African American Women And Heart Disease

Heart disease & stroke is the No. 1 killer in women, and stroke disproportionately affects African-Americans. Importantly, African-American women are less likely than Caucasian women to be aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death. Diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity and a family history of heart disease are … Continue reading African American Women And Heart Disease

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Black Hair

How is African-American hair different from other textures? One common myth is that there is just one type of African-American hair, New York stylist Ellin LaVar says. "African-American hair isn't just very kinky, coarse texture," says LaVar, who has worked with celebrities including Angela Bassett, Naomi Campbell, Whitney Houston, Iman, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and … Continue reading Black Hair

Relaxers and Fibroids

What are fibroids? Uterine fibroids (leiomyomata) are noncancerous growths that develop in or just outside a woman’s uterus (womb). Uterine fibroids develop from normal uterus muscle cells that start growing abnormally. As the cells grow, they form a benign tumor. Who Gets Uterine Fibroids? Uterine fibroids are extremely common. In fact, many women have uterine … Continue reading Relaxers and Fibroids

Hair loss isn’t just a problem for men

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Hair loss in womenIf you recall your mother crying that your antics were causing her to pull her hair out, she may have not been far from the truth. Traditionally considered a man’s disease, thinning hair and hair loss can also become a problem for women. Fortunately, in many cases, it’s temporary or treatable.

According to the American Hair Loss Association, women make up 40 percent of Americans suffering from hair loss. It’s normal to lose 100 hairs a day, but significant hair loss is a symptom of something else going on in the body, and you should see your doctor to find the root cause.

While factors such as normal aging or chemotherapy cancer treatment are commonly known to cause hair loss, many causes are harder to pinpoint. These include:

Female pattern baldness: More than half of all women with hair loss suffer from female pattern baldness, which runs in families, and…

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