Women's Health

Women and Autoimmune Diseases

Our bodies are designed to fight infection through our immune system. However, in the case of autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks healthy tissue and organs that can cause damage and illness. The vast majority of people affected by autoimmune disease are women, particularly women in childbearing ages between the…
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Gestational Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Approximately 7 percent of the 4 million women who give birth each year in the United States develop gestational diabetes. Researchers don’t know why some women develop gestational diabetes. To understand how gestational diabetes occurs, it can help to understand how pregnancy affects your body’s glucose processing. Your body digests…
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About Shingles

Shingles, or varicella zoster virus, is a painful viral infection that manifests as a band or strip of rash that eventually turns into a cluster of blisters. Shingles is actually a re-awakening of the chickenpox virus that many of us had as children.  Many years after the varicella-zoster virus causes…
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Depression During Pregnancy

Depression in pregnancy or antepartum depression is an often under diagnosed condition. The perception is that pregnancy is always a time of joy and exuberant anticipation. While that is true for many, about 10 percent of pregnant women experience profound sadness, anxiety, fatigue, and hopelessness often associated with clinical depression.…
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Preterm Labor & Premature Birth

Preterm and premature mean the same thing—early. Preterm labor is labor that begins early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Labor is the process your body goes through to give birth to your baby. Preterm labor can lead to premature birth. Premature birth is when your baby is born early, before…
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Women and Cholesterol

Do you know what causes heart disease in women? You hear it all the time: know your numbers, watch your cholesterol, HDL is good, LDL is bad. But what does it all mean? Here are some startling facts. Cardiovascular diseases and strokes cause 1 out of every 3 women’s deaths…
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Ectopic Pregnancy

While rare, a diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy can be devastating news. Ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants in a spot other than the uterus, most commonly in the fallopian tube. For this reason, ectopic pregnancy is sometimes referred to as “tubal pregnancy.” An ectopic pregnancy cannot be…
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