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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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    When life's challenges seem overwhelming, women often find that talking about their stress helps them put it in perspective. However, there's another great way to maintain control of your thoughts and decision making throughout each day: journaling.

    Journaling is the simple act of regularly jotting...Read More
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    Everyone can benefit from using the techniques of visualization and guided imagery to bring the mind and body into better balance.

    Using your imagination, you can visualize a place where you feel relaxed, such as the beach or other natural area. It's a bit like daydreaming, but sustaining that...Read More
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    Be aware that balancing carbohydrate intake can be a little tricky for someone with diabetes, especially if he or she is on blood sugar-lowering medication or insulin. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can set in if someone who has diabetes exercises strenuously and has not had enough carbohydrates....Read More
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    Having diabetes during pregnancy can increase your risk for miscarriage, early labor and delivery, preeclampsia and congenital defects in the baby. However, the best thing you can do to prevent these issues is to control your blood sugar levels before and during your pregnancy. In fact, all guidelines...Read More
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    Natural remedies like massage, spinal manipulation, acupuncture and yoga can help with pain management. Try a handheld massager. Read more.
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    The decision to take hormone therapy during menopause if you have diabetes is up to you and your healthcare professional. Replacement estrogen and/or progesterone therapy is recommended only for short-term use to address symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness in perimenopausal and postm...Read More
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    Ideally, people with diabetes should get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (for example, brisk walking) to help improve blood sugar control, maintain weight and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

    You can get more bang for your buck by exercising four or...Read More
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    In its earliest stages, cervical cancer usually causes no symptoms. Irregular bleeding, bleeding or pain during sex and vaginal discharge may be symptoms of more advanced disease. These symptoms don't necessarily mean you have cancer, but they should always be discussed with a healthcare professional. Read More
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    Fetal heart rate monitoring enables health care professionals to monitor your baby's heart rate and check his or her well-being before delivery. This test is generally performed during the last 10 to 12 weeks of your pregnancy. It may be performed earlier if a problem arises during the pregnancy, for...Read More
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    Depending on the stage of your cancer, sometimes radiation alone will be recommended as a treatment. However, clinical trials show that the combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy with cisplatin is more effective than radiation alone for women with stage IB2 cervical cancer. This prompted the...Read More
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    March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, so talk to your health care provider about getting screened for colorectal cancer. Read more.
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    An abnormal Pap test result does not mean you have cervical cancer. It indicates some degree of change or abnormality in the cells that cover the surface (lining or epithelium) of the cervix.

    While the Pap test cannot confirm a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, it can show cell changes that...Read More
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    The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says it's OK to eat your eggs. Dietary cholesterol is no longer cause for concern. Read more.
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    Cutting out bread products may help you lose weight in the short term, but it's better to focus on eating healthy grains. Read more.
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    We spend about one-third of our lives asleep -- but this time is far from wasted. As you sleep, your brain performs memory consolidation, sending new information gathered during your waking hours to your long-term memory. Research shows that if you take a nap right after studying, chances are you'll...Read More