Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts About Gynecologic Cancer

The Inside Knowledge campaign raises awareness of the five main types of gynecologic cancer: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. Inside Knowledge encourages women to pay attention to their bodies, so they can recognize any warning signs and seek medical care. New television and...

Expedited partner therapy for chlamyida

You may have chlamydia. If you do, you need to be treated for it. Your sex partner was recently treated for chlamydia, an infection you can get if you have sex with a person who is already infected....

Ten questions patients are being encouraged to ask (are you proactively answering them?)

The communication gap between healthcare providers (HCPs) and patients has been met with its fair share of commentary, research, and critique. One thing we can likely all agree on: For patients to safely use their...
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Educational interventions to increase Tdap vaccination rates among pregnant women

The highly contagious respiratory infection pertussis remains a public health problem for the United States.1 Infants have the highest morbidity and mortality rates from pertussis because of a lack of immunity at birth and...

Lung cancer screening*

Tests are used to screen for different types of cancer. Some screening tests are used because they have been shown to be helpful both in finding cancers early and in decreasing the chance of dying...
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Genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes in women

What is a hereditary cancer syndrome? Cancer can be sporadic, familial, or hereditary. A sporadic cancer happens at random, maybe because of a mistake that occurred when cells in the body were dividing or because...

New interactive tool from the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative

Did you know that the Women's Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) has a mobile-friendly interactive Well-Woman Chart? To increase accessibility of the current WPSI recommendations, the interactive version of the Well-Woman Chart can be added as...

Depression among women of childbearing age*

More than just feeling sad or down or having the blues, many women like yourself, in your late teens to early 50s, can develop a mental illness called depression. Yes, depression is an illness,...

Infertility evaluation and treatment

How common is infertility? After 1 year of having unprotected sex, 15% of couples are unable to conceive—that is, to get pregnant. After 2 years, 10% of couples still have not had a successful...

Patient education

Health Insurance Marketplace: 10 Things to Tell Your Patients 1 If you don’t already have health coverage, the Health Insurance Marketplace is a new way to find and buy health coverage that fits your budget and...
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On the case…Having the conversation about alcohol as a teratogen: Three women

By Beth Kelsey, EdD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP and Marilyn Pierce-Bulger, MN, FNP-BC, CNM How do nurse practitioners skillfully handle three challenging scenarios involving young women who are (1) at repeated risk for an unplanned pregnancy,...

Lung cancer screening*

  KEY POINTS Tests are used to screen for different types of cancer. Three screening tests have been studied to see if they decrease the risk of dying from lung cancer. Screening with low-dose spiral computed tomography (CT) scans...

Healthy bones for women*

  Osteoporosis is a disease known for slow, silent loss of bone. (In this case, the word “silent” means that you won’t feel anything as the disease starts or worsens.) Bones become thinner and weaker, so they...

FDA issues warning letter for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning letter to Alkermes, Inc. due to misbranding on the drug Vivitrol, which is used to prevent opioid dependence relapse. The letter was issued...

Marijuana Use during Pregnancy and Lactation

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) advocates for a nonjudgmental and evidence-based approach to screening and counseling women concerning marijuana use during pregnancy and lactation. NPWH supports strategies to educate...

New York City to launch program for postpartum depression

A new program for helping families affected by postpartum depression is set to hit New York City in 2024. The program is The New Family Home Visits initiative, and will first begin in Brooklyn...

New guidelines for the management of school-based asthma

The Community Preventative Services Task Force (CPSTF) recently released new recommendations around the management of school-based asthma. These management strategies aim to reduce the amount of hospitalizations and emergency room visits from children and...

Linguistics in healthcare: Why it matters

MK Hedrick is a former colleague of mine who works in healthcare market research. When we worked together, we were tasked with trying to understand the ins and outs of different online disease communities...

Potential consideration for physicians regarding cannabis edibles

In early January 2020, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a commentary from Drs. Jasleen Grewal and Lawrence Loh regarding potential concerns around the use of cannabis edibles. One of the key points addressed in...

Get your child vaccinated against HPV!

Why does my child need the HPV vaccine? The HPV vaccine protects against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a very common virus; nearly 80 million people in the United States—about 1 in 4—are infected...

Study highlights increases in amount of out-of-pocket spending for maternity care

A recent study published in Health Affairs highlights how much the out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses for maternity care have increased over time. The study examined the costs associated with maternity care between 2008 and 2015 (before...

New findings from the American Cancer Society on reduced cancer mortality rates

Based on new findings from a 2020 American Cancer Society report, mortality rates from cancer have declined by 29% between 1991 to 2017 in the US. Additionally, between 2016 to 2017, there was a...

Handout on HPV for your patients from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As parents, you do everything you can to protect your children’s health for now and for the future. Today, there is a strong weapon to prevent several types of cancer in our kids: the...

Depression among women of childbearing age*

More than just feeling sad or down or having the blues, many women like yourself, in your late teens to early 50s, can develop a mental illness called depression. Yes, depression is an illness,...

Human papillomavirus (HPV)*

As parents, you do everything you can to protect your children’s health for now and for the future. Today, there is strong weapon to prevent several types of cancer in our kids: the HPV...

Pre-conception health and healthcare: My reproductive life plan

Thinking about your goals for having or not having children and how to achieve those goals is called a reproductive life plan. There are many kinds of reproductive life plans. Your plan will depend...