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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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    What should my cholesterol levels be if I'm a woman?

    Blood cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). A deciliter is one-tenth of a liter. The National Cholesterol Education Program defines a "desirable" total cholesterol level as less than 200 mg/dL, and levels for most women stay in the healthy or "desirable" range until middle-age....Read More
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    What is the amniotic fluid index?

    The amniotic fluid index (AFI) is a test often performed weekly toward the end of pregnancy in women with high blood pressure, diabetes or other medical problems. It estimates the amount of amniotic fluid in the fetal sac to make sure there isn't too much (a condition called polyhydramnios) or too little...Read More
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    How is breast cancer treated with hormone therapy?

    Hormone therapy, also called hormone treatment or endocrine therapy, can slow or block the growth of hormone-sensitive tumors by interfering with the hormone action or by blocking your body's ability to produce hormones.

    Here are a few ways that cancer can be treated with hormone therapy:
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    What is anorexia nervosa?

    Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which preoccupation with dieting and thinness leads to excessive weight loss. If you suffer from this disease, you may not acknowledge that weight loss or restricted eating is a problem, and you may "feel fat" even when you're emaciated. Women with anorexia in...Read More
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    What are differences between a cold and the flu?

    It's important to know the difference between the cold and flu because each illness is treated differently. You know you have the flu when you feel as though you've been hit by a truck and experience symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, muscle and body aches and extreme tiredness, along with coughing...Read More
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    Which moisturizer is best for dry skin?

    Moisturizers for dry skin come in three preparations: lotions, creams and ointments.
     
    Lotions are least effective at replacing and retaining lost moisture in very dry skin. But they disappear after application very quickly, making them the most convenient to use and possibly helpful for normal...Read More
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    Are inverted nipples a health problem?

    Unless the inverted nipples occur suddenly, which could be a sign of breast cancer, they are in no way a health problem. However, they can become irritated and inflamed, and become a source of distress because of the way they look. Additionally, if you want to breastfeed, inverted nipples could cause...Read More
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    What analgesics can treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

    Analgesics are drugs that provide pain relief, and they can be used either orally or topically in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Analgesics include topical capsaicin (Capsagel), oral acetaminophen (Tylenol), tramadol (Ultram), and the more potent narcotics oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone...Read More
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    How is stress diagnosed?

    There is no specific test to diagnose stress. Typically, your healthcare professional conducts a variety of tests (which may include a personal and family health history, blood and urine tests and other assessments) to rule out various medical conditions. 

    Because your symptoms may be similar...Read More
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    What is a healthy diet for people with diabetes?

    The American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers the following healthy diet tips for people with diabetes: 
    • Eat lots of non-starchy vegetables and pick from a rainbow of colors to maximize variety. Choose vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans with meals.
    • Choose whole, frozen
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    What questions should I ask my doctor about skin health?

    Questions you should ask your doctor or other healthcare professional about the important issue of skin health include the following:
    • How should I care for my skin, given my age and skin type?
    • What products do you recommend to keep my skin healthy?
    • What advertising claims can I believe about
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    Can omega-3 fatty acids help with depression?

    Scientific evidence shows that increased dietary omega-3 consumption helps reduce depression. The association between low omega-3 levels and a higher incidence of depression is especially noticeable among women who are pregnant or nursing, which depletes their nutritional reserves.

    Foods high in o...Read More
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    How does estrogen affect a woman's risk of heart disease?

    Prior to menopause, estrogen is thought to provide some protection to women against heart disease. (Premenopausal women who have diabetes or who smoke are not adequately protected by estrogen because diabetes and smoking are major risk factors for heart disease.)

    Scientists are still learning about...Read More
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    Should I worry about heart disease if I'm under 40?

    Even if you are under 40 years of age, you should be concerned about heart disease because the lifestyle you lead now may be contributing to atherosclerotic buildup in your arteries -- the beginning of coronary heart disease. Getting regular exercise and eating a diet rich in vegetables and whole...Read More
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    Try a self-tanning product to give you that bronzed look without the sun damage that can cause wrinkles and skin cancer. Read more.
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