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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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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. Beverly Shafer must have thought the same thing when she ...

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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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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. Beverly Shafer must have thought the same thing when she ...

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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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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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It has happened to all of us. We have a sudden health care problem, and need to seek help right away. We are nervous but have to make quick decisions. It would be so helpful if we had ...

6 Simple Tips on How to Be Prepared for a Health Emergency

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As cold weather arrives, so do respiratory infections. There are two types of respiratory infections: upper respiratory and lower respiratory. Upper respiratory infections are usually caused ...

5 Tips to Avoid Common Respiratory Infections

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The quest for longer fuller eyelashes has caused some women to draw more attention to their eyes than they bargained for. The glue used in eyelash extensions as well as the solvent used to remove ...

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Determining which countries have the highest and lowest rates of depression can be a bit tricky. Results will be affected by the methods used to gather the information, as well as by factors such ...

Which Countries Have the Highest and Lowest Rates of Depression?

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A clinical trial is a research study used to test a new medicine, treatment or medical device to see if it is safe and effective before it is approved and released to the public. To ...

How Do Clinical Trials Work? How Can They Improve Health Care?

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There are three different types of blood cells in your body: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Blood cancer interferes with the normal production and functioning of these cells. ...

Different Types of Blood Cancer Explained

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A new study out of the University of Waterloo indicates that a substance found in avocados may also be beneficial in the treatment of a type of leukemia called acute myeloid leukemia. AML is a ...

Avocados Could Be a New Treatment for Leukemia

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Nail lifting (onycholysis) occurs when a fingernail or toenail separates from its nail bed. As the end of the nail begins to lift away, it may look like a half moon or the free edge can appear ...

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Ever gotten inspired to make your own facial mask, hair conditioner or lip gloss? These products can be made safely. However, nix any idea of making your own mascara. Anything used so close ...

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I looked at my middle finger and was surprised to see the intensity of the purple color of my skin. I tried to think, what could have caused this purple episode to occur in a single finger? Was it ...

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I looked at my middle finger and was surprised to see the intensity of the purple color of my skin. I tried to think, what could have caused this purple episode to occur in a single finger? Was it ...

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Let’s face it, it's inevitable. We have to age. Our children grow up, our hair turns gray, we stop having our periods, and our skin becomes thinner and more wrinkled. We can't stay young forever ...

On Getting Older: 5 Things Women Fear Most About Aging

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An ovarian cancer diagnosis is scary and, if you have yet to complete your family, you may be very concerned about whether or not you can have children. The answer to whether you can carry a ...

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An ovarian cancer diagnosis is scary and, if you have yet to complete your family, you may be very concerned about whether or not you can have children. The answer to whether you can carry a ...

If I Have Ovarian Cancer Can I Still Have Children?

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People who have intensely itchy arms but have skin that appears totally normal may be suffering from condition called brachioradial pruitus. It can occur to one or both arms. Typically the ...

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that often affects the lining of the smaller joints in the body, such as the hands or feet though other joints can also be involved. The inflamed ...

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that often affects the lining of the smaller joints in the body, such as the hands or feet though other joints can also be involved. The inflamed ...

Can You Get Rheumatoid Arthritis at Any Age?

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“Doctor shopping” was once looked down upon as patients were supposed to simply take their doctor’s opinion as final. Today, with health care costs climbing, and patients feeling that they want ...

Shopping for a Doctor Who Fits? 7 Tips on How to Find One

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Canadian-born Frances Kelsey died this month at the age of 101, but it is not her longevity that she will be remembered for. In 1961, Dr. Kelsey had just begun working at the FDA, and was faced ...

A Tribute to FDA's Dr. Frances Kelsey who Blocked US Thalidomide

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to overproduce skin cells. This causes a buildup of reddened patches of skin cells, with silvery scales, that can become itchy and ...

Can Psoriasis Benefit from Sun Exposure?

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People with psoriasis have a buildup of skin cells on various parts of their body. These cells appear dry with silvery plaques within reddened patches. This autoimmune condition causes the life ...

Psoriasis: What Are the Different Types?

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Traveling to a foreign land can be exciting, but it also requires you to be more vigilant in preparing for emergencies, in case you or a family member gets sick. The first steps are pretty ...

Your 9-Step Emergency Illness Plan for Travel in a Foreign Land

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We know we need to slather sunscreen on our bodies to prevent sunburn but what about our scalps? Surprisingly, a full head of hair may not be very effective at blocking out much of the sun’s ...

Protect Your Scalp This Summer: 5 Ways to Block the Sun's Rays

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Diabetes is a serious disease that can affect the heart, kidneys and eyes, as well as cause damage to nerves, leading to diabetic neuropathy. There were 1.5 million deaths attributed to diabetes ...

Health Innovations in Diabetes: These 5 Top the List

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You probably have heard about getting a “base” tan or getting a bit of a tan to prevent you from getting sunburn later. Is there such a thing as a healthy tan? According to the American Skin ...

Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Tan?

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Want to track issues that seem to happen around your period, or monitor your progress during a pregnancy? How about a wearable app that monitors your stress and sleep patterns by measuring your ...

Women Have Unique Health Needs: 5 Apps That Track Them

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It's summertime! Time to be outdoors biking, skating and running — but sometimes you end up hitting the ground and scraping your knees, elbows or shoulders. It is best to be ready for little ...

Scrapes and Scratches of Summer are Inevitable: Get Ready!