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 Counting Calories How many calories should you eat?
One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to determining your calorie needs. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you should consider many factors, such as age, gender, body shape, and metabolism.  Read more.
   
 Breast Self Examination The 'Selfie' has new meaning: Self breast exams
 Women should do self breast exams once a month at the same time of the month, adds Candace Dyer, MD, medical director of the Breast Health Center at Kent Hospital.  Learn how to give yourself a breast exam and what to look for.
   
 Frequent Urination Frequent urination: When is it a real problem?
Many trips to the bathroom to urinate may or may not be a serious problem - some guidelines say eight times a day, including once during the night, is normal. Other times, frequent urination can be caused by a physical, neurological, or even psychological issue. Read more.
   
 Surviving Cancer Surviving Cancer: Getting help every step of your journey
A cancer survivor is someone with any type of cancer, either past or present. It's life after cancer that can vary widely depending on the type of cancer, treatment, stage of disease and other factors. Read breast cancer survivor, Pam's, story.
   
 Exercising as we age

Exercising as we age
As we age, even the most athletic among us start to notice a few aches and pains that can interfere with our exercise routines. The good news is with a few precautions, you can stay fit and prevent injuries as you age. Read solutions for slowing the progression of chronic aches and pains.

   
 Obesity and Pregnancy Obesity and Pregnancy: Increased health risks for mom and baby
One-third of reproductive age women are obese in the US, which can make it difficult to get pregnant and cause medical issues for a mother-to-be and her fetus. "It is an epidemic that has reached a crisis stage," says Katharine Wenstrom, MD, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Read more.
   
 Recognizing Postpartum Depression Recognizing Pospartum Depression
"We need to think about postpartum depression (PPD) the same way we think of other complications of pregnancy – such as gestational diabetes, hypertension, or other post-delivery complications," says Margaret Howard, PhD, director of the Day Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital. Read more.
   
 Considering a Mastectomy?

Should You Consider a Mastectomy (even if you don't have breast cancer)?
At age 37, Angelina Jolie had her breasts and ovaries removed in an effort to reduce her risk of getting cancer. The big screen actress, who has a strong family history of cancer, made the decision to have the surgeries after learning that she inherited a mutation of the BRCA1 gene - an indicator of being high risk for breast cancer. Read more.

   

Prevent Skin Cancer

8 way to prevent skin cancer
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. One in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, there are things you can do to significantly lower your risk of getting skin cancer, take these eight precautions to ensure that you aren't the next statistic.
   
 Getting pregnant in your 40's Getting pregnant in your 40's: What you should know
In Hollywood, more and more celebreties seem to be having babies in their 40's. "Unfortunately, some of these women are not comfortable sharing that information because it can be very emotional," Dr. Wheeler says. "It can be a long road to achieve the dream of a family, but it is definitely worth fighting for it." Read more.
   
 How can you prevent Osteoporosis  What Can You Do to Prevent Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that involves losing bone mass and having weak bones. As a result, your bones are more susceptible to breaking, even from just a minor fall or by bumping into something. Are you at risk?  Read more.
   
 Breastfeeding Feeding your baby 'liquid gold'
Breastfeeding is a skill that new mothers and their babies learn together. At Women & Infants, they learn with a support network of lactation counselors and skilled nurses while they are in the hospital and through the hospital's Warm Line when they go home.
   


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