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Heart Health for Women

FAQ122, March 2016

What is cardiovascular disease CVD Cardiovascular disease CVD is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States CVD is a general term for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels Many are caused by the buildup of a waxy substance called plaque in the arteries Plaque ...

March 2016

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Car Safety for Pregnant Women, Babies, and Children

FAQ018, March 2016

Why is it important to wear a seat belt when I travel during pregnancy Although the baby is protected inside your body you should wear a lap and shoulder belt every time you travel while you are pregnant for the best protectioneven in the final weeks of pregnancy You and your baby are much more li...

March 2016

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Teens

TFAQ001, February 2016

What does LGBT stand for LGBT is an abbreviation for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender These terms describe a persons sexual orientationa persons emotional or sexual attraction to other people Gay describes a person either male or female who is attracted to people of the same sex Straight descr...

February 2016

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Reducing Risks of Birth Defects

FAQ146, February 2016

What is a birth defect A birth defect is a condition that is present at birth Some birth defects can be seen right after the baby is born such as a clubfoot or extra fingers or toes Special tests may be needed to find others such as heart defects or hearing loss Some birth defects are not noticed ...

February 2016

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Weight Control: Eating Right and Keeping Fit

FAQ064, February 2016

What is the body mass index The body mass index BMI is a tool that often is used to measure body fat It is based on height and weight To find out your BMI you can use the online calculator at wwwnhlbinihgovhealtheducationallosewtBMIbmicalchtm nbsp Womens Health What is the body mass index What BMI...

February 2016

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Urinary Incontinence

FAQ081, February 2016

What is urinary incontinence Urinary incontinence simply means leaking urine Incontinence can range from leaking just a few drops of urine to complete emptying of the bladder Gynecologic Problems What is urinary incontinencenbsp What other symptoms occur with urinary incontinencenbsp What are the ...

February 2016

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Cord Blood Banking

FAQ172, February 2016

What is cord blood Cord blood is the blood from the baby that is left in the umbilical cord and placenta after birth It contains special cells called hematopoietic stem cells that can be used to treat some types of diseases Pregnancy What is cord blood What are hematopoietic stem cells How can hem...

February 2016

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Cystic Fibrosis: Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis

FAQ171, February 2016

Pregnancy What is cystic fibrosis CF What causes CF What are the symptoms of CF Is treatment available for CF What are risk factors for CF Can I be tested to assess whether I am a CF carrier What does it mean if test results for one partner are negative What does it mean if test results for one pa...

February 2016

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Diabetes and Women

FAQ142, February 2016

What is diabetes Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not make enough insulin or does not use it as it should Insulin is a hormone that helps balance the amount of glucose in your blood Normally your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose Glucose is then carried to the bodys ce...

February 2016

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Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

FAQ062, February 2016

What is dilation and curettage DC DC is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is opened dilated and a thin instrument is inserted into the uterus This instrument is used to remove tissue from the inside of the uterus curettage Special Procedures What is dilation and curettage DampC Why is a Dam...

February 2016

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