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On March 28, the American Diabetes Association holds Diabetes Alert Day. This is a chance to bring awareness to a common, serious health issue facing many Americans. Diabetes is not specifically a women’s health issue. In fact, men are at a slightly higher risk of developing diabetes than women. However, anyone who is pregnant or trying to become…


The decision to have a hysterectomy is a personal and often emotional choice many women make. Fortunately, there are several options that can help make both the surgery itself and the recovery process minimally disruptive to women’s lives. One of those options is a robotic, or da Vinci®, surgery. “A hysterectomy, which is a surgery…


More than 5 million women in the U.S. struggle with a chronic health condition that can not only be painful, but also potentially affect their ability to get pregnant. This health condition is endometriosis. March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month, and an important time to learn how to manage endometriosis, especially for women trying to…


Eating disorders, while often misunderstood, are very real and complex illnesses that can have serious consequences for a person’s health and overall well-being. February 21 – 27, 2016, is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and a perfect time to familiarize yourself with the warning signs of an eating disorder, and what to do if you…


Feeling more tired than usual lately?  Or are you experiencing unexplained aches and pains? It may be a lack of vitamin D. Vitamin D is a vitamin your body absorbs primarily through exposure to sunlight on bare skin, but can also be found in some foods and vitamin D supplements. It helps your body absorb…


In late 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil 9, a vaccine that protects against nine types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Gardasil 9 covers a broader range of the HPV virus as compared to Gardasil, which protects against only four types of HPV. For those who’ve already received the Gardasil vaccine, questions…


You may have heard about the Zika virus, and of the case confirmed recently in Houston, Tx. Last Friday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommended that pregnant women postpone travel to 14 countries and territories – including Mexico – where Zika outbreaks have occurred. So what is the Zika virus,…


The new year brings a new opportunity to take charge of your health and live a better life. These three simple resolutions are a great way to start taking better care of yourself in 2016 without having to make major life changes. Remember, investing in your health now will result in many good years to…


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