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Why Baby Boomers Should be Tested for Hepatitis C

Why Baby Boomers Should be Tested for Hepatitis C

Did you know that anyone can get hepatitis C, but baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to be infected? Of all the people in the United States who have hepatitis C, more than 75 percent were born during those years. The reason behind the high rate of infection among boomers isn't completely understood, but it's believed that most were exposed in the 1970s and 1980s, when hepatitis C rates were the highest. Read more ...

What You Should Know About Cancer of the Cervix

What You Should Know About Cancer of the Cervix

Becky Lyle knew enough to get regular screenings for cancer of the cervix, including a Pap test, and she always did. A Pap test is recommended every three years for average-risk women between the ages of 21 and 65. Beginning at age 30, HPV testing is also recommended. Becky had had one abnormal Pap test about five years ago, but the next one came back normal, so she wasn't worried. Read more ...

Weight Loss Surgery. How is Becky Sawtelle Doing a Year Later?

Weight Loss Surgery. How is Becky Sawtelle Doing a Year Later?

It was nearly a year ago — January 17, 2013 — that I first wrote about Becky Sawtelle and her decision to have weight loss surgery. She is only 5′ 3″ tall and, at the time, weighed 272 pounds. (Her highest weight was 281 pounds.) Her body mass index (BMI) was 49. Anything over 30 is considered obese. 

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Learning to Draw Portraits. I Gave Myself a Facelift Because I Could

Learning to Draw Portraits. I Gave Myself a Facelift Because I Could

My final drawing assignment was a giant self-portrait. 18 x 24-inch. Really, really big. I can't believe my first semester of art school is already over. Like everything wonderful in life, it sped by like a snap of the fingers.

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