Who Are the Happiest People in New Zealand?: That would be
elderly women. According to a local survey, "women are far happier than
men, especially if they’re aged over 75," reports Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Hot Flash After Breast Cancer: "The 2.5 million American women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer often face this difficult conundrum: The cancer treatments they take tend to give them hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms — or worsen those symptoms — yet they’re advised not to take the most effective treatment against them, hormone replacement therapy, because it may increase the chance of the cancer recurring," writes Deborah Kotz in U.S. News & World Report.

Kotz goes on to discuss the pros and cons of other prescription medications that can safely combat hot flashes and the effectiveness of over-the-counter remedies.

Bill Puts Brakes on "Drive-Through" Mastectomies: Writing at Women’s eNews, Molly McGinty reports on a bill requiring insurance companies to pay for hospital stays after women undergo mastectomies. Currently, two-thirds of women go home within 24 hours of surgery — too soon, according to doctors and women’s health advocates. The bill has 18 co-sponsors in the Senate and 217 co-sponsors in the House.

"Breast cancer patients shouldn’t have to fight for recovery time when they’re already reeling from a physical and emotional trauma," says Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who has spearheaded the bill. "With support for this measure growing, we hope to have it up for a vote within the next several months."

Rehab Not Only for the Young: The Guardian looks at the increase of men and women over 60 who are being treated for alcoholism.

"Combine boredom, loneliness and the worry of getting older and you
have the perfect formula for someone to turn to drinking excessively,"
says says Sue Allchurch, director of the Linwood Group, a chain of
alcohol treatment centers in the UK. "Those people with a propensity
towards alcoholism, which did not emerge during their working life, can
find themselves progressing into dependency very quickly."

Aging Women Should Keep Vision Loss in Focus: "As the baby-boomer generation comes of age, conditions affecting vision seem to be getting more attention in doctor’s offices around the country. Roughly 200,000 cases of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) get diagnosed each year, a disease that affects women more frequently than men," according to the Society for Women’s Health Research, which covers the warning signs and potential new treatments.

Weight, Not Menopause, Cause for Incontinence: A new study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology points to weight gain, not menopause, as the cause of worsening of symptoms of incontinence among middle-aged women. From Reuters:

Previous studies have found a higher rate of urinary incontinence in women ages 45 to 55 years, coinciding with the menopause transition, note Dr. L. Elaine Waetjen, of the University of California, Davis, and colleagues. This increase in incontinence in midlife has been explained, in part, by urinary tract changes associated with the loss of estrogen during menopause. […]

"Many women and clinicians have believed urinary incontinence to be a symptom attributable to the menopausal transition, but our results suggest that the transition…has either no effect or possibly a weak positive effect on changes in the frequency of incontinence symptoms in midlife women," Waetjen and colleagues conclude.

Phosphate Solution Poses Kidney Risk: "One of the most common bowel-cleansing preparations used by people who are about to have a colonoscopy can trigger both acute kidney failure and long-term renal damage in otherwise healthy patients," reports HealthDay News. "New research suggests the risks of oral sodium phosphate solution and some oral sodium phosphate tablets are rare but real, particularly for elderly patients."

The findings, based on a study of 268 patients — two-thirds of whom were women — were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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