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Living with a chronic illness is hard all year round. During the holiday season it causes unique extra challenges. I knew nothing about this before I became chronically ill myself. I have had ...

Know Someone Chronically Ill This Holiday Season? You Can Help

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Over the years, I have experienced the holiday season with splashed out pageantry and intimate gatherings, lots of festive food and meals of careful simplicity. I have been full of energy ...

Jody Smith commented on Jody Smith's post Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places During the Holidays

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Over the years, I have experienced the holiday season with splashed out pageantry and intimate gatherings, lots of festive food and meals of careful simplicity. I have been full of energy ...

Finding Happiness in Unexpected Places During the Holidays

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The loss of a child is heartbreaking under any circumstances. Pregnant women dealing with mild hypothyroidism can be at risk for several dangers to their unborn children without knowing it. A ...

Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy: Higher Risks for Mother and Child

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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 ...

Jody Smith commented on Jody Smith's post Asperger's Parents and Neurotypical Children

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, also known as the FDA, plays an important role in so many aspects of our lives. "FDA approved" is a term we may all be familiar with. But do we know what it ...

FDA Approval: What Requires It, What Doesn't?

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November is National COPD Awareness Month. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It refers to both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both diseases are marked by shortness of ...

Raising COPD Awareness: More Women Than Men Now Affected

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Many of us remember Bill Cosby fondly as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the Cosby Show. Some of us older people remember him as Alexander Scott on I Spy. He was the smiling face for Jell-O and Coca-Cola ...

15 Women Accuse Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault, Allegations Persist

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The label "ketogenic diet" may be a new one for many people. But it is also a name that could be of great interest for people with epilepsy. It's a low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein type of ...

Low-Carb High-Fat Ketogenic Diet Cuts Adults' Epileptic Seizures

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Being a caregiver is a tall order for a strong, compassionate person. Compassion is what made you decide to take on this role. Strength is needed in order to follow through on your ...

Caregiving Requires Compassion and Strength -- For Yourself Too

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The autumn time change is upon us. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 will be the time to "fall back" for most Americans, with the exceptions of citizens of Arizona and Hawaii. The majority of us manage the ...

'Falling Back' Doesn't Have to Knock You Down

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Fragrance. It's a word that evokes a sweet aroma, perhaps the smell of flowers wafting in your window. But Fragrance, in cosmetics, is made from an unknown and potentially dangerous list of ...

Jody Smith commented on Jody Smith's post The Noxious Fragrance of Our Cosmetics and Other Products

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Fragrance. It's a word that evokes a sweet aroma, perhaps the smell of flowers wafting in your window. But Fragrance, in cosmetics, is made from an unknown and potentially dangerous list of ...

The Noxious Fragrance of Our Cosmetics and Other Products

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Child safety is our top concern at Halloween. We accompany our kids to the houses they go to. We make sure they stay in well-lit areas. We inspect their candy to make sure it hasn't been tampered ...

Halloween Should be Safe as Well as Fun

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In times of desperation, when you are looking for answers, assistance or emotional support, knowing there are support lines that are only a phone call away can be a comfort.Across the country ...

Support Lines You Can Call in Times of Need

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I didn't need to see the research on the restorative features of knitting to know it's really good for me. But it's nice to know about all the healthy benefits my favourite hobby brings my way. ...

Why Knitting is Good for Your Health

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The EPA gave final approval to a herbicide from Dow AgroSciences on Oct. 15, 2014. The herbicide is called Enlist Duo and will be used with new genetically modified crops from Dow AgroSciences, a ...

EPA Approves Herbicide for GMO Crops

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"I just about had a heart attack!" Ever said that when you were under a lot of stress? Chances are, you didn't really think you were having a heart attack. But the fact of the matter is, ...

10 Ways Stress Can Affect Your Heart Health

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It was a grand experiment. Psychiatrist Thomas Wehr gathered a group of people together in the 1990s and left them in the dark 14 hours a day, for a month. After four weeks, people had developed a ...

First Sleep and Second Sleep: Is This Our Natural Pattern?

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A small but potentially significant study sheds a new light on the dire prospects of Alzheimer's disease. The research only involved 10 participants with Alzheimer's disease but nine of them ...

Alzheimer's Disease: New Research Reclaims Memory Loss

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The first case of Ebola in the United States was confirmed on September 30, 2014 by the CDC, in an individual who travelled from West Africa to Dallas, Texas. Symptoms had developed about five ...

Ebola: First U.S. Case Confirmed by CDC

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Everybody has a blood type. Sometimes a mother-to-be's blood type is a bad match with her unborn baby's blood type. When this happens a problem arises concerning the Rhesus, or Rh, factor that's ...

Rh Factor and Blood Type Incompatibility

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I have a beautiful new granddaughter, which is thrilling for the whole family. Less of a cause for rejoicing is the fact that she has jaundice caused by ABO incompatibility. Ours is a ...

Jody Smith commented on Jody Smith's post ABO Incompatibility and Jaundice? Tough Start but Manageable

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I have a beautiful new granddaughter, which is thrilling for the whole family. Less of a cause for rejoicing is the fact that she has jaundice caused by ABO incompatibility. Ours is a ...

Jody Smith commented on Jody Smith's post ABO Incompatibility and Jaundice? Tough Start but Manageable

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I have a beautiful new granddaughter, which is thrilling for the whole family. Less of a cause for rejoicing is the fact that she has jaundice caused by ABO incompatibility. Ours is a ...

Jody Smith commented on Jody Smith's post ABO Incompatibility and Jaundice? Tough Start but Manageable

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I have a beautiful new granddaughter, which is thrilling for the whole family. Less of a cause for rejoicing is the fact that she has jaundice caused by ABO incompatibility. Ours is a ...

ABO Incompatibility and Jaundice? Tough Start but Manageable

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The approach of menopause during the perimenopausal years can be intimidating. You may have a sneaking suspicion that menopause will mean that you are less of a woman. You might wonder if your ...

10 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Menopause

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a nightmare of an illness. This motor neuron disease progresses quickly, damaging neurons (nerve cells) and destroying ...

ALS Research Offers New Hope

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Finding out you have Parkinson's disease can be terrifying. But educating yourself about the disease, its symptoms and what can be expected as it progresses, can make the prospects of PD less ...

Parkinson's Disease: Arm Yourself with Information

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Fibromyalgia (also known as FM or FMS) is an invisible disease. Its symptoms aren't readily evident to the casual observer. In fact they're often not picked up on by family members, friends or ...

Jody Smith commented on Jody Smith's post Fibromyalgia: Invisible Disease Begins to Emerge From the Shadows

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Artificial light or natural sunlight can heal breakouts of psoriasis for some sufferers. Phototherapy is ultraviolet light therapy performed under medical supervision in a clinic, at a doctor's ...

Psoriasis Breakouts Can Be Healed by Phototherapy

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August 8th seems like an appropriate, if ironic, time for Understanding and Remembrance Day for Severe ME. The month of August can be a time to take advantage of all the glories of summer ... if ...

Understanding and Remembrance Day for Severe ME is August 8

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Some children who have epilepsy can find relief from seizures by eating a ketogenic diet. This is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. Neurons (nerve cells) switch over to burning of ketones (fat ...

High-Fat Low-Carb Diet Reduces Children's Epileptic Seizures

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New research indicates that a low-carb diet is more effective than a low-fat diet for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The University of Alabama at Birmingham participated in a study ...

Diabetes Benefits from Low-Carb Diet, Research Says

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I've loved the recent research coming out vindicating saturated fats as a healthy part of eating. This could be the beginning of a huge shift in how people look at their diets leading to a ...

Embracing Saturated Fat in a Low-Fat World

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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, ...

Jody Smith commented on Jody Smith's post Confused About Bug Repellents? EWG's Guide Can Help

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Apparently a low-fat diet isn't the healthy regimen we've believed it to be. When compared with low-carbohydrate and low-glycemic index diets, eating low-fat instead results in more insulin ...

Saturated Fats Healthier than Low-Fat, Sugar and Carbohydrates

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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