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Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their situations. They may have support from a team of caregivers, or friends or family, or they may be handling everything on their own. ...

Tips to Help You Avoid Caregiver Burnout in the Holiday Season

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Laughing gas during labor? Believe it or not, it may be the newest thing in pain relief for laboring women, if some midwives have their way. And some pregnant women are jumping on the new wagon. ...

Laughing Gas Gives Women Personal Control Over Labor Pain

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People tend to notice pregnant women, and even strangers will sometimes have something to say about the state of your fertility. Some people may think they are being brilliantly creative, while ...

10 Annoying Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman

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Women are torn in plenty of directions these days. Back in the naive 1970s, we were told that we could have it all. Raising families, beautiful homes, active in the community, working full-time in ...

Many Working Women Are Also Caregivers for Elderly Parents

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My introduction to breastfeeding came with the birth of my twins. There was a lot to figure out, and quickly. Some of what I needed to know pertained to nursing twins, but there was plenty of ...

10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Breastfeeding

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The days are getting cooler and darkness falls earlier. It's almost Halloween! The big event generally kicks off just as dusk is settling in. Let's face it. Visibility out there is not good. ...

How to Make Halloween a Safe Adventure for Your Kids

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Technology has made great strides in the healthcare space. And now, it’s not just for doctors, hospitals and researchers — these technological advancements in health are making a difference for ...

5 Ways Moms Can Use Technology to Manage Their Family’s Health

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A month or so after Julia Aziz and her husband had gotten married, she became pregnant. The pregnancy hadn't been planned, but they were very excited. But Julia had a miscarriage. Julia was 29 ...

Julia Aziz Shares Lessons of Labor Through Birth and Miscarriage

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Pregnancy and childbirth are major events that will change your life forever. When you're dealing with multiples — hang on to your hats! — the life-changing effects are spectacular. I am the ...

Multiple Pregnancy: What Are the Odds and Other Useful Information

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The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo have been funding 96 national organizations whose stated purpose is promote and protect health of Americans between 2011 and 2015, according to a study in the ...

Money From Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Has Funded 96 Health Organizations

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In the olden days (back when I was having kids) preeclampsia went by a different name. It was called toxemia. By either name, this can be a very serious development in a woman's pregnancy. ...

Preeclampsia: Recognize and Manage This Pregnancy Complication

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Research has indicated that states where medical marijuana is legal have lower rates of abuse and overdose of painkillers based on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical ...

Medical Marijuana Reduces Abuse and Overdose From Painkillers

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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