Women's Health E-Newsletter

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May 2016: MenopauseE-Newsletter Icon

Menopause is time in a woman's life when her periods eventually stop and the body goes through changes that no longer allow her to get pregnant. These changes often come with side effects, like hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. While menopause can’t be avoided, there are ways to manage your symptoms. Learn more.

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April 2016: Stroke
A stroke is sometimes called a “brain attack,” because it occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops. If blood flow is cut off for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen.
March 2016: Diabetes
Diabetes is usually a lifelong disease in which there is a high level of sugar in the blood. Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans. In addition, over 40 million Americans have pre-diabetes.
February 2016: Pelvic Floor Disorders
The “pelvic floor” is a term used to describe the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue that provide support for a woman’s internal organs. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment options available for pelvic floor disorders.
January 2016: Bone and Joint Conditions
It’s estimated that one in two women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis, and 30 percent of people in the United States between the ages of 45 and 64 have been diagnosed with arthritis. It’s important to know your personal risk factors, so you can take an active role in preventing common bone and joint conditions.
December 2015: Common Cold v. Flu
Though it tends to coincide with many fall and winter holidays, no one looks forward to flu season. The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses and have similar symptoms but are caused by different viruses and have a different level of severity.
November 2015: Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, with more than half a million Americans dying from the disease each year. Thankfully, many of the risk factors for CHD, including plaque and cholesterol, are easily controllable.
October 2015: Breast Cancer
About one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. It is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. Breast cancer can be more effectively treated when caught early.
September 2015: Gynecologic Cancers
Approximately 70,500 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer each year. Symptoms of gynecologic cancers are often subtle, so it’s also important to know the signs, your body, and your family history.
August 2015: Vaccines
As children get older, it is important to remember that protection from some vaccines begins to wear off. Being aware of the vaccine schedule for preteens and teenagers can give your child the opportunity to give high school and college their best shot.
July 2015: Skin Cancer
There are three major types of skin cancer. The two most common are squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. The third is melanoma; while it is less common, it is the most dangerous kind.
June 2015: Wellness Visit
Many women only see their doctors when they are sick or injured, forming a negative connotation with doctor visits; however, scheduling a yearly well-woman visit with your doctor is imperative for helping prevent and recognize disease, identify health issues, establish wellness goals, and build a relationship with your physician.
May 2015: Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a serious disease of the bones. Osteoporosis literally means “porous bone. When a person has osteoporosis, the pores in the bone become much larger and make bones brittle and weak. As a result, bones break more easily.
April 2015: Dementia
Dementia is an umbrella term that is used to describe the symptoms that people with brain disorders or damage may have with memory, thinking, and language. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting between 60 and 80 percent of Americans with dementia.
March 2015: Menopause
Every woman experiences menopause differently. Some women may not experience any noticeable symptoms, while others may have difficulty adjusting to changing hormone levels.
February 2015: Stress
Unrelieved stress can contribute to headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, chest pain, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. There are many techniques that can help you manage your stress and keep it at a healthy level.
January 2015: Cervical Cancer Prevention
Did you know that cervical cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women? Approximately 471,000 new cases are diagnosed each year worldwide. With prevalence of cervical cancer at an all-time high, it’s important to take the proper precautions to keep your life and your body healthy and strong.
December 2014: High Blood Pressure
The American Heart Association estimates that more than 81,100,000 people in the United States have at least one form of cardiovascular disease – and this number is still on the rise. It's time to take control of your health.
November 2014: Sleep Disorders
Do you feel fatigued during times of the day when you used to have energy? Do you feel like you need that midday coffee in order to make it through the entire workday? It is important to realize that being fatigued is NOT normal and can be a sign of other conditions such as sleep apnea.
October 2014: Depression
Stress can sometimes lead to serious mental problems such as depression. Clinical depression doesn’t discriminate – it affects men and women of all ages, races, and socioeconomic status.
September 2014: Ovarian Cancer
Symptoms of reproductive organ cancers can be subtle, often described as "like a whisper." But there are ways to increase the odds of catching cancer in its earliest stages, including regular pap smears, knowing your family history, and learning to listen to your body's signals
August 2014: Eye Health
Of the five senses, vision is the one people fear losing the most. Learn about common eye conditions and diseases including glaucoma, cataracts, conjunctivitis, and retinal disorders.
July 2014: Preventive Health Tests
Sometimes we are so busy that we even ignore our health. The amount of tests that we think we may need to stay healthy can seem daunting. Learn about the most important life-saving tests that can keep you healthy at any age.
June 2014: HPV
HPV, also known as the human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection. HPV is passed on through direct skin-to-skin contact during sex. There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect both males and females, and some of the more serious types of HPV can cause cancer.
May 2014: Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation (A Fib), a cardiovascular disorder affecting 2.2 million people in the United States, creates a disorganized electrical signal that causes a disturbance in the upper and lower chambers of the heart, preventing them from working together. A-Fib can damage the heart’s electrical system, leading to increased risk for stroke, heart attack or heart failure.
April 2014: Urinary Incontinence
Voiding disorders affect urine storage and release because both are controlled by the same muscle mechanisms. Voiding disorders can keep you from doing the things you love because you constantly live in fear of being too far away from a restroom. This fact sheet provides information that can help you handle your OAB symptoms.
March 2014: Sexual Dysfunction
Relationships are a balancing act of two people sharing their lives, providing each other with love and support while still maintaining their identities as separate individuals. As years pass, the general stresses of life can interfere with a couple’s intimacy.