Office on Women's Health Blog

Dr. Abbey B. Berenson

Parents: 5 Things to Know About HPV and the Vaccine

Dr. Abbey B. Berenson

Parents, you can help protect your child from getting certain HPV-related cancers. How? With a safe and effective vaccine!

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Give the Gift of Life

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

About 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but only 10 percent actually do each year. That's a small percentage considering someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.

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An Interview with a National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Ambassador: Tamika Williams

Tamika is a former professional basketball player who is passionate about educating women and girls about HIV/AIDS. Read her interview to learn why she became an HIV/AIDS advocate and what steps you can take to protect yourself and others.

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Supporting Youth This February and Throughout the Year

Evelyn M. Kappeler, Marylouise Kelley, Resa Matthew

One in 10 American teenagers suffers physical violence at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend each year and many others are sexually or emotionally abused. This abuse, also known as dating violence, can have long-term health impacts, such as emotional trauma, lasting physical impairment, chronic health problems, and even death.

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Women and Smoking: A Winnable Fight

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

With each report, the list of health risks connected to tobacco use and exposure continues to grow, especially for women. In the 2014 report from the Surgeon General, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, we learned that women — for the first time ever — are as likely to die as men from diseases caused by smoking.

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One Woman's Story: Living With Heart Disease

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

At 53, Mary experienced chest pain that radiated into her jaw for three months without realizing it was a symptom of heart disease. Because of her age, she thought she was too young to have heart issues.

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Everyone Needs Vaccines!

Denise Joseph

Vaccines are very important for women — especially for pregnant women. Pregnancy changes your immune system, and during this time of year, you may become more vulnerable to the flu. A flu shot is the best protection against serious complications of the flu, like pneumonia.

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Sex Is in the News… And It Matters

Janine Austin Clayton

"Women are different [than men]," said Dr. Betsy Nabel, the president of Brigham and Women's Hospital. "To treat them as simply an extension or a subgroup of men's health — or worse, to exclude them altogether — virtually assures worse health outcomes for women."

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Celebrating African-American Contributions to Public Health

Jonca Bull

As a medical doctor and director of FDA's Office of Minority Health, I am highly conscious of health disparities in the United States. Certain racial and ethnic populations respond differently to some medical products.

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Q&A: Heart Disease and Women

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

In honor of American Heart Month, we spoke with Yaskary Reyes. Yaskary is an ambassador for The Heart Truth®, a program sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that strives to educate women about heart disease and motivate them to take steps to prevent it.

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The Health Insurance Marketplace: Giving Moms Peace of Mind

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

As the director of the Office on Women's Health and as a mom, I know that the Marketplace is a powerful tool that will have an impact on millions of Americans, including my son. It can help your son or daughter, too.

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