What are fibroids?

Fibroids, or in medical terms, a leiomyoma, is a proliferation of a type of muscle cells in the uterus. In the truest sense, it is benign cancer. It usually emerges from the smooth muscle cells of the uterus. Still, it may also arise from the cervix or the broad ligament, a suspended ligament attached to the uterus and the pelvic wall. They are typically painless, but the patient may complain of heavy and early bleeding.

What are the different types of Fibroids?

The types of fibroids can be based on location and their relation to the muscular wall of the uterus.

Based on location in the pelvic cavity, it can be

  1. A uterine fibroid: is located inside the uterus.
  2. A cervical fibroid arises from the cervix, which connects the vagina to the uterus.
  3. A parasitic fibroid arises from the uterus but may attach to some
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There are a lot of reasons why people wait to start families, whether it’s taking time to build a career, looking for the right partner or just simple preference. But if you’re approaching age 35, it’s important to know what role that waiting might play in your pregnancy plans.

Terms like “advanced maternal age” and “geriatric pregnancy” sound rather dramatic, but as Doctor Kelsey Hvidsten points out, they don’t always mean much. “The management of pregnancies past age 35 generally includes a bit more monitoring,” she says, “But otherwise it’s the same as routine pregnancy care.”

During our conversation on the For Health’s Sake podcast, Doctor Hvidsten explained some of the main factors to be aware of when planning a later pregnancy. These include:

  • How age affects fertility
  • Age-related risk factors
  • The role of prenatal screenings and tests
  • Factors that can contribute to a healthy pregnancy

Plan for your pregnancy

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If only there existed a simple set of rules for managing blood sugar when you have Type 2 diabetes—it would be the most-requested pamphlet in a doctor’s office. Instead, as many people find, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for the millions of Americans with the condition. It takes time and effort to discover what works best, and the right combination will differ for everyone.

Determining what type of medication and which lifestyle factors will be most effective for managing blood sugar could take years. One way to speed up the discovery? Learn from others who are living with the condition. Here, seven people with diabetes share the most important insights they’ve gleaned about managing their blood sugar on a day-to-day basis.

Pay close attention to food and medication effects

When Agnes Czuchlewski, 68, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes more than 20 years ago, her first thought was that she

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Health equity is defined as the ability to fulfill our human potential in all aspects of health and well-being. It goes beyond access to care. Health equity encompasses clinical, mental, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health, and is influenced by social, economic, and environmental factors.1

Healthcare organizations have a critical role to play in health equity, as they are not only responsible for delivering care, but can also be advocates for change within the clinician community and the populations in which they serve.

Studies estimate social, economic, and environmental “drivers of health” (also known as social determinants of health) can account for up to 80% of health outcomes, whether positive or negative.2 Discrimination and bias can often cause these drivers to be negative, making it difficult for historically marginalized and low-income groups, or for those with disabilities, to achieve overall well-being.

While poverty and lack of access have

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RALEIGH, N.C. — American Bone Health is pleased to announce that Michael Casarella recently joined its Board of Directors.

Mike Casarella headshot

Casarella has spent 35 years in the biopharmaceutical industry, focusing on oncology. He is currently Senior Director of Medical Affairs at Kinnate Biopharma, working with doctors around the world on clinical trials of therapies for various types of cancer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

“Mike Casarella is passionate about improving patient outcomes and supporting treatment innovations, and we look forward to his contributions,” said Cheryl Hostinak. “Mike’s many years of experience in working with consumers and clinicians will be an asset to American Bone Health.”

American Bone Health’s Board of Directors is a committed group of volunteers with a wealth of experience in community service, education, business and health care. The Board provides governance for the organization and strategic

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