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Postpartum Depression Linked to Mom’s Recovery Pain After Childbirth

How well a new mother's pain is managed during her recovery from childbirth appears to directly influence her risk of postpartum depression.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Obesity and Colon Cancer: Are Younger Women at Risk?

In women, obesity and weight gain in early adulthood are associated with an increased risk for early-onset colorectal cancer, colon cancer before age 50.

By Diane Domina

Anxiety and High Blood Pressure

When you are feeling overly anxious, your heart rate might quicken, you may have sweaty palms, experience shaking or chest pain. Your blood pressure may go up. But once the situation resolves itself and the anxiety provoking moment is over, your body ...

By Eileen Bailey

Why Adults with ADHD Are Smokers

You know the dangers. You know smoking cigarettes greatly increases your risk of lung cancer, heart disease and other health problems. But you can’t seem to quit. If you have ADHD your chances of smoking are increased. Numerous studies have shown tha...

By Eileen Bailey

How Do I Know if I Have Dense Breast Tissue?

Dense breast tissue makes it harder for mammograms to detect cancers, because they both appear white in the images, and tumors are harder to see.

By Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Why Lung Cancer Deaths Are Lower in California

Due to the early adoption of smoking-prevention and tobacco-control efforts in California, lung cancer mortality rates are 28 percent lower there.

By Diane Domina

Does Abuse Increase the Risk of Endometriosis?

A study found that women who experienced certain types of abuse as children were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis. Here’s what researchers make of this.

By Katherine Malmo

ADHD and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

The factors that put people with ADHD more at risk for SAD, and the different treatment options available.

By Eileen Bailey

Osteopenia Treatment: 9 Drug-Free Steps to Take

Learn about the different treatment options available and find out the actions you can take right now to lower your risk.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Erectile Dysfunction: Researchers Identify a Genetic Link

Researchers have identified a specific location in the human genome that’s associated with an increased risk for erectile dysfunction, also called impotence.

By Diane Domina