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Last week, a survey on the attitudes about health and sexuality in women between the ages of 35 and 49 was released by the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health and Teva Women’s Health, Inc.  As you know I’ve written extensively about women’s health after 40, usually with the goal of encouraging women…

I’m sure most of you saw the news reports that came out subsequent to the publication of the ongoing Women’s Health Initiative study (the WHI) that was published in the October 20 issue of JAMA. The “reviews” varied from (and I paraphrase): “this shows that hormone therapy is a disaster” to “maybe hormone therapy should…

A few weeks ago, I went for my yearly eye check-up. I was delighted to be told that I showed no signs of age related macular degeneration (AMD). Once reassured about this common cause of age-related blindness, I, of course, wanted to get more information about what I didn’t have. (Call it academic smugness.)  Then,…

The majority of women are at risk for an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetimes. A quick review: We reach “peak” bone density by the age of 30 and from then on, from a bone point of view, it is downhill (or shortening)…We lose 0.5% of our bone mass yearly, and to compound that loss, in…

I know I have written numerous articles in my books and this website about the horrific health consequences of smoking. But I thought I would share with you a recent positive California statistic that puts us way ahead of other states in the US. (We know we are ahead of most of the country when…

Do Mammograms Make a Difference? I routinely ask my patients who are over the age of 40 “when was your last mammogram?” If the answer is “at least a year ago”, I fill out a referral form for a radiography facility in the LA area. I have always been personally sensitive to our “need” for…

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