A Surprising Link Between Beer and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Having a couple of beers a week may reduce a woman’s risk of getting painful rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by nearly a third, a new study finds. Researchers with Harvard Medical School wanted to see if moderate alcohol consumption might be associated with a lower risk of this particular form of arthritis, which affects more than 1.5 million Americans, primarily women. The disease typically strikes women between ages 30 and 60. In the study, having a few alcoholic drinks during the …

Friends Jump-Start Fitness (and Hotness) Together

As National Women’s Health Week comes to a close, my thoughts turn to physical activity … or lack thereof, which has been my problem. As a working caregiver (for both of my parents), I am typical: I focus on those two necessities of my life first and taking care of myself falls to the bottom of the list. It’s a terrible conundrum – I can’t let my work or caregiving slip, but there are only so many hours in the …

Mammogram Advice: Older Women Aren’t Convinced

More than three years after a federally appointed panel of experts said most women don’t need annual mammograms, a new study of mammogram rates shows that older women have pretty much ignored the advice. According to an analysis of data from nearly 28,000 women, women over 40 continue to get the yearly screening, apparently unconvinced they should do it less often. In fact, mammogram rates slightly increased overall, from 51.9 percent in 2008 to 53.6 percent in 2011, even though …

A Baby at 62! Why Are Scientists So Surprised?

She is 62, and the smarty-pants scientists were sure her fertile days were long over. But then she (literally) gave them the bird by hatching a new little albatross chick. Her name is Wisdom, and she’s a beautiful charcoal-gray and snowy-white Laysan albatross (see a typical one, pictured at left) who lives at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge near the Hawaiian Islands. Although the average Laysan albatross dies at less than half her age, Wisdom is proof you should …

Pelvic Exam: One More Thing Women Can Skip?

It seems as if the annual health to-do list for women over 50 is getting shorter and shorter. All those routine tests we thought we needed every year to stay on top of things – like mammograms and Pap smears – experts now say are really unnecessary. The latest thing we should cross off the list: a yearly pelvic exam. A new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), says a pelvic exam, in which the physician inserts …

For Long-Term Care, Women Charged More

If you’re a woman shopping for long-term care insurance, prepare for some unwelcome news. Genworth Financial, one of the country’s biggest long-term care insurers, has announced that early next year it will start charging more for women than men – from 10 to nearly 40 percent more, the Wall Street Journal reports. Other insurers are expected to follow suit, said a spokesman for the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, a trade group. The increase is a reflection of the …