My mother called me last Thursday night to let me know she was in the hospital and would be having surgery the next day. As I drove to North Carolina to be with her, I was thinking about how many people are in a similar situation, providing care for a family member from a distance. As I got closer to the hospital, I realized it didn't really matter how long or short the distance is between you and the family member you are caring for — being a caregiver is hard work.
Did you know that two weeks to three months after quitting smoking, a woman's heart attack risk begins to drop? In honor of the Great American Smokeout, I spoke with Dr. Howard Koh, the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to learn more about smoking and how it affects women. He also told me that the number of former U.S. smokers now exceeds the number of current smokers. Talk about encouraging news! Read my interview with Dr. Koh to learn more.
Hello! I'm Dr. Nancy Lee, the director of the Office on Women's Health. I'd like to welcome you to our new blog. I hope it will be a place where you can find discussions of women's health that matter most to you.
Quitting smoking isn't easy. In fact, many ex-smokers say that it's one of the hardest things they've ever done, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Millions of people have quit — and so can you.
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HealthCare blog. The original post date was October 24, 2013.
There's no doubt about it — quitting smoking is tough. But you can do it. Here to tell us how she successfully quit is Pamela Worth. With the Great American Smokeout just around the corner, read on for Pamela's tips and suggestions for quitting. Learn how her decision to quit is helping her lead a healthier life.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — the perfect time to talk about the importance of breast cancer screening. Every woman has a story or connection to breast cancer; my grandmother died of breast cancer before I was born. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, regardless of race or ethnicity. Getting a mammogram is the best way to reduce the impact of breast cancer, because tumors caught early are easier to treat.
Krista Barlow struggled with anorexia and bulimia through high school and college. Understanding more about the diseases helped her to overcome them. She hopes to help others by sharing her story. Learn more about these conditions in this candid and personal interview.
Did you know that today 1,400 babies will be born too early? What causes babies to be born early? How does prematurity affect babies and their families? Join us in observing Prematurity Awareness month as we discuss common question about prematurity with Beverly Robertson from the March of Dimes.
Lupus can be a devastating disease — just ask Minerva Figueroa. Before she was diagnosed, she battled extreme fatigue, trouble walking, painful joints, hair loss, and more. Read our interview with Minerva to see how having lupus might change the way she lives, but it will never define her.