womenTALK: Real Women, Real Stories

Thursday, Jun 26th 2014

What's the Right Family Size for You?

There's no one perfect family size, just the size that works for you. Check out the infographic below to learn more about what women had to say about family size and birth control. As part of the Family Size Matters program, Bayer HealthCare surveyed 1,000 women in the U.S. ages 25 – 45 who are in committed relationships, are done having children, and are not using permanent birth control.

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Monday, May 12th 2014

Asthma Will Never Stop Me From Doing What I Love

authored by Kristin Chenoweth

I can pinpoint my first symptom of asthma to around the time of the 9/11 tragedy. It all started when I noticed a change in my breathing – I found myself coughing a great deal, having trouble catching my breath and felt tightness in my chest. I brushed my symptoms off as a result of stress and anxiety from the recent events and didn't give them much more thought.

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Friday, May 09th 2014

Five Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

A letter from a mother to her daughters in celebration of Mother’s Day & National Women’s Health Week.  

by Kerry Kenna

Dear Kara and Krista,

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Tuesday, May 06th 2014

The Secret to Aging Beautifully

authored by Dayle Haddon

When people ask me for beauty tips, I don't mention anti-aging creams, fillers or a perfect shade of lipstick. I tell them to "stand up tall and smile." That advice may come as a surprise to those who know that I have spent over 35 years of my life in front of a camera as a model and spokesperson for Revlon, Max Factor, Estée Lauder and L'Oréal.

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Wednesday, Apr 23rd 2014

One Hand Washing Another: The Mission Behind My Soap Company

authored by Erin Zaikis

"What is soap?" a 13-year-old girl asked me. By the look of her dirty hands, I knew it was an honest question. A question that would change my life.

While working for a nonprofit in Thailand, I learned something that shook my world: There are people who don't know what soap is and have never used it. Yes, millions of people. In fact, according to Unilever, 70 million people in India alone have never washed their hands.

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Wednesday, Apr 02nd 2014

Take Healthy—and Fun—Steps Toward Osteoarthritis Joint Pain Relief With Dance Fitness

by Louis Van Amstel

As a fitness professional, dancer and choreographer, I really believe in the power of physical activity when it comes to the body, mind and soul. Low-impact exercise, such as dance fitness for example, has benefits far beyond just weight loss. I have seen this firsthand with students who take my classes, as well as my own mother, who, unfortunately, has osteoarthritis (OA).

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Tuesday, Feb 18th 2014

Sorting Online Medical Information: New Site Takes the Guesswork Out

by AnneMarie Ciccarella

A quick Google search for "breast cancer information" yields 220 million hits in two-tenths of a second.

That's great stuff—but seriously??? How can anyone be expected to sort through that much online medical information to find what's pertinent? Is it outdated? Is it reliable?

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Monday, Dec 16th 2013

Cervical Cancer Video Illustrates Compelling Need for Screening

authored by Elizabeth Battaglino, RN, CEO of HealthyWomen

Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented, and, yet, many women fail to take the steps necessary to avoid it. Recent research shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer and that vaccines against HPV combined with regular cervical cancer screenings can prevent this deadly form of cancer.

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Wednesday, Dec 11th 2013

Take Steps Toward Preventing Cervical Cancer

by Nancy R. Berman, ANP-BC, NCMP

As a nurse practitioner, I see many women who test positive for human papillomavirus (HPV). Often, these women are scared when they hear the results—sometimes unnecessarily so. That's why it's important to understand what HPV is and how it's connected to cervical cancer.

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Thursday, Nov 14th 2013

Early COPD Diagnosis and Education Help Make Symptoms Manageable

by Maggie Borger

My COPD diagnosis can only be described as shocking. When I first got sick in December 2004, I thought I just had the flu. But my breathing difficulties worsened until I was diagnosed six months later with emphysema, a form of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

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