Health

  • Living Sicker, Dying Younger: Building a Culture of Health

    For too long the United States has misguidedly defined being healthy as not needing to seek health care. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) wants to change that by building a Culture of Health in America. The nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health believes that health ...

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  • Endometriosis: More than Just Painful Cycles

    Cassandra Nivens has experienced painful periods since age 14. To cope with being mostly incapacitated for some time each month, Nivens learned to manage what she believed were normal hormonal shifts, often scheduling time away from school and work around a 28-day cycle. It wasn’t until a ...

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  • Chandelis Duster’s Battle with Endometriosis

    Chandelis Duster, a graduate student at American University, stood before a packed crowd on March 28 at the Holiday Inn near Capitol Hill to share her endometriosis, commonly known as endo, story. “I remember being scared to death and feeling lost because I was told I had a disease that was not ...

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  • The Root Causes of Unhealthy Communities

    Sixty-two percent of Americans say they are very concerned about their health.* It’s unsurprising that those who express the most concern are most vulnerable, underserved, and lacking economic means and educational gains. By contrast, a national poll conducted by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ...

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  • Anytime Smoothie

    Whether you vowed to lose the weight – for the very last time, get your dream job, or harder yet, rear perfect, angelic geniuses – this year you’ll need energy to achieve all of your heart’s desires (and promises) and I’ve got a deliciously, smooth remedy to help. You may have tried these “meal ...

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  • Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

    Diabetic retinopathy and macular edema can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam that includes: a visual acuity test, a dilated eye exam, the use of a tonometry — an instrument that measures the pressure inside the eye. With these tests, physicians are able to check for leaking ...

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  • I Had a Heart Attack

    Nothing was more startling than when a cardiologist looked me directly in the eyes and said matter-of-factly: “It looks like you had a heart attack.” I was dumbfounded. When? Where? How much damage was done? Why didn’t I know it? It certainly didn’t feel like I had suffered a heart attack. I ...

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  • Take Being ‘Heart Healthy’ to Heart

    As springtime blossoms into longer and warmer days, it’s the perfect time to tweak or add some heart healthy behaviors to your daily routine. The fact that the American Heart Association (AHA) ranks heart disease and stroke as the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers should be motivation enough. ...

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  • Global Health Initiative by UN Women

    Despite having a higher life expectancy rate from birth than men, across the globe, women tend to have a more disadvantaged quality of life and face gender-based discrimination that reduces those numbers. Globally, between 1990 and 2012, female life expectancy increased from 67 years to 73 ...

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  • Childhood Trauma Makes Us Sick. Literally

    Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Abandonment and neglect. A home destabilized by substance abuse. Mental illness. Divorce. Incarceration of a family member. A neighborhood teeming with violence. When experienced in the early years, these traumas linger long and run deep. Known as adverse ...

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