Is Your Period Pain Normal?

I remember the first time I got my period. I was 12 and in school – of course. My bleeding and cramps were severe enough to warrant a get-out-of-school-free card. The only person available to pick me up was my taciturn grandfather. That was fun. My cycle has varied over …

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The Facts on Urinary Tract Infections

It’s a common misconception that a urinary tract infection (UTI) automatically equals a bladder infection. In reality, a UTI can develop in any part of the urinary tract, including the urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys. The villain in this scenario is bacteria. When a UTI is diagnosed and treated properly, …

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Six Insect-Borne Diseases Women Need to Beware of This Summer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that as of April 25, 2017, a total of 1,793 pregnant women had evidence of the Zika virus infection in the U.S. So far this year alone, there have been 110 actual cases. Climate Central says we need to brace for …

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Is Your Immune System to Blame for Your Sluggish Thyroid?

A friend of mine turned 40 years old a couple months ago. During a recent standard physical, her doctor discovered two lumps in her neck, on either side of the thyroid. My friend was scheduled for an immediate biopsy. She was understandably nervous. The term “biopsy” often seems to go …

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Are You One of the Many Women at Risk for Fatty Liver Disease?

Scientific American asked the question back in 2015 if non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) was America’s greatest health risk of the times. In that year, the American Liver Foundation estimated that up to 25 percent of Americans were living with the disease. Researchers have echoed that concern. In a 2015 …

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When and Why Should Adolescent Girls First Visit a Gynecologist?

I can’t remember when I first saw a gynecologist. Now that I have a 15 year-old daughter, I wondered about when she should start. Turns out we’re already late to the game, as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that adolescents establish care with an OB/GYN between …

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What Women Need to Know About Garry Shandling’s Parathyroid Disease

Comedian Garry Shandling is becoming known for something besides than his unique style of humor: hyperparathyroidism. As reports came in about his death on March 24, 2016—which was believed to have been caused by a massive heart attack—HollywoodLife revealed that as of March 26, Shandling’s doctor had refused to sign …

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News in Thyroid Research and Care: A Q&A with the American Thyroid Association

File this under small things that make a big impact: The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, which is relatively small, produces a hormone that influences every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. As the American Thyroid Association explains, it regulates metabolism and affects critical body functions like energy level and heart …

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Is Knee Surgery Inevitable for Women?

I have a neighbor who’s about five feet tall and possesses the energy five women in her small body. She’s in her sixties, but she moves around like she’s twenty years younger and has one of those bright, sunny attitudes that people love to be around. A few months ago, …

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The Arthritis Foundation: What We’re Excited About

The number one cause of disability in the United States is arthritis, affecting over 50 million Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation. This means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children, and countless families, the AF says. Arthritis is a painful condition that affects one’s quality of life. The AF’s …

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