Women's Health - Medical University of South Carolinahttp://www.muschealth.com/Keep current with new health news updates.en-us20MUSChealth.comhttp://www.muschealth.com/favicon.gifhttp://www.muschealth.com/ Treating UTIs: Antibiotics May Not Be Necessaryhttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10699Many women are familiar with the unpleasant signs of a urinary tract infection, or UTI. A constant urge to go. A burning sensation when using the bathroom. These symptoms and others often send women to their doctor for treatment. The usual remedy: antibiotics—although a recent study suggests they may not always be needed. at MUSChttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10699Sun, 1 Sep 2013 04:00:00 GMTMothers-To-Be Need to Be Smart About Medicinehttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10683A mother and her unborn child share a vital bond. The fetus absorbs nutrients from its mother. In this same way, it can also be exposed to harmful substances—some of which you may be storing in your medicine cabinet. Not all medications are safe to use while pregnant. And finding reliable information about them isn’t always easy. at MUSChttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10683Thu, 1 Aug 2013 04:00:00 GMTDo Toxic Metals Lurk in Your Lipstick?http://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10667Many women pucker up with shades like Ripened Red, Plum Luck, and Instant Mocha. Coloring the lips has been a beauty basic for centuries. A recent study, though, questions whether a daily dab of lipstick or gloss is a harmless habit. at MUSChttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10667Mon, 1 Jul 2013 04:00:00 GMTConsidering Birth Control? Know Your Optionshttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10651Women today have more birth control options than ever before. The condom, the pill, the patch—to name just a few. In fact, more than three-quarters of sexually active women in the U.S. have tried at least three different methods of contraception. Knowing more about your options can help you choose the best one for you. at MUSChttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10651Sat, 1 Jun 2013 04:00:00 GMTJava and Pregnancy: An OK Combo?http://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10627Finding out you are pregnant may prompt you to make some lifestyle changes, particularly in your diet. You may decide to eat more fruits and vegetables and less high-fat foods. Another change you may want to consider: cutting back on coffee. A recent study suggests that too much coffee and other sources of caffeine may lower your baby’s birth weight, possibly leading to serious health problems. at MUSChttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10627Wed, 1 May 2013 04:00:00 GMTBinge Drinking: A Woman’s Health Concernhttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10619Many women drink alcohol – whether it’s to celebrate a special event or maybe to relax with friends. An occasional drink usually isn’t a concern. Moderate amounts of alcohol may even protect against coronary heart disease. More excessive drinking, though – like binge drinking – can lead to serious health problems. at MUSChttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10619Mon, 1 Apr 2013 04:00:00 GMTMore Women Face Mental Illnesshttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10603You may pay more attention to your physical health than how you feel mentally. Like any physical ailment, though, conditions such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse can tax your body. More than 45 million Americans struggle with a mental health problem, and many of them are women. Knowing more about mental illness, including the warning signs, can help keep your body – and mind – healthy. at MUSChttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10603Fri, 1 Mar 2013 04:00:00 GMTBeyond Bone Health: The Power of Vitamin Dhttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10587A simple glass of milk can do a lot for your health. Thanks to the “Got Milk” campaign, many women know that it packs a healthy punch of calcium and vitamin D – two nutrients critical for strong bones. But did you know vitamin D may be beneficial beyond bone health? Ongoing research suggests it may have some truly potent powers. at MUSChttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10587Fri, 1 Feb 2013 04:00:00 GMTRespiratory Symptoms Wax and Wane with Periodhttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10568You’re likely familiar with the changes your body goes through each menstrual cycle. Estrogen levels rise as your body prepares for ovulation. Then they fall before your period. This flux in hormones can trigger fatigue, breast tenderness, and other symptoms. A new study suggests these hormonal changes may also affect breathing problems like coughing or shortness of breath. The findings may be especially helpful for women with asthma. at MUSChttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10568Tue, 1 Jan 2013 04:00:00 GMTMenopause Boosts Belly Fat, Study Sayshttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10546A common-held belief is that weight gain during menopause is inevitable. New research suggests otherwise. A recent review of available data on this life change found that menopause doesn’t cause weight gain. But it may move fat to your middle. at MUSChttp://www.muschealth.com/gs/Enewsletter.aspx?action=showPage&pageid=P10546Sat, 1 Dec 2012 04:00:00 GMT