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Kate Hays

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Cause builder, runner, indie music lover, chuckler, improvisational chef(er), general life-liker. On loan to AARP Health from @smallact.

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Depression in Older Women Increases Stroke Risk

Posted on 08/22/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthFind your happy place: according to a new study, a history of depression in postmenopausal women can increase their risk of having a stroke by 29%. Kathryn M. Rexrode of Harvard Medical School researched over 80,000 women over the course of six years to find that there may be a notable correlation between depression and strokes in older women. They found that 41% of the women who currently had depression had an increased risk, and women just with a history …

Older Women Have High Rate of Undercover STD

Posted on 08/15/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthAs far as STDs go, most of us know the popular kids in the crowd: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes. And HPV? SO in right now. But one less well-known and generally under-screened STD is actually pretty common among women over 50: Trichomoniasis. In fact, a new study found that 13% of women over the age of 50 have the parasite that causes Trichomoniasis, or what many call “Trich” for short. While it’s usually asymptomatic in men, women can have plenty of …

Ringing Ears Is All In Your Head, Literally

Posted on 08/8/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthLately, I’ve heard a lot talk in my group of friends about tinnitus (a constant hissing or ringing sound in the ear). A dear friend’s husband has it, and he’s found no medical relief. Another friend told me last week she’s had it for a few years, and wonders if she’ll return to a good night of sleep again. You might be surprised (I was) that millions of Americans suffer from tinnitus. Whether it be from exposure to loud noises, …

Death Takes a Holiday

Posted on 08/4/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthEvery other Thursday, we have Trish Vradenburg as our special guest blogger covering Alzheimer’s issues. Trish is a playwright, author, television writer, and Alzheimer’s disease advocate. She and her husband, George, founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s with the goal of finding a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s by the year 2020. She brings her legendary humor and wit to the devastating realities of Alzheimer’s, and we’re excited to have her share with us here. Great news – no one died today from Alzheimer’s… …

Rats: The Big Cheese

Posted on 07/21/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthEvery other Thursday, we have Trish Vradenburg as our special guest blogger covering Alzheimer’s issues. Trish is a playwright, author, television writer, and Alzheimer’s disease advocate. She and her husband, George, founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s with the goal of finding a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s by the year 2020. She brings her legendary humor and wit to the devastating realities of Alzheimer’s, and we’re excited to have her share with us here. Oddly enough, I’ve never wanted to be friends with …

Do It: Sex is Good for Your Health

Posted on 07/13/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthThere’s some truth to “Sexual Healing” beyond a catchy tune, according to Michael Castleman. He gives us a pretty compelling argument as to how sex can benefit our whole body health. Castleman goes over the more obvious benefits, like how it burns calories and helps you relax. But did you know sex can decrease your blood pressure? That’s right, a study in Europe showed that according to their findings, the higher the sexual frequency, the lower the blood pressure. Also, …