Office on Women's Health Blog
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.
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.
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.