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Many girls and women want breast implants because they believe it will improve their self-esteem. It is true that cosmetic surgery can help a person feel better about the body part that was “fixed,” whether it is a breast, a nose, ears, or thighs. But research shows that breast implants do NOT improve self-esteem. In fact, several studies show that breast implants LOWER self-esteem even if it makes a woman feel sexier. Read More
What You Need To Know
It was fun and inspiriting at our 2013 Foremothers and Health Policy Heroes Awards luncheon at the elegant Cosmos Clubs. Find more here.
Twenty-five major medical groups made recommendations about the kinds of screening and tests you DON’T need. Why pay for tests that won’t help and might even hurt? To learn what they say about certain popular tests, check out this article.
FDA asks if an antidepressant and and an epilsepsy drug reduce hot flashes? We say no.
YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz, and other drospirenone hormonal birth control pills have been found to have an increased risk of serious blood clots. However, the FDA has not taken the pills off the market or demanded a black box warning. To learn the full story, read our article. For more information about all birth control methods, check out this overview.