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Why Are Women Always Cold and Men Always Hot?

The reasons behind this battle of the sexes, and tips for a peaceful solution. The battle of the sexes often turns into a battle over the thermostat when men and women live or work together. That's because women always seem to be cold while men always seem to be hot. What's behind this, and how can men and women achieve climate control? There are four major anatomical differences between men and women that mean they heat and cool their bodies differently.

8 Foods for Being your Healthiest After Menopause

Eat these foods to lessen or avoid the weight gain and other health complications many women experience after menopause. While it is not possible to avoid menopause altogether, you can avoid or lessen some of the physical changes many women experience, including weight gain and the potential for osteoporosis and other health complications. Alison Massey is a registered dietician and Director of Diabetes Education at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

News About Cervical Cancer

A recent study shows that cervical cancer rates may be higher than previously reported. Each year, cervical cancer affects an estimated 12,900 women in the US, and results in over 4,000 deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. But a recent study shows that rates may be higher than reported. Screening for Cervical Cancer The main screening test for cervical cancer is the Pap smear.

Do Antidepressants Cause Bone Loss?

Some commonly prescribed antidepressant medications may contribute to bone thinning in older women. In the United States, more than one in four women take medication to treat mental health conditions. Women ages 45 and older reportedly have the highest rate of antidepressant use in the United States, with the highest increase in recent years among women 65 and older.

Heart Attacks in Women Are More Likely to Be Deadly

Why women need to take all warning signs seriously. Here's a grim statistic: Among people hospitalized for a heart attack, 12 percent of women—but just 6 percent of men—die in the hospital, according to new research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: What Women Need to Know

Could this common but not very well known condition affect you? Polycystic ovarian syndrome, also known as Stein-Leventhal Syndrome, is among the most common endocrine (hormone) problems women face. In fact, according to the Office on Women’s Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the condition affects as many as five million girls and women, and can impact their health for life.

Spotlight on Endometriosis

"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD, are raising awareness of this common condition. As an actress and co-host of Bravo’s "Top Chef" show, Padma Lakshmi’s famous face is easy to recognize. Yet her endometriosis—a chronic health problem that caused pain and infertility for much of her adult life—went undetected for more than a decade by some of the nation’s best doctors.

6 Habits That Can Harm a Woman s Health

From schlepping around a heavy shoulder bag to sleeping with your makeup on, here s a look at some habits that can have an adverse affect on your health. You run weekend errands in your sneakers, but run around in heels all week. And you wear sunscreen religiously, but don’t apply (or reapply) enough for maximum protection. Find out which common habits could be harming your health. Bad Habit #1: Wearing an Unsupportive Bra You scored a sweet sale on lingerie? Not a great deal if the bra doesn’t fit well.

5 Doctors Every Woman Needs in Her Contacts List

Keep the contact info for these MDs close at hand. Even if you're healthy and rarely get sick, there are a few medical experts you may want to consider getting to know. Here’s a list of the five doctors every woman should keep in her contact list: Primary Care Physician. Think of your primary care physician (PCP) as kind of a central clearinghouse through which all your medical care is managed—even if the care is provided by another specialist.

4 Ways to Prevent Getting a Cold

The average adult gets between two and four colds each year, and upper respiratory infections can take 10 days to get over. Here s four tips to ward off illness. Colds are messy, uncomfortable, annoying, and—unfortunately—very common. Although they're not dangerous in an otherwise healthy person, cold viruses can interfere with work, social plans, and sleep. But there's good news: Experts say it's possible to reduce your chances of an achy head, scratchy throat, and stuffy or runny nose.