Thursday, February 25, 2021

HEALTHIER YOU: The facts about sickle cell

September 14, 2020 by  
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The facts about sickle cell BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. People who inherit one sickle cell gene and one normal gene have sickle cell trait (SCT). People with SCT usually do not have any of the symptoms of sickle cell disease (SCD), but they can pass the trait on […]

COVID-19 Hitting Black Americans the Hardest

September 14, 2020 by  
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COVID-19 Hitting Black Americans the Hardest By Cassandra Cotton, Nathan Adelson Hospice Community Outreach Manager New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Black Americans have been infected and hospitalized with COVID-19 at higher rates than other racial or ethnic groups. Black Americans make up nearly 28% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. […]

HEALTHIER YOU: Pregnancy & Coronavirus

September 10, 2020 by  
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Pregnancy & Coronavirus BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN There is still no specific information available about the impacts of coronavirus on pregnancy and breastfeeding. But I will draw from the information we do have around the worldwide impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Pregnant women experience immunologic and physiologic changes which might make them more susceptible […]

HEALTHIER YOU: Understanding diabetes

November 12, 2019 by  
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Understanding diabetes BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN November is American Diabetes Month, and it is important to understand how this sometimes fatal disease affects millions of people. More than two million African- Americans are estimated to have diabetes — a chronic disease with no cure. Nearly 6% of African-American men and 8% of African-American women have this disease. It disproportionately affects African-Americans at a rate nearly double that […]

HEALTHIER YOU: Knowing the facts about breast cancer

November 1, 2019 by  
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Knowing the facts about breast cancer BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN Many women feel apprehensive when getting their breasts checked by a physician or getting their recommended mammogram. As we acknowledge October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the primary word is “Awareness.” It is always better to be educated — and prepared to be proactive if you receive a positive finding of breast cancer. These are some healthy tips to take into […]

HEALTHIER YOU: Lupus and pregnancy

May 22, 2019 by  
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Lupus and pregnancy BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN May is Lupus Awareness Month, and many women wonder whether lupus may increase the risk for birth defects. Women with lupus can have healthy pregnancies — however, they also have a higher chance for complications. Lupus is formally known as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). It is an […]

HEALTHIER YOU: Respect yourself, protect yourself

April 14, 2019 by  
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Respect yourself, protect yourself BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN We are all excited about the coming of spring, the season when we are awed by something that is inside virtually all living things: nature’s impulse to showcase its beauty and reproduce. It’s also a good time to think about your sexual health. April is STD […]

HEALTHIER YOU: After the baby comes, be aware of changes in the body

March 19, 2019 by  
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After the baby comes, be aware of changes in the body BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN Pregnancy brings a lot of changes to a woman’s body, and they can really be felt after giving birth. New moms experience a wide range of changes — from breasts getting full with milk to profound emotional shifts. Many of the discomforts in a woman’s body after giving birth […]

HEALTHIER YOU: Every beat of your heart

February 12, 2019 by  
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Every beat of your heart BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness of the most important muscle in our bodies. For the black community, the facts are plain: African-Americans are at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke than White Americans. Between the ages of 45 […]

HEALTHIER YOU: Can you protect against birth defects?

January 27, 2019 by  
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Can you protect against birth defects? BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN Happy New Year! There is something to be said about getting the blessed news that you are expecting a bundle of joy. But even as we celebrate, it is important to be aware of birth defects and how they can be possibly prevented. January is Birth Defect Prevention Month, and empowering […]