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Invisible Illness Awareness Week was brought into existence 14 years ago because of the efforts of a young woman with rheumatoid arthritis. Lisa Copen was only 25 years old when she decided to ...

We Honor Invisible Illness Awareness Week, Sept. 26 - Oct. 1, 2016

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Patricia Lorenz had been married, divorced and had two annulments before raising four children as a single parent. After 27 years as a single mom, she moved to Florida, where she met plenty of ...

Author Patricia Lorenz Shares Insights on Life, Love and Laughter

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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Labor Day weekend offers plenty of opportunities for overeating with your friends and family. In fact, all that food is part of the holiday tradition. Inclined towards sports? Whether you were ...

7 Tips to Help You Recover From an Unhealthy Labor Day Weekend

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I raised five kids who are now in their late twenties through early thirties. At the beginning of this life journey, I was idealistic and optimistic, and determined to always be a positive force ...

10 Powerful Things You Can Say to Your Kids

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A two-pack of EpiPens from the pharmaceutical company Mylan cost less than $100 in 2009, but the price has gradually and dramatically risen since then, with a current list price of about $600. ...

How to Make Expensive EpiPens More Affordable

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It's been a long time since I lived through my first year with my first baby. But some things stay etched in memory. There was so much I didn't know! Fortunately, it's not necessary to know it ...

10 Things I Didn't Know During My First Year as a New Mother

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Somehow we're shocked when we hear about young people who have chronic life-altering diseases. But it's old news to Dr. Emily Graves. She has lived for many years with rheumatoid arthritis, and ...

Emily Graves on How to Be a Good Mommy With Chronic Illnesses

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Your bones change throughout your lifetime, as they are continually remodeled by an absorption and formation process. Bone density decreases as we get older. This is especially true after ...

How Do Your Bones Change as You Age?

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The price of EpiPens has gone up more than 400 percent in recent years. Though the epinephren in the EpiPen only costs a couple of dollars, an EpiPen can now cost $600, according to a report from ...

Mylan Increases Price of EpiPen by More Than 400 Percent

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Burns are the fifth cause of accidental deaths in children and adults, killing nearly 3,500 adults and children each year. Among children 4 years of age and under who are hospitalized for burns, ...

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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For the new mother, life has just introduced plenty of new situations that she may not feel prepared for. Fortunately, many of the new problems she may face are common and the solutions are well ...

Answers to 6 Questions New Moms Have About Breastfeeding

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Asperger's Syndrome is finally moving into the spotlight. Questions that have perplexed Asperger's (AS) and neurotypical (NT) family members alike are now finding answers. Marriages between Aspies ...

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World Breastfeeding Week runs from August 1 to 7, 2016. In the interests of increasing awareness about breastfeeding and for greater knowledge and peace of mind for breastfeeding mothers, we've ...

7 Things You Should Know for World Breastfeeding Week

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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This is a great time to honor the mothers living life in the trenches, taking care of their babies. All of these moms are operating on little sleep, recovering and reclaiming their bodies ...

National Breastfeeding Month: Thank You Moms for Feeding a Nation

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Not many years ago, people with multiple sclerosis were advised to stay in bed and not exert themselves. But over the last 20 years, research has shown that exercise benefits those with MS. ...

Moderate Exercise Benefits MS, Too Much Exercise Does Not

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Does menopause speed up aging in women? Two recent studies from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) indicate a possible link between menopause, insomnia and epigenetic age ...

Does Menopause Make Your Body Age Faster?

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We all do it from time to time. Let the self-disciple slip, and overindulge in foods and drinks that really aren't good for us. (But they taste so good!) The slip-up doesn't have to create a ...

10 Do's and Don'ts to Help You Recover After Overindulging

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When we say a woman is going through menopause, what she is actually "going through" is perimenopause. This is the transition period before menopause. And you reach menopause after 12 consecutive ...

10 Things You Might not Know About Perimenopause

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Marian Smartt was an active, confident woman in her forties whose days were filled with her favorite things — travel, auto racing and medicine. Through the late 1990s until 2002, she was busy ...

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I have had a chronic health condition for a quarter of a century that, due to lack of research, continues to be shrouded in mystery. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is one of its foolish names, ...

Alternative Medicine Aids in My Ongoing Recovery From ME/CFS

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Marian Smartt was an active, confident woman in her forties whose days were filled with her favorite things — travel, auto racing and medicine. Through the late 1990s until 2002, she was busy ...

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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At one time, alternative medicine was largely unfamiliar to the average American. But some of these therapies have been coming into their own in recent years. Here are 10 alternative ...

10 Alternative Treatments and Medicines Explained

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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Marian Smartt was an active, confident woman in her forties whose days were filled with her favorite things — travel, auto racing and medicine. Through the late 1990s until 2002, she was busy ...

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Marian Smartt was an active, confident woman in her forties whose days were filled with her favorite things — travel, auto racing and medicine. Through the late 1990s until 2002, she was busy ...

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Exercise is a good thing for people living with some chronic conditions but not for others. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can respond very negatively to even ...

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Exercise is a good thing for people living with some chronic conditions but not for others. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can respond very negatively to even ...

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It just seems natural to North American girls and women to feel put upon and inconvenienced when their period starts, especially if the arrival is unexpected. But these are first world problems. ...

Girls and Women in Parts of the World Still Need Pads and Tampons

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Marian Smartt was an active, confident woman in her forties whose days were filled with her favorite things — travel, auto racing and medicine. Through the late 1990s until 2002, she was busy ...

Despite Chronic Illness Marian's Life Continues to Expand

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Exercise is a good thing for people living with some chronic conditions but not for others. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can respond very negatively to even ...

Obstacles to Exercise With ME/CFS: Normal Rules Do Not Apply

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Heart disease has been a relatively unknown killer of far too many women for far too long. It's essential that this situation be changed through increased awareness and greater flow of information ...

Heart Disease Is the Top Killer of Women: More Awareness Needed

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Asperger's Syndrome is finally moving into the spotlight. Questions that have perplexed Asperger's (AS) and neurotypical (NT) family members alike are now finding answers. Marriages between Aspies ...

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Nobody's saying your man isn't perfectly capable of acing his own health. Maybe he's already healthier than you, and you could really use HIS help. But lifestyle change can be hard, and is ...

8 Ways You Can Help Your Man Lead a Healthier Lifestyle

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Father's Day has changed with the passage of time, because by and large fathers have changed. An increasing number of dads are becoming more involved in the raising of their offspring than their ...

Father's Day Has Changed Over the Years, as Fathers Have

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What tests should a man see a doctor for? What ages should he be getting certain tests done? How often should some of these tests be repeated? These are important questions, and we've provided ...

10 Health Tests That Are Important for Men at Every Age

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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People with rosacea may have a higher than normal risk for dementia, especially Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the Annals of Neurology. The chronic inflammatory skin ...

Rosacea Linked to Slightly Increased Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

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There's been an increase in the number of children 14 years of age or younger who are getting playground concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI), according to a study reported on by ...

Playground Concussions Have Increased in Recent Years

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Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were ...

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It may not be possible for people with spring allergies to completely avoid allergy symptoms when the warm weather hits. Some areas of the country are better for this than others, however. A ...

10 Best Cities for Allergy Sufferers: 5 Tips To Make Life Easier

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My mother was just a year or two older than I am now when she told me something I hadn't expected. I was 35 years old, and she was 62. I was supposedly in my prime and I guess I bought the common ...

Advantages of Menopause: No Pregnancy — And a Whole Lot More

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The word "chakra" is derived from the Sanskrit for "turning" or "wheel". Hindu texts and practices are the origin for teachings on chakras. These teachings delve into the universal elements of ...

Jody Smith commented on Jody Smith's post The Sacral Chakra and Fertility

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Springtime and allergies, sadly, go together. As the weather begins to warm and the trees and other plants begin to grow, pollen begins to make its presence felt. The Asthma and Allergy ...

The 10 Worst U.S. Cities for Allergies

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The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation was created by Todd Crawford in September 2015 to honor his late wife Lisa Colagrossi who died of a brain aneurysm in March 2015. Lisa had been a popular television ...

The Legacy of Lisa Colagrossi: Raising Awareness Around Brain Aneurysms