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Healthy Women Today Newsletter - January 2012

Joan Shey

Spotlight on Women's Health

Interview With a Thyroid Cancer Survivor

Chances are, you don’t give too much thought to your thyroid on a daily basis. Joan Shey didn’t, either, until she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She survived the cancer, and then started the Light of Life Foundation to educate people about thyroid cancer. Learn more about your thyroid and how it affects your health.

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What Women Want to Know

Highlights from the womenshealth.gov information and referral center

A woman wrote to us after having her thyroid gland removed due to Graves’ disease. She wondered how the treatment for Graves’ disease would affect her ability to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy. We sent her information on Graves' disease, like its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. We also sent her information on pregnancy and Graves’ disease. We strongly suggested she follow up with her doctor about her concerns. We also reminded her that if she wasn’t comfortable with her doctor's recommendations, it is wise to get a second opinion.

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Trained English- and Spanish-speaking information and referral specialists will find and order free health information or provide referrals to organizations to assist you with any health questions.

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HHS logoHHS 2011 Year in Review

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took a number of steps that have improved the lives, health, and security of Americans. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius outlined the many accomplishments of the Department during 2011.


Watch the Secretary’s video.

The National Breastfeeding Helpline

The National Breastfeeding Helpline from the Office on Women’s Health has trained breastfeeding peer counselors to provide support by phone. The counselors can help answer common breastfeeding questions. They can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or lactation consultant. The Helpline is available for all breastfeeding mothers, partners, prospective parents, family members, and health professionals seeking to learn more about breastfeeding. Talk with a trained breastfeeding peer counselor in English or Spanish. Call 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) for support


Get more information about breastfeeding and its benefits for moms and babies.

Women are Living Well with Disabilities

Did you know that as many as 1 in 5 of American women have a disability? Women are affected by many different illnesses and disabilities, which can range in severity. Some disabilities are rare, and some are more common. Some disabilities are visible to others — such as blindness or paralysis. But many are not. For instance, some mental illnesses affect people's ability to do their jobs or manage a household. Some people are born with disabilities. Some disabilities result from illness or an accident. Many disabilities come on as people age. As the number of older Americans grows, so does the number of people living with a disability. Because women live longer than men, women are more likely to be limited in the amount or kind of major activity they can perform.

Get information important to women with disabilities.

Has Pregnancy Affected Your Body Image?

For some women, body image is a huge concern, especially during pregnancy. Some women welcome their pregnant bodies, while others are in complete shock over the different changes that happen.

Learn more about how to love your body, especially while pregnant.

Healthy Recipes for a Healthy Lifepesto polenta

Recipes for Healthy Kids - Try out four of the top recipes submitted in a challenge sponsored by the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign and the USDA.

Check out more recipes from ChooseMyPlate.gov!

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Quick Health Data Online Monthly Spotlight

Every month Quick Health Data Online highlights topics of interest and relevant data available on its website. September's spotlight is on National Cholesterol Education Month.


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The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages is available to order online and in bookstores nationwide. From the nation's leaders in women's health, the Guide covers a broad range of health topics affecting women of all ages.

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Content last updated January 19, 2012.

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