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This spring many college graduates will be relocating to a new city to start their careers. Many families will also be on the move after the school year to start a new adventure. As someone who ...

Moving To a Job in a New City? Some Tips to Ease the Transition

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Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth, and occurs in about 13 percent, or at least one in eight women, according to a Burlington Free Press article. This was ...

Postpartum Depression: What Causes it? What Makes It Better?

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While you may be taking a prenatal vitamin every day when you are pregnant, you need to increase your food intake by 300 calories per day. But it is also important to watch what you eat and drink ...

Foods You Should Avoid While You're Pregnant

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Pregnant women are traveling more and more for work and pleasure. While you are pregnant, there are some important things to be aware of when you are traveling. First, pregnant women should ...

Should You Fly While Pregnant? How to Stay Safe and Comfortable

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During my five-year marriage, my husband and I have been apart three times for more than two months at a time. I am happy to report that our relationship has survived, and our love for each other ...

Long Distance Love: A Survival Guide

Like Anastasia Steele of "Fifty Shades of Grey" or Carrie from "Sex and The City," we’ve all had our share of love and lust experiences. When you are being led by your loins or inexperience, it ...

Is It Love or Lust? How to Tell the Difference

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One of my favorite places is the library. Any library is a wonderful place to find and ferret out inspirational quotes from books, magazines, posters, etc. Some of the best quotes are found on ...

The Importance of Inspirational Quotes

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Organic and natural makeup sales have been increasing, according to the New York Times. Almost all stores ranging from grocery stores to high-end department stores are carrying organic and ...

Is Organic Makeup Really Healthier?

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Grab the popcorn and tissues! This year’s Oscar nominations are for movies delivering some of the most powerful performances and storylines regarding health and medical issues. Films ...

Cinema Therapy: Movies about Health Issues

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National Bubble Bath Day is January 8. It's a great reminder of the simple relaxing pleasures in life. If you are a single woman or part of a couple, a bubble bath is a great way to relax or ...

Celebrate Bubble Bath Day on January 8 and Get Soapy!

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The Partnership for Prevention, the United Health Foundation, and American Public Health Association have been gathering health habit data, state by state, for more than 25 years. Their ...

Hawaii: Our Healthiest State

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Holiday gift giving can create some unwarranted holiday stress because some people are impossible to shop for during the holiday season. According to Frank Flynn, Ph.D., professor of ...

5 Tips to Ease the Stress of Holiday Gift Giving

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Cookies!!! Everyone, including Santa Claus, likes holiday cookies. We drink milk with them, we dunk them in our coffee, and we make them with love and good cheer. A cookie can even put a ...

Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes You'll Love

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World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year. People around the world unite in the fight against HIV. According to Imane Sidibé, Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at the ...

Women and World AIDS Day: December 1

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It is raining, snowing, or too cold outside. If you are at home or at work, this may cause you to feel depressed or frustrated, and possibly make you feel the winter blues. So, how do you ...

Beat the Winter Blues: Here's How

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I hate Thanksgiving. I break out in hives just thinking about sitting around a table with relatives and family. Thanksgiving stresses me out! Every year, there is an issue with sitting ...

Thanksgiving Stress Got You Down? Ditch It with These Tips

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The aroma of coffee floating up to the second floor of my house is my alarm clock. We don’t need to set the alarm in our house when we have the smell of fresh brewed hot coffee waiting for us in ...

How to Make Your Morning Cup of Coffee Healthier

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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