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Through the Eyes of Survivors: The Truth About Beating Cervical Cancer

Posted on February 7, 2019

Life after a cervical cancer diagnosis is never the same—even after remission. It can be better, more meaningful, challenging, stressful, and different. But if you are standing on greener grass, meaning you are a caregiver, wife, husband, child or friend, there are a few things you need to know. Babies and bundles of joy are […]

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Teen Drug Abuse: Understanding Signs and How to Intervene

Posted on February 6, 2019

As a parent, you want nothing more than to see your children succeed. Having teens who experiment with drugs is disappointing, especially since they put their health, safety, and future at risk. Although teens’ use of illegal drugs (other than marijuana and inhalants) is now the lowest in history, 24 percent of young men and […]

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Role of Folic Acid in Preventing Birth Defects

Posted on February 5, 2019

Folic acid is an essential form of vitamin B9. It plays a role in planning for a healthy pregnancy, particularly since congenital disorders (birth defects or neural tube defects) of the brain and spine can be thwarted if women of childbearing age consume folic acid. What types of birth defect affect babies? Anencephaly is a […]

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Surprising Habits That Boost Immunity

Posted on February 3, 2019

Eating fruits and vegetables, exercising, and drinking plenty of water are common practices that help boost your immune system. But do you ever wonder if there are exciting ways to stay healthy? To strengthen your immune system and fight off frequent infections, start adopting these fun habits. Laugh More Laughing and giggling can improve your […]

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How to Choose Safe Toys for the Children In Your Life

Posted on February 2, 2019

December celebrates the world’s most popular holidays — Christmas and the coming of a new year. The month of giving also sheds light on National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, which fosters the confidence of American families as they prepare to shop for toys this season. Why Is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month Important? […]

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Can Hand Washing Save Lives?

Posted on February 1, 2019

Did you know very few people around the world use soap when washing their hands? According to a 2014 study, the estimated global rates of handwashing after using the toilet are only 19 percent. We know what you’re thinking — “Gross!” And if you’re still not in absolute disgust, research from the University of Colorado […]

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What Is Epazote? — An Exotic Superfood

Posted on January 31, 2019

From broccoli and kale to mung beans and pumpkin, you might be wondering — is there a new superfood I can try? Epazote is the one. This pungent herb is native to Central America and Mexico. It is an emerging superfood rich in organic compounds and nutritional components, making it an excellent addition to your […]

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Causing 16 Cancer Types and Counting: How to Quit Smoking to Save Your Life

Posted on January 30, 2019

“Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, knowing the death rates and health risks of tobacco use does not make it any less challenging to end the cancer-causing and life-threatening habit. Whether you are an occasional or pack-a-day smoker, […]

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Is Your Skin Warning You About Diabetes?

Posted on January 29, 2019

  Diabetes is a lifelong disorder in which the body’s glucose levels are beyond average (high blood sugar). The disease affects many parts of the body simultaneously, and the most clear symptoms manifest on the surface of the skin. If you notice any of these warning signs, it is time to talk with a healthcare […]

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Does Birth Order Affect Who We Are?

Posted on January 28, 2019

Have you ever wondered if our birth order really does affect us or not?  If you are a firstborn or even an only child, you may be more likely to become a doctor or lawyer. The younger siblings more often turn to the arts or the outdoors, so we can partially credit our parenting to […]

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