women’s health

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 …