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The Importance of Vitamin D

This week’s weather forecast for Casper calls for mainly sunny skies. It’s nearly mid-February and winter still has a few months’ grip on our state and community. With several inches of snow still on the ground and many feet of snow on Casper Mountain, it can seem like winter will never end. Therefore, we’d be wise to … Continued

Use of Prescription Pain Killers May Increase Risk for Birth Defects

If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant and are taking pain killers, talk with your doctor. A recent report issued by the Center for Disease Control states that use of opioid medications such as such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine may increase the risk of birth defects. Experts estimate about half … Continued

Erasing Pregnancy

An unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming.  The timing is usually terrible.  The situation is wrong.  Perhaps a young lady just started a new job or is still in school.  Maybe she isn’t married and her parents will be disappointed.  Sometimes infidelity or medical problems factor in. There are so many variables, stresses and pressures created by … Continued

Understanding Your Monthly Cycle

There are many phrases and words used to describe that “time of month” that we women have to deal with during our reproductive years: Are you on your period or on the rag?  Did your monthly friend arrive?  When was your last menstrual period or LMP?   Or Maybe Aunt Flow came to visit. What a Pain! The … Continued

Abortion Pill Reversal

Medical Abortion Reversal. Did you know that medical abortion can now be reversed within a few days after beginning the process?  The sooner the reversal procedure is begun after taking the “abortion pill” the better the results.  Kind of shocking isn’t it? The whole idea of abortion reversal seems foreign.  A woman who chooses abortion … Continued

Alcohol and Pregnancy Don’t Mix

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) affect nearly 40,000 babies every year, according to experts. Today (Sept. 9) is FASD Awareness Day, and September is FASD Awareness Month, a time to educate and encourage pregnant women to not drink alcohol during pregnancy. What is FASD? This term refers to the range of effects that can occur in a … Continued

Ovarian Cancer and the BRCA Gene

Ovarian Cancer Awareness September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.   Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect because the early symptoms are often mild and are not recognized as ovarian cancer. Symptoms include bloating, indigestion, frequent urination, and abdominal or pelvic pain.  Only 19% of ovarian cancers are found in the early stages when the survival rate is up … Continued

Teen Pregnancy Rate Falling, STDs Still a Problem

It’s back to school time and students will be actively engaged in sports, drama, debate, and various additional events. Football galas, proms, and other dances are a big part of being in junior high and high school, and dating seems to take place for many at a very young age. Dating without supervision can lead … Continued

You can be a Humanitarian

Today is World Humanitarian Day.  What is a humanitarian?  According the Webster’s online dictionary a humanitarian is a person who works to make other people’s lives better. Famine, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, human trafficking, genocide….the list goes on and on.  The heartbreaking stories from around the world keep coming.  And we have access to seeing them through the lenses … Continued

Five Tips to Help Keep You Safe from Campus Sexual Assault

Summer wanes and autumn approaches, and that means the start of schools, including colleges and universities. And with that comes concern for safety on campus. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice between 1995 and 2013, women ages 18 through 24 (college-age) were more likely to become a victim of sexual assault than … Continued

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