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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the HPV Vaccine


Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease with up to 80% of Americans having been exposed to the virus at some point in their lives. While there are many different types of HPV that are not a serious threat to humans others may potentially be life threatening. Although there is presently no existing


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Breastfeeding


Women have been wrestling with the question of nursing versus bottle feeding for decades. At long last it seems an answer is finally at hand. The overwhelming evidence suggests that when feasible the better option is breastfeeding. While the optimal length of time for nursing remains to be determined the current recommendation is to nurse


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The Mammogram. Love It?, Hate It?, Need It!


When an entity has reached the level of recognition of a mammogram there must be a pretty fair reason, and in the case of the mammogram there certainly is. A mammogram is probably the most recognized and arguably the most procrastinated aspect of a woman’s health. The procedure is relatively straight forward and with the


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My Family History and Me


As the oft heard saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. As the never-ending debate of nature versus nurture continues raging throughout countless biology classrooms across our nation, we cannot discard the growing evidence that while we may successfully tilt the scale in our favor through proper diet and exercise we nevertheless


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Prenatal Screening


Prenatal screening refers to the evaluation of an unborn child for any number of potential issues. The degree of progress made in the field of prenatal screening since its inception approximately 40 years ago has been nothing less than startling. A generation ago there was barely a choice to be made. A couple wishing to


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Why Am I Swelling and What Can I Do About It?


Swelling, or edema as it is medically referred to, is a normal adaptation accompanying pregnancy, and like most normal changes there is a good reason for it. First a little basic information. An average sized male has approximately 5,000 ml of blood within his body. And average size woman on the other hand has only


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Over-The-Counter Drugs for Common Problems in Pregnancy


Occasionally we must all deal with common, usually minor ailments and unfortunately pregnancy offers no respite. In fact, due to the weakened immune system associated with pregnancy, pregnant women are at an increased risk for these issues. It is therefore important to have an understanding as to which over-the-counter medicines are reasonably safe and which


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Nutrition and Pregnancy


Proper nutrition is critical for a healthy pregnancy. While the perfect pregnant diet will vary from individual to individual primarily as a result of variations in body type, activity levels and overall health, there is nevertheless a consensus of opinion as to the ideal weight gain and levels of vitamins and minerals necessary to achieve


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Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy


If it is possible to put a positive spin on nausea and vomiting, it is this: A pregnancy without either of these issues is so unusual it is almost concerning! That’s right, nausea and vomiting are a part of at least 75% of all pregnancies! It is far and away the most common complaint amongst


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A Few Facts and Milestones of Pregnancy


Congratulations! You are pregnant. So many things to think about. Where to begin? As they say, “Let’s start at the very beginning” with some important facts, some positive, and others not so much and then we will add some important milestones. 1. The good news is you are pregnant. So you now head to your


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