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Weight Control: Eating Right and Keeping Fit


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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Diabetes and Women


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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Urinary Incontinence


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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Reducing Risks of Birth Defects


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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Cord Blood Banking


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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Assisted Vaginal Delivery


What is assisted vaginal delivery Assisted vaginal delivery is vaginal delivery of a baby performed with the help of forceps or a vacuum device It sometimes is called operative vaginal delivery Labor Delivery and Postpartum Care What is assisted vaginal delivery How common is assisted vaginal deli...

February 2016

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Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Syphilis


What are gonorrhea chlamydia and syphilis Gonorrhea chlamydia and syphilis are sexually transmitted infections STIs These three STIs can cause serious longterm problems if they are not treated especially for teenagers and young women Gynecologic Problems What are gonorrhea chlamydia and syphilis W...

February 2016

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


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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Cervical Cancer Screening


What is cervical cancer screening Cervical cancer screening is used to find changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer The cervix is the opening to the uterus and is located at the top of the vagina Screening includes cervical cytology also called the Pap test or Pap smear and fo...

February 2016

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Back Pain During Pregnancy


What causes back pain during pregnancy The following changes during pregnancy can lead to back pain Strain on your back muscles Abdominal muscle weakness Pregnancy hormones Pregnancy What causes back pain during pregnancy How do my back muscles become strained during pregnancy How can weakened abd...

January 2016

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