Health

Women’s Health Month: Pink, Pink and More Pink

By: Lt. Cheryl Castro & Lt. Jenique Keys, certified nurse midwives, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Pink bows, pink tutus, and pink ribbons are all signs that breast cancer awareness month is here. We wear the pink ribbons, we buy the pink soccer socks, but do we really know what we should be “aware” of this month? After skin cancer, the …

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Women’s Health Month: Focus on Family Planning Resources

By Capt. Richard Biggs, director of surgical services, U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy Family planning … birth control, contraception, pregnancy prevention, or however you refer to it, is a personal choice — one that Navy Medicine can help inform and support. It’s hard to plan everything in life, but when a pregnancy is unanticipated it can create a great deal …

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Exercising to Relieve Stress

By Cmdr. John Brooks, M.D., Lovell Federal Health Care Center The physical benefits of exercise have long been established. Exercise is known to improve physical fitness, help manage weight, and reduce stress. The most recent federal guidelines for adults by the Department of Health and Human Services recommend at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity physical activity (e.g. brisk walking) each …

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Overcoming Stress Eating

By Cmdr. John Brooks, M.D., Lovell Federal Health Care Center Stress can affect the way we think of food, either consciously or subconsciously. Some people respond to stress by having a decreased appetite while others have an increased appetite. Usually the increase in consumption is with the foods that we enjoy or comfort us. Who cannot remember being given a …

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Less Than 8 Hours to Better Women’s Health

By Cmdr. Eva Domotorffy, Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery The pursuit of health and remaining healthy seems almost like a full-time job. And for women, the additional gender-specific recommendations add complexity to an already  arduous schedule of regular exercise, eating well, medical and dental check-ups,  immunizations, screening exams, etc., etc. As a “40-something” woman with …

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