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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Encourage all women to make sure they know the recommended screening intervals for breast cancer and their own individual needs.  Then, as the cartoon character Maxine says “Grab the pumpkins and go get a mammogram”!

American Cancer Society guidelines are:

  • Women ages 40 to 44 - start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) when desired
  • Women age 45 to 54 - mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older - switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
  • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
  • If high risk, then talk with your physician about screening intervals.

Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 10:36AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Championing Children's Access to Healthcare

The Children’s Hospital Association, with 200 member children’s hospitals, tweeted that the latest healthcare reform effort, , would reduce access and coverage for 30 million kids in the US.  No matter what the facts are about funding and priorities, hopefully the result of the political debate will be something that helps keep our children and our future healthier.  Let’s keep healthy children a priority.

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 5:50PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

One-third of Hispanic Women have Heart Disease

National Hispanic Heritage Month and World Heart Day (Sept 29th) intersect.  What a great time to increase awareness about women and heart disease, treatment and prevention. Did you know that 1 in 3 Hispanic women have heart disease? We need to do everything we can to help address this growing health concern. WomenHeart is one source of inspiration about what to do - from mentoring to political advocacy.

Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 5:30PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References32 References

Celebrating Women's Health August 26th 


August 26th marks the date the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified after great struggle and fierce debate.  The 1920 landmark event recognized women as “citizens” and gave them the right to vote. 

One of today’s hotly debated parity issues in the US is the relatively low reimbursement and poor coverage of some women’s gender-specific services (eg, maternity, mammography). Does this situation result in lower priority of investment in providing these services in comparison to other types of services? Does it reduce access to certain groups of women? Does it drive creativity in providing the most efficient, lowest cost maternity, hormone therapy, and breast health screening? I don’t have the answer, but I celebrate that both women and men have a voice in this debate.

Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:38AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment

Best and Worst Places to Practice Medicine in US

According to a 2017 article published by MEDSCAPE, the top two places to practice medicine in the US are Minneapolis, MN and Madison, WI.  The worst are New Orleans, LA and Phoenix, AZ.  Some of the features that land a city in the best or worst rankings include employee-sponsored insurance coverage, number of malpractice lawsuits, liveable area, and happiness rating.


Posted on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:51AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment