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Thursday, Feb 19th 2015

HPV Vaccine: Pros and Cons

authored by Suzanne B. Robotti

The science on vaccines is clear: They save millions of lives and protect our children from the pain and damage that measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tuberculosis and more can cause. So when my son's doctor suggested he get the HPV vaccination, why did I hesitate?

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Wednesday, Feb 11th 2015

Even a Hysterectomy May Not Protect Against Ovarian Cancer

authored by Marcia Mangum Cronin

Did you know it's possible to get ovarian cancer even after you've had a hysterectomy? I learned the hard way. My sister, who had a hysterectomy about 10 years ago, just received a diagnosis for a type of ovarian cancer.

If you have a partial hysterectomy, which removes your uterus, or a total hysterectomy, which removes your uterus and cervix, your ovaries remain intact and you can still develop ovarian cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Tuesday, Dec 16th 2014

Living Well While Battling Breast Cancer

by Kathryn Budig
Model of Courage for Ford Warriors in Pink

The truth is simple when it comes to breast cancer—it's dreadful.

I've taught yoga to survivors who kicked cancer to the curb, watched incredibly strong women endure treatment while keeping a sparkle in their eyes and felt my heart drop as I learned of a dear friend's diagnosis. This disease is a beast.

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Thursday, Dec 11th 2014

The Silent Killer: One Woman’s Story of High Blood Pressure

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? You’ve probably heard this question before in a philosophy or physics class.

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Thursday, Nov 06th 2014

Join the Fight: Stand Up to Lung Cancer

by Emily Bennett Taylor

At 28 years old, I was naively unaware as I sat in my doctor's office. She wanted to discuss the results of my recent CT scan, ordered after a chest X-ray, which had come after several months of coughing, wheezing and shoulder pain. Perhaps, looking back, I should have been more worried. But as a young, healthy former college athlete, what did I have to fear?

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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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