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How Mammograms Save Lives

November 19, 2019

If not for the curious minds of a physicist, a surgeon, and a radiologist, countless patients may not have had access to a life saving screening tool for breast cancer. In fact, the history of the mammogram spans over a century from the discovery of x-rays to advanced 3D mammography. For the 1 in 8 women in the United States that are estimated to develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, early detection with the assistance of a mammogram can greatly improve their chances of survival. Let's take a closer look at this fascinating medical advancement. The History of the Mammogram You...Continue Reading

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The Girlfriend’s Guide to Cervical Health

January 3, 2018

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical health is one of the most sought-after health topics today, and as a woman, it's in your best interest to stay aware about cervical cancer and its potential threats. Fortunately, cervical cancer is preventable when you get the necessary screenings and follow your doctor's care recommendations. When doctors find cervical cancer early, there is hope for a cure, but it can still be life-threatening. Due to this risk, you should take the first step to ensure that you know the status of your cervix so that you can stay healthy. What is Cervical...Continue Reading

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6 Surprising Reasons Why Women Don’t Get Mammograms

October 17, 2017

In 2013, 39,000 women died from breast cancer in the United States. Nearly one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during their lives. Considering these numbers, it may be surprising that only 67 percent of women older than 40 reports having a mammogram within the last two years. Since mammograms are capable of detecting signs of breast cancer before symptoms occur, it's vital that women are screened regularly to reduce the risks of this life-threatening disease. So, what's your excuse for not getting one? Here are some of the most popular reasons women avoid...Continue Reading

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Mammograms May Also Spot Heart Disease

October 14, 2017

Mammography helps women by detecting early signs of breast cancer, but this helpful tool may also offer women an unexpected bonus – the ability to check heart health, according to results gleaned from new research. It appears that radiologists scouring your mammograms for evidence of breast cancer may also be able to spot calcification that has collected in the arteries supplying blood to the breasts, according to this emerging research. Calcium Deposits in Breast Arteries May Also Be in Heart Arteries Women who have an excessive buildup of calcium deposits in their breast arteries usually...Continue Reading

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6 Breast Cancer Symptoms Most Women Ignore

October 12, 2017

A shocking number of women are diagnosed with breast cancer – around 1 in 8. As the numbers steadily increase, more and more women are finding themselves part of something they never thought would happen to them. Unhealthy lifestyles, stress, poor diets, irregular sleep patterns, and late in life pregnancies can contribute to the rising number of breast cancer cases. Some of these factors may be things you or a loved one has experienced. Early detection is a key factor in the successful treatment of breast cancer. Prevention, detection, and early diagnosis are crucial for preventing...Continue Reading

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Teeth are Essential to get Vital Nutrition

October 2, 2017

Teeth are an essential piece to individuals getting vital nutrition. Without teeth, we would not be able to enjoy a lot of the foods that we eat. Have you ever thought about how well you take care of your teeth? Many of us can still hear our moms in the back of our heads nagging us to brush our teeth before bedtime. But sadly, there are many people that are skipping out on the necessary measures that need to be taken when it comes to oral health. Fluoride is a paste that the dentist often uses on our teeth right before we leave the dentist's office, but only getting fluoride at the dentist's...Continue Reading

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3 Cancers Every Woman Must Know About

September 30, 2017

Each year approximately 89,000 women are told they have gynecological cancer. Gynecological cancer affects a woman's reproductive organs, and all women are at some risk of developing gynecological cancer. While there's an understandable fear surrounding gynecological cancer, there are things every woman can do to empower herself. Education, prevention, and testing are at the core of maintaining good health and achieving early detection. While there are many types of gynecological cancers, the following three types are among the most common. Ovarian Cancer Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of...Continue Reading

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How Breastfeeding Benefits a Mother's Health

September 21, 2017

We know that breastfeeding is optimal for a baby's health. Studies show that breastfeeding can boost health benefits by improving the immune system, preventing chronic disease, and even increasing IQ scores. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends breastfeeding as the optimal way to nourish your baby. Breast milk is a powerful all-natural combination of vitamins, protein, and fat that your baby needs to grow and thrive. The good news about breastfeeding extends beyond just the health of the baby though. It turns out that breastfeeding is just as beneficial for mothers. Here are...Continue Reading

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Battle of the Sexes: Male vs. Female Brains

September 19, 2017

Have you ever found yourself stumped by the thoughts and behaviors of the opposite sex? You're not alone! Books are written, songs are sung, and numerous jokes are made about the frustration of understanding the battle of the sexes. Examining the differences in the male and female brain provides fascinating clues to unraveling the mystery. The Architecture of the Brain Male and female bodies differ significantly in overall size and shape, the brain is no exception. Differences in the size and structure of male and female brains offer interesting insights into how we think and behave. Ever...Continue Reading

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Beat the Flu with These 7 Immune Boosting Foods

September 14, 2017

Body aches, fever, congestion, and swollen lymph nodes – Ugh! You may be getting the flu. If your symptoms are bad enough, a visit to your doctor is certainly in order. However, a visit to your local grocery store can also help. Immune boosting foods may provide some relief and extra protection from the aches and pains of the flu. Using food in addition to medicine to treat what ails you isn't a new concept. In fact, an ancient Greek physician named Hippocrates is quoted as saying, "Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food." In other words, what you eat has a powerful impact on...Continue Reading

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