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National Womens Health Week

The Massive Market Failure of Motherhood

Neel Shah | Posted 05.18.2016 | Women
Neel Shah

Nearly four million women give birth in the United States each year, and more than 50,000 of these mothers experience severe, life-threatening complications. This makes the United States among the most dangerous countries in the developed world to give birth. Maternal mortality is going up and has been going up steadily for more than 20 years.

Caregiving: Why We Have to Talk About It

Donna Richardson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Women
Donna Richardson

I was a caregiver for 13 years for one of the most important men in my life -- my father, Papa JR. Like many caregivers, I experienced the joy and the heartbreak of caring for a parent at the end of his life. It was an honor to care for him and it was a blessing to share daily life with him. But there were challenges, too.

Back to Basics

Nancy C. Lee | Posted 05.12.2016 | Women
Nancy C. Lee

The science is always evolving, but some things never change. For this year's National Women's Health Week, we get back to basics. Follow these simple steps, adapting them to your age and abilities, and you'll be on your way.

Attention Women of All Ages: Take Control of Your Health

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

During National Women's Health Week, and every week, it's never too late to take control of your wellness and be the healthiest you. Just remember, there are women across the country who are doing the same, and who support you.

Why Talking About Mental Health Matters

Amy Keller Laird | Posted 05.10.2016 | Women
Amy Keller Laird

"It probably makes you better at your job," a CEO of an innovative health-care company recently told me. She wasn't talking about my Midwest work ethic (I'm from Missouri). The implication was that because I have OCD, I must be extremely detailed, and being that detailed has helped me succeed as editor-in-chief of Women's Health magazine.

Empower Women to Make Their Health a Priority

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
SreyRam Kuy, MD

This week is National Women's Health Week. One of the messages doctors have for women is the importance of physical activity for mental and physical health.

A Women's Sexual Health Call-to-Action for Men

Lawrence Swiader | Posted 05.09.2016 | Women
Lawrence Swiader

National Women's Health Week is an excellent time for me to make a pitch to all men to take a more active role in the health of the women they love. The hardest part about having discussions about human sexuality is just getting started. Use the week to have one conversation. I promise that it gets easier.

Menopausal Symptoms and Non-Hormonal Therapy

Stephanie Faubion | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Faubion

Try to avoid hot, spicy foods, warm beverages, caffeine and alcohol, as these are common hot flash triggers. When choosing clothing in the morning, dress in layers, so you can remove a layer if you get too warm. Pick light, breathable fabrics.

Supporting the Women in our Lives: Stroke Prevention

Dalton Paxman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Dalton Paxman

There are a few simple education and healthy lifestyle changes that I encourage my wife and daughters to live by, and that all girls and women can follow to reduce their risk of stroke,

Are You on Top of Your Health?

Candy Spelling | Posted 05.14.2016 | Impact
Candy Spelling

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, followed by cancer. National Women's Health Week is a reminder for women all over the country -- no matter their age -- to take care of themselves. If we don't, who will?

The Science-Based Ingredient for Greater Resilience

Acacia Parks | Posted 05.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Acacia Parks

When I was 29 years old, my mother died. It was completely unexpected; she was only 61. In an instant, decades of plans disappeared.

Women's Health and Undernutrition in the U.S.

Lucy Martinez Sullivan | Posted 05.13.2016 | Women
Lucy Martinez Sullivan

If you take the pledge to be healthier this week, we're asking that you also take the time to think about the health of children and mothers who are facing hard economic realities and the health consequences of those circumstances.

Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was Younger

Nancy C. Lee | Posted 05.11.2016 | Women
Nancy C. Lee

I am 64 years old. There, I admit it. Women don't always want to admit their age, but there is one really good thing about seeing the decades roll by: I finally appreciate that "women's health" means different things at different times.

5 Steps to Making Women a Priority in the Next National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Erin McKelle | Posted 05.08.2016 | Impact
Erin McKelle

Advocates for women have pointed out the error of the first NHAS in not addressing the urgency of the HIV epidemic for Black women, among whom HIV rates are far higher than any other group of women.

How Forensic Nurses Support Wellbeing for Assault Survivors

Barbra A. Bachmeier | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Barbra A. Bachmeier

"I just want to make sure that I am okay." Those are the first words I hear from a sexual assault patient when they arrive at a health care facility for a medical forensic exam.

To Keep Women Healthy, We Must Protect Them From Gun Violence

Qudsia Raja | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Qudsia Raja

Firearms-related domestic violence homicides are a serious public health concern for women in the United States who are fleeing abusive homes.

Increased Health Risks for Latina Women Don't Stop at the Border

Kimberly Inez McGuire | Posted 07.16.2014 | Latino Voices
Kimberly Inez McGuire

For many Latina immigrants the only option for healthcare services is through women's health clinics. The closing of these clinics by state-level anti-choice policies leave our Latina sisters without options.

Leaning In or Falling Over?

Stephanie Lormand | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Stephanie Lormand

Even with all of those challenges, I love being a person that can see a million different uses for a shower curtain -- and I feel genuine regret for those that cannot.

Is a Serious Public Health Issue Being Overlooked?

Karen L. Baker | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen L. Baker

National Women's Health Week is an opportunity to consider the far-reaching impact of sexual violence on health and the importance of prevention.

Hill Harper: Let's Make HPV Vaccination a Public Health Priority

Hill Harper | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Hill Harper

The HPV vaccine has the potential to save lives and prevent millions of avoidable cancers and HPV-related conditions in men and women.

OBGYN Colleen Krajewski: Why I'm Dispelling Myths About Birth Control

Colleen Krajewski | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Colleen Krajewski

Strangers and friends alike often ask me how I decided to be a gynecologist. "Why would you do that all day?" I prefer to answer the question, "Why did you choose to become a comprehensive reproductive health care provider?"

Betsy Martin: When Clinical Obesity Threatened My Health, I Made a Change I Never Thought Possible

Betsy Martin | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Betsy Martin

If you've never been clinically obese and walked into a fitness class, then it is hard to describe the courage and fortitude it takes to turn 180 degrees and literally move your titanic self towards health.

Abortion, Like Contraception, Is Essential Health Care That Saves Lives

Terry O'Neill | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

From a public health point of view, abortion care, no less than contraception, is an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality, and to prevent another tragedy as well -- maternal death.

A Mother's Day We Can All Celebrate

Dr. Naveen Rao | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Dr. Naveen Rao

That's why Merck for Mothers has made the U.S. an important part of our global initiative to reduce maternal mortality and is committed to improving maternal healthcare in this country.

More Sleep, Less Chocolate: Thoughts From My Well-Woman Visit

Nancy C. Lee | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy C. Lee

While it's reassuring to know that I'm in good health, the exam wasn't the most important part of the visit. The talking was.