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New recommendations for cervical cancer screening for women were issued by the US Preventive Services Task Force and published online via JAMA network. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide. It disproportionately affects women of color, low-income women and those in countries with limited access to reproductive healthcare. Furthermore, there have been 13,240 new cases of cervical cancer and 4,170 cervical cancer-related deaths projected to occur in 2018 within those populations. Despite scary numbers, JAMA reports that rates of cancer have declined in the United States over the last half century. Most cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Exfoliative cytology, what we all know as the “pap test”, was introduced 75 years ago and has become the go-to for cervical cancer screening among women. In the years past, it was recommended that women between 30 and 65 years old receive a Pap smear every…

On July 12, a jury in St. Louis awarded $4.69 billion to 22 women who used talcum powder as a daily feminine hygiene routine. Unfortunately, six of the women involved in the case have already died from ovarian cancer. The 16 others worry the same is going to happen to them. That is because talcum powder has long been linked to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, a form of cancer that originates because of asbestos. Mesothelioma is a low-level inflammation in the lungs that takes years to manifest. Ovarian cancer is the most aggressive form of cancer and a diagnosis is devastating. Why asbestos? In the 1970s, asbestos was found in talc mines. Cervical and ovarian tissue samples showed talc residing in women who were biopsied who had cancer. The majority of claims argue that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. Since then, experts have debated within the court system about the…

Many women choose to begin regulating their reproductive health with birth control (contraception) after they have had a child or experienced a pregnancy. The reasons for doing so vary from person to person. From preventing an unintended pregnancy to major postpartum health complications, women have a variety of birth control options available to suit their health concerns. Thanks to reproductive health developments over the last century, there are a variety of birth control options for women to participate in. Some prefer the convenience of an intrauterine device (IUD), while others prefer the regimen of daily pills. Women use birth control to prevent pregnancy, but they also use it to regulate their bodies as well. Hormonal imbalances can cause a variety of uncomfortable reactions in the body such as depression, painful periods, acne and stimulated facial hair growth. Many women experience fluctuating hormonal changes after having a child, which range in…

Teaching our children proper and effective road safety is one of the most important lessons we can share with them. Introducing them to the rules of road safety when their young helps to enforce an awareness of the dangers of the road and, more importantly, an understanding of how to navigate those dangers. The best time to start teaching children about road safety is now. It doesn’t matter if they’re two years old or twelve years old.  If you haven’t started yet, get going. The earlier they begin learning, the more comfortable they’ll be when the time comes to put their knowledge into action. Road Safety Basics for the Youngest Set It’s important to make learning road safety fun for youngsters. Instilling fear is a sure way for your efforts to backfire. That being said, it’s necessary to help young children realize that there are very real dangers associated with…

Have you and your partner decided that it’s time to start a family? This is a very exciting time! For many couples, pregnancy happens easily – about 85% of couples conceive within a year. For other couples, the road to conception is longer. All couples can benefit from knowing more about the best times to try to get pregnant. Understanding your menstrual cycle We’re taught that menstrual cycles are 28 days long, but that’s not true for every woman. Some women’s cycles are as short as 21 days, and some are as long as 35. In addition, many women don’t have the same cycle length every month. Actual days of bleeding can be two to seven days, and this can vary monthly in each individual woman, too. What is ovulation? Ovulation is the process of one of your ovaries releasing an egg into one of your fallopian tubes. Although you…

Is your baby starting to eat solid foods? When your pediatrician says that your baby is ready (generally around six months) you can start introducing “grown-up” food to your little one. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for adults, and the same holds true for babies. The food your baby eats first thing in the morning should replenish the calories he’s burned overnight and jumpstart his metabolism for the day. Try to include some protein, some carbohydrates, and some nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables in your baby’s first meal of the day. Here are 15 healthy breakfast ideas for babies who are beginning to eat solids. (Make sure you check with your pediatrician about eggs, cow’s milk, and cheese to make sure your baby is ready for these). Spoon-Fed Foods Babies can eat and digest “mushy” food really easily, but you’ll have to feed these foods to your…

It’s so exciting to watch your baby learn new skills! Most parents eagerly await their child’s first word, and it’s easy to worry if your baby isn’t talking as soon as you want him to. Some children talk sooner than others, and most of the time, there’s no cause for concern. Are you a new mother wondering when that first word will happen? Read on to learn what to expect as your child learns to use her voice. Know the speech development milestones Babies follow a predictable pattern of speech development. While not every baby hits every milestone at exactly the same age, these benchmarks will give you an idea of what to expect. The first several months From birth to three months, babies should react to sounds and smile at voices. Before three months, most babies don’t make any sounds of their own (except for crying). Three months Around…

Eating for two may well be one of the most enjoyable aspects of pregnancy. Indulging in a little extra hummus or peanut butter or, let’s face it, ice cream or a few potato chips, here and there is a definite pregnancy perk. As long as you do your best to maintain a predominantly healthy diet and refrain, whenever possible, from gaining too much weight, you should be fine to indulge in a craving every once in a while. Aside from not over-doing the sweets and other foods that don’t offer a whole lot of nutritional value, and barring any dietary restrictions due to a medical condition, there are relatively few foods that mothers-to-be are advised to stay away from. However, there are a few precautions that you should take seriously regarding your nutrition and the health of your unborn baby. Don’t worry. The list isn’t very long and it isn’t…