Browsing Category : Health & Wellness

Cervical Cancer Screening


What is cervical cancer? The cervix is the opening from the vagina into the uterus (womb). Cervical cancer happens when cancer cells develop in the cervix. Most cervical cancer can be prevented if the cells in the cervix are checked on a regular basis to see if they are starting to change. What causes cervical cancer? A virus called the…

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What is Bacterial Vaginosis?


Spanish Version   Many types of good bacteria live in the vagina and keep the vagina healthy. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) occurs when there are not enough good bacteria and too many harmful bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. Bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection. How do I…

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What Is Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?


Abnormal uterine (womb) bleeding is a common problem in women. Abnormal uterine bleeding can occur as either a change in your normal menstrual period or as bleeding in between your normal menses. How Do I Know if I Have Abnormal Uterine Bleeding? You might have abnormal uterine bleeding if you have one of the following symptoms. If you have any…

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Why Is Vitamin D Important?


Vitamin D helps maintain bone health. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with infections, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, many types of cancer, heart disease, depression, and some pregnancy problems such as preeclampsia and preterm labor. How do I know if I am getting enough vitamin D? You can ask your health care provider to check your serum D level or…

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Vaccines for Adults


Spanish Version Vaccines aren’t just for babies and young children. Adults also need to get vaccines. What are vaccines? Vaccines (sometimes called vaccinations or immunizations) are given to people to prevent disease. Vaccines are a mixture of cells and chemicals. Most vaccines are given by injections (shots), but a few can be taken by nose, as a nasal spray. If…

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What Is Urinary Incontinence?


What is urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence is leaking urine when you are not trying to urinate (pee). You may lose a few drops of urine or all the urine in your bladder. The loss of urine may be enough that you have to wear a panty liner or pad to keep from soaking your underwear or clothes. When urine is…

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Taking Care of Your Health


In all the bustle of taking care of everything—and everybody else, women sometimes forget to take care of themselves. This handout lists the schedule for recommended health checks, tests, and vaccinations for women who are at average risk for most diseases. These charts are guidelines only. Your health care provider may suggest more frequent testing if you have a family…

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Thinking of quitting smoking? Want some help? Join Others July 10 on Facebook!


Join 30 Smokefree Days, a 30-day quit smoking event on Facebook providing a built-in community of people like you who want a healthier life! From July 10 to August 9, you’ll get free access to mobile quit apps, tips, “quitspiration” posts, and video streams from experts to help you overcome challenges and meet your goal of becoming smokefree. RSVP at…

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Staying Healthy on a Vegetarian Diet During Pregnancy


Why Choose a Vegetarian Diet? You may choose a vegetarian diet for many reasons. You may not want to harm animals. You may have political reasons for not eating meat. You may feel that not eating meat is healthier. Or you may avoid meat for religious reasons. Is It Possible to Stay Healthy Without Eating Meat? The American Dietetic Association…

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Preventing Osteoporosis


What is osteoporosis? When the bones in your body lose calcium, they become thin and may break more easily. This is called osteoporosis. When osteoporosis is severe, bones may become so weak that they break during everyday activities such as bending over or walking. Bones are hard. How can they become weak? Calcium is stored in your bones. Your body…

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