My Struggle With Lyme Disease

  Dana Parish, an American singer songwriter, lived through a frustrating and frightening experience with Lyme Disease in 2014. Regardless of her early diagnosis and treatment, she developed debilitating symptoms. She wrote about her exhausting, but persistent efforts to find the cure that she needed for the Womenshealth.gov blog.   A …

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Why Are Women More Likely to Suffer Back Pain?

Oh, my aching back. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Affecting over 31 million Americans, it is one of the most common reasons for missed work, and is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor …

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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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Women and Depression: Treatment Options

It’s been called the common cold of modern emotional life. And like treatments for the modern cold, there are many treatment options for this challenge. The Mayo Clinic suggests that about twice as many women as men experience depression, meaning about one in four or five women develop depression at …

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