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More than 40 years ago, my grandmother introduced me to knitting. As usual, life got in the way and I didn’t keep up the crafting skill. Recently, I ran across something she made and felt ...

Crafting Might Be Good for Your Health

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During the Halloween season many of us prepare recipes with pumpkin, decorating the house for the neighborhood goblins, and watching Halloween movies. Keep in mind, though, that for younger ...

Non-Scary Movies for Halloween

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Superfoods are rich in nutrients and loaded with health benefits. With the weather cooling, this is a great time to purchase some relatively inexpensive superfoods and prepare them during the ...

Harvest the 7 Best Fall Superfoods

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Everyone needs a good night’s sleep, except for a dastardly James Bond villain. For people who suffer from allergies, a night of tossing and turning because of a stuffed nose, watery eyes, and ...

Sleep Survival: Tips for Allergy Sufferers

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Hawaiians say that the Hawaiian Islands have healing powers. That is one of the main reasons that many mainlanders visit the Hawaiian Islands after a medical procedure or surgery to ...

Beach Vacations and the Science Behind Them

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Pregnancy is one of life’s miracles and beautiful experiences. However, this experience may have some minor side effects like heartburn, hemorrhoids, the constant urge to urinate, and insomnia. ...

The Best Pregnancy Sleeping Positions for Safety and Comfort

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Quite frankly, I get annoyed and roll my eyes every time I see a dramatic weight loss story of a celebrity who just gave birth on the cover of a magazine. Magazine covers featuring formerly ...

The Truth about Losing Baby Weight

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False labor pains are also known as Braxton Hicks contractions.  These contractions may arrive after the midpoint of your pregnancy and increase with frequency until the day you give ...

Are Your Labor Pains the Real Deal? How You Can Tell

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In August, melons are plentiful and inexpensive in the produce aisle. If you are a fruit lover, watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews are very sweet and ripe this time of year. My husband ...

'Good and Cheap' Recipes: Free eBook by Leanne Brown

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Every year around Christmas, my husband asks me the same question. "How much do you want me to put in our FSA account this year?" This is usually followed by one of my long, exhaled sighs and an ...

Flexible Spending Account: Plan Ahead, Save Some Money

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I am always yelling at my husband when he microwaves plastic containers, or drinks out of plastic water bottles that may have been sitting in his hot car while he was golfing. My aversion to ...

Miscarriage Risk and Fertility Issues Increase with BPA Exposure

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Wave the rainbow flags because, according to a groundbreaking study which is the largest of its kind, research from Australia’s University of Melbourne indicates that children with gay parents are ...

Kids of Same-Sex Couples are Happier and Healthier, Study Says

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One of my favorite books is "The Secret Garden," written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Two major themes that have resonated with me all these years are that "misery begets misery," as well as the ...

Enjoy the Health Benefits of Gardens and Parks

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Breast milk is known as liquid gold as it has health benefits for a newborn infant, but breastfeeding has health benefits for the mother as well. For example, some studies have reported ...

Breastfeeding Benefits Both Mother and Child

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If you are planning on having a home birth, you may be considering hiring a doula, a midwife or both. But what exactly are doulas and midwives? Also, what are their roles during your pregnancy ...

The Roles of Doula and Midwife during Home Birth

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Between 1930-1945, my grandmother gave birth at home to more than seven children. We used to joke whenever we stayed at my grandmother’s that the bed in the guestroom was known as "the birthing ...

Would You Be a Good Candidate for a Planned Home Birth?

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In December 2012, the world learned a great deal about acute morning sickness as the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, suffered from a horrible bout of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) or acute ...

Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Morning Sickness Requiring Medical Care

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Almost all pregnant women will have a food craving during their pregnancy, and just as many will have a food aversion. One of the most unusual food cravings that I've heard of was watermelon ...

Pregnancy and Food Cravings

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Recently a very pregnant woman was skewered on the Internet for doing heavy weightlifting two weeks before her due date. In an interview with the New York Times, Dr. Daniel Roshan, an ...

Weight Training During Pregnancy? Exercise Caution

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Over the years, home medical tests have become more available. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website, the following home tests have been ...

The Benefits of Home Medical Tests

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One of the downsides to being pregnant is that your body does not fight off colds or flu as well as it normally does. During pregnancy, a woman’s immunity levels are slightly lowered to avoid ...

How to Treat a Cold and Flu When You Are Pregnant

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When I was a youngling, my overactive mind was fascinated by pregnant women. I remember inquisitively questioning a pregnant woman about how she slept at night and if she would crush the baby ...

Are you Pregnant? Are You Getting Any Sleep?

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After missing my period for two months and since I had a severe case of sore boobs, my husband and I decided it was time for a pregnancy test. Instead of calling the doctor for an ...

How Accurate are Pregnancy Tests?

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These days more and more woman are working until their pregnancy due date. I remember having one boss who was flying until the end of her second trimester. And she was such a workaholic she was ...

Safe Air Travel During Pregnancy

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For many women, their identity is tied to their hair and their hair is tied to their sexuality. However, health issues may arise where our hair becomes secondary to our bodies' needs, especially ...

What Will Happen to My Hair During Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is the first time many women may experience heartburn. Heartburn is one of the most very common complaints during pregnancy. It is relatively harmless but very ...

Heartburn during Pregnancy

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Vitamin K comes mainly from leafy green vegetables and from the good bacteria in our intestines. However at birth, a baby has very little vitamin K in its intestines. Also, during pregnancy ...

The Importance of Vitamin K in Newborns

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The closets in my home are loaded with a plethora of footwear, and as my husband teasingly says, "You are the little old lady who is surrounded by shoes." My friends always joke that my shoe ...

The Mystery of the Great Foot Expansion during Pregnancy

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For most women being pregnant is a wonderful and fulfilling experience, but for others pregnancy can mean some uncomfortable changes in the body. Among those uncomfortable changes are ...

Tips on How to Treat Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy

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Anovulatory bleeding can occur in any woman who has menstrual cycles, but it generally occurs in young women starting their periods and women over forty, because of hormone fluctuations. ...

What is Anovulatory Bleeding and What Can Be Done About it?

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Over the weekend, I was reflecting on the diseases that caused my grandparents' and parents' deaths. I am primarily concerned about diabetes and heart disease. Three out of four of my ...

Combined Effects of Menopause and Diabetes

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One of the most traumatic events in our lifetime is the death of a loved one. Losing a child to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is heart wrenching and devastating to the parents and immediate ...

Bereavement Resources for Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

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My pregnant girlfriends use to complain about short term memory loss and they’d dubbed their temporary illness "baby brain". As someone who never had a child, I chalked up baby brain to my ...

How to Deal with Foggy Brain during Menopause

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Holiday sales, baking, traveling, and family holiday dinners can be stressful this time of year. The overcrowded malls and the kids nagging for expensive gifts can push the sanest person into the ...

Spicing Up Your Sex Life During the Holidays

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According to a new study, your weight may have an impact on the effectiveness of the morning-after pill. The study, conducted in 2011, is based on the French morning-after pill called Norvelo. ...

Your Weight May Impact Effectiveness of Morning-After Pill

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If you believe you've experienced birth control failure during intercourse and the man ejaculated in your vagina or vulva area, you might decide to use an emergency contraceptive pill (ECP). ...

The Facts about Emergency Contraceptive Pills

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The withdrawal method of birth control (also known as "coitus interruptus" or "pulling out") requires that the man withdraw his penis, during sex, from the vagina when he feels he is about to ...

Withdrawal Method: Birth Control Kung Fu

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According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, only 45 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 24 used a condom with their last sexual partner. Also the survey found that as ...

Preventing Condom Failure: Breakage, Slippage and Leakage

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Think of perimenopause as the gateway to menopause. For example, perimenopause is the 2-10 year time frame before you enter into menopause. Well, how do you know you have entered perimenopause? ...

Perimenopause and Perimenopausal Rage

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Teen pregnancy happens more often than you think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 329,797 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years in 2011. As ...

Teen Pregnancy: Resources You Can Turn To

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Over the last 50 years feminine hygiene has changed dramatically. Back in the day, we wore a contraption that was called a sanitary belt. This intimidating looking item with its straps would ...

Feminine Hygiene and Your Body

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This year, I saw a plethora of my friends drive their children to college and say good-bye as their kids left the family nest. I know that will never be me. Ever since I can remember, I really ...

The Benefits of Being Child-Free

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Period sex for many is off limits. The thought of sex during “that time of the month” may invoke the feelings of seeing a bloody horror film or reading a Stephen King novel. Both men and ...

Wondering About Period Sex? What You Should Consider

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Menopause is a natural life event that all women may experience after the age of 40. The menopause rule of thumb is that it occurs between the ages of 40-58 with the average hovering around 51 ...

Unusual Symptoms of Menopause

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Cesarean section delivery is the most common surgery among women in the United States while a hysterectomy is the second most prevalent surgery among U.S. women. According to the CDC, ...

Preparing for a Hysterectomy

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I have never heard anyone say they are looking forward to glory days of menopause. Granted, most women I know are pretty happy to wave goodbye to their periods. Some of my female friends and ...

The Menopause Weight Gain Myth

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Painful menstruation can happen at that time of the month, and can include annoying cramps in the lower abdomen and upper thighs. Sometimes lower back pain may be attributed to your time of the ...

Taking the Pain Out of That Time of the Month

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As someone who is knocking on the door of menopause, I hear some very interesting stories about this stage of life. One of my girlfriends loves menopause, she has an active sex life and ...

Sex after Menopause

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Recently while surfing the Internet, I came across a reproductive health test at the Huffington Post website. The sex-education refresher test offered some very interesting reproductive health ...

5 Things You May Not Know about Reproductive Health

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Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) can be the result of using a tampon but many don’t realize it can be also the result of recent surgery, skin infections, or burns. TSS can be deadly in more than 50 ...

The Facts About Toxic Shock Syndrome