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If you are an allergy sufferer, you probably are pretty familiar with what sets you off. However, you may also be avoiding certain activities thinking that you will have a problem, when you may ...

Learn the Truth About These 6 Allergy Myths

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Depression and its effect on mothers and babies can begin long before delivery. One of the concerns about prescribing antidepressants during pregnancy is that they may lead to preterm labor or ...

Treating Pregnant Women for Depression May Decrease Preterm Births

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We care how our skin looks to others, so hearing about ways to improve its appearance is always welcome news. MIT scientists have recently developed a new material called “second skin” that will ...

‘Second Skin’ May Temporarily Reduce Wrinkles and More

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Peanut allergies have doubled over the last 10 years in Western countries. They are also becoming more evident in Africa and Asia, according to a 2015 Learning Early about Peanut Allergy (LEAP) ...

Giving Peanuts to Young Children May Avoid Allergies, Study Shows

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Pregnant women are more susceptible to yeast infections due to hormone changes, specifically estrogen levels that are thought to affect the normal pH balance in the vagina. A recent study ...

Pregnant? Take Care Choosing a Yeast Infection Medication

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Talking about toenail fungus is not the most exciting topic. However, permanently getting rid of toenail fungus may be something you are struggling with. You may not have thought of it, but ...

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There are 20 million estimated sexually transmitted diseases diagnosed each year in the United States, and there are 110 million men and women with estimated existing infections, according to the ...

Top 5 STDs in Women Versus Men

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Back pain has become a fairly common event for many of us. It is estimated that 60 to 80 percent of us will experience back pain at some time in our lives. (1) “In 2007, approximately 27 ...

4 Stretches You Should Try for Back Pain

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The question of whether human papillomavirus can go away on its own has been discussed quite a bit here on EmpowHer. HPV is a virus that infects the skin and genitals. Some high-risk types have ...

Can HPV Go Away on its Own? And 7 More Facts You Should Know

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Perhaps you are one of the many people who read headlines recently about a promising new male contraceptive option. Please take a moment to pat yourself on the back for being in the know, when ...

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Perhaps you are one of the many people who read headlines recently about a promising new male contraceptive option. Please take a moment to pat yourself on the back for being in the know, when ...

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If you are like most moms of young infants, you are holding your breath waiting for the time your little one sleeps entirely through the night. Unfortunately, your baby isn’t likely to be able to ...

Why Doesn't My Baby Sleep Through the Night?

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Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of uterine tissue outside of the uterus. A recent study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, has found that women with endometriosis, ...

Endometriosis Linked to Increased Heart Disease Risk, Study Shows

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FDA approval of Addyi (flibanserin), or the “little pink pill,” was big news last year. It was applauded by some women’s groups as, finally, a first step toward addressing sexual dysfunction in ...

FDA-Approved Addyi Underperforming as Women's First Pink Pill

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Multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barré syndrome are both autoimmune diseases where the protective myelin coverings of the nerves are attacked by one’s own immune system. Both conditions are ...

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MS is a difficult autoimmune disease to have because its progression is unpredictable. People with MS may have many symptoms in common though the disease affects different people ...

6 Ways You Can Support Someone With MS

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First, you need to ask yourself why you're taking magnesium. Are you getting enough magnesium from your diet? Are you having symptoms that you think show you need magnesium? Are you on ...

Should You Take Magnesium in the Morning or at Night?

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Multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barré syndrome are both autoimmune diseases where the protective myelin coverings of the nerves are attacked by one’s own immune system. Both conditions are ...

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for opioid prescriptions in response to growing misuse of the drug. Opioid prescriptions are often the gateway to opioid ...

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for opioid prescriptions in response to growing misuse of the drug. Opioid prescriptions are often the gateway to opioid ...

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Multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barré syndrome are both autoimmune diseases where the protective myelin coverings of the nerves are attacked by one’s own immune system. Both conditions are ...

What Are the Differences Between MS and Guillain-Barré Syndrome?

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Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease where the body destroys the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves of the spine and brain. Myelin is a fatty covering that protects nerves and permits ...

What Are the 4 Types of Multiple Sclerosis?

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Have you noticed that, as hard as you may try, you can’t seem to shed those last five pounds? Could the alcohol you are drinking at night with your dinner meal or that weekend away, where you ...

How Alcohol Can Stop You From Losing Those 5 Pounds: The Science

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People who awaken suddenly at night feeling short of breath and gasping for air could be suffering from paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, particularly if they have cardiac disease. The person ...

What Is Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea?

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Ten years ago, the human papillomavirus vaccination was introduced in an attempt to reduce the occurrence of HPV. Virtually all cases of cervical cancer are found to be due to the HPV virus as ...

HPV Rates Dropping in Vaccinated Teen Girls, Study Shows

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If you have ever felt a fluttering sensation in your chest or throat, you may have just had some heart palpitations. Most causes of heart palpitations are not serious, and they typically stop on ...

6 Reasons You May Be Getting Heart Palpitations

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Heartburn is an uncomfortable feeling you can get after eating a heavy meal, when you lay down flat to sleep a night, or sometimes after you have bent over to lift something heavy. However, ...

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If we could really “wear our hearts on our sleeves,” then we would know right away when our heart was not doing well. Instead, there are a variety of direct and indirect signs that we may have an ...

4 Signs That You May Have an Unhealthy Heart

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Heartburn is an uncomfortable feeling you can get after eating a heavy meal, when you lay down flat to sleep a night, or sometimes after you have bent over to lift something heavy. However, ...

7 Quick Fixes for Heartburn

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This article has been updated as of May 24, 2016. It seems sort of a waste to not do something with that excess skin from your waist if you want to have surgery to remove it. In 2007, Dr. ...

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Bipolar disorder is a condition where a person has periods of extreme highs and lows, along with changes in their behavior and thinking. The person shifts between feeling excited and confident ...

5 Movies That Put the Spotlight on Bipolar Disorder

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Our thyroids produce hormones that are required to help metabolize nutrients used to regulate our energy levels, and for many other functions in our bodies. This small gland, located in the ...

How Does Thyroid Health Differ Between Men and Women?

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Hair loss may be a sign of a thyroid problem. It can also be a sign that hormone treatment for your thyroid disease may not be balanced for you. “According to the Academy of Dermatology, ...

Does Hair Loss Mean That I Have a Thyroid Problem?

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Look closely at your face and you may see them--those thin reddish facial capillaries that typically appear around the chin, nose and cheeks. Facial capillaries that become enlarged or dilated ...

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A stable, long-lasting relationship is what most of us seek, particularly a romantic relationship with a partner we may want to share our lives with. Psychology Today says that the ability to ...

6 Signs That Your Relationship Is Going to Last

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In 2015, the FDA approved the Maestro System, a new obesity treatment option which delivers VBLOC Therapy. This vagal blocking device was developed by EnteroMedics of St. Paul, ...

VBLOC: A New Obesity Device Approved by the FDA

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Here in the United States, certain drugs can be priced at levels that are two and three times higher than in other countries. The drug Herceptin, which is used to treat breast cancer, costs ...

4 Reasons Drugs Cost More in the United States Than Other Nations

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You probably plan your vacations, your celebration parties, and any major purchases, but have you planned for your death? Half of Americans have not planned for even the most basic end of life ...

Your 7-Step To-Do List Before You Die

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Every year, we see those signs pop up reminding us to get our yearly flu shot. If you have ever wondered how they make each year’s shot, read on. In 1938, the first flu vaccine was created by ...

How Is The Yearly Flu Vaccine Made?

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This article has been updated as of May 24, 2016. It seems sort of a waste to not do something with that excess skin from your waist if you want to have surgery to remove it. In 2007, Dr. ...

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Are STD tests really necessary? If you are sexually active, the answer is yes. But depending on your situation, there may be different tests you need to have done. The reason you need to be ...

Is STD Testing Really Necessary?

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Sexually transmitted disease can affect both men and women, but women can have more difficulty figuring out if they even have an STD. And, untreated, the STD can cause other long-term problems ...

6 Ways STDs Affect Women and Men Differently

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During the holidays, we frequently indulge in a number of activities that may increase our risk of a heart attack. And more heart attacks occur during the holiday season, according to research on ...

Is It True That More People Have Heart Attacks Over the Holidays?

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Of the 5 million people with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, about two-thirds of them are women according to the New York Times. More women suffer from the disease, partially due to the ...

Alzheimer’s Disease: Women Decline Faster Than Men, Studies Find

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About 9.7 million women in the United States have diabetes, with the majority of them having type 2 diabetes, according to womenshealth.gov. While some people have warning signs of diabetes, ...

Quiz: 8 Signs You May Have Diabetes

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Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that develops during a woman’s pregnancy. The woman did not have diabetes prior to the pregnancy, though she may have had risk factors for it. Having ...

Gestational Diabetes: Why Do Some Women Develop It in Pregnancy?

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Diabetics do some planning regarding the foods and drinks they consume each day. It is natural to wonder how drinking alcohol affects diabetes. Is it safe for a diabetic to drink? First ...

How Does Drinking Alcohol Affect Diabetes?

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October is ADHD Awareness Month. Are you educated on the condition? Test your knowledge.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About ADHD?

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You’ve probably heard that there are new mammogram guidelines from the American Cancer Society that just came out on October 20, 2015. The guidelines include: - Women with an average ...

ACS Changed Guidelines: How Often Should Mammograms Be Done Now?

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Who wouldn’t want their nail polish to last two or three weeks without chipping, flaking or peeling? Shellac nail gel is a special nail polish combined with a gel that is supposed to provide ...

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