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Is Estrogen for You?

Women entering menopause are understandably confused about whether to take hormone therapy. Estrogen is the most effective way to beat hot flashes. It also eases vaginal dryness and may improve your sleep, mood and concentration.

Is Estrogen for You?

Women enteringmenopause are un-derstandably con-fused about wheth-er to take hormone therapy. Estrogen is the most effective way to beat hot flashes. It also eases vaginal dryness and may improve your sleep, mood and concentration.

Real-Life Answers

As part of our Health for Life series, we give you the chance to ask a top medical expert about some of your most pressing health concerns. This month, we asked you to submit questions about women's health.

SEARCHING FOR HIDDEN HEART RISKS

Here's an increasingly common scenario that highlights both the promise and the pitfalls of our ability to detect and treat heart disease. Enticed by ads pitching "a quick, painless heart scan that could save your life," a man books one, just to be on the safe side.

'I Know I'm Not the Only One'

The performance of "King Lear" had barely begun when Weatherly Ralph remembers feeling an uncomfortable pressure in her calves, as if her muscles had suddenly, inexplicably, tensed up.

How To Think About Ht

It used to be easy. Hormone therapy offered sure relief from hot flashes and other bothersome menopausal symptoms--and doctors thought it could help aging women keep their hearts, bones and brains healthy as well.

Health For Life M.D.: Our Doctor's Advice

Last month some of you wrote in with your most pressing health concerns. We handed the questions over to Celeste Robb-Nicholson, M.D. an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Health For Life M.D.: Our Doctor's Advice

Last month some of you wrote in with your most pressing health concerns. We handed the questions over to Celeste Robb-Nicholson, M.D. an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Parting with a Pet

New medical advances can help you prolong your dog's or cat's life—but that doesn't necessarily mean you should.

Parting With A Pet

Boo Boo Kitty is no more. In the end, the end was quite sudden. In the few months since I had written the medical saga of Boo Boo Kitty (his real name was Sam but somehow the ridiculous nickname stuck), he had seemed to be doing well, although there were some troubling issues that I recognize now in retrospect.My move to another home in early August hadn't sat well with him, and more recently I had noticed that he was no longer jumping with the alacrity and grace he once had.

Small Patients, Big Pain

At 9, Alyssa Ayala lives with constant pain, the result of a ruptured appendix four years ago. Nearly every day she suffers intense aches radiating from a three-quarter-inch-wide scar that runs from her bellybutton to her pubic bone. "It's as if Hercules were taking a stick and rubbing it hard against my tummy," says Alyssa.

Ouch! That Feels Better

Lei Dao is lying on his stomach with his trousers pulled down. His doctor, Hong Na, twists and turns one needle into his hip, then another into his backside. "It hurts," cries Lei--then gives a clench-jawed laugh at what he's gotten himself into.

Bobby At The Brink

Bobby Kennedy Seems Frozen In Myth. But The Real Rfk Was Complex, At Once Idealistic And Devious. The Inside Story Of The Cuban Missile Crisis--Where He Found A Way Out, And Grew Up.

A New Sales Incentive

A CREATIVE BRAINSTORM RECENTLY CAME TO ME DURING a period of personal discomfort. Waiting endlessly for my wife to finish her shopping in a cavernous department store, it occurred to me that the patient men and women who accompany their spouses when they shop are really the forgotten consumers of today.

Hell Week

THE RESORT TOWN OF CORONADO HAD settled down for the evening. A strand jutting just across the bay from San Diego, Calif., Coronado was the ultimate in exclusivity.

Last Rights

Marie was dying. Her 69-year-old body, wasted by incurable emphysema and inoperable lung cancer, could no longer function on its own. As her family stood by her hospital bedside on a hot summer morning, the doctor suggested hooking her up to life-sustaining equipment.

Rethinking Prostate Surgery

For a minor organ, the prostate can be a balky one. Wrapped around the urethra (the urinary tube) just below the bladder, it produces a lubricant that helps move sperm into the world.