Getting the Right Amount of Folic Acid

Making sure pregnant women get the appropriate amount of folic acid or folates is an easy way to protect their unborn child’s health. Men and older women also benefit from folic acid. Most people consume too little folic acid rather than too much, but getting too much can also be harmful.

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Choosing Wisely: Medical Recommendations Specifically for Women

The ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports collaborated with specialty medical societies to create lists of “5 Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” as part of a national effort called Choosing Wisely (www.choosingwisely.org). Here is the list of their recommendations that are important for women.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): What is It and What are the Signs?

Monthly changes in hormones affect nearly all women. Some of the symptoms are more bothersome or noticeable than others, and sometimes they signal health problems. Studies show that 4% to 18% of women of reproductive age have a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It can be difficult to diagnose because it is similar to so many other conditions. What is PCOS, and what are the signs?

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