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Record numbers of women are taking “the pill.”  The National Center for Health Statistics reported last year that 82% of adult American women have taken “the pill” at some point in their lives.  Between 2006-2008, it is believed that 10.7 million women used “the pill.”  So let’s spend a little time getting to know more […]

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Cancer is arguably the most feared disease in the Western world.  In America, cancer is the leading cause of death of people between 35-65 years of age.  Nearly 1 in 7 deaths worldwide in 2007 was due to cancer.  Cancer rates are exploding throughout the world as developing nations industrialize and eat diets that are […]

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Herpes and Hepatitis B are two sexually transmitted diseases that are often confused with one another because of their similar names.   The similarities end there.  What are the differences between the two?  And what are the symptoms, the causes, and the treatments? The technical name for herpes is herpes simplex and it is caused by […]

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Syphilis–we have all heard of it and are probably all vaguely afraid of it.  But what is it?  What does it do?  How does it spread and can it be cured?  Let’s find out. The word “syphilis” comes from the 1530 poem titled Syphilis sive morbus gallicus (“Syphilis or the French Disease”).  In the poem, […]

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Finding Eve returns with Part Two of this first-timer’s guide.  (Click here for Part One.) During your appointment: LISTEN!  You will be given a series of instructions throughout your appointment.  Things will generally be more comfortable for you if you follow them.  They may want the paper gown to open in the front or the […]

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A young woman’s first visit to the gynecologist can be daunting.  Women who have already been for a gynecological check-up generally report that it’s unpleasant.  So, naturally, this scares others and many avoid going until they have to.  BUT!  I’m here to help quell those fears and insist that all young women go for a […]

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I read in the news today about a report released a few days ago by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The headline that emerged in numerous articles as a result of this report was that the use of the rhythm method to prevent pregnancy by teenagers rose from 11% in 2002 to 17% in […]

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In the past two weeks, I cannot tell you how many times I have heard someone mention in conversation “endometriosis.” I have several friends and family members who have endometriosis, so it is not an altogether unfamiliar subject to me. However, I have never given much thought to endometriosis.   So, in writing this blog […]

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As you all may know, I am a master’s student in bioethics.  Our curriculum covers a wide array of subjects and I am currently in a public health class learning about health communication campaigns (really quite an interesting subject!).  One of the major questions asked by public health communicators now is how reliable is the […]

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Last night The Learning Channel replayed a program that I originally saw about a year ago entitled “Extraordinary Pregnancies.” It told the story of two women and their ‘extraordinary pregnancies’: Zahra in Morocco and Jane in England. The program is the repackaging of two other British programs that aired several years ago. Both women experienced […]

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