Browsing Category : Health & Wellness

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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What Is Hepatitis?


Hepatitis is the term for several diseases that cause the liver to be inflamed (swollen). The most common types of hepatitis are A, B, and C. These types of hepatitis are caused by 3 different viruses. Hepatitis A is called “infectious hepatitis.” You can get it by eating food that has not been washed or handled properly or by drinking…

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Why Does Having a Healthy Mouth Matter?


Keeping your mouth clean and healthy is an important part of having a healthy body. Over time, your teeth build up plaque and bacteria that cause irritation to the gums. These plaques can cause infection in your gums and the bones that support your teeth. This is called periodontal disease. Having periodontal disease can cause other problems in your body.…

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Getting and Staying Active


Why should I exercise? Exercise—being physically active—is very important for all women. Being active can help you: Lose or maintain weight Have more energy Sleep better Enjoy sex more Relieve stress and think better Lower the chance you will have heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes Strengthen your bones and muscles Have fewer hot flashes if you are older  …

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What is a Urinary Tract Infection?


Spanish Version What is a urinary tract infection? A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in one of the parts of your body where urine is made, stored, or passed out of your body. UTIs are very common in women. About 1 in 2 women will have a UTI in their life. Where can a UTI occur? The urinary…

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March for Moms: Five Questions for Dr. Neel Shah


There are a lot of marches these days…do we really need a march for moms? The past few months have brought the world a lot of shocking news. One positive consequence of these are uncertain times is that it has stoked a fire of activism in the United States in a way that we have not been seen in decades.…

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Help Protect Babies from Whooping Cough


Whooping cough is a serious disease that can cause babies to stop breathing. You can help protect babies from whooping cough by getting your vaccine and making sure your baby gets vaccinated. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a very contagious disease that is most serious for babies. People with whooping cough usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while…

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Adults Need Vaccines, Too


Your need for immunization doesn’t end when you become an adult. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious diseases. Vaccines are NOT just for kids! Regardless of age, we ALL need immunizations to protect against serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases. Protection from vaccines you received as a child can wear off over time, and you may…

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Mental Health 101


Keeping your mind healthy takes work throughout all stages and phases of life. Just like keeping your body in shape, good mental and emotional health is part of primary health care and wellness. Your thoughts and feelings can influence your body in many ways. Mental health and physical health are intrinsically linked, and each can have a major effect on…

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Primary Care for Teens through Menopause


As you pursue a healthy life, you should check in with a health care provider who can let you know how you’re doing, help revise your plan for healthier living, and offer advice on anything you’re wondering about. This generalized type of care – when you see someone for regular or routine care instead of a specialist for one particular…

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