Older Women With Breast Cancer Benefit From Chemo Too

Women in the United States who have breast cancer have an average age of 63, and the disease is more common in older women then younger. However, researchers have long left older women out of clinical trials due largely to concerns that they can’t tolerate toxic therapies; in practice, these older patients may not even be offered potentially lifesaving chemotherapy. Now a new study in women 65 and older published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that women with early-stage breast cancer who are treated with chemotherapy along with surgery will live longer than those who aren’t. What’s more, older women without other health conditions seem to tolerate chemotherapy almost as well as younger women.

How I Keep Party Food From Showing Up on the Scale

Last weekend my husband and I hosted a wine tasting party for a handful of friends. Here’s how I kept it healthy and had fun.

Fish, Olive Oil, and Nuts: Good for Your Eyes Too

Want to keep your vision clear as the years go by? Put fish, olive oil and nuts on the menu, but stay away from trans fats, according to new research from Australia. Studies from two different teams published Monday in the Archives of Ophthalmology provide more evidence that these foods—which contain healthy fats—can reduce the risk of developing a retina-destroying condition known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The studies aren’t the first to suggest fish and omega-3 fatty acids may help protect vision; in fact, the first findings pointing in this direction are over a decade old. But experts not involved in the research agree that the new studies are well done and rigorous.

What Dieters Can Learn From Kirstie Alley

Alley cut herself some slack after reaching her goal weight. But that little bit of slack led her to gain 83 pounds. Learn why maintenance is often the hardest part of weight loss.

Experts Predict Swine Flu Will Be Back Next Season

The H1N1 swine flu epidemic appears to be losing steam, but experts are looking ahead to try to predict how the virus may affect next year’s flu season. The World Health Organization announced this week that the number of swine flu cases worldwide could reach 2 billion if the outbreak continues to spread and lasts two years. And because influenza tends to thrive and spread more rapidly in colder, less humid environments, it makes sense that this particular strain of virus may subside during summertime in the United States, just as seasonal flu does, and return in the fall and winter.

Job Loss Linked to Risk of Hypertension, Heart Disease, Other Conditions

As if losing your job isn’t bad enough, a new study suggests that people who are laid off are at higher risk of being diagnosed with health conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and even arthritis, compared with those who keep their jobs.

Gear Guide: Raleigh Alysa FT1 Women's Performance Hybrid Bike

I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of a bike snob. I’ve always shied away from hybrids because, well, they’re pokey. At least that’s how I’ve always thought of them. But recently, I’ve begun to hear a lot about “performance” hybrid bikes, like the new 8-speed Raleigh Alysa FT1. Supposedly, this new breed offers something close to the speed of a road bike. A non-pokey hybrid? Definitely worth a test ride or two.

Eat Yourself Young: Your Plate May Be the Least Pricey Beauty Treatment Around

My girlfriends and I are constantly sharing our expensive lotions and potions to ward off wrinkles, but research suggests that no matter how much product you put on your face, hair, and body, you have to be putting the right nutrients in your diet in order to look your best and have great skin, a super smile, and luxurious locks.

7 Low-Cost Mother's Day Gifts Good for Mom's Health

This Mother’s Day, skip the flowers and forget the chocolate (unless it’s dark)! Give your mom something she really needs—the gift of good health. No, you don’t have to buy her a treadmill. There are many other things you can do to give mom a boost in terms of her physical (or mental) wellbeing. Most moms will truly appreciate the fact that your Mother’s Day gift is aimed at keeping her happy, healthy, and in your life for a long, long time.

How I Reached My Feel Great Weight

I’m committed to maintaining my Feel Great Weight without missing out on any important moments, like birthday celebrations or nights out with friends, but I’ll need you to hold me accountable.