Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week

Black Breastfeeding Week was created because for more than 40 years there has been a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. The most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show that 75% of white women have ever breastfed versus 58.9% of black women. The fact that racial disparity in initiation and even…
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Pedaling through the pandemic

With the recommendations to still stay socially distant during COVID-19, cycling remains an ideal activity to get outside and stay healthy. Moderate to brisk activity of 30 – 60 minutes can help your immune system and improve your over strength and cardiovascular health. Whether you are racing in the virtual 2020 PNC Tour de Lou, trekking…
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Tackling concussions head-on

After almost a four-month hiatus due to the coronavirus, sports leagues on all levels are slowly opening their facilities for conditioning and game days. Even though sports will not look the same as they did last fall, those engaging in sporting competitions still run the risk of getting an injury, such as a bruised-up knee,…
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What should I expect at my first mammogram?

You’ve hit age 40 and you’ve scheduled your first mammogram. What comes next? Before coming to your appointment, make sure you: Don’t wear deodorant or lotions. Many deodorants and lotions have metallic particles in them. Calcifications are an early sign of breast cancer and it can be hard to distinguish metallic particles from calcifications when…
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Updated recommendations for cervical cancer screening

Historically, cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of death in American women. Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that starts in a woman’s cervix – the small opening that connects the vagina to the uterus. 99% of cervical cancer cases can be attributed to the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a…
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