HealthyWomen

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HealthyWomen is the nation's leading nonprofit health information source for women. Our mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families.

For 25 years, HealthyWomen has been providing unbiased, original health information, reviewed and vetted by leading medical experts -- earning the trust of consumers, health care providers, nonprofit and corporate partners, and the media. In July our website HealthyWomen.org was selected to ForbesWoman’s "Top 100 Websites for Women" for the third consecutive year.

In addition to our site, HealthyWomen produces print publications for health care providers, the annual WomenTALK® survey addressing current trends in women’s health, as well as public health education campaigns designed to raise awareness of conditions most affecting women.

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    If you have osteoarthritis, it is important to rest when needed. No busy person will argue with this treatment: When osteoarthritis makes your joints particularly sore, you may find that resting, getting adequate sleep, reducing stress and practicing relaxation techniques can help ease the pain....Read More
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    For severe cases of osteoarthritis, it may be necessary to explore surgical options. If you have severe osteoarthritis that hasn't responded to other therapies, your doctor may suggest surgery to maintain your ability to remain active. There are several surgeries for osteoarthritis, with joint re...Read More
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    Don't skip meals. Instead, have more -- and smaller -- meals. The importance of not skipping meals, not going on fad diets and having plenty of fruits and vegetables cannot be stressed enough. Skipping meals can take a toll on your health and state of mind. Read More
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    One element to losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight is adding exercise to your daily routine and reducing the time you spend sitting. Exercise not only burns calories, it also tempers your appetite, boosts metabolism, improves sleep and provides psychological benefits, such as stress re...Read More
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    A study presented at the 2005 American College of Cardiology meeting and published in the New England Journal of Medicine in March 2005 found that low-dose aspirin did not appear to prevent first heart attacks in healthy women younger than 65, although it did significantly reduce their risk of ischemic...Read More
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    Circadian rhythm disorder refers to a group of conditions in which the body's natural psychological and biological rhythms are disrupted. They are very common; shift workers who work nontraditional hours are particularly vulnerable to this condition. About 15% of Americans are shift workers.

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    Many people with restless legs syndrome (RLS) also have a related sleep disorder called periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). This disorder is characterized by involuntary jerking or bending leg movements that typically occur every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep. Some people experience hundreds of such...Read More
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    Hypnagogic hallucinations are vivid, often frightening, dream-like experiences that occur while dozing or falling asleep. Like sleep paralysis, they are common in people with narcolepsy. However, they can also occur in those with no identified sleep disorder. Read More
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    Cataplexy is characterized by sudden episodes of loss of muscle function. These can range from slight weakness (such as limpness at the neck or knees, sagging facial muscles or an inability to speak clearly) to complete body collapse. Attacks are typically triggered by sudden emotional reactions...Read More
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    Insomnia can last one night or up to several weeks. In some people, it can be a chronic condition lasting for months or years. Transient insomnia lasts for a short time and is described as intermittent when it occasionally recurs. Chronic insomnia occurs most nights and lasts one month or more. Read More
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    Fatigue is a common symptom of depression, as is a change in sleeping patterns -- either sleeping too much or too little. It's estimated that up to one in five women will experience depression at some point in her lifetime. Fatigue or decreased energy is one of the main symptoms of depression. Read More
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    Fatigue can be a symptom of an underlying medical or psychiatric disorder. Many medical and psychiatric conditions can be associated with fatigue, including heart disease, pregnancy, diabetes and anxiety. Therefore, you need a thorough medical and psychiatric examination to determine the cause. Read More
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    Sleepiness during the day, or excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), is defined as an inability to stay awake, especially in situations when wakefulness is important. These include at work, while caring for children and while behind the wheel of a car. Fatigue, on the other hand, is a state of overwhelming,...Read More
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    Normal sleep patterns can be disrupted by many factors, including:
    • Stress
    • Family demands or an overly busy schedule
    • Hormonal influences and changes in core body temperature (for example, during ovulation or menstruation or the hot flashes and night sweats characteristic of menopause)
    • Dieting,
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    Like eating healthily and exercising, getting enough restful sleep is critical to good health. Sleep allows your body to rest and restore energy, while at the same time carrying out important physiological and psychological functions that affect your physical and mental health.

    Many people don't...Read More