The Difference Between Sprains and Strains

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by Hannah Gatens   Any athlete, participant in any form of exercise, or even dancers and workers know that sprains and strains are common.There’s a big difference between the two, however, even though colloquially the two terms are used interchangeably. Defining a Sprain A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament or a […]

WOW! Did You Know…….?


Did you know that Virginia Women’s Center provides with weekly health tips EVERY week! These short bits of valuable information help you stay healthier and you can find the resources you need to improve and maintain good health right at your fingertips. These women’s health professionals also provide you with important information about preventive […]

Encouraging Decline in HPV Rates


Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted disease that is passed through skin-to-skin contact. HPV is primarily spread through sexual intercourse, but it can be spread through any sexual contact. Since many people with HPV do not develop symptoms or health problems from the virus, individuals do not always know they are infected […]

June 24: Nutrition Tips

In addition to regular visits to your health care provider and age-appropriate screenings, nutrition and exercise are foundations for a healthy life. Here are some suggestions of small changes you can make that will help you develop nutritious habits. Depending on your personality, you may wish to master one tip before moving to the next or […]

June 10: Preventing Osteoporosis

While certain factors can increase one’s risk for Osteoporosis, there are some measures that all women can take to help prevent the development of Osteoporosis. Weight-bearing exercises and muscle-strengthening exercises can help women increase bone mass before menopause and slow bone loss after menopause because bones are strengthened when muscles pull on them. In addition, it’s important that […]

Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes


What is gestational diabetes? When diabetes starts during pregnancy, it is called gestational diabetes. Women with diabetes (whether or not it is classified as gestational diabetes) need special care during pregnancy. Diabetes is a condition that prevents the body from using food properly. The body receives its major source of energy from a sugar known […]

May 27: Breast Self-Awareness

In addition to regular screening mammograms and clinical breast exams, some women choose to perform a formal step-by-step breast self-exam and others prefer a visual inspection. No matter the technique you choose (both can be performed in the comfort of your own home and without any formal training), it’s important that you are aware of […]

Early Detection is the Best Medicine


By Guest Author: Susan Uhle, NP – Richmond Surgical Early detection is currently the cornerstone of our arsenal in the war against Breast Cancer.  This is accomplished through Mammographic Screening, and, at times, other imaging methods such as Ultrasound and Breast MRI.   Findings from Mammography can lead to Needle Biopsy, where results can range from benign, […]

May 20: Melanoma Awareness Month

As we plan to spend more time in the sun during the summer months, it is important to prevent skin cancer by protecting ourselves from the harmful rays of the sun. Melanoma is one type of skin cancer that begins in melanocytes, cells that make the pigment melanin. It may begin in a mole (skin melanoma), […]

May 13: National Women’s Health Week

In honor of National Women’s Health Week, let’s all remember that health is not merely the absence of disease, it’s a lifestyle. Whether it’s getting enough sleep, enjoying a hobby or learning to set limits with others in your life, it’s important to take time to be good to yourself. Take steps to balance work, home, […]