News #3 | January/February, 2009
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“Woman 50 +-10”
Isabel do Carmo
isabel.carmo@hsm.min-saude.pt
secretariadoheid@gmail.com



The book “Woman 50+-10”, published by Leya, has four authors: three doctors – Isabel do Carmo, endocrinologist, Themudo Barata, specialist in internal medicine and sports physiology, Manuela Paçô, dermatologist – and a psychological – Maria João Fagundes.

It is aimed at the more mature woman. For this reason the title is based on a joke suggested by the designation of variables in scientific methods. The target age for the book is thus from 50+-10, but if the standard deviation is 10, we know that the extremes range before 40 and beyond 60. So it is for female maturity, at a time when life expectancy has doubled over the last century and so health, the pathologies and prevention are different. 

The woman in maturity is not “finished”. She is at the beginning of a new phase of life, in relation to which she has to have care and projects. Isabel do Carmo speaks about hormones, about weight, about metabolic syndrome, about dietary habits, Themudo Barata talks about the indispensable physical exercise and Manuela Paçô talks about care to take with one’s skin and hair. Finally, Maria João Fagundes discusses what takes place on the level of the psyche. 

For all of them, who have worked together throughout their lifetimes, there was a central idea – to talk with the maximum scientific correctness in a language accessible to the average reader. That is, they have sought rigour and simplicity.
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Coordination:
Prof. Doutor J. Fernandes e Fernandes
Editorial Commitee: Prof. Doutor J. Fernandes e Fernandes, Prof. Doutor Alexandre Ribeiro, Prof. Doutor António Vaz Carneiro, Prof. Doutor João Ferreira, Dr. Luis Pereira
Information Officer: Ana Raquel Moreira
Editorial Team: Ana Maria Silva, Ana Raquel Moreira, André Silva, Lara Ponte, Miguel Andrade, Rui Gomes, Sónia Barroso, Susana Henriques, Tânia Simões
Collaboration: Communication and Image Office - Ana Isabel Gonçalves da Silva, Bruno Moura
Design and Technical Support: UTI 
Design and development: Spirituc
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