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.
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Breastfeeding mothers need support from employers to continue breastfeeding after returning to work. Pumping at work allows moms to give their best to their baby without jeopardizing their jobs. Businesses benefit, too: Breastfed babies are healthier, meaning lower health care costs for employers and fewer days out for moms. Allowing pumping at work also decreases turnover rates and increases employee productivity and loyalty.
Why is health insurance important? It protects you from paying a lot if you get sick or hurt. Plus, most private plans cover preventive services that help you stay healthy in the long run, like annual checkups and blood pressure screenings — all at no extra cost to you.
Studies have found that depression is more common in women than men. But we don't know whether depression is really less common in men. It may be that men experience depression differently than women and are less likely to recognize and seek help for depression. Men are more likely to feel empty, physically tired, and uninterested in things they used to enjoy. They also may become frustrated, irritable, discouraged, and angry. Because these symptoms are not what we commonly think of as “depression,” men may not always get help when they need it.
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Blog. The original post date was December 12, 2016. Read the original post.
Summary: The progress that the Affordable Care Act has made for women's health couldn't be clearer, and we shouldn't go backward on any of these improvements.
Many Americans have and will take on roles as caregivers for an aging loved one with declining health. In this role, they're often doing the job of a professional caregiver, but they don't get paid and they're juggling a million other things. Most often, these caregivers are adult children caring for an elderly parent. If you've ever been a caregiver for an aging parent or friend, you know that it's a big responsibility — and often a stressful one. Add that to the demands of the holiday season, and things can become downright overwhelming.
Rebecca will be the first to tell you that there's no predicting the way life will turn out, especially when your partner develops a mental illness. But living with someone who has a mental illness doesn't mean life can't be fun and fulfilling — it's just different.
Good Morning America's Amy Robach got the shock of her life in November 2013 when she was diagnosed as one of the 1-in-8 women in America who will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetimes. She has confronted her diagnosis of breast cancer by speaking out in support of others facing the disease.
Good Morning America's Amy Robach got the shock of her life last fall. Read about how a mammogram on live TV saved Amy's life.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is a complex chronic condition that causes a range of symptoms that vary from person to person. Some people may experience symptoms that make it hard to do the daily tasks that most of us do without thinking, like dressing, bathing, or eating. Here to tell us about her experience living with ME/CFS is Lindsey McGrath. While the name of this disorder — chronic fatigue syndrome — focuses on tiredness, you'll learn there are many other symptoms affecting Lindsey's daily life.
Here's the deal with breastfeeding: It offers some great benefits for you and your baby, but it's also a big commitment. Choosing to breastfeed is a personal decision, and for first-time mom Lily Clay, breastfeeding was the right decision for her and her baby. In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, we talked with Lily about choosing to breastfeed and the challenges she's faced. She also offers her tips for success.
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