Why Is Healthcare So Expensive?

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Americans spend more on healthcare than any other developed nation. Healthy citizens make for a more productive and happier country, and of course, investing in healthcare makes sense. The trouble is, despite spending $3.6 trillion on healthcare in 2018—a figure expected to climb in the next ten years—Americans are not any healthier. In fact, they are more likely to forgo the care they need due to rising medical costs. Read on to find out why medical costs are rising and what you can do to get quality care.

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What Is a Pap Test?

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            Other than our reproductive organs, men and women are pretty much the same. In general, what affects one usually affects the other. However, one of those differences is the risk of cervical cancer in women. Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of death in women until HPV vaccines (read more about HPV here) and pap tests increased the female population’s survival. A Papanicolaou (pap) test, or pap smear, is a preventative screening measure to identify cells in your cervix that are abnormal or will one day become cancerous. If you’re new to pap tests, or it’s just been a while since you’ve completed one, read on for a rundown on what to expect from Oohvie

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Top 5 Summer Health Concerns

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           Summertime is full of fantastic weather, fun outdoor activities, and easy-going vibes that reduce stress and make us feel better, but it also comes with additional health hazards you should avoid. Read on to find out what you can do to protect yourself while soaking up the summer season.

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How to Have a Heart-Healthy Diet

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. That’s why it’s vital to manage risk and take preventative measures to ensure your heart health now before the worse should happen. Fortunately, most cases of heart disease are due to lifestyle choices. That means managing this portion of your risk level is completely within your control. Changing your diet now will help control your weight, reduce your cholesterol, and lead a heart-healthy life. Check-in with your HealthLynked provider to cultivate a meal plan that’s right for you. In the meantime, here are the basics.

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Overlooked Symptoms of Heart Attack in Women

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           Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Unfortunately, our knowledge of what to look for regarding heart attacks in women is dangerously uninformed for as large as the health concerns are. The cliché of a woman clutching her chest and doubling over in the movie is merely a Hollywood shorthand. The symptoms of heart attack differ between men and women. While women experience chest pains, they are far more likely to experience other symptoms not classically associated with heart attacks.

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How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her First Period

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           How and when to initiate “The Talk” is a question that vexes most parents. When is too soon, when it’s too late, what information should you give her, what questions will she ask, how can you prepare for those? There’s a lot to consider. One thing is certain: Your daughter’s first period is a huge moment in her lifetime, marking her transition from childhood to womanhood. It’s normal for her to feel bewilderment, wonder, fear, and curiosity about her body.

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What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?

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If you’re going through menopause, then you know that the symptoms can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, even life-altering. Between the mood swings, night sweats, and hot flashes, you might wonder if there is anything out there that can offer you some relief. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), also called estrogen replacement and menopausal hormone therapy, is considered one of the most effective treatments to relieve uncomfortable symptoms. The treatment replaces the estrogen that your body stops making when you enter menopause. Once you choose to begin the therapy, you must decide how you would like the hormones administered.

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Breastfeeding 101: Basics for Mom

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Women have been breastfeeding their babies since the beginning of time. There’s nothing more natural or maternal than nourishing your baby from your body. The experience is one of magic and comfort that improves health and vitality for the child, as well as the sense of connection for the mother. As natural as the action of nursing is, it doesn’t mean that it comes naturally for every woman, especially in the early days. If you choose to breastfeed your child, you can look forward to cultivating new levels of patience.

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Caring for Caregivers

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           Caring for someone who can’t care for themselves is a rewarding and worthwhile experience. After all, you’re literally facilitating the health and wellbeing of someone you love. But as a society, we underestimate the toll caregiving takes on the caregiver and lack sufficient resources to offer the estimated 40 million unpaid caregivers in America, 61% of whom are women, the support they need.

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What Can Meditation Do for You?

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Meditation is a time-honored, ancient practice. Historical records indicate meditation as a common practice in India as early as 1500 BCE, but most historians believe humans started far earlier, likely 3000 BCE. The only difference between now and then is that medical science can measure the effect meditation has on the body, hence the sudden rise in interest in the general population. Clinical trials involving meditation and mindfulness have exploded from only eleven in 2006 to 216 in 2015, with more coming every year. Still, we’ve only scratched the surface on how the benefits of meditation go. 

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Could You Have a Hormonal Imbalance?

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We need our hormones. Hormones are the body’s messengers, telling it how to regulate mood, energy, metabolism, sleep, reproduction, and everything else that our body needs to survive and function optimally. Hormonal shifts occur in everyone daily; when you eat, sleep, get stressed, or even laugh, our bodies adjust the hormones accordingly. For women, hormonal fluctuations occur regularly as part of their menstrual cycle, but this also leaves women open to more cases of hormonal imbalance.

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What You Should Know About Menopause

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Menopause is when a woman’s body begins to naturally decrease its production of reproductive hormones, signaling the end of a woman’s fertile phase of life. She’s considered officially in menopause when she has not had her period for one year. The average age of menopause onset is fifty-one in the United States, while the global age is around forty-six.

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5 Breast Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

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It’s happened to us all. You stare into the mirror in horror at a tiny stray hair sprouting from your nipple. A suspicious bump on the underside of your breast. Maybe one hangs differently than the other or is another size. Is there something wrong with you? The answer is no. These variances are normal for everyone and are usually nothing to be worried about, and certainty nothing to be embarrassed to bring up with your doctor. (They’ve heard it all, rest assured). If you still need a pep talk or a little reassurance before making an appointment through HealthLynked, read on for the top breast questions on the minds of Oohvie users.

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Do You Have IBS?

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive condition that affects more than 15% of the overall population in the United States. The problem is that it can be difficult to discern whether the symptoms you’re experiencing are signs of IBS or simple indigestion. Take a look at this collection of tell-tale symptoms. If you answer “yes” to any of these, it’s time to make an appointment with your HealthLynked provider. Try DocLynk, the new telemedicine service from HealthLynked, and the only platform that connects you to a doctor, your medical records, and an in-depth Review of Systems all in one visit. 

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3 Surprising Conditions More Common to Women

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For the most part, conditions that are harmful to women equally impact their male counterparts, exceptions being women-only ailments like cervical or ovarian cancers and Turner Syndrome. However, in recent years, clinicians have found over a dozen disorders and conditions that statistically affect women more severely and in greater numbers than men. Oohvie highlighted the top three you should keep in mind as you manage your healthcare goals.

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Oohvie’s Tips to Staying Healthy in College

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Many users in Oohvie’s community of women are college students like Sasha Pearson, Oohvie’s favorite cookie baker of Instagram. Like Sasha, they use Oohvie to track their menstrual cycle, ovulation, symptoms, and feelings, all automatically updated to their HealthLynked Patient Profile. Oohvie’s customizable reminders make the perfect tool for staying on top of self-care activities while juggling classes, exams, papers, and everything else college life brings with it. With that in mind, we’ve compiled these tips to staying healthy in college that you can use in conjunction with Oohvie. Try them yourself and see them in action by following Sasha on Instagram at @SweetArtBySasha.

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Why Gonorrhea Rates Are Rising

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In recent years, there’s been a shocking increase in the rates of gonorrhea among the population. In 2018, there were a total of 583,405 cases of gonorrhea in the United States, a stark increase from the 301,174 cases reported in 2009, the lowest on record since the CDC first began tracking the disease in 1941. … Read more

You Can Do It! Oohvie’s 5 Tips for a Healthy Reproduction System

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So, you’ve had your yearly gynecological exam, you’re practicing safe sexual activity, and you’re tracking your cycle and menstrual symptoms with Oohvie. Is it enough, or is there more you can do to bolster your female reproductive health? Oohvie compiled five of our most important female health tips you can do every day to ensure your personal wellness.

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HealthLynked Announces 48% Month Over Month Growth For Q1 Of Female Users Of Its Oohvie App And Release Of Version 2.0 With Expanded Features

HealthLynked Announces 48% Month over Month Growth for Q1 of Female Users of its Oohvie App and Release of Version 2.0 with Expanded Features NAPLES, Fla., April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — HealthLynked Corp. (OTCQB: HLYK), a global healthcare network focused on care management of its members and a provider of healthcare technologies that connects doctors, … Read more

How-To Build a Healthier Immune System

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Though vaccination rates continue to climb around the globe, it’s imperative to control what you can concerning your health to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. Your immune system is critical in your body’s defense network which blocks attacks bacteria, viruses, fungi, or any potential element that could cause illness.

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Hear It From a HealthLynked Provider: About Fetal Circulation

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If you’ve ever been curious about the development of a fetus or how babies breathe in the womb, tuck in for another edition of Oohvie’s “Hear It From HealthLynked” blog series where real providers share their research, thoughts, and publications on modern medical trends, technologies, and treatments. In this segment originally published in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, HealthLynked ultrasonographers discuss how naturally occurring vascular shunts allow fetuses to reach maturity.

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5 Fast Facts About Your Thyroid

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One of the great mysteries of the human body is how its smallest parts can have the largest impact. Oohvie is here to help you demystify your inner workings and set you on a path of wellness by arming you with the knowledge and tools you need to be your best physical self.

Read on for Oohvie’s “Fast Facts About Your Thyroid” and discover why thyroid health is of paramount importance for your overall well-being. Worried you’re affected by thyroid issues? Be sure to log how you’re feeling on Oohvie to update your HealthLynked medical data with your doctor.

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Know Before You Go: Preparing for Your First Mammogram

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Yearly mammogram screenings are a necessary step in maintaining your women’s health, especially if you’re at risk for breast cancer or are over forty. Early detection of breast cancer from mammogram screenings can reduce the risk of life-threatening cancer by 25%-30%. If you think you might be at risk or are at the age that annual screenings would make sense for you, know before you go, and read on as Oohvie answers your most asked questions about what to expect from your first mammogram. Connect with your doctor from your HealthLynked profile to speak about adding breast cancer screenings into your health plan.

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What Is Preeclampsia?

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If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably read up on some of the risk factors associated with pregnancy and want to know more about what to expect in the coming months. This week, Oohvie explores what we know about preeclampsia, also known as toxemia, and what symptoms you should log in Oohvie to report to your HealthLynked provider if you think you might be at risk for preeclampsia.

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Chemicals & Feminine Products—Dangerous or No Big Deal?

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If you have a cellphone and access to the internet, then you have probably heard tell of the heated debates surrounding feminine hygiene products and the possible adverse side effects caused by chemical products used in their construction. Oohvie took a deep dive into the science of your safety for the long-term use of mainstream feminine products. Read on to get the facts.

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