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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…


Although urinary incontinence (UI) is very common – it affects around 25 million Americans – women are far more likely to suffer from it. This loss of bladder control can happen for many reasons. The most common cause in women is a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles due to pregnancy, childbirth, aging and weight…


It’s easy to be confused by the conflicting information regarding breast cancer screening mammograms. The recent release of new recommendations by the American Cancer Society (ACS) has raised even more questions. So how do these new guidelines affect a woman with an average risk of breast cancer? Women under 45 years of age: Evaluate your…


Although good nutrition is key to a healthy pregnancy, it can be difficult to eat well when you’re dealing with cravings and people telling you to “eat for two.” The holiday season can be especially challenging with tempting sweets and rich foods at every party and gathering. So how can you make healthier food choices…


Laughing, sneezing, coughing – these are all typical daily occurrences. But for many people, these everyday instances can be a big inconvenience. “Many patients experience urinary leakage that may disrupt their lives,” said Victor Casiano, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist with the Institute for Women’s Health. “The good news is there’s a simple solution.” November is Bladder…


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