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February Health Update

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. Fortunately, the American Heart Association makes keeping tabs on your ticker easy with a free risk-assessment quiz, vital stats, and cool shopping at

Talk Therapy
Telling your partner everything is good for your mental health, say researchers at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. The catch: Only the gabbers benefit, not the listeners. Make sure he gets his due, too: Prepare to hear all the riveting ins and outs of fantasy baseball.

Viagra For You
For women experiencing sexual problems from antidepressants, Viagra may help. Those who took a dose prior to sex noticed improvements in vaginal dryness and delayed orgasms, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Sweet Relief
If the thought of a dental exam makes you hyperventilate into a paper bag, try breathing in lavender instead. People who smelled the herb while waiting for the dentist were less anxious than the nonsniffers, reports a study from King's College London. Keep a lavender sachet on hand for a quick, anytime anxiety soother.