Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, including the skin, joints, and internal organs. About 9 out of 10 adults with lupus are women. Lupus is two to three times more common in African-American women than in white women. Some women have only mild symptoms. But, for others, lupus can cause serious problems.
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Dating violence is any type of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse that happens in a dating relationship. It can happen to people of all ages, races, cultures, incomes, and education levels. It can happen in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. Violence can happen on a first date or when you are deeply in love. But no matter how it happens, dating violence is always wrong, and help is available.
Kelly Vrooman was 15 when her boyfriend started hurting her. The abuse continued for about two years. More than 10 years later she began sharing her story.
I don’t know about you, but at the start of each new year, I resolve to eat healthier, exercise more, and sleep in when I can! Some years I follow through with my promises, and some years I fall short. My days can be very hectic, and sometimes it’s hard to find time to take care of myself.
With so many competing priorities, it's easy for women to put their health on the back burner. They may not have time to get to the gym, or they may worry about the cost of health care. That's why during National Women's Health Week, the Office on Women's Health wants women to know that even simple steps can make a huge difference. And thanks to the Affordable Care Act, health care is more accessible and affordable than ever before.
Parents will likely agree it's not easy to talk with their teens about sex. But, parents can be an important source for reliable and trustworthy information, especially on topics such as sex and how to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs, also sometimes called STDs). Each year, young people 15 to 24 make up nearly half of the 20 million new cases of STIs in the United States. That's why Karen Murphy has made it a priority to talk with her teens about sex and STIs.
About 27,000 women and girls in the U.S. are HIV-positive and don't know they have the disease. The Office on Women's Health coordinates National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) to raise awareness about how HIV/AIDS impacts women and girls. It takes place each year on March 10 and empowers people to share knowledge and take action. Joining us this year is NWGHAAD Ambassador Tamika Williams. Tamika is a former professional basketball player who is passionate about educating women and girls about HIV/AIDS.
Heart disease is a serious health problem among women, yet many do not understand the signs and dangers of the disease. Here to tell us that identifying the symptoms of heart disease can save lives is Mary Eriksmoen. For three months, Mary experienced chest pain that radiated into her jaw without realizing it was a symptom of heart disease. In honor of American Heart Month, read Mary's story to learn why she finally decided to get medical attention.
As many as one in five American women are living with a disability. Disabilities may present challenges, but many people can — and do — enjoy full, productive lives. Here to tell us about her experience living with spina bifida myelomeningocele is Nicole Small. At the age of 24, Nicole is committed to educating others about spina bifida. In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2013, read Nicole's story about overcoming the hardships and struggles spina bifida presents.
"I'm proud of you," she said while looking right into me. Her usually dull eyes momentarily filled with the warmth of a mother's love. I felt her love pouring out as the weight of her words sank into me. That's all I wanted to hear.
New moms have a lot on their minds. One thing they shouldn’t be worrying about is whether they’ll be able to continue breastfeeding when they go back to work. Thanks to the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law, many employers are required to provide nursing employees with time and a private space to pump at work. Some businesses may face more challenges than others when it comes to meeting these requirements. But with a little creativity, most businesses can make it work.
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