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A doctor once told me that a breast ultrasound is better than a mammogram to discover abnormalities or possible breast cancer. She is a breast cancer survivor herself. Anyone else agree with ...

Is a breast ultrasound better than a mammogram?

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I know I tend to skip the flu shot (I'm not a fan of vaccinations unless I (or my kids) REALLY need them) and I suppose that leaves me with little room to complain if I succumb to the flu. Which I ...

GauguinFan commented on Susan Cody's post A universal flu shot is finally in the works!

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I saw a fitness person on TV recently saying that many of his clients only use weights for fitness and it works really well. I only do cardio, on an eliptical machine so that it's a total body ...

Is using weights vital during exercise?

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I have read that a lot of peanut butter, and peanut butter products like peanut butter crackers are being recalled in the Midwest. I always thought of salmonella poisoning coming from undercooked ...

How is peanut butter causing salmonella poisoning?

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I have a hard callus on my hand from opening a certain brand's bottle everyday that is closed so tightly that sometimes I need a pliars to open it! I even contacted the company to tell them they ...

How I get rid of a large callus on my hand?

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I have suffered from insomnia since childhood and I just read that women are more than twice as likely as men to have insomnia. Is there a physical reason for this, or a mental reason, ...

GauguinFan commented on GauguinFan's post Why are women twice as likely to have insomnia than men?

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I have suffered from insomnia since childhood and I just read that women are more than twice as likely as men to have insomnia. Is there a physical reason for this, or a mental reason, ...

Why are women twice as likely to have insomnia than men?

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How long does it take for supplements to take effect? For example, I am taking calcium supplements and am wondering how long I will take them for before I see some results? I'm hoping to see ...

How long does it take for vitamins or supplements to start working?

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I know several young kids and toddlers who have a lisp and they usually grow out of it by the age of 5 or so. Occasionally, a person doesn't. Anyone know why a kid has a lisp in the first ...

Why do some children have a lisp?

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I get the odd cold sore now and again and never kiss my husband or kids if I get an outbreak. It's a "hugs only" week, unfortunately. But is it possible to possibly transfer cold sores to my ...

Cold sores and Kissing

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Somebody recently recommended acu...something for lower back pain and I can't remember if they said acupunture or acupressure. I'm not really sure what the differences are - does anyone have any ...

What is the difference between acupunture and acupressure?

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I have spent time in nursing homes and the elderly the person, the more likely it seemed that they were were wearing adult diapers. It's safe to say that the majority of residents in the nursing ...

Is losing control of your bladder inevitable as you get older?

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I hear a lot of people say "5 second rule!" as they pick something up from the floor and pop it in their mouth. It means that if something edible spends less than 5 seconds on the floor, it hasn't ...

Is the "5-second" rule really true?

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I have read that a person shouldn't eat fish more than three times per week, especially pregnant women, due to mercury levels. My question is - does mercury naturally occur in fish or is it a ...

Does all fish contain mercury?

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You never know - maybe someone in their respective camps might even read this! What health related question would you like to ask each of the Candidates? I'm picking just one question each, ...

If you had to ASK one of the candidates a health care question, what would it be?

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With all that is happening in our country, I'm wondering how it's directly affecting women out there. Have you lost your job? Your home? What have you had to cut back on? Have you had to ...

The weak economy - how has it changed YOU?

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I have read several times that we use up fewer calories while watching television than by doing nothing at all - like lying down and watching the ceiling! Is this true? I know watching ...

Fewer calories used while watching TV than doing nothing at all?

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I posed a question here a few months back: http://empowher.com/ask/skin/is-it-normal-a-mole-just-suddenly-appear-your-skin and I took the advice and brought my child to her pediatrician. She ...

Update to my question about the sudden appearance of a dark mole

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What is cheating? Is it sex? Or sneaky, sexy emails to an old flame or co-worker? Paying for a lap dance at a strip club? Kissing? Omission of facts - like who was really at the bar when you ...

What do you consider cheating/infidelity?

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I never get a yeast infection unless I take antibiotics. About 25% of the time when I have to take antibiotics, I get a yeast infection and an over the counter 3-day regime cures it. I know ...

Why do some antibiotics cause yeast infections?

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Do you talk to your friends and family about what to do in the event of a natural disaster, terrorist attack or other emergency? There are simple yet important ways to ease fears of the unknown ...

What to do in the event of an emergency

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What does the term 'negative calories' mean? I know it has something to do with eating foods that actually make you lose weight - even though these foods contain calories. The foods are healthy ...

Can someone explain the term 'negative calories'?

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Unhealthy Personalities Don't let these toxic types bring you down. 1. Bullies. It's not just kids who get bullied on the playground, although that's often where it starts. A Canadian study ...

GauguinFan commented on alysiak's post The 6 People to Avoid Always

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So I'm looking to amp up my work out a bit and gain leaner muscle (not necessarily interested in dropping weight) and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on protein shakes.

GauguinFan commented on jetpackjenny's post Are protein shakes a good idea?

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I'm wondering if kids (under 5) can or should eat the yogurt Activia? It seems very healthy and promotes digestive health but I'm not sure if small (er) kids can eat it. Thanks!

Should kids eat Activia?

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I have a question - how 'normal' is it to get bloody noses? My husband get one about once or twice a week and sometimes when he is sleeping - because I often see drops of blood on his pillow ...

Frequent bloody noses - why?

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Have you ever given your doctor or specialist a gift to say thank you for the care or advice they've provided? How was it received? Should patients give gifts if they've already paid for ...

GauguinFan commented on dragonfly's post Have you ever given a health practioner a gift? Should you?

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I've been getting hangnails (4 total) in the past couple of weeks. These things are painful - and I don't know how to prevent them. It's hard not to pick at them to get them off and if I do, ...

Ouch - why am I getting these hangnails?

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I don't know any women who use them but I know they are around and are supposed to be very effective. Does (or has) anyone use them? Everyone I know uses the Pill, an IUD or male condom. Does ...

Does anyone actually use the Female Condom?

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My husband gets a pretty severe headache when in the sun for only 4-5 minutes, sometimes even with a baseball cap on but definitely when he is hatless. Today he was outside for about 4 minutes for ...

GauguinFan commented on GauguinFan's post Why does even 5 minutes of sun cause headache - and 10 mins cause nausea?

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My husband gets a pretty severe headache when in the sun for only 4-5 minutes, sometimes even with a baseball cap on but definitely when he is hatless. Today he was outside for about 4 minutes for ...

Why does even 5 minutes of sun cause headache - and 10 mins cause nausea?

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I saw that the Williams' sisters were up against each other in today's Wimbledon finals. Venus beat her sister Serena in two sets. After, she talked about making sure to not celebrate too ...

Do women compete against each other, more than support each other?

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Is it better to only wear deoderant? I believe anti-perspirants are not as safe because they actually block the body from perspiring, and have components (ingredients) in them that can lead to an ...

Is deoderant-only better? Is there a link between anti-perspirants and cancer?

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So, this was a new one to me Empathy Deficit Disorder or EDD. According to one psychologist, the condition is rampant among Americans. Douglas LaBier, Ph.D., director and founder of the ...

GauguinFan commented on dragonfly's post The Discovery of EDD or Empathy Deficit Disorder

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Hello! What can be done about back pain due to driving a lot on a daily basis for work? Is there some kind of support brace for drivers or some kind of lumbar support that can be worn to stop ...

Chronic back pain due to driving! What can I do?

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I know Empowher is all about health and wellness, both inside and out. And rightly so! But what happens when it's terminal? Unfortunately, not everyone or everything can be made better. ...

Should Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia be Legalized?

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Hi We just noticed a small blackish brown mole on our toddlers thigh that has appeared out of nowhere. It is dark brown in color and is quite small but noticeable. It has not changed in size or ...

GauguinFan commented on GauguinFan's post Is it normal for a mole to just suddenly appear on your skin?

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Hi We just noticed a small blackish brown mole on our toddlers thigh that has appeared out of nowhere. It is dark brown in color and is quite small but noticeable. It has not changed in size or ...

GauguinFan commented on GauguinFan's post Is it normal for a mole to just suddenly appear on your skin?

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Hi We just noticed a small blackish brown mole on our toddlers thigh that has appeared out of nowhere. It is dark brown in color and is quite small but noticeable. It has not changed in size or ...

Is it normal for a mole to just suddenly appear on your skin?

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Dr. Marty Klein, a well-known marriage counselor and sex therapist is tackling your toughest sex questions. Submit your question here (anonymously if you prefer) and he could respond to you on ...

GauguinFan commented on EmpowHER's post Got a Sex Question You Need Answered? "Ask Me Anything", Says Dr. Marty Klein

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We always think of baldness as a man thing and it's not. Many women also suffer hair loss for many reasons - it could be hereditary, a thyroid problem, vitamin deficiency or alopecia, amongst ...

Baldness in women and children? Not just a male thing?

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Sunday June First is Cancer Survivor Day. Right in between Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day, Proms, Weddings and Graduations is the little known outside of the world of cancer a ...

GauguinFan commented on Haralee's post Cancer Survivor Day is Sunday June 1, 2008

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So, Nintendo, makers of the popular Wii gaming console, will release next week what it's calling Wii Fit. This new unit gives 'gamers' the options of strength training, yoga, aerobics and more, ...

GauguinFan commented on dragonfly's post Wii Fit -- Will You Try This?

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I didn't pick these from a magazine or anything, and they are probably not the best (and certainly not the only!) ways to go a little green but here are some of the things I do to help me, my ...

No buying, no selling - just some easy ways for you to go 'green' right now!

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I thought I'd share some news coming about about treating children with epilepsy. It is based on a diet called the ketogenic diet and is based on a high fat, low carb way of eating. At first I ...

The Ketogenic Diet for Epilepsy

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I have lived with Thyroid issues all my life. I was diagnosed with Hyperthroidism as a youth. I took meds until I was 18 to keep things under control. Did not start dealing with my Thyroid again ...

GauguinFan commented on Evie14's post Rediagnosed 9 years ago with Hypothyroidism. Recently lost 16-20 lbs. Not consistently workingout and eating right. Should I

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I'm in my 30s. It's too early for me to even think about this. Or is it? I'm wondering if anyone has thought about their care when they get too old or too infirm to care for themselves - or ...

Who will care for you when you get too old to care for yourself?

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Hi! Now that summer is nearly (yay!) here, I use a sunless tanner all the time. Not sure if I should say the name but it's well known and is a daily moisturiser you use that develops into a light ...

GauguinFan commented on GauguinFan's post Are Sunless Tanners Safe?

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Hi! I guess I sort of have a question for whoever is willing to advise. My best friend has been sexually active for a while but is afraid of going to see a gynecologist. I go annualy and ...

GauguinFan commented on Imme's post Helping Friends

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Hi! Now that summer is nearly (yay!) here, I use a sunless tanner all the time. Not sure if I should say the name but it's well known and is a daily moisturiser you use that develops into a light ...

Are Sunless Tanners Safe?