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He's 18, She's 71; They're 'Happy, in Love'

Tennessee newlyweds 'knew we were right for each other'

(Newser) - Gary Hardwick says he's always been attracted to older women. In fact, his new wife, Almeda Hardwick, 71—the same age as Gary's grandmother—isn't even the oldest woman he ever dated. Gary, 18, says he was unhappy in a relationship with a 77-year-old woman in June... More »

How to Get Pregnant at 50 Without IVF

'Snowflake moms' find drastically better odds, lower costs via embryo adoption

(Newser) - After multiple failed pregnancies, Maria Lancaster miscarried again when she was 46. At age 47, however, she finally gave birth to a daughter, though her pregnancy did not come through in vitro fertilization, or egg or sperm donation. Rather, Lancaster is a "snowflake mom," Ozy reports, having adopted... More »

Eating Disorders Plague Older Women, Too

Time to stop thinking it's a youth problem: researchers

(Newser) - It's commonly believed that eating disorders "end at age 25," says an expert—but new research shows that's far from the case. Indeed, some 13.3% of women 50 and older reported battling symptoms of such disorders. It's an issue "all doctors need to... More »

Could Sleep Apnea Cause Dementia?

Study links sleep disorder to cognitive degeneration in older women

(Newser) - Sleep apnea disrupts the sleep of 10% to 20% of middle-aged and older adults—and the damage may not end there. Older women who suffer from the condition are twice as likely to face memory decline and other symptoms of dementia, according to a new study that followed 289 women... More »

There Are No Cougars: Study

Or at least, not some huge group of them

(Newser) - The cougar trend is a myth—at least, that’s what one researcher wants you to believe. Cougars and cougar advocates everywhere, however, beg to differ. Michael Dunn recently released a study of 22,400 singles ads from dating websites, in which he found no “sizable cohort” of women... More »

Now Panel Urges Delay in Pap Test

Docs' group advises later start, every 2 years for cervical cancer test

(Newser) - The screening cutbacks continue. Just days after the government announced more conservative guidelines for mammograms, a major medical body says women should begin having Pap smears for cervical cancer later and less frequently. The new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say women don't need to be... More »

The Cougar Must Be Put Down

(Newser) - Rebecca Traister is fed up with the concept of the “cougar,” she writes for Salon. She doesn’t “hate the solitary wildcat who feasts on deer,” or “women who have sex with younger men. What I hate is the never-ending cutesy-pie conflation of the two.... More »

HIV Soars in People Over 50

(Newser) - The number of people over the age of 50 with HIV is growing swiftly worldwide, AFP reports. In America, the percentage of those infected with the virus in that age group rose from 20% to 25% between 2003 and 2006, says a WHO report. In Brazil, the over-50 infection rate... More »

Seniors Scrambling for Work

(Newser) - The recession is hitting elderly workers much harder than in the past, thanks to an increase in the number of older workers—especially those over 75—and a severe shortage of jobs, the Wall Street Journal reports. In past recessions, these workers just retired; now, they're scrambling to find a... More »

Survey: Women's Sex Lives Best in Their 40s

(Newser) - Whether it’s hormones, increased self-esteem or stepping out on their spouses, 40-something women are experiencing the best sex of their lives, reports the Guardian. "It's one of the best-kept secrets of women's lives," noted one expert. Of 2,000 women polled in a recent survey, 77% said... More »

Nearing 50, Madonna Jabs 'Ageist' Society

'I'll be forever young,' says quiet, shy Material Girl

(Newser) - Madonna says you can take your ageism and shove it, reports the Daily Mail. "Not only does society suffer from racism and sexism, it also suffers from ageism. Once you reach a certain age you're not allowed to be adventurous, you're not allowed to be sexual,” the less-than-bashful... More »

Alcohol Linked to Breast Cancer

A drink a day raised risk 32% for older women: study

(Newser) - Alcohol can increase the risk of breast cancer in older women by more than 50%, according to a new study. In an analysis of data from more than 184,000 post-menopausal women, those who had one or two drinks a day were 32% more likely to develop breast cancer tumors,... More »

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