The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages: A Complete Guide for All Ages

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From the nation's leaders in women's health, The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages provides the information women need to take charge of their health.  Readers will find:
 *easy-to-understand explanations
• practical tips
• firsthand health stories from women around the country
• charts...

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Overview

From the nation's leaders in women's health, The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages provides the information women need to take charge of their health.  Readers will find:
 *easy-to-understand explanations
• practical tips
• firsthand health stories from women around the country
• charts showing which medical tests are needed and when
• where to go to find more information

As the gatekeepers of their family's health, women will also find resources to help care for men and children in their lives.  Whether you are searching for ways to manage a health problem or prevent one -- for you or someone you love -- The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages has it all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780160771835
  • Publisher: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The Office on Women's Health (OWH) was established in 1991 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
Its vision is to ensure that "All Women and Girls are Healthier and Have a Better Sense of Well Being."  Its mission is to "provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches.:  The strategy OWH uses to achieve its mission and vision is through the development of innovative programs, by educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in conusmers through the dissemiantion of health information. 

OWH offers extensive health information online at www.womenshealth.gov.
 

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Table of Contents


Foreword by CNN's International Journalist, Jill Dougherty .......................8

Introduction ..........................................................................................................10
Heart Disease.......................................................................................................15

  Understanding risk factors of this number one killer of women, as well as heart attack signs, common tests, treatments, and living with heart disease.
Stroke......................................................................................................................37
  Recognizing the signs of stroke, as well as understanding the risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke.
Cancer.....................................................................................................................51
  Understanding risk factors, symptoms, important screening tests, and treatment of cancers affecting women.
Type 2 Diabetes.....................................................................................................69 
  Knowing the signs of type 2 Diabetes and how to manage, prevent, and delay the condition.
Autoimmune Diseases.........................................................................................83
  Recognizing symptoms of autoimmune diseases more common in women, dealing with diagnosis, and understanding special pregnancy concerns.
Blood Disorders....................................................................................................103
  Learning how blood works, and recognizing symptoms of bleeding disorders, clotting disorders, and anemia.
Sexually Transmitted Infections......................................................................119
  Lowering risk of sexually transmitted infections, symptoms to look out for, understanding treatment, and dealing with diagnosis.
HIV/AIDS.................................................................................................................139
  Preventing HIV, understanding the importance of testing, recognizing AIDS-related infections, and living with HIV.
Reproductive Health ...........................................................................................153
  Caring for your reproductive health, understanding reproductive and gynecological disorders, and understanding your birth control options.
Pregnancy..............................................................................................................169
  Preparing your body for pregnancy and delivery, understanding body changes, and learning about the stages of pregnancy.
Breastfeeding .......................................................................................................189
  Learning how to breastfeed your baby, with practical tips and suggestions for getting your baby to latch, expressing milk, and caring for your breasts.
Mental Health.........................................................................................................209
  Learning how to care for your overall mental health, understanding mental health disorders, and finding out how to get help.
Healthy Aging.........................................................................................................223
  Dealing with menopause, understanding common signs of aging, and living with chronic health conditions.
Violence against Women....................................................................................237
  Understanding the impact of violence against women in the U.S., recognizing dangerous relationships, and learning practical ways to get help.
Urologic and Kidney Health.................................................................................251
  Learning how the urinary system works, and recognizing, preventing, and treating common urologic and kidney health problems.
Digestive Health.....................................................................................................265
  Learning how the digestive system works, dealing with digestive health problems during pregnancy, and understanding how to keep your digestive system healthy.
Respiratory Health................................................................................................279
  Understanding how the respiratory health system works, dealing with common respiratory conditions, and recognizing symptoms.
Oral Health..............................................................................................................293
  Caring for your oral health, understanding oral health issues specific to women, and learning how to recognize oral health problems.
Skin and Hair Health.............................................................................................307
  Caring for your skin and hair, understanding the link between hair and skin and overall health, and dealing with common skin and hair problems.
Nutrition....................................................................................................................319
  Learning about healthy eating, including practical tips for making healthy food choices.
Fitness.....................................................................................................................339
  Learning about the importance of physical activity, including practical tips for leading an active lifestyle.
Women and Pain...................................................................................................353
  Understanding the impact of chronic pain and painful conditions among women, and learning about treatment options.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine.........................................................369
  Learning about the use of complementary and alternative medicine in the United States, and the state of research on specific types of alternative medicines, and important safety tips.
Appendix.....................................................................................................................384
  Additional Health Information and Tips..............................................................387
  Important Screenings and Tests.........................................................................413
  Health Resources for Women and Family.........................................................423
Glossary.......................................................................................................................436

Bolded terms included
Bibliography................................................................................................................462
Index.............................................................................................................................510

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