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Getting a Late Start

​ Women who start menstruating later, who experience menopause sooner or who have a hysterectomy could have a more significant risk of developing dementia, according to research recently published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study, performed by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Ca...
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Downward-Facing Fracture?

​ There have been many medical research studies and anecdotal stories on the benefits of yoga: improved well-being, increased strength and flexibility, not to mention relaxation and improved muscle tone. While the case for yoga and its benefits has been made time and time again, some individuals need to use caution before rolling out their yoga mat...
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Protein Power

​ Japanese researchers have found the protein critical for healthy bones - and it may hold the key for a new treatment for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a degenerative condition that causes bones to become weakened and prone to fractures. In most cases, these fractures develop in the hips, spine and wrists. Although osteoporosis can develop in both...
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A Strange Side Effect

You probably already know that what you eat can affect your body in different ways. Too much fat could cause weight gain, sugary foods can cause tooth decay, greasy fast food can make you break out and eating spicy food can give you heartburn. But, did you know that what you eat can also make you stink? According to People magazine, some women are saying that a popular diet could make different parts of you smell, well, different.

The diet in question is keto - you know, the super-popular diet plan that encourages high-fat foods like bacon and cheese to lose weight. Well, in addition to weight loss, some female followers of the popular fad are finding themselves with side effects such as bad breath, the "keto flu" (a period of fatigue, headaches, irritability, insomnia and sugar cravings associated with starting the keto diet and quitting carbs), and, apparently, vaginal odors.

Wait. What?

You read that right. Some women following the diet report that what they are eating is changing the smell of their vaginas. Naturally this could be a cause for concern - especially when smells seemingly change without warning. But don't panic! There may be a few reasons for the change.

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Changes in Hormones Change Everything

Hormone therapy is well known for treating the symptoms of menopause, but does it have benefits for knees, too?

A new study says maybe.

Results from a large-scale study in Korea show that women who received hormone therapy (HT) had significantly less risk of developing symptomatic knee arthritis than women who did not receive hormone treatments.

The results of the study can be found online in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society.

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Times Aren't the Only Thing That Are Changing

All women know our bodies are constantly changing; it seems like something is always moving or stretching, bloated or sore, and don't get us started on the hair. So, naturally, since we are so accustomed to never-ending changes, we can handle it when (and where) we least expect it, right?

Right?

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An Ounce of Prevention at Any Age

Researchers and physicians talk a lot about when women should start getting routine mammograms, but when should women stop getting mammograms? As it turns out, women should never stop, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Earlier guidelines released by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in 2009 stated there was no sufficient evidence about the benefits of screening women for breast cancer using mammography in women age 75 and older. The current recommendation from the USPSTF is that women between 50 and 74 get a mammogram every other year and stop getting screened at 75.

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Don't Struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder this Winter

Winter in Bettendorf can guarantee a few things: Seemingly endless snow, bitterly cold temperatures and brutal winds are definitely going to happen. For some individuals, something else happens - seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that develops during the fall, when days become shorter, and lasts until the spring. Researchers estimate that 5 percent of people in the United States are living with SAD, and many of them are women.

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New Study Supports Soy-Based Diets for Women in Menopause

A new study from researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia reveals that soy protein could be the secret weapon against the side effects of menopause - in particular, the effects of menopause on metabolic and bone health. The findings of the study may also mean a new way to protect the bone strength of women who have not yet experienced menopause.

Menopause is that natural decline in the production of reproductive hormones that develops when a woman reaches her 40s or 50s.

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The Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause can be a challenging condition to diagnose because its symptoms often vary widely and its onset can happen at almost any age. There are some common (and not-so-common) symptoms women can look out for, however, that may signal the beginning of the end of the reproductive years. Dr. Alqulali treats women before, during and after menopause.


What Is Menopause?

Menopause, also known as "the change," occurs when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. When this happens, the ability to conceive ends, as does menstruation. Women are said to be in menopause when they have not had a period for 12 months.

When Does Menopause Occur?

The average age when menopause starts is 51, but many symptoms typically begin around age 45. For some women, symptoms can start even earlier. Surgical menopause, also known as induced menopause, can happen at any age if both ovaries are removed.

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