Office on Women's Health Blog

HHS Expands Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is announcing it will publish Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder*, to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) by exempting physicians from certain certification requirements needed to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment.

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Secretary Azar explains Operation Warp Speed

May 27,2020

Surgeon General Adams COVID-19 – Donate Blood Plasma and Help Save Lives

July 30,2020

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

Track your symptoms Print and fill out the Lupus symptom tracker (PDF, 104 KB) or track your symptoms using an app. Some apps also keep track of your medicines and share the information with your doctors.

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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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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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Mary Eriksmoen

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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Janine Austin Clayton, M.D.

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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Yaskary Reyes

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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Your baby has you. You have Text4baby.

Happy 4th Birthday, Text4baby!

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.

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