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Only a few decades ago, the often contradictory data as to whether or not bug repellents were safe was sidestepped by some by just living with the itching from bug bites. But since that time, ...

Confused About Bug Repellents? EWG's Guide Can Help

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For decades, we've been told not to eat saturated fat. We were warned that saturated fat consumption would lead to heart disease, poor health and an untimely death. But leading U.S. cardiovascular ...

No Need to Avoid Saturated Fat for Heart Health, Researchers Say

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Around the world, 50 million people have recurring epileptic seizures. More than 37,000 children are being diagnosed each year with recurring seizures, according to Indiegogo.com. Seizures at ...

SAMi Monitors Epileptic Seizures at Night, Lets Parents Sleep

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It may be hard to hear for those of us who grew up on fortified breakfast cereals and tend to be sentimental about our old -- and possibly current -- favorites. Nevertheless we need to face up ...

These Fortified Children's Foods are Over-fortified, EWG Says

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One of the casualties for many of us who are chronically ill is friendship. I have ME/CFS and while I have been living a more normal life the last few years, for over a decade I saw almost nobody ...

3 Hours of Therapy Makes Living with Chronic Illness Easier

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June is the month dedicated to raising awareness for abuse of the elderly. Elder Abuse Awareness Month is tackling a huge, important issue since many seniors are being abused. The abuse can be ...

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month: Protecting the Elderly

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The Environmental Working Group has been assessing American sunscreens for eight years. Now they've put together their 2014 Guide to Sunscreens with its user-friendly searchable ...

Practice Sun Safety this Summer with EWG’s Sunscreen Guide

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Even though about 300,000 people live with scleroderma, many of us know nothing about this disease. Naming June as National Scleroderma Awareness Month is a strategic move toward changing all ...

Learn More About Scleroderma During Its National Awareness Month

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I have ME/CFS, a pernicious and limiting condition that's shared by throngs of people around the world. ME/CFS stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome and it is an ...

Social Media: An Open Window Into the World for ME/CFS

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Getting a good night's sleep is merely a dream for those with obstructive sleep apnea, as the ability to breathe is too frequently interrupted due to blocked airways. But lack of sleep is just the ...

Sleep Apnea May Increase Risk for Osteoporosis, Cancer and Stroke

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M. King Robson talks again about women and the need for the pink pill Michelle King Robson testified for Flibanserin, and about hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) when Flibanserin was ...

The Voice of Women's Health is Crying Out

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There may be a link between asthma and bone loss. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reported in May, 2014 that this loss of bone mineral density may affect about 26 million ...

Could Asthma and Osteoporosis Be Linked? Study Says Yes

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Twenty-two years ago, patient advocate Tom Hennessey chose May 12 to be International ME/CFS and FM Awareness Day. May 12 had been Florence Nightingale's birthday, and since it she may have had ...

International ME/CFS and FM Awareness Day: On May 12, Remember Us

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This Mother's Day, many of us will be thinking about women in our lives who are faced with metastic breast cancer, or MBC. These women are mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins and other loved ones. ...

Honoring Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer For Mother's Day

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A hormone called estriol (also known as oestriol) which is produced in higher amounts during pregnancy may be used in the future for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. A group of 158 women ...

Preliminary Research on Estriol Looks Promising for MS Treatment

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Vitamin D performs many functions in the body. We've known for a long time that vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and calcium absorption. We're learning more about other roles of ...

Vitamin D May Affect Immune Function

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Research from UCLA has indicated that exposure to some pesticides may create higher risk for Parkinson's disease. An earlier study published by the UCLA team in January, 2013 showed a link ...

Risk for Parkinson's Disease May Increase with Pesticide Exposure

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Tears aren't always a bad thing. Now with Google Glass, created by Google[x], tears for the diabetic can offer a way to monitor blood sugar levels. You don't have to be crying to have tears. ...

Google Glass Contact Lens May Monitor Glucose Levels in Tears

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CFS/ME, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating, life-altering condition that affects many Americans. People with CFS/ME often have no ...

PET Scan May be Useful for Diagnosis and Treatment of CFS/ME

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When you become stressed to the point where you feel like your head is about to explode, the last thing you want to hear is a motivational speaker on TV talking about their newfound strategy to ...

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For people living with mitochondrial disease, recent research on niacin (vitamin B3) offers hope for a better life. The University of Helsinki and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ...

Vitamin B3 May Be Cure for Mitochondrial Disease

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Interested in increasing your financial health? Forbes.com has some solid suggestions to help you down that road. Do you know what your net worth is? To figure this out, you'll need to ...

Exercise Your Financial Muscles for Better Financial Health

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This week marks five years for me being back online again. I had surrendered my connection more than a decade ago, when ME/CFS had me down for the count. Fortunately I have been recovering my lost ...

My Fifth Anniversary Online Despite ME/CFS

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The month of March is marked as a time to foster greater awareness about colorectal cancer. The CDC is one of many organizations reminding Americans during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness ...

Colorectal Cancer: Fostering Greater Awareness in Month of March

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In December, 2013 the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA), partnering with Genzyme, a Sanofi company, held a nationwide search through their Why I Swim campaign. They were looking ...

Swim for MS Campaign: Mary and Iris Share Inspiring Stories

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Since March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, the CDC wants to raise awareness in the United States concerning traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI. The brain's function is disrupted by ...

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month: Get the Facts

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Plenty of us have a problem with getting enough exercise on a regular basis. For those with multiple sclerosis, the difficulties are magnified. While exercise can help to lessen depression, ...

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Can Benefit from Moderate Exercise

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The week of March 3-9, 2014, was MS Awareness Week during MS Awareness Month. The theme for this year's Awareness Month is "MS Counts." According to an article by Jeri Burtchell on ...

MS Awareness Marches Forward this Month

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In honor of American Heart Month, CEO of the American Heart Association Nancy Brown reflected on the past half century of U.S. awareness-raising for heart health. In an article on ...

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In honor of American Heart Month, CEO of the American Heart Association Nancy Brown reflected on the past half century of U.S. awareness-raising for heart health. In an article on ...

American Heart Month: 50 Years Promoting Awareness and Health

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During the Sochi Olympics, 29-year-old Julia Mancuso walked away on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 with a bronze medal in the women's super-combined which couples the times of a downhill run and a slalom ...

Julia Mancuso Takes Bronze at Sochi, Her Fourth Olympic Medal

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The partnership of Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams gave the bobsled Olympic event at Sochi their all. It wasn't enough to win the gold. They missed the mark for that by only 10/100ths of a ...

Meyers and Williams Win Bobsledding Silver

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Jamie Anderson won a gold medal for the United States in the women's snowboard slopestyle event during the 2014 Olympics at Sochi. The silver medal for the event went to Enni Rukajarvi of Finland. ...

Jamie Anderson Shines with Slopestyle Olympic Gold

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The FDA has approved a new diabetes medication called Farxiga (Dapagliflozin). It lowers blood sugar, which is certainly beneficial for type 2 diabetes. The drug comes in the form of a tablet. ...

Listen up Diabetics: The Worst Drug of 2014

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Portable space heaters, kerosene heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves can be a great extra source of warmth when winter days are brutally cold. But these heat sources must be treated with respect. ...

Keep Your Home Safe and Warm During Winter Cold

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Usually we think of Alzheimer's disease (AD) as affecting seniors who are on up in years. It's less well-known that 10 percent of people with Alzheimers have the early-onset variety. ...

Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Often Misunderstood

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Confusion, memory lapses, and inability to do things that used to be easy, are some of the sad but familiar aspects of Alzheimer's disease. Less familiar are the personality changes that can ...

Alzheimer's Disease: Changing the Person You Knew

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Dr. Andy Kogelnik, journalist Llewellyn King and 24-year-old Ryan Prior, a patient who has ME/CFS, will be participating in a panel at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Friday, ...

ME/CFS Panel Discussion to be Held at National Press Club

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Joey Tuan was an adrenaline junkie, working 60 hours a week as a consultant in San Fransisco. He went to the gym four times a week, and studied for the Chartered Financial Analyst exam in the ...

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Joey Tuan was an adrenaline junkie, working 60 hours a week as a consultant in San Fransisco. He went to the gym four times a week, and studied for the Chartered Financial Analyst exam in the ...

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Joey Tuan was an adrenaline junkie, working 60 hours a week as a consultant in San Fransisco. He went to the gym four times a week, and studied for the Chartered Financial Analyst exam in the ...

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Joey Tuan was an adrenaline junkie, working 60 hours a week as a consultant in San Fransisco. He went to the gym four times a week, and studied for the Chartered Financial Analyst exam in the ...

Jody Smith commented on Jody Smith's post Beating M.E.: Joey Tuan's Illness Becomes Engine For Change

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Joey Tuan was an adrenaline junkie, working 60 hours a week as a consultant in San Fransisco. He went to the gym four times a week, and studied for the Chartered Financial Analyst exam in the ...

Beating M.E.: Joey Tuan's Illness Becomes Engine For Change

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Some parts of the country are accustomed to frigid conditions in the winter. But even the most winter hardy are being challenged recently as a deep freeze has descended upon us. And in areas ...

Avoid Hypothermia in the Present Deep Freeze

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My family is experiencing the slowdown that follows Christmas. We didn't have the huge flurry of activity so many families are swept up in. We were fortunate in that the people we spent time ...

Navigating the Post-Holiday Slowdown

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New Year's Eve may be an event that causes mixed feelings for some parents. The years when you used to dress up and go to a party without a care in the world may be long past. If you're ...

Ringing in the New Year with Your Children

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The holiday season can breed chaos even for the healthy and whole. For the person grappling with Alzheimer's it can be overwhelming. Keeping this in mind, simplicity is the order of the ...

Alzheimer's Changes the Shape of Christmas

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At any time of the year, parents of a child with a chronic illness have plenty on their plate as they deal with the limitations and extra needs that impact their child's life. There are medical ...

Christmas and the Chronically Ill Child

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At our house this week we are faced with a common holiday dilemma. Should we get a real Christmas tree or an artificial one? Some folks are committed to real Christmas trees and others are sold ...

O Christmas Tree -- Which Christmas Tree?

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November is COPD Awareness Month. As the third leading cause of death in the United States having moved up from being the fourth leading cause, it deserves the attention. In an interview with ...

EmpowHER Interview with Jane M. Martin for COPD Awareness Month