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May 2007


How does estrogen therapy affect a woman’s cognition and mood? What is the most beneficial form of estrogen? These are just a few important questions that researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health hope to answer in a federally funded nationwide study, the first of its kind, on the effects of estrogen therapy with perimenopausal women.

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Plastic survey may be addictive, at least in Colorado according to one survey. All the respondents reported having another procedure done after their first plastic surgery job.

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Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and McLean Hospital have found that practicing yoga may elevate brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels, the brain’s primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. The findings, which appear in the May issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, suggest that the practice of yoga be explored as a possible treatment for depression and anxiety, disorders associated with low GABA levels.

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No one would be surprised to read that cosmetics companies exaggerate the claims of what their products are able to do, yet thanks to an endless tirade of marketing, many of us still believe part or all of what we hear.

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When a person reaches mid twenties, the body metabolism rate will come down by 5% and from then on for every decade he completes there is a similar level of drop in metabolism. With advancing age it is recommended to increase your muscle mass thus boosting metabolism in the body.

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We cannot deny that our body image plays a large part in our attitude about sexuality. We live in a very sexual world; sex seems to be everywhere. It is used to sell videos, magazines, records, and movies. In a subliminal way, sex is used to sell everything from vacuums to boats.

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The paper published in this week’s BMJ medical journal. Vaginoplasty, a medical procedure involves the creation or reshaping of the vagina. Vaginoplasty is sometimes performed to revise vaginal anomalies and congenital conditions such as absence of a vagina at birth, as well as to repair the area following disease or injury.

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It is quite normal for humans to become depressed when something bad or unpleasant happens, such as the death of a beloved one or an end to a relationship. In addition to feelings, depression can change a person’s behavior, physical health and appearance, academic performance, social activity and the ability to handle everyday decisions.

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First, the sobering news: Nearly half of all Americans over 85 suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Now, the encouraging news: There are things you can do to minimize your chances of losing big chunks of your brain power as you age. Start with what you’ve been putting in your mouth.

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Americans are living longer than ever before and many seniors are living active, healthy and productive lives. A woman who is 65 today can expect to live, on average, another 19 years to age 84.

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