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Menopause
Osteoporosis
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Women's Health

A new therapy for osteoporosis: Romosozumab

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become porous (less dense) and weaker. It affects 10 million people in the United States: approximately eight million women and two million men. As bone weakens, people are more likely to experience fractures, especially in the spine, hip, and forearm. This causes pain, diminishes a person’s ability to […]

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Children's Health
Health
Parenting
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Infant car seats are for cars only (how not to use an infant car seat)

Infant car seats are crucial for keeping infants safe when transporting them in cars or other vehicles. That’s what they are meant for — and that’s all that they should be used for, or the consequences can be lethal. When you have one of those infant car seats that detaches from a base and can […]

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Pain Management
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More opioids, more pain: Fueling the fire

For more than a century, clinicians have noticed a paradoxical phenomenon: certain patients who are taking opioids (which are supposed to numb pain) become more sensitive to pain than those who are not taking opioids. The earliest observation of this phenomenon can be traced back to the British physician Sir Clifford Allbutt, who, in 1870, […]

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Digestive Disorders
Family Planning and Pregnancy
Probiotics
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Women's Health

Supporting your newborn’s health: Intestinal colonization after elective cesarean section

This month we recognize World Microbiome Day with information to help new parents learn about their baby’s developing bacteria colonization and how interventions in the first 1,000 days of life may affect their child’s risk of developing preventable autoimmune conditions. As I have discussed in a previous blog, the microbiome — the varied and teeming […]

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Emergency Planning
First Aid
Health
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Hands-only CPR: A lifesaving technique within your reach

It’s terrible to even imagine, but what would you do if you saw someone suddenly collapse and stop breathing? Chances are the person has experienced cardiac arrest, an electrical malfunction that causes the heart to beat rapidly and chaotically — or to stop beating altogether. After calling 911, you should begin hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), […]

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Cancer
Health
Prevention
Screening
Tests and procedures
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Colorectal cancer screening before age 50?

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. There is strong evidence that screening for CRC with colonoscopy, other visual exams, or stool-based tests can reduce CRC mortality. As a result, several expert organizations have long recommended regular CRC screening for US adults ages 50 to 75. In […]

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Health
Healthy Eating
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Healthy eating for older adults

Eating right can help keep your body and mind healthy and extend your quality of life. But some older Americans may face barriers to getting enough nutrients or calories. Many ways aging can affect appetite Physiological changes that come with aging can result in reduced calorie needs, which can lead to decreased food intake and […]

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Children's Health
Dental Health
Health
Parenting
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The 6 don’ts of caring for your child’s teeth

Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood? And that 40% of children have tooth decay by kindergarten? This is a big deal, not only because of the pain and infection it can cause, but also because children with tooth decay are more likely to miss school and have […]

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Addiction
Pain Management
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Is tramadol a risky pain medication?

All medications come with a dose of risk. From minor side effects to life-threatening allergic reactions, every decision to take a medication should be made only after the expected benefits are weighed against the known risks. You aren’t on your own in this: your doctor, your pharmacist, and a trove of information are available for […]

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Headache
Health
Migraines
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Headaches: What to know, when to worry

Everyone gets the occasional when-will-this-day-end headache. These headaches may even follow a certain pattern. (Mine usually strike like clockwork if I miss my morning cup of French press coffee.) But when is a headache cause for concern? “Most bouts of regular headaches are not serious and can be treated on their own,” says Dr. Elizabeth […]

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