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HealthyWomen is the nation's leading nonprofit health information source for women. Our mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families.

For 25 years, HealthyWomen has been providing unbiased, original health information, reviewed and vetted by leading medical experts -- earning the trust of consumers, health care providers, nonprofit and corporate partners, and the media. In July our website HealthyWomen.org was selected to ForbesWoman’s "Top 100 Websites for Women" for the third consecutive year.

In addition to our site, HealthyWomen produces print publications for health care providers, the annual WomenTALK® survey addressing current trends in women’s health, as well as public health education campaigns designed to raise awareness of conditions most affecting women.

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    The most recent controversy around vaccines stems from suspicion of a possible link to the rising rates of autism. Some parents insist that their children developed autism after having early childhood vaccines, such as the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine. Some suspect that a preservative once...Read More
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    Your child should get a diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) (DTaP) vaccine for protection against diphtheria, a serious bacterial infection that usually affects the mucous membranes of the nose and throat; tetanus, a disease that affects the body’s muscles and nerves; and pertussis, a...Read More
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    Your child should get the inactivated poliovirus vaccine for protection against the virus that causes polio, a highly infectious disease that invades the nervous system and can quickly lead to paralysis.

    The timing of the poliovirus vaccination for children age 0-6 years is:
    • first dose given
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    Your child should get the meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine for protection against bacteria that can cause meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. The vaccine is given to children ages 2 through 10 who have persistent complement component deficiency, anatomic...Read More
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    Therapeutic vaccines are under investigation to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus and other autoimmune diseases. These diseases result from an overactive immune system, one that fails to differentiate between "self" and "non-self" cells and attacks the body's own tissue.

    Vaccines to treat such conditions...Read More
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    Learning about different surrogacy agencies and deciding which one you would like to work with can be overwhelming. Every agency's approach is different, so it's important to choose a qualified agency that fits your personal requirements and expectations.

    Consider how the agency prescreens its...Read More
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    Too often, females become reinfected with chlamydia because their partner has not been treated. Studies have shown that females who are reinfected with chlamydia have a much greater risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

    Therefore, it is important that you abstain from sexual contact...Read More
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    In general, treatment for chlamydia is recommended for any partner or partners you have had sexual contact with up to 60 days prior to having symptoms or a diagnosis of chlamydia.

    Some clinics and doctors' offices offer what is called expedited partner therapy (EPT). In this case, people with...Read More
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    Your risk for chlamydia infection increases with the more sexual partners you have. If you are sexually active and 25 years of age or younger, or if you are older but have any risk factors for chlamydia, you should ask your healthcare provider to test you at least once a year. Risk factors include...Read More
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    Protecting yourself from chlamydia requires the same care and attention needed to prevent other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you have already been infected, you should be vigilant in preventing reinfection, which can increase your risk of infertility.

    Abstinence is one sure way not...Read More
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    Review the following questions about chlamydia so you're prepared to discuss this important health issue with your healthcare professional:
    • If chlamydia is often without symptoms, how do I know if I have been infected?
    • If I don't treat chlamydia, what will happen?
    • Which treatments are ava
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    A urine test is sometimes a routine part of every prenatal visit, so you should drink a lot of water before your visit. These tests provide information about glucose (sugar) and protein levels. A high glucose level may indicate gestational diabetes, a form of diabetes that only occurs during pregnancy,...Read More
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    Stressors are external events, including pressures in people's lives such as divorce, marriage, children, work and money. The experience of stress, however, is related to how you respond to these stressors. One person's stressor can be another person's motivator.

    In today's fast-paced world, women...Read More
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    Stress doesn't just affect your thoughts, moods and behavior. It also spurs the release of several hormones in the body that can cause both physical and mental problems.

    Increases in the stress hormone cortisol, for example, can lead to a number of problems, big and small. High levels of cortisol...Read More
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    The following diet tips can help you manage your stress:
    • To achieve emotional balance, improve your nutritional balance. That means including fats, carbohydrates and proteins in your daily diet, along with other beneficial nutrients. And be sure to drink enough fluids.
    • Don't skip meals. Indeed,
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