Every Womans Health

Health Issues Facing Women at Home and Around the World
Women are concerned with a variety of healthcare topics, and we do our best to cover a broad range in each of our quarterly issues. Topics covered in “Every Woman’s Health” might include overviews of common women’s health issues like cardiovascular health, rheumatoid arthritis, or bone health, for example, or offer skin care advice from dermatologists or tips for combating sleep disorders or depression.

Understanding Biosimilar Drugs; Are They as Good as They Say?

A new class of medication is available to some patients with chronic inflammatory conditions and will soon be available for some with cancer. By David Borenstein, MD R&AConnection News:  One way to lower the cost of biologic medications is to create biosimilar drugs that have active properties highly similar to an already FDA-approved biological drug. These […]

Osteoporosis: How to Detect a Disease without Symptoms

Roughly 10 million Americans live with osteoporosis, and 44 million more Americans are at increased risk. How can patients detect osteoporosis — a disease without symptoms? Osteoporosis is a devastating disease, in part, because it’s a silent killer. “You cannot feel your bones getting weaker,” the National Osteoporosis Foundation explains on its website. “You may […]

Knowing the Risks of Obesity and Pregnancy

By Kecia Gaither, MD One-third of Americans today are classified as obese, and another one-third considered overweight. And according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one-quarter of women giving birth are obese (for example, 175+ pounds for a 5-foot-4 woman) before becoming pregnant. Gaining weight during pregnancy is anticipated and […]

Breastfeeding Could Help a Mother’s Heart —In More Ways Than You Think

American Heart Association An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China found that those who breastfed their babies had about a 10 percent lower risk of developing heart disease or stroke. Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce […]

The Chronic Pain Problem

Millions of Americans are affected by debilitating chronic pain, and diagnosis and treatment remain a challenge. By Charles H. Weaver, MD When Heather Grace started Experiencing pain and numbness in her arm and neck in 1999, she never imagined that she would be living with chronic pain for the rest of her life. As a […]

Facing Fibromyalgia

With the right treatment, individuals can live well with fibromyalgia. By Charles H. Weaver, MD Three years ago Michele Beck-Dark thought maybe she had the flu. Her body ached all over, and she was so exhausted she couldn’t get out of bed. But the “flu” never went away. In fact, Michele suffered from deep muscle […]

Summer Is Here, Beware of Lyme Disease

Have you seen those icky little blood-suckers that are present on dogs and maybe in deer? Did you ever think that it was possible for them to cause you any harm. If so, you are absolutely right! These tiny blood-suckers, or ticks, can carry parasites that can be transmitted to your body through a single […]

Pregnancy and Chronic Illness: What I Learned

By Mariah Zebrowski Leach R&AConnection News:  Chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and ankylosing spondylitis are often diagnosed or active during childbearing years. When I was diagnosed with RA at 25 I was faced with that daunting question, “Will I still be able to have a baby?” Learn more about […]

5 Things to Avoid to Help Your Heart

By the American Heart Association 1. Decongestants. According to the AHA, people with high blood pressure should be aware that the use of decongestants may raise blood pressure. Many over-the-counter cold and flu preparations contain decongestants such as oxymetazoline, phenylephrine, and pseudoephedrine, which increase blood pressure. 2. Sleep Apnea. Some 12 million Americans have sleep […]

Management of Uterine Fibroids: What Women Need to Know

By John C. Lipman, MD, FSIR Uterine fibroids are benign, non-cancerous tumors made up of smooth muscle cells and fibrous tissue. They affect one in three women of childbearing age and as many as 80 percent of African-American adult women. The incidence of these tumors increases with age, with peak prevalence seen in women in […]