Grandmas Stay Sharp by Babysitting – But Don’t Overdo It

Babysitting the grandkids can help boost Grandma’s brainpower, but doing it too much may have the opposite effect – possibly because Grandma is feeling resentful, new research finds. The study of 120 Australian grandmothers, ages 57 to 68, wanted to determine whether minding grandchildren played a role in helping postmenopausal women stay sharp as they aged. Previous research had shown that staying involved in social activities with friends or relatives helps improve cognitive function in older adults. >> Sign up …

Put Down the Diet Soda, Ladies. It’s Bad for Your Heart

Healthy, postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet sodas a day are at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke and even death, according to a large new national study. The research looked at diet-soda intake and heart health in nearly 60,000 women participating in the national Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, which investigates health risk factors for women ages 50 to 79. The average age of the women in this study was nearly 63, and none had a …

Blood Test May Help Find Ovarian Cancer Early

Hopes for a screening test that could detect ovarian cancer early – something that has eluded the fight against this lethal disease – were boosted this week with results from an important new study. Published online in the journal Cancer, the research involved monitoring women’s yearly blood test results for a sudden change in a biomarker called CA-125, a protein that indicates tumor growth. More than 4,000 postmenopausal women took part in the 11-year study at the University of Texas MD …

Depression in Older Women Increases Stroke Risk

Find 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 …