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Obesity and Birth Defects

by Lori Sciame January 19th, 2018 | Health Observance
What a woman weighs does matter - not so much to conform to society's definition of beauty - but to ensure a positive birth outcome. Scientists and other health professionals don't know exactly why, but babies born to women who can be categorized as obese have a higher incidence of birth defects. No mother wants to burden her child with health problems that could have been prevented, so it follows that those wishing to become pregnant should strive for a healthy weight before conceiving.  Exercise can help a woman obtain this important goal.

The Problem

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The Best Possible Start

by Lori Sciame January 5th, 2018 | Health Observance
I vividly remember the moment I read the positive pregnancy test.  I felt awash with emotions, including immense joy at the news I would be bringing a new life into the world. Would my first baby be a boy or girl?  Would he or she have brown or blonde hair?  Dozens of questions ran through my mind.  After the initial elation, my thoughts drifted towards more practical concerns, such as visiting the doctor.

My concerns about my child, however, began long before I conceived.  When my husband and I decided it was time to start a family, I
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HIV / AIDS Is a Manageable Disease

by Margot F. December 22nd, 2017 | Health Observance, Women's Health
There is no cure for HIV so if possible, take steps to reduce your risk of getting the disease. Practicing “safer needle use” and “safer sex” are recommended.

The term “safer sex” refers to using a latex or polyurethane condom or female condom correctly each time you engage in vaginal or anal intercourse, especially if you have multiple partners or are unsure of your partner’s HIV status. It is important to use a condom or dental dam (piece of latex used to cover the vagina or anus) when engaging in oral sex. Water based lubricants are recommended because oil-based ones
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Living with HIV and AIDS

by Joe Lawrence December 15th, 2017 | Aging Well, Health Observance
In the United States, there are roughly 1.1 million people living with AIDS. Awareness is at an all time high and there are many advances in research and treatment. These advances in medicines, treatment, and living with the disease have created a welcome side effect: an aging AIDS population. However, with this comes a few more issues.

It is estimated that by the year 2020 more than half of those infected with the virus will be over the age of 50 (current numbers are roughly one third). This is great news on the surface because people are now surviving for
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Alzheimer’s and Men’s Health

by Lori Sciame November 10th, 2017 | Health Observance, Men's Health
Alzheimer's is a disease that causes the brain to shrink.  In essence, the disease robs one of his ability to think clearly.  An article in HealthDay Reporter by Denise Mann suggests that although Alzheimer's affects both men and women, the disease progresses differently in each sex. She states, "men seemed to have more problems with their thinking ability when diagnosed with Alzheimer's than their female counterparts did. What's more, men and women lost gray matter in different areas of their brain."  While it's too early to tell why there is a difference between the sexes, one thing remains clear:
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