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Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Elderly Mother & Daughter preparing a turkey

Whether heading over the river and through the woods, or staying home and hosting family and friends, Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and celebrate the many gifts of family, friends, and health, even if that means having to endure Uncle Horace’s same corny jokes shared year after year or Grandpa’s loud chainsaw-like snoring at the table before dessert is served.  

Woman with no smoking sign

With the Great American Smoke Out on November 16, many of the estimated 37.8 million Americans who currently smoke band together to tackle the challenges of permanently quitting this unhealthy, dangerous habit. 

Pregnant woman at a doctor's checkup
November is National Diabetes Month and, this year, the nation is focusing on gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), a type of diabetes only diagnosed during pregnancy. Women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes do not have a previous diabetes diagnosis.
Breast Cancer Hope
Unfortunately, we all have seen and felt the horrible effects of breast cancer. Whether you’ve personally struggled with the disease or witnessed the battle that others have faced, it can often feel hopeless. However, as the years have passed, scientists and researchers continue to prioritize research and technology developments, laboratory tests, treatments, and medicines to help women currently fighting breast cancer, as well as, those presenting a high risk for developing the disease.
Women exercising to help reduce breast cancer risk
Every woman faces the risk of breast cancer, especially as she ages, since most breast cancers are diagnosed in women over age 50. However, many known breast cancer risk factors are directly linked to how we take care of ourselves. Staying healthy by making the right lifestyle choices lowers breast cancer risk, as well as, improves the chance of survival in those diagnosed.
Mammogram procedure to screen for breast cancer

As we march into October, many of you may see a predominant amount of pink decorating sports fields, advertisements, and signage spaces in your local communities. As a women’s health practice, we are dedicated to both advocating for your health and arming you with the information to be your own advocate. This month, we are celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer-related death in women. One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound Screening

Now that you know you are pregnant, you and your baby’s health will be carefully monitored throughout your pregnancy. Monitoring includes tests and screenings of both you and your baby to ensure optimal health and screen for potential risk of fetal abnormalities. One such test is a Nuchal Translucency (NT) Ultrasound.  

What You Should Know About Ovarian Cancer

Being informed about ovarian cancer treatments

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. With sobering statistics that 1 woman in 75 is diagnosed with ovarian cancer and almost 80-percent of diagnoses occur in later disease stages when prognosis is poor, ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecological cancer.

These statistics in combination with the lack of early detection testing and the disease’s complex biology make it especially important to be vigilant of ovarian cancer risk.

10 Tips for a Healthy Back-to-School Season

Healthy kids back in school

Summer is over and another “back-to-school” season is here! For many families, back-to-school season means busy fall schedules, a return to classroom and workplace settings, and balancing new weekly routines. All of these, unfortunately, contribute to heightened stress, increasing susceptibility to germs that induce a variety of illnesses.

To start the school year on a healthy note and keep sickness at bay, here are our top ten tips for keeping you and your family healthy:   

What Is Mastitis?

Mastitis is the inflammation of breast tissue that may involve infection. While it can occur in non-pregnant women and men, breastfeeding women are particularly susceptible to lactation mastitis.

Lactation mastitis’ most common cause is milk becoming trapped within the breast. Blocked milk duct(s), bacteria (from either mother’s skin surface or baby’s mouth) entering milk ducts through cracks in mother’s breast skin or nipples, or breasts not completely emptied during breastfeeding or pumping are other causes.


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