinic researchers contain "risky" levels of thyroid hormones. A wide range of supplements that claim to support or improve thyroid function are available online and in retail stores. Some list only herbs as ingredients. Others ar

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  4. The X Factor: Why Women May Be Healthier Than Men

    Sept. 28, 2011 -- “X” may really mark the spot when it comes to why women live about five to 10 years longer than men and are less likely to develop certain diseases. Specifically, it's the X chromosome and the microRNA -- or tiny strains of ribonucleic acid -- that it contains. Men have one X chrom

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  5. Drink a Day Keeps Disease Away?

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- "A drink a day keeps disease away" may be the new motto for middle-age women hoping to age gracefully. A new study shows women who drank the equivalent of a beer or small glass of wine each day were less likely to develop chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes as

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  6. Gene Mutation Found in Uterine Fibroids

    Aug. 25, 2011 -- Mutations in a single gene MED12 occur in about 70% of uterine fibroids, Finnish researchers find. "This is a giant step toward understanding why fibroids arise -- but toward design of targeted therapies it is a very early step," study leader Lauri A. Aaltonen, MD, PhD, of the Unive

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  7. Drop in Mammograms Due to Hormone Therapy Fears

    Aug. 19, 2011 -- An unprecedented drop in the number of women getting mammograms was due to women going off hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a new study suggests. Up to the year 2000, more and more U.S. women were getting breast cancer screening via mammography at least once every two years. But i

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  8. Cranberries vs. Antibiotics for Bladder Infections

    July 25, 2011 -- Women who are prone to bladder infections may get more help from daily antibiotics than cranberry capsules, a new study shows. But don't count out the cranberry as a natural medicine for bladder infections, also known as urinary tract infections (UTIs), just yet. Experts who reviewe

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  9. Tall Women Linked to Greater Cancer Risk

    July 20, 2011 -- Taller women are at greater risk for many types of cancers compared with shorter women, a new study suggests. In the study, cancer risk rose by about 16% for every 4-inch increase in height. The risk of total cancer increased with height, as did the risk of many different types of c

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  10. Ob-Gyn Group Recommends Annual Mammograms in 40s

    July 20, 2011 -- Women in their 40s should have a mammogram every year just like older women, the nation's largest group of ob-gyns now says. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) had previously recommended mammograms every one to two years beginning at age 40, with annual s

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