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    Women's Health: December 2007


    The Power of Visualization

    Have you ever thought about your favorite dessert and started to salivate? You may not have known it, but you were practicing visualization. This technique of mind over body may be used to help treat a range of medical conditions, from warts to cancer.

    Have you ever told somebody you're not feeling well and they look at you and say, "Oh, come on, be positive. Use your mind over matter." Well, they're not as off-base as you might think. It's not that farfetched. It's actually the essence of visualization. That's when you use the mind to influence the body.

    It's part of a whole group of modalities, including ima ... Continue reading The Power of Visualization.

    Fertile Feelings Lead to Wandering Eyes?

    By Eric Sabo

    While scientists have not discovered an excuse for infidelity, they can at least offer an explanation for why some women are inclined to cheat: their fertility cycle. In a small study, researchers found that women were more likely to flirt with men when their chance for getting pregnant was at its highest.

    The handsomest of the bunch, as always, have little to worry about. The urge to be unfaithful was mostly felt by women who rated their partners low in "sexual attractiveness relative to investment attractiveness." In other words, the average boyfriend or husband is nice to have at home, ... Continue reading Fertile Feelings Lead to Wandering Eyes?.

    Improving the Quality and Value of Health Care

    Many Americans might be surprised to learn that there's a 50/50 chance they do not always receive quality health care.

    Improvements are necessary to make sure Americans get the best quality health care and that money for this care is being spent as effectively as possible. Listen as experts -- both in government and in the private sector -- describe some of the steps taken to improve the health care system.

    We know from a number of studies that Americans, on average, receive just over half of recommended care when they see clinicians. And we know that it actually doesn't matter where you live. Care doesn't var ... Continue reading Improving the Quality and Value of Health Care.

    Perimenopause: Puberty in Reverse

    Laura Mueller, MD, an Ob/Gyn doctor with Park Nicollet Clinic has been interested in menopause for more than a decade. She spent a good part of her career preparing women for what to expect during perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause) and beyond. Today, she is even more in tune with what to expect.

    "I started studying menopause way before I was going through it, but have learned there's nothing quite like personal experience," says Dr. Mueller, who is one of the 80 percent of women who experience hot flashes during menopause.

    Besides telling women to dress in layers, she tells them to expect the un ... Continue reading Perimenopause: Puberty in Reverse.

    Adult Alternatives to Kid-friendly Foods


    By Barbara Ruhs, MS, RD

    For busy moms, energy isn't always a renewable resource. And while it can be very difficult to find a free moment to catch some Z's, it's sometimes far too easy to find some not-so-healthy treats to nibble on. Unfortunately, eating the kid-friendly foods in your kitchen can be dangerous for your waistline. The key is to stock the pantry with healthy alternatives.

    When heading to the grocery store, there are a few things you can keep in mind. First, look for products with less than ten percent of total calories from added sugar. Beware if one of the first couple of ingredients is ... Continue reading Adult Alternatives to Kid-friendly Foods.

    Yeast Infections: When Should You Treat Yourself?

    When women experience the signs of a yeast infection, they often prefer to self-medicate rather than check with their doctor. But the symptoms are similar to those of more serious conditions and only your doctor can tell the difference.

    It's estimated that 50% of college women in the U.S. have been diagnosed with at least one yeast infection by the age of 25. It's usually easy to treat, but it's very important to know how to recognize the symptoms and when you should consider a visit to your doctor. Tune is as our experts share important information all women should know.Yeast Infections: When Should You Treat Yourself?.