Margie Parham, MS, RN, MPH/PhDc

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Black Women's Health Imperative
  Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in this country.
Brazilian women rebel against cesarean births
  RIO DE JANEIRO — From the day Mariana Migon discovered she was pregnant, she knew she wanted a natural birth. So just weeks before her due date, the first-time mother abandoned her obstetrician, her health plan and her private hospital room for the free public hospital in downtown Rio — where she had a real chance at a vaginal birth.
Breast Cancer Screening Among Adult Women — Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2010
  Breast cancer continues to have a substantial impact on the health of women in the United States. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer (excluding skin cancers) among women, with more than 210,000 new cases diagnosed in 2008 (the most recent year for which data are available) (1). Incidence rates are highest among white women at 122.6 per 100,000, followed by blacks at 118 per 100,000, Hispanics at 92.8, Asian/Pacific Islanders at 87.9, and American Indian/Alaskan Natives at 65.6 (1).
Cervical cancer
  Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus (womb) that opens at the top of the vagina. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Worldwide, cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer in women. It is much less common in the United States because of the routine use of Pap smears. Cervical cancers start in the cells on the surface of the cervix. There are two types of cells on the cervix's surface: squamous and columnar. Most cervical cancers are from squamous cells. Cervical cancer usually develops very slowly. It starts as a precancerous condition called dysplasia. This precancerous condition can be detected by a Pap smear and is 100% treatable. It can take years for precancerous changes to turn into cervical cancer. Most women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer today have not had regular Pap smears or they have not followed up on abnormal Pap smear results.
Cervical Cancer Screenings (HPV)
  Persistent infection with one of the 18 high-risk types of HPV is associated with the development of nearly all cases of cervical cancer.
Cord Blood Banking Overview (Baby's Cord Blood)
  When you bank your baby’s cord blood, you are making a choice that could potentially provide a lifesaving treatment for your child or a family member.
Health care law gives women control over their care, offers free preventive services to 47 million women
  Forty-seven million women are getting greater control over their health care and access to eight new prevention-related health care services without paying more out of their own pocket beginning Aug. 1, 2012, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. Previously some insurance companies did not cover these preventive services for women at all under their health plans, while some women had to pay deductibles or copays for the care they needed to stay healthy. The new rules in the health care law requiring coverage of these services take effect at the next renewal date – on or after Aug. 1, 2012—for most health insurance plans. For the first time ever, women will have access to even more life-saving preventive care free of charge.
HIV Superinfection
  Superinfection is defined as the reinfection of an individual who already has an established infection with a heterologous HIV strain.
Hypertension: High Blood Pressure
  Usually, high blood pressure has no symptoms at all. That is why it is often called the "silent killer." Millions of people have high blood pressure and many do not even know they have this serious condition. Rarely, you may experience a mild headache when your blood pressure is elevated. If your headache is severe, or if you experience any of the symptoms below, you must be seen right away because these may be a sign of dangerously high blood pressure (called malignant hypertension) or a serious complication (like a heart attack).
Leading Causes of Death by Race, Ethnicity, All Females United States, 2007
  Leading Causes of Death in Females United States, 2007
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