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The Checkup Archive: Women's Health

Women more stressed by work intrusions

Between our Blackberries, iPhones and laptops, we all know the line between work and home life has gotten pretty blurred. But are those intrusions by work into our supposed downtime bad for us? A new study suggests it is, particularly for women.Paul Glavin of the University of Toronto and colleagues...

By Rob Stein  | March 9, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Family Health, General Health, Psychology, Women's Health  
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Breast cancer decline stalls

The rate at which women are being diagnosed with breast cancer has stopped falling, according to a new analysis of federal data released Monday. The analysis of data collected by the National Cancer Institute found no significant change in the overall incidence rate for breast cancer among white women between...

By Rob Stein  | February 28, 2011; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  breast cancer, Women's Health, hormones  
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Why do women hate their bodies so much?

I just read an unsettling article in Glamour that said 97 percent of 300 young women surveyed by the magazine reported having multiple negative thoughts about their own bodies in a given day. The average number was 13; many women said they had as many as 35, 50 or 100 such thoughts per day. So I'm sitting here thinking mean thoughts about my thighs and wondering, why do we do this to ourselves?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 24, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Life's Big Questions, Me Minus 10, Nutrition and Fitness, Psychology, Weight loss, Women's Health  
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Study: Womb surgery for spina bifida beneficial

Performing surgery on babies with the most severe form of spina bifida when they are still in the womb doubles the chance that they will be able to walk, according to a federally-funded study released Wednesday.

By Rob Stein  | February 9, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, Women's Health  
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Teen birth rate hits historic low

The long decline in teen births, which had stalled for two years, seems to be back on track, federal health officials announced Wednesday.

By Rob Stein  | February 2, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Family Health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, STDs, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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Hot flashes, night sweats may reduce breast cancer risk

It sounds too good to be true, but there might be a bright side to the night sweats, hot flashes and other unpleasantries associated with menopause. A new study finds that women who experience such symptoms may be at reduced risk of several common forms of breast cancer.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 27, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  breast cancer, Cancer, Reproductive Health, Women's Health, menopause  
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Got milk? What kind?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 25, 2011
Weight loss's link to better health questioned , Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 24, 2011
Antidepressants relieve hot flashes , Rob Stein , January 18, 2011
U.K. experts question 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 17, 2011
Teen birth rate hits record low , Rob Stein , December 21, 2010
GERD and esophageal cancer, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 14, 2010
Losing weight is (mostly) great, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 7, 2010
Home fertility tests questioned, Rob Stein , October 26, 2010
Bone drugs may cause fractures, FDA warns, Rob Stein , October 13, 2010
Company drops effort to develop 'pink Viagra', Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 8, 2010
Those darned dense breasts, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 7, 2010
Study reveals Americans' sexual activity, condom use, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 4, 2010
Aack! Has comic-strip 'Cathy' shaped your body image?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 28, 2010
Do abortions cause depression?, Rob Stein , September 24, 2010
New study questions mammograms, Rob Stein , September 23, 2010
Will pharmacists fill 'ella' prescriptions?, Rob Stein , September 21, 2010
New sex education data released , Rob Stein , September 15, 2010
Clinics' intervention can ward off 'reproductive coercion', Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 1, 2010
Study: Prophylactic surgeries protect women, Rob Stein , August 31, 2010
New clues to unnecessary Caesareans, Rob Stein , August 30, 2010
Study: Chocolate protects the heart, Rob Stein , August 16, 2010
Is that right? New feminine product balances pH?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 6, 2010
Planning a home birth? Read this first., Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 2, 2010
To combat obesity, start with the moms, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 20, 2010
Is that right? One A Day Menopause Formula, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 2, 2010
Has the recession affected abortion?, Rob Stein , May 5, 2010
Is that right? An extra 10 pounds won't hurt, might help?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 30, 2010
Is that right? Buying KFC buckets fights breast cancer?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 23, 2010
Sorry, ladies: Viagra for women still a fantasy, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 19, 2010
Me ... as I'm meant to be?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 15, 2010
How much do you need to work out?, Rob Stein , March 24, 2010
"Eating for two"? Think again., Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 16, 2010
What's the big deal about breast-milk cheese?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 11, 2010
Maintaining a sex life, Rob Stein , March 10, 2010
Do most marriages last?, Rob Stein , March 3, 2010
IVF babies at risk for stillbirths?, Rob Stein , February 24, 2010
Do IVF babies grow up healthy? , Rob Stein , February 17, 2010
Aspirin may help save breast cancer patients , Rob Stein , February 16, 2010
Farewell to a trusted source, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 4, 2010
Tuning in to teen pregnancy, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 28, 2010
Chemicals linked to fertility problems, Rob Stein , January 27, 2010
Pregnancy, volleyball and a teen-aged girl, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 21, 2009
Coming out at midlife, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 7, 2009
More worrisome mammogram news, Rob Stein , December 2, 2009
Which diet makes you happy? , Rob Stein , November 11, 2009
Teen girls and risky sex, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 2, 2009
Getting Guys to Wash Their Hands, Rob Stein , October 15, 2009
For Some Women, Recession Means Having Few Children, washingtonpost.com Editors , September 23, 2009
A Fatal Blow for HRT?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 19, 2009
The Health Hazards of Pessimism, Rob Stein , August 13, 2009
Paying Girls Not to Get Pregnant, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 29, 2009
Why Are Teen Births Rising?, Rob Stein , June 18, 2009
Will Men Get Gardasil? , Rob Stein , June 4, 2009
Weigh in on Plus-Size Yoga Classes, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 20, 2009
Learning to Love the Female Condom, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 18, 2009
Plus-Size Clothes, continued..., Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 11, 2009
Nourishing Gifts for Mom, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 8, 2009
Do Plus-Size Clothes for Teens Endorse Obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 4, 2009
Running with Cancer, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 24, 2009
A Most Unusual Lunch: Placenta, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 13, 2009
A Wake-Up Call for Insomniacs, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 11, 2009
Can Your Marriage Make You Sick?, Rob Stein , March 5, 2009
Barbie, Mom and Body Image, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 3, 2009
Breastfeeding and MS, Jennifer LaRue Huget , February 25, 2009
How Risky Are Hormones?, Rob Stein , February 5, 2009
New Risk Factor for Infertility?, Rob Stein , January 29, 2009
Women With Heart Ills Face Delays en Route to Hospitals, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 21, 2009
Birth Control Pill and Cardio Health: Big Questions Linger, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 16, 2009
Does Abortion Traumatize Women?, Rob Stein , December 4, 2008
Improving a Woman's Love Life, Rob Stein , November 6, 2008
Is Gardasil Safe?, Rob Stein , October 23, 2008
Do You Trust Gardasil?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 19, 2008
My Venus Week, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 9, 2008
 
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