Office on Women's Health Blog
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Anna Kindermann, Dr. Juliette Kendrick, Yvonne Green
Text4baby is a free mobile health education service in the U.S. that provides pregnant women and mothers with an infant under age one with credible, evidence-informed health information. HHS has been involved in text4baby since the beginning, and today we're celebrating the program's fourth birthday.
At least 1 million Americans are living with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). ME/CFS strikes more people in the United States than multiple sclerosis, lupus, and many forms of cancer, and anyone can develop it. However, ME/CFS is four times more likely to occur in women than in men.
It can be difficult to incorporate new habits into an already overextended life, with work demands, harrowing commutes, busy families, hobbies (hopefully!), volunteer activities, and the curse of constant connectivity. So I like to think of January as a time to review my accomplishments from the previous year, focusing on what I achieved instead of what I did not.