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Cervical Cancer Screening – Update on New Guidelines

04/02/2015 | CancerWomen's HealthEvents

What is the biggest risk factor for cervical cancer? The most important risk factor for cervical cancer is infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).  There are over 100 different types of HPV; however, most types of HPV do not cause cancer.  Typically our body’s immune system gets rid of the virus before it does harm.  It is estimated, 80 percent of women are exposed to the HPV virus during their lifetime. How could I be exposed to HPV (human papillomavirus)? It is important…

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Good Cholesterol, Bad Cholesterol and Everything In Between

02/10/2015 | WellnessHealthy EatingWomen's Health

If you try to eat healthy, nutritional trends can be confusing. Fat was bad for you. Now it’s good for you, but only if it’s the right kind of fat. Are carbs bad for you? What about gluten? One of the most confusing topics to many in regards to nutrition is cholesterol. It seems like every article you read about cholesterol says something different. So what are the facts? Let’s examine: What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in every part of your body. It is…

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Indiana First Lady Karen Pence and Dr. Jeff Sperring, president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, announce the Labor of L

“Labor of Love” campaign to reduce infant deaths in Indiana

01/14/2015 | MaternityWomen's HealthAnnouncements

Each year in Indiana, approximately 654 babies die before reaching their first birthdays. This puts Indiana 39th in the nation for infant mortality, a tragic issue that is largely preventable. The state plans to reverse these statistics with a new public health campaign called “Labor of Love,” officially launched at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Led by the Indiana State Department of Health, Labor of Love aims to educate and support Hoosier mothers so they may have healthy…

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Breast Cancer Awareness

10/02/2014 | CancerWomen's Health

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women.  This is a special concern as research continues to find new ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer.  It is important to stay informed so decisions about health can be made. How do women keep up-to-date on all the new research and advances in breast health? Working with your healthcare professional is the first step.  Another strategy to stay updated is to look deeper into the information rumored…

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What You Need to Know About HPV

08/28/2014 | CancerWomen's Health

What is HPV? HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a sexually transmitted infection that causes oral and anogenital disease in both males and females, including some types of cancer.   In particular, it is responsible for almost all cases of cervical cancer in women and is the most common cause of anogenital warts.  There are several subtypes of the HPV virus, some of which are more likely to cause cancer than others. What are the signs and symptoms of HPV infection? Most patients with HPV…

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Have You Heard about Baby-Friendly Hospitals? Why? Because Breastfeeding Matters!

05/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMaternityWomen's Health

Decades of research has shown breastfeeding has multiple health benefits for both infants and mothers. Growing evidence has shown exclusive breastfeeding can reduce the likelihood of many health risks including ear and respiratory infections, obesity, diarrhea and diabetes. For mothers, breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months. In the U.S., nearly all infants…

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Easing Your Daughter’s Anxiety About Her First Gynecologist Visit

09/24/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansWomen's Health

Scheduling the first visit with a gynecologist can make many teen girls and younger women feel anxious. Most aren’t sure what to expect, and there is usually apprehension about the physical exam. Moms can be a trusted source of information and a good resource for daughters who are preparing to see a gynecologist. One common question young women ask is “when should I go for my first exam?” All women should have their first pelvic exam and Pap smear by age 21. Your daughter may need…

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Nutrient-Dense Foods Help Menopausal Women Control Weight and Improve Bone Health

09/13/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWomen's HealthHealthy Eating

Science shows that a woman’s fat cells are bigger, more active and more resistant to dieting than a man’s. During menopause, those cells are actually healthy for our well-being because they help produce the estrogen needed for fewer side effects, including hot flashes, mood swings and sleep disruption. Staying fit and healthy during menopause doesn’t mean you have to declare war on your fat-storing physiology, but you may have to re-educate yourself about what and how much to eat,…

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Two Hints for Managing Menopausal Weight Gain

09/11/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWomen's HealthWellnessHealthy Eating

It’s no secret that maintaining an ideal body weight is easier on the joints. But for many menopausal women, controlling weight is a vicious battle, sabotaged by a variety of factors—from less energy to a slower metabolism. “Weight gain is directly and indirectly related to how you feel during menopause,” says Heather Fink, a registered dietitian and consultant for Indiana University Health Sports Performance. “You might find that your sleep is disrupted, and that has…

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When Should You Go for Breast Cancer Screenings

08/24/2012 | Treatments & ServicesWomen's Health

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States (skin cancer is most common). Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breast. In the last year, over 200,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. It is extremely important to know about breast cancer screening options and see a doctor for examination periodically. Q: I am young and healthy; can I be at risk for breast cancer? A: Yes. While breast cancer is more common after age 50, all women…

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