women’s health

New Pap Test Advice For Women Ages 30 to 65

Posted on 10/24/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThat annual Pap test to detect cervical cancer? Women no longer need to have one every year, according to the country’s largest obstetrician-gynecologist organization, joining a growing consensus that most healthy women can wait three to five years between tests if they have no other problems or risk factors. The Associated Press reports that the new advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is that women ages 21 to 29 whose Paps show no sign of trouble can …

Despite Progress, Heart Disease Remains the #1 Killer of Women

Posted on 10/12/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post from The Heart Truth®, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.   A decade ago, research revealed a fatal misconception:  American women believed that heart disease was a man’s disease.  At that time, heart disease was the leading cause of death in the United States, causing 1 in 3 deaths in women. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute launched The Heart Truth® campaign in September …

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 …