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  • Why You Should Eat Pasta Like an Italian

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    Convinced that pasta will make you fat? If so, you might be surprised to hear that people in Italy eat pasta nearly every day yet

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    Eating fish improves kids' IQ scores and sleep, study says

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    Children who eat fish once a week or more sleep better and score higher, on average, on IQ tests than children who never eat fish

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    All It Takes Is One Cigarette to Get Hooked

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    More than 61 percent of people become daily smokers after trying their very first cigarette, at least temporarily, according to a study by researchers at

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    Things in Your Bathroom That You Really Should Just Throw Away

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    It's tough to keep track of the ever-changing stock of items in your medicine cabinet. Before you know it, those little shelves might end up

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    365 Nights of Sex: Can It Strengthen a Marriage?

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    If you decided to have sex every day, would your relationship benefit? Two long-married couples decided to find out. When lovemaking fell off their respective "to-do"

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    Foods to Fuel Your Workout

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    As a nutritionist, I’m often asked, “What should I eat before and after a workout?” The answer is not as simple as it might seem

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    Six Foods that Nourish Your Hair and Skin from Within

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    According to a recent survey, if you’re a woman, you’ll spend nearly $4,000 per year, or $250,000 over the course of your life, on beauty products

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    To make your day better, stay in bed longer. Really.

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    When the alarm goes off, what do you do? (Besides hit snooze, that is!) Pop out of bed and get going? Guess what: you're doing it wrong.

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    4 Questions to Ask Before Sex

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    Sex isn’t merely a physical gesture – though the media likes to suggest otherwise, it’s not as inconsequential as a handshake. Even if you enjoy

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    "Baby Brain" Is a Totally Real Phenomenon, According to Science

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    A new study has verified something women have suspected for a long time - that pregnancy can really mess with a young mum's cognitive function. According

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    Trash can to table: The rise of waste cafes

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    Our interview with Adam Smith is interrupted by a raid from environmental health inspectors. Smith recently opened the UK's first waste food supermarket, a vast facility

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    Dental Health and Dry Mouth

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    We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. When you don't make enough saliva, your mouth gets

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    Balding, premature graying tied to higher heart disease risk

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    Male-pattern baldness and premature greying are associated with a greater risk of heart disease before the age of 40 than obesity, according to a new study from

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    Intimacy Without Intercourse

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    Sometimes intercourse simply isn't possible. Maybe you just gave birth and haven't healed yet. Maybe you're having problems with painful sex. Maybe your partner is

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    Sex: Is Kink the New Normal?

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    It’s getting more and more difficult to tell what is “abnormal” sexual behavior these days.   If you need proof, you need only refer to a study

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    Is It Flu, Or Flu-Like? The Difference Matters

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    We’re in the middle of flu season, so if you get sick and head to the doctor for help, you might assume you have the flu. But what if

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    Women's desire for sex is complicated, not strictly hormonal, study finds

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    What makes a woman want to have sex isn't totally hormonal, as it can be with men. Instead, women need a lot more to be turned

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    Fungus, Bacteria Could Lurk In Your Dishwasher

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    Your dishwasher may get those plates spotless, but it is also probably teeming with bacteria and fungus, a new study suggests. Microbes -- from bacteria to viruses

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    How liquid calories can sabotage weight-loss success

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    ou’re exercising, watching carbs and refraining from second-helpings, yet you've reached a weight-loss roadblock. It may be time to consider some unexpected reasons why you

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    Obesity Can Actually Scar Your Fat Tissue, Making Weight Loss Even Harder

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    Our body's fat-storing mechanisms - called adipose tissues - are very good at the job of taking our excess calories and storing them in the

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    Surprising factors that may keep you thin

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    Have you ever wondered why some people seem to stay trim effortlessly, while the majority of Americans struggle with their weight? Sure, genetics and a healthy

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    Too Little Iodine Could Harm a Woman's Fertility

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     Nearly half of U.S. women have at least a mild deficiency in the nutrient iodine, and new research suggests it could impair their fertility. Iodine -- a

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    When a kid's tantrum leads to a parent meltdown

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    Most parents have experienced it: that moment when their son or daughter has a full-blown temper tantrum, which may involve screaming, crying, stomping their feet,

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    Ways You Can Get Your Sex Life Back Despite Chronic Illness

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    Living with a chronic illness is rarely easy. It can take over every part of our lives — from work to relationships and more. As

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    Does Peanut Butter Lower Cholesterol?

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    According to the Texas Peanut Producers, Americans eat 3 pounds of peanut butter per person each year. The average American child consumes about 1,500 peanut butter

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    Male menopause is it real

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    Hormone changes are a natural part of aging. Unlike the more dramatic reproductive hormone plunge that occurs in women during menopause, however, sex hormone changes

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    New dad: Tips to help manage stress

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    Becoming a father can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. As a new dad, however, you can take steps to prepare for the emotions and

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    Baby poop: What's normal

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    Yellow, mushy bowel movements are perfectly normal for breast-fed babies. Still, there are many shades of normal when it comes to baby poop. Here's a

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    Are sagging breasts inevitable after breast-feeding?

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    Research has shown that breast-feeding doesn't negatively affect breast shape or volume. During pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts might stretch as your breasts get

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    Ear infection treatment: Do alternative therapies work?

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    Alternative ear infection treatments abound on the internet and in books and magazines. They include chiropractic adjustments, homeopathy, herbal eardrops and others. Perhaps you're seeking alternative

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    More than 60% who try a cigarette become daily smokers, study says

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    At least three out of five people who experiment with a cigarette end up becoming daily smokers at some point, a new study finds. UK researchers

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    How to Kick the Sugar Habit

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    One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that they just can’t control their sweet tooth. Though many of us want to lower our

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    Lunchbox Strategies: What to Pack

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    The start of a new school season is just around the corner (and has already arrived for some). Will your child’s lunchbox make the grade

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    The leading causes of cancer have changed

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    A fresh look at the causes of cancer has come up with some surprising numbers. While smoking is still by far the biggest cause of cancer

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    When Is It Safe to Resume Sex After a Heart Attack?

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    If you have recently had a heart attack or a medical procedure for heart disease, you might wonder how long you have to wait before resuming sexual activity.

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    Ibuprofen linked to male infertility, study says

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    Ibuprofen has a negative impact on the testicles of young men, a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found. When

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    Night Shifts May Raise Women's Odds for Cancer

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    Women who pull the night shift regularly might be at greater risk for a number of cancers, new research suggests. "Our study indicates that night-shift work

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    Here's why you need a flu shot every year

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    Here’s a good reason to get a flu shot every single year: people who got a new shot every flu season were less likely to

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    Banking Teeth for Stem Cell Therapy

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    Banking baby teeth or wisdom teeth—a practice that’s been around for about 10 years—is becoming more widely accepted in developed areas of the world, according

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    6 Beauty-Boosting Foods for Your Skin and Hair

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    According to a recent survey, if you’re a woman, you’ll spend nearly $ 4,000 per year, or $ 250,000 over the course of your life, on

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    There's never been a better time to be single

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    "Marriage is a healthy estate," British physician William Farr wrote in 1858, in one of the first studies to conclude that married people were better

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    Eating Greens May Boost an Aging Brain

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    People who eat leafy green vegetables every day may maintain a sharper mind as they age, a new study suggests. The researchers found that, compared with

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    Untreated Childhood Sleep Apnea Can Harm the Brain

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    As with adults, children who suffer with sleep apnea have periods during sleep when air does not flow easily into their lungs. This results in poor quality

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    Here's How Often You Should Wash Your Bath Towel

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    I hate to break it to you, but your bath towel is dirty – really dirty. The moment you use it, it becomes a breeding

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    Looking for the G-Spot? Things to Know

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    Is the G-spot real? The evidence is a bit mysterious because the “spot” doesn’t appear to be a distinct structure, but, rather, a cluster of nerves

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    Can Caffeine Levels in Blood Predict Parkinson's?

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    The way your body processes your morning cup of coffee might indicate whether or not you have Parkinson's disease, a new study says. Japanese researchers found that low levels

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    How to remedy a cough depends on what's causing it

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    Is a cough making your life miserable? Don't blame your body; coughing is the only way your lungs can expel an irritant. The key is

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    Most Effective Way to Lose Weight With Minimal Effort

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    So you want to lose a few kilograms. You've heard the mantra: "Eat right. Work out." But when it comes down to it, which one of those

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    Can Face Shape Predict Sex Drive?

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    We are often told not to put too much stock in outward appearance. But it turns out that faces may tell us a great deal

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    Prenatal Vitamins Tied to Lower Autism Risk

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    Taking folic acid and multivitamins during pregnancy could reduce your child's risk of autism, a new study suggests. Kids were less likely to be diagnosed with autism if their moms took supplements before pregnancy and while

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    'Raw' Water?! Not A Good Idea

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    To understand how ridiculous the latest health trend of drinking “raw” water really is, look to Yemen, where untreated, “raw” water has caused the worst

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    Safety first: Trampolines not recommended for kids

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    Trampolines are fun. I loved them as a kid, and even an adult, I just want to get on one and jump. But as a

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    How an early bedtime can have lasting effects on kids

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    Making sure your little ones get enough sleep just might be one of the best things you could do for their health, both now and

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    Hot Sauce Is a Really Easy Way to Improve Your Diet, Say Experts

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    If you're the type of person who breaks out the hot sauce at the start of every single meal, congratulations - you're really onto something

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    No Sex Drive? This Could Be Why

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    It's Friday night and your partner wants to celebrate the start of the weekend with some bedroom activity, but you're really not in the mood.

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    social media bad for you

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    Three billion people, around 40% of the world’s population, use online social media – and we’re spending an average of two hours every daysharing, liking, tweeting

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    Could You Have a Calcium Deficiency?

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    What to know about calcium deficiency You have more calcium in your body than any other mineral, and 99% of it is stored in your bones

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    Calcium Supplements Linked to Dementia Risk in Older Women

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    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Taking calcium supplements with the hope of keeping osteoporosis at bay may raise an older woman's risk of

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    Weight-Loss Surgery Doesn't Boost Bone

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    FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery helps severely obese patients shed pounds and can even reverse diabetes, but a new Canadian study

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    Babies Who Walk Earlier May Have Stronger Bones in Their Teens

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    TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For all those parents who fret about how quickly their baby will learn to walk, read up. British scientists report that

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    Could Your Salon Visit Make You Sick?

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    Holiday parties and gatherings mean more trips to nail and hair salons for some. But if you're not careful, you might end up picking up more than

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    How your body fights back when you diet

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    Diets do not work. The scientific evidence is clear as can be that cutting calories simply doesn't lead to long-term weight loss or health gains. We suspect most dieters have

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    Is Spice Rack Staple Turmeric a Health Star?

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    Turmeric is taking a turn as the latest “super food” to trend. Sales of this pungent spice with a rich yellow hue have risen steadily

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    Why Women Less Likely to Have Orgasm During Casual Sex?

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    Women are less likely to have orgasms during casual sex than when they're in committed relationships, according to new research. One study of 600 college students found

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    A New Way to Fight Heart Disease May Also Tackle Cancer

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    Researchers say they’ve proven a long-held theory about heart disease: that lowering inflammation may be nearly as important as cutting cholesterol levels. They showed that using

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    Booze May Help or Harm the Heart, But Money Counts

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     Alcohol's effect on heart health, good or ill, may rely in part on the drinker's income, new research suggests. For example, the study of more than 200,000

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    Masturbation: Myths and Facts

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    The most private aspect of sex is what we do with ourselves when we’re alone. Many people feel vaguely ashamed of the act of masturbation

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    More Viruses Are Found in Semen Than You Might Think

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    At least 27 viruses are found in human semen. While some of them, such as HIV, hepatitis C, and herpes, are well known and can be sexually transmitted, others

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    New Year, new food resolution: Drink More Water

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    There's a good chance you are thinking of ways to live healthier in the new year. Whether you want to drop 10 pounds, improve your

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    Lower-class drinkers face worse heart health risks, study says

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    There's an increased risk of dying from heart disease if you drink frequently -- especially if you are in the lowest socioeconomic class, according to

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    Asthma Worse for Overweight Preschoolers: Study

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    Preschoolers with asthmamay have worse symptoms if they're overweight. Compared to those with a healthy weight, heavy kids with untreated asthma had 37 more days with symptoms a year, according to

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    More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot

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    An analysis of urinesamples from roughly 300,000 California women finds that more than 7 percent used marijuana while pregnant. What's more, rates of pot use in pregnancy have steadily risen

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    What you should eat if you have a hangover

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    Hit the office holiday party a little too hard? Feel like all the eggnog or coquito you drank last night is slugging through your veins? Hangovers are

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    Does Your Vagina Burn During Sex?

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    Have you lost interest in having sex because your vagina burns? You're not alone. The condition, known as vulvodynia or vestibulodynia, affects about 16 percent of

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    Scientists Have Found Where Nicotine Addiction Can Be Blocked in The Brain

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    Brain researchers have pinpointed a small group of brain cells that are especially responsive to nicotine, and which might be the main culprits in driving

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    Is sexual activity OK during treatment?

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    Is it safe to have sex with my husband while undergoing chemotherapy? Answers from Timothy J. Moynihan, M.D.   It's best to discuss any concerns about chemotherapy and sex

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    What is hot yoga?

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    Hot yoga is a vigorous form of yoga performed in a studio that is heated to 105 F (40 C) and has a humidity of

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    Sex during vaginal infection: Is it harmful?

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    Is it harmful to have sex if I have a vaginal infection? Answers from Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D.   Having sex when you have a vaginal infection or

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    Frequent sex: Does it protect against prostate cancer?

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    Is there research to support the theory that frequent ejaculation reduces the risk of prostate cancer? Answers from Erik P. Castle, M.D.   At this time, there is no

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    Could a Hot Cup of Tea Preserve Your Vision?

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    THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A spot of hot tea in the afternoon might help you save your sight, new research suggests. The study

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    Birth control pills for acne?

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    Yes, birth control pills (oral contraceptives) can improve acne in women. Though typically safe and effective, birth control pills for acne (combination estrogen-progestin pills) aren't for

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    Don't blame pizza, fries or dirt for acne

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    Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or

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    Is pregnancy glow real?

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    Yes. During pregnancy, increased blood volume and increased production of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) work together to create a pregnancy glow. Greater blood volume

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    Sex during pregnancy: What's OK, what's not

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    If you want to get pregnant, you have sex. No surprises there. But what about sex while you're pregnant? The answers aren't always as obvious. Here's

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    Can you have a drink while on antibiotics

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    Women who are in the early stages of pregnancy, and who are not ready to share the happy news, know that turning down an alcoholic

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    should you put butter on a burn

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    Using butter to treat burns is an old folk remedy that has been around for centuries. It gained credibility when the Prussian Surgeon General Friedrich

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    milk does not settle an upset stomach

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    When you’re feeling too ill to eat, or have indigestion, what could be better than a gentle, thick glass of milk to settle your stomach?

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    Should You Stay Friends With Your Ex?

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    Breakups can be confusing. You know you can no longer be a couple, but does that mean you have to give up being friends, too?

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    What Complications Can Brain Cancer Cause?

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    How Cancer Affects Your Brain Your brain is in charge of everything your body does, including vision, hearing, speech, and movement. As brain cancer grows, it

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    How to Prevent Meningitis in Your Teen

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    Is Your Teen at Risk? The bacteria and viruses that cause meningitis -- a disease that leads to inflammation in the brain and spinal cord --

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    whats killing your sex drive

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    Sex-Drive Killer: Stress Some people do many things well when they're stressed. Feeling sexy usually isn't one of them. Stress at work, home, or in relationships

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    Are Women's Hearts More Vulnerable to Stress?

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    THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mental stress can take a toll on blood vessels -- and women with heart disease may be especially vulnerable, a new study suggests. Past research

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    Exercise Doesnt Lower a Womans Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

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    THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Regular workouts may cut a woman's chances for heart disease and certain cancers, but new research suggests they

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    Heavy Coffee Drinkers Show Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

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    THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People who drink a lot of coffee may have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), a new

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    Flu Shot Safe Even With an Egg Allergy

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    TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's safe for people with an egg allergy to get a flu shot, says a leading U.S. allergists'

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    3 Cold-Season Medications That Can Mess With Your Vagina

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    As temperatures drop, the number of people sneezing, sniffling, and coughing rises. With so many of us coming down with colds right now, odds are good that

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    Doctors Now Say to Stop Antibiotics When You Feel Better

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    When you’re prescribed a course of antibiotics, it’s important to finish the whole thing. At least, that’s the message that’s been perpetuated for years by

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    Two Foods Could Help Ex-Smokers' Lungs Heal

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    For smokers who've managed to quit, the road to fully repairing lungs damaged by the habit may seem like a long one. But new research suggests help may

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    Women's Hearts More Vulnerable to Stress

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    Mental stress can take a toll on blood vessels -- and women with heart disease may be especially vulnerable, a new study suggests. Past research has found that compared with their male

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    10 smart swaps that will save you hundreds of calories

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    Tis the season for indulgent meals! Instead of going into the new year wishing you’d eaten healthier over the holidays, start now: Use these one-ingredient

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    Are reduced-calorie wines worth it?

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    If you're counting calories, a glass of wine might be your alcoholic beverage of choice, as it's a lighter option than many other mixed drinks. Reduced-calorie

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    This Rub-on Male Hormonal Contraceptive Is About to Be Tested on People

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    If you're a sperm-producer who doesn't want kids, your personal contribution to contraception is currently limited to condoms or the snip. Needless to say, not everybody

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    Use tampons Don't panic about toxic shock syndrome

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    Model Lauren Wasser's story is the worst nightmare of anyone with a vagina -- in 2015, she woke up in a hospital to discover she was

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    antidepressants are prescribed for something else

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    It was when he became a father that Michael Briggs resolved to somehow bring his ulcerative colitis under control. He was determined to avoid what many

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    Less money can mean more contentment

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    It was when he became a father that Michael Briggs resolved to somehow bring his ulcerative colitis under control. He was determined to avoid what many

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    What's at stake for older dads?

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    With the June arrival of their twins, actor George Clooney, 55, and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, 39, reignited a conversation about what it

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    What is Really Causing Your Pelvic Pain

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    Pelvic pain, decoded Minor cramps when you have your period? Totally normal. But chronic pelvic pain—meaning it lasts more than six months—is a whole different story, and

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    How long could we live?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    How long do you want to live - to 85, 90, 100 or beyond? More important than how long we live is the state of

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    drugs delay the diseases of ageing

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    Imagine having to ask a 95-year-old to slow down - well, I did. Hilda Jaffe was walking so fast there was a risk that the

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    Are reduced-calorie wines worth it?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    If you're counting calories, a glass of wine might be your alcoholic beverage of choice, as it's a lighter option than many other mixed drinks. Reduced-calorie

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    You're More Interested in Sex During the Holidays

    Posted by HealthFocus

    More babies are born in September than any other month in the United States, which means that nine months prior—right around Christmas and New Year’s—is the most

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    It is Bad to Pop Antacid Pills Like Candy

    Posted by HealthFocus

    If you pop antacid pills regularly, you definitely want to break this habit. First of all, there are many different kinds of antacids with ingredients

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    Do You Really Need to Buy Personalized Vitamins?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    A bunch of companies are popping up that let you curate your own personalized vitamin regimen (Care/of and Vitamin Packs, for example). Do I think they’re necessary?

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    Heres What Happens to Your Body During a Polar Bear Plunge

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Of all the ways to ring in the new year, jumping into frigid water while nursing a hangover seems like one of the least appealing options. Still,

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    you can Control Your Hunger Hormones to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

    Posted by HealthFocus

    A symphony of factors control hunger, fullness, and ultimately our weight, including everything from how well you slept last night to the accounts you follow on

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    Vitamin D Levels May Drop When Women Stop Using Birth Control

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Women risk having their vitamin D levels fall when they stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives containing estrogen, according to a new study

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    Female sex hormone protects women from worst effects of the flu

    Posted by HealthFocus

    In mouse studies, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that progesterone - a female sex hormone contained in most

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    Drug does not reduce digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Systemic sclerosis is a chronic multisystem autoimmune disease and multiorgan disease affecting the connective tissue of the skin and several internal organs. Digital ulcers occur

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    Using herpes drugs to slow down Alzheimer's disease

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    The first clinical study to investigate if herpes virus drugs can have an effect on fundamental Alzheimer's disease processes has been launched at Umeå University

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    Marijuana may help HIV patients keep mental stamina longer

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    A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in

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    Ceall Phone Radiation May Be Dangerous

    Posted by HealthFocus

    The science is still out on whether the long-term use of cell phones—which emit electromagnetic radiation when they send and receive signals from towers or

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    A Hot Cup of Tea Preserve Your Vision

    Posted by HealthFocus

    THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A spot of hot tea in the afternoon might help you save your sight, new research suggests. The study

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    Artificial sweeteners may not be risk free

    Posted by HealthFocus

    People hoping to lose a few pounds by substituting artificial sweeteners for regular sugar may end up disappointed, suggests a fresh look at past research. The

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    Beer can interfere with your heart's rhythm

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    Armed with hand-held breathalyzers and EKGs, German scientists put in a hard month's work at Munich's Oktoberfest as they mingled with thousands of men and

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    A new yo-yo dieting danger: It can harm your heart, too

    Posted by HealthFocus

    For overweight people with heart disease, trying and failing to lose weight may be more dangerous than not losing weight at all. A new retrospective study

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    you've locked the door: What drives your checking habit?

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    Most of us have suddenly thought, "Wait — did I actually lock the door?" For some people, this might lead to locking up with more

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    Orange essential oil may improve symptoms of PTSD

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Post-traumatic stress disorder affects around 8 million adults in the United States, but treatments for the condition are still limited. Orange essential oil may offer

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    How can you cope with fear of flying?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Today, flying is both the fastest and easiest mode of transport between countries. But many of us are terrorized by the mere thought of boarding

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    Causes and remedies for cold feet

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Experiencing cold feet is normal from time to time. Changes in temperature, as well as health and lifestyle choices, are some of the most common

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    you should have an idea about retrograde ejaculation

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    Normally, semen exits the penis when a man ejaculates. Retrograde ejaculation causes some semen to travel backward into the bladder. Normal ejaculation forces semen—sometimes called ejaculate—through

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    Women Are Less Happy Than Men

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    You've probably heard the trendy phrase that "sitting is the new smoking." Although it's an exaggeration to equate the two behaviors -- nothing comes close

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    Exercise: An Antidote for Kids' Behavioral Issues?

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    Children with serious behavioral disorders might fare better at school if they get some exercise during the day, a new study suggests. The researchers focused on children and

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    Light Therapy May Boost Men's Interest in Sex

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    Exposure to bright light may increase men's testosterone levels and could lead to greater sexual satisfaction, according to a study. Italian scientists say that using a

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    Worst Things Happen When Technology Addiction Takes Over Your Life

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    Jenn Hoffman, Phoenix-based CEO of The J Brand Group, should have been enjoying a relaxing vacation on the Cote d'Azur. Sipping champagne and nibbling on

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    How Sex is Different After Menopause

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    As most menopausal women could probably tell you, “the change” is about much more than just what is going on physically. For many, it’s a

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    Lower the Risk of Heart Failure With This Vegetarian Diet

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    Your heart will thank you if you stick to a mostly plant-based diet, a new preliminary study suggests. Researchers evaluated five dietary patterns. They found that people who

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    In sixteen years specializing in sex therapy, I’ve had only three women out of thousands, complain that their guy’s penis was too small. But I’ve

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    Obesity to Blame for Epidemic of Knee Problems

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    Need another reason to keep your weight under control? Excess weight can cause dislocation of your knee and may even lead to a complication that results in amputation of your leg. A new study attributes

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    Does Sex Really Trigger Cardiac Arrest?

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    It's a common Hollywood trope -- an older guy is having enthusiastic sex with a gal half his age when he suddenly flops over dead. But

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    More children and teens are likely to be categorized as having abnormal blood pressure duringtheir annual wellness visits, based on new recommendations released Monday by the American

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    Breast cancer 'can return 15 years after treatment ends'

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    Breast cancer can resurface after remaining dormant for 15 years following successful treatment, a study has found. Women with large tumours and cancer that had spread

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    Older Dads Produce Brainy Boys?

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    In a finding that might bring older Dads some peace of mind about their sons' future job prospects, a new study shows these kids are

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    Daytime wounds 'heal more quickly'

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    Wounds heal more quickly if they occur during the day rather than after dark, a study suggests. It found burns sustained at night took an average

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    Kids and Violent Movies: A Scary Trend

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    More than 12% of children aged 10 to 14 are watching R-rated violent movies, prompting researchers to call for an overhaul of the movie rating

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    "Daddy, what do we get if we're good in the store?" Parenting expert Jim Fay could hardly wait for the response. He pushed his grocery cart a

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    Why men use masturbation to harass women

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    As shocking allegations of egregious sexual misconduct continue to emerge, one form of harassment has become a recurring theme. It isn't a physical assault, and it

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    Sex rarely causes hearts to stop, research says

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    It's a familiar scene in TV melodramas: Mid-intercourse, an older man collapses, clutching his heart. Yet sex and sudden cardiac arrest rarely happen together, according

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    Many people chug caffeine-packed coffee or scarf down an energy bar to wake up, but what should you eat to wind down? More than a third of

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    Low-Fat Diet May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk

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    A low-fat diet may lower older women's risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests.         The study included more than 46,000 overweight and

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    Childhood Spanking Linked to Mental Health Woes

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    Adults who were spanked as kids may face heightened risk of certain mental health problems, a new study suggests. The study found that those who were spanked were

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    Can't Agree on 'How Often'?

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    “How often are we going to have sex?” is an important question for couples – but one that often causes disagreement. In fact, of all

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    Heartburn Meds Show Ties to Kidney Trouble

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    If you're one of the millions of Americans who takes one of a class of anti-reflux meds such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, take heed:

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    Driving With Epilepsy Safe for Many

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    More lenient driving rules for people with epilepsy don't result in more crashes, Arizona data suggests.   Some 2.5 million Americans have epilepsy. Thanks to modern medicine, most are able

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    When Your Child Has Cancer

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    Finding out your child has cancer is traumatic. All of a sudden, you’re questioning the future in new and profound ways: Will my child live

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    How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

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    Protein is the nutrient of the moment: food labels proudly tout protein grams, magazines devote pages to ‘high protein’ picks, and people everywhere are eager

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    He Doesn't Want Sex?Find Out Why

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    Men always want sex, right? That’s what Jenny thought, so a few years into marriage, when her husband barely ever initiated, she started to believe he wasn’t

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    Older women who practice yoga may have greater "thickness" in areas of the brain involved in memory and attention, a small study suggests. Researchers found that even compared with other

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    'Good' Bacteria Fight Bad Breath, Smelly Feet

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    Scientists have found bacteria that fight bad breath and smelly feet. The bacteria weren't concocted in a lab or discovered deep in a tropical rainforest. They were spotted

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    You May Think It's Clean: Bacteria in Unused Paper Towels

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    Grabbing a paper towel in a public restroom may leave more on your hands than you bargained for. Researchers say they’ve found bacteria, including some that

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    Fake Marijuana Use Is a Serious Problem for Teens

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    Close to 11,500 people were treated in emergency rooms in 2010 for nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and other symptoms related to the use of synthetic or fake marijuana products such as

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    Many of us are interested in learning how to shed pounds, not add them. But for some, being underweight is a concern and gaining weight

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    When you see someone smoking, you might question “Why would you do that to yourself when you know it could kill you?” Do you react the same way when

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    Acupuncture May Improve Sperm Quality

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     Acupuncture may help some men overcome infertilityproblems by improving the quality of their sperm, according to a new study. Researchers found five weeks of acupuncture treatment reduced the number of structural

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    When you die, your brain may know it. Researchers say that after your heart stops, your brain functions for about another 20 seconds before it shuts down as well. Exactly what happens in

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    Maybe you should skip that glass of wine tonight, because even light drinking increases your risk of cancer, warns a new statement from the American Society

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    Items to Spice Up Your Sex Life

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    Couples often ask me, as their sex therapist, how they can spice things up in bed. I think this question, most often, is really a

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    Women are less likely to have orgasms during casual sex than when they're in committed relationships, according to new research. One study of 600 college students found

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    Coffee Good for the Kidneys?

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    Can caffeine help people with chronic kidney disease live longer? That's the suggestion of a new study that found that among more than 2,300 Americans with chronic kidney disease, those

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    Are Your Drinking Glasses Safe?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Fun, decorative drinking glasses may contain potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium, a new British study says. University of Plymouth researchers analyzed 72 new and

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    Food Can Give Your Sex Life a Boost

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Can what you eat help to boost your sex life? Rumors of the erotic allure of certain edibles have been with us throughout the centuries.

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    Social Media Can Help Boost Weight Loss Success

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Struggling to lose weight? Maybe posting that selfie on social media can help, researchers say. Their study included 33 people in two weight-loss groups -- surgical and nonsurgical

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    Things You Didn't Know Were Bad for Your Vagina

    Posted by HealthFocus

    The majority of women seem to be aware of the usual things that are dangerous to their female parts – like multiple sexual partners, sticking

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    Sex: Why Foreplay Matters

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Whoever said the most important thing in life is to finish strong never had a frank conversation with a woman about the importance of foreplay.

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    Poor Sleep Hurts Job Satisfaction

    Posted by HealthFocus

    A bad night's sleep might mean a really bad day at the office the next day. A new study suggests lack of sleep or insomnia insomnia not only makes you cranky and irritable, it may

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    Managing Stress in the Age of Mass Violence

    Posted by HealthFocus

    If you can’t be safe at a shopping mall, movie theater, restaurant, or place of work, where can you feel secure? In the wake of

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    How to Stop Food Addiction

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Think back to the last time you ate so much you felt absolutely stuffed. Were you tearing into a huge cake to celebrate a friend’s

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    health risks of Vitamin D Deficiency

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    If you shun the sun, suffer from milk allergies, or adhere to a strict vegan diet, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Known as the

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    Period Screws Up Your Poop Habits

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    When you have your period, you're probably already battling cramps and bloating—and the last thing you want to add to your misery is a diarrhea attack or constipation. But these uncomfortable

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    What to Do After You've Eaten Too Much Sugar

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    At Cooking Light, we think you should have treats in moderation (read: a fun-sized packet of Skittles or an occasional donut is totally fair game). But

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    Can Having a Lot of Sex Give You a Loose Vagina?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    We're always trying to get to the bottom of sexual health rumors, and one we've been hearing for a while really needs an investigation. This

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    Go ahead lie about your age. It may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life. If those fibbers truly believe that they

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    Chances are you're reading this while leaning over a table or slumped back in a chair. Your head is tilted forward; your shoulders are curved. If

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    Why happiness is healthy

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Happiness -- you know it when you see it, but it's hard to define. You might call it a sense of well-being, of optimism or of

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    What makes a woman want to have sex isn't totally hormonal, as it can be with men. Instead, women need a lot more to be turned

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy pregnancy diet, providing vitamins and fiber. Yet some might also come with pesticide residues. Among women undergoing

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    Are Green Cleaners Better For You?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Cleaners that market themselves as “green” like to claim they are safer and more environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional cleaners. But do they work? And

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    Foods and Drinks Best for Your Teeth

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    To prevent cavities and maintain good oral health, your diet -- what you eat and how often you eat -- are important factors. Changes in your mouth start

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    Why Is Your Brain Overheating?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Everyone does it, but just why people yawn has remained a mystery. Now, a new study suggests that yawning might help cool an overheated brain. Austrian researchers

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    Fewer Lies, Better Health?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    People who make an effort to lie less say they have better relationships and report fewer health complaints, according to new research. "Our findings support the notion that

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    Was It Love at First Smell?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Beauty isn't always in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes, it's in the ears or nose of the beholder, too. New research indicates that a person's

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    Some Heartburn Meds May Raise Odds for Stomach Cancer

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Popping certain heartburn drugs like they're candy might up your odds for stomach cancer, new research suggests. The risk was proportionate to how long and how

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    Poor Parenting Styles Linked to Bullying

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Parents may think they can keep their kids safe by hovering over them, but a new study finds that children of overprotective parents are more

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    If you have asthma, you know that failing to take your medication on schedule can lead to worsening symptoms. It’s a common problem – as

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    Dieting Is Out; Healthy Eating Is In

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    After years of obsessing about weight loss, first shunning high-fat foods and then high-carb ones, it seems Americans are giving up formal diets in favor of healthy

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    One night after lights out, a man sleeping next to his wife began doing something that troubled her deeply. After they had sex, he fell asleep

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    Finding time to exercise can be a challenge. Why not work out while you work? Consider 10 ways to add physical activity to your workday

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    Heat waves, disease-spreading mosquitoes and weather disasters are among the many "unequivocal and potentially irreversible" effects of climate change already harming human health worldwide, a new report

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    Music Lessons May Help Bridge 'Achievement Gap'

    Posted by HealthFocus

    A community music program for disadvantaged children boosted an important part of their brain development and function, according to a new study. The benefits were seen

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    Claire headed off to work one morning just as she always did, leaving 30 minutes before her husband, Mark. No sooner did she pull out

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    Girls tend to lose interest in extracurricular activities, such as sports and music, about the time they reach puberty, but this is not so true

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    Posted by HealthFocus

     If your taste buds lean toward spicy, you might be doing your heart a favor, new research suggests. Spicy foods may increase salt sensitivity, thereby dampening the desire

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    Want to Live Longer?Drink Coffee

    Posted by HealthFocus

    That morning cup of coffee may be doing more than serving up a needed caffeine jolt -- it may be adding years to your life. At least that's the conclusion

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    Sleep Can Affect Male Fertility

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Sleeping too little or too much can affect a man's ability to impregnate his partner, new research suggests. The "sweet spot" appears to be 7 to

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    Painful Sex? 6 Possible Causes

    Posted by HealthFocus

    If sex hurts, you won’t want to do it. For most of us, pain stops desire cold. It’s estimated that about 20% of women suffer

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    What Happens to Your Penis as You Get Older?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Like everything in nature, your penis goes through a series of changes over your lifetime. Each phase is controlled mostly by your testosterone levels. Somewhere between the ages

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    It makes me itchy just thinking about lice. You too, probably. But learning about these little guys makes it a bit easier to tolerate when your

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    Cocoa Boosts "Good" Cholesterol

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    Drinking cocoa each day may boost levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol, Japanese researchers report. Researchers, who included Kazuo Kondo, MD, PhD, of Tokyo's Ochanomizu University, studied 25

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    Gum Contouring: Is it Right for You?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    There's more to a beautiful smile than sparkling teeth. The shape of your teeth also plays a part. If your teeth look small and stubby, a treatment called gum contouring may improve

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    Energy and sports drinks can damage tooth enamel, boosting the risk of cavities, according to a new study. "The big misconception is that energy drinks and sports

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    A fruitarian diet is a type of vegan diet. All vegan diets can lack adequate levels of B-12, calcium, vitamin D, zinc, iodine and long

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    Pot Smokers May Have Better Sex Lives

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    The old image of the "pothead" who's too blissed out to make it in the bedroom may need revising. New research contends that folks who frequently

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    A New Treatment For Premature Ejaculation?

    Posted by HealthFocus

     Men troubled by the embarrassment of premature ejaculation might soon have an easy way to avoid it, new research suggests. Special "wipes" embedded with a mild anesthetic -- benzocaine -- appear to

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    There are thousands of prescription medications, but when someone talks about “the pill,” you know what she means: the birth control pill. There are a

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    In my 15 years as an OB GYN sometimes I think I’ve heard it all, but then last week a teenager asked me “Is my

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    For those who aren't born with long, fluttery eyelashes, cosmetic extensions can help achieve that often sought-after look. But eye experts warn that the adhesives used to

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    It’s nearly Halloween, the season of fright. But for people who suffer from phobias, fear isn’t just a seasonal thrill, it’s a way of life. Nearly

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    Lice in Halloween Costumes: Should You Be Scared?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    A mom asked me the other day about whether you could get lice by trying on Halloween costumes. Her kids had tried on various witch

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    Mess During Sex: What to Do When Things Go Wrong

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    For most of us, sex doesn’t really resemble the perfectly choreographed scenes we see in the movies. In real life, there are snafus – someone’s

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    When your doctor tells you that you have an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) -- like Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or diverticulitis -- he may suggest

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    If you struggle with depression or anxiety, have you ever wondered why that sauna or hot bath seems to make you feel better? Or have you

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    People across the UK will wake up having gained an hour's sleep on Sunday morning, as the clocks go back heralding darker evenings and shorter

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    The average Briton gets six-and-a-half hours' sleep a night, according to the Sleep Council. Michael Mosley took part in an unusual experiment to see if

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    About one in nine American men is infected with the oral form of human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new study published in the journal Annals of

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    There is pleasure in both giving and receiving. Does gender influence which of these pleasures we prefer? In women, part of the brain showed a greater response

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    If you avoid noisy restaurants because you can't hear your spouse or you have to turn your TV up so loud that the neighbors complain,

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    Invasive dental procedures may raise the risk of rare but serious infections in people who have prosthetic heart valves, a recent French study suggests. Some previous

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    Most people have a little bit of fat in their liver, but fatty liver disease can be diagnosed when more than 5 percent of the

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    While aerobic activity is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle, air pollution and exercise can be an unhealthy combination. This is especially true

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    The acai (ah-sigh-EE) berry is a grapelike fruit harvested from acai palm trees, which are native to the rainforests of South America. Acai berries are widely

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    Pink Eye Due to Allergies

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    Conjunctivitis is one of the most common and treatable eyeconditions in children and adults. Often called "pink eye," it is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the tissue that lines

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    Anal Sex: When Partners Disagree

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    Though it’s still taboo for many, there’s been a cultural shift when it comes to heterosexual anal sex. Young women are reporting in therapy that

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    If you’re staying together for the kids – trying to spare them the pain of being from a broken family – give this some further

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    Consumers may soon have a better idea about the chemicals in the cleaning products they’re spraying, wiping, and mopping around their homes. California this month became

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    Eating Plenty of Pasta Won't Make You Fat

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    Pasta may get a bad rap when it comes to weight loss, but that’s because it’s so misunderstood. Studies show that this Mediterranean staple can

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    A famous skin doctor in Estee Lauder’s generation, Erno Laszlo, used to say that “you want your skin to be just this side of dry.”

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    Although most people know sex addiction exists, many don’t know exactly what it means. Sexual addiction refers to sexual behavior that has become compulsive –

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    Apple cider vinegar has a long history as a home remedy, used to treat everything from a sore throat to varicose veins. But there’s not much science to support

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    Medical Marijuana's Benefit to Kids Still Limited

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     Medical marijuana appears to hold only limited promise for sick children and teenagers, a new review suggests. It can help kids fighting cancer with chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting, and it can

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    For people going through cancer, sex can be a powerful affirmation of aliveness – many patients say it is one of the most important markers

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    Posted by HealthFocus

    Sexting has gotten a bad rap – and with good reason. Plenty of people have gotten themselves into hot water by sending sexual thoughts and

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    We see our urine every day, but usually don’t pay much attention to it unless we see something different or unexpected. Changes in urine color

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    If you feel a lump or bump on a testicle, you’re probably scared, and rightfully so. Something that doesn’t belong, especially on a testicle, is

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    Dehydration is a familiar foe for endurance athletes, and one that will be on the minds of every participant in Sunday's New York City Marathon. But did

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    Teen girls are much more likely to self-harm than boys, and the dangerous practice is on the rise. That's the conclusion of a new British study

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    Binge eating disorder is a serious condition characterized by uncontrollable eating and resulting weight gain. People with binge eating disorder frequently eat large amounts of food (beyond the point

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     Trauma may be more than psychologically damaging for women: New research suggests it also could boost their chances of heart trouble. Close to 300 nonsmoking women who were

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    Guys, now that you’re hitting puberty, you might notice your facial hair starting to come in. You’ll also start seeing hair grow in places that you’ve never seen hair

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    Soothing your kids with food may stop the tears in the short-term. But researchers warn it can lead to unhealthy eating patterns long-term. Parents who are

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    Young kids don't necessarily know they shouldn't approach a scared dog, which could put them in danger of being bitten, a new British study shows. While

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    Many people try yoga hoping to heal an injury, but some wind up with more aches and pains, a new study finds. The study, which surveyed hundreds of

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    Do your immune system a favor and pack more fruits and vegetables on your plate. They're loaded with nutrients, called antioxidants, that are good for you. Add more fruits and vegetables of

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     Smoking and oral sex may be a deadly combo that raises a man's risk for head and neck cancer, a new study suggests. The key factor is transmission

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    Pollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published

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    In a world where you can fix almost anything with a do-it-yourself video on YouTube, you might think curing your own illness would be a

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    Want to hear something crazy? The prevalence of peanut allergies among U.S. kids doubled from 1997 to 2008—and today, around 2 percent of children are allergic to

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    CHICAGO –  A single genetic change that occurred in 2013 may explain how Zika acquired the ability to attack fetal nerve cells, causing a severe

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    Cosmetic contact lenses are often sold in joke and fancy-dress shops and on websites, but they come without instructions on safe use. Eye-health professionals say novelty

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    Sleep is essential for maintaining our mental and physical health, yet it eludes many adults. According to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million U.S.

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    Antibiotics are a type of medication used to treat bacterial infections. They work by killing the infection or preventing it from spreading. There are many different

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    When it comes to exercise, can you get too much of a good thing? Possibly, suggests a new study that found white men who exercise more than seven hours

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    Happy Marriage, Healthier Spouses

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    Is a happy marriage the key to good health? Yes, according to researchers at the University of Missouri. Overall, married people are in better mental and physical health

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    Exactly How Do You Quit?

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    As you probably know, there are many different ways to quit smoking. Some work better than others. The best plan is the one you can

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    Avoiding Alcohol Helps the Heart Beat Better

    Posted by HealthFocus

    That's the message of a new long-range study examining alcohol use and atrial fibrillation, or Afib. This is when electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart

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    Farsighted Kids Have Trouble Paying Attention

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    Farsightedness affects young children's ability to pay attention in school, which could put them at risk of falling behind in the classroom, a new study

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    Working Night Shifts May Widen Your Waistline

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Workers who regularly pull overnight shifts may be more prone to pack on the pounds, a new analysis suggests. The finding involved an in-depth look at

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    As Men's Weight Rises, Sperm Health May Fall

    Posted by HealthFocus

    A widening waistline may make for shrinking numbers of sperm, new research suggests. Indian scientists studied more than 1,200 men and found that too much extra weight was linked

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    'Magic Mushrooms' May Help Treat Depression

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    The active ingredient in "magic mushrooms" may help patients with tough-to-treat depression, a new study suggests. Twenty patients received psilocybin -- the psychoactive compound in a group

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    Is Blood Donated by Mothers Less Safe for Men?

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    Men who receive blood donated by previously pregnant women may face an increased risk of death following the transfusion, a new study from the Netherlands

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    iPhone Cases Recalled; Liquid Inside Can Burn Skin

    Posted by HealthFocus

    An electronics company is voluntarily recalling about 263,000 liquid glitter iPhone cases for a potential chemical burnhazard. The cases made by MixBin Electronics LLC of Hamilton, NJ,

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    How to Meditate Without Sitting Still

    Posted by HealthFocus

    When you hear the word “meditation,” what comes to mind? Most people envision a person sitting quietly in a lotus position in a serene location

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    Managing Anxiety Before It Manages You

    Posted by HealthFocus

    When we don’t effectively manage anxiety, eventually, it will manage us. Many people that come into my office in a state of crisis had been

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    Dental Devices May Cause Infection

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Four out of five dentists may be surprised: Toothbrushes, dentures, dental floss, and athletic mouthguards may be responsible for recurring health problems ranging from asthma attacks to herpesoutbreaks. The problem:

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    Step Diet: Count Steps, Not Calories

    Posted by HealthFocus

    If you are looking for a way to lose weight, keep it off forever and be healthier, then the Step Diet is for you. There's no counting of

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    Can Paleo Foods Fuel Your Child?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    More lean meat and fish and less junk food? The basics of the “paleo” meal plan sound pretty healthy. But can it give kids the

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    Dogs May Sniff Out Bladder Cancer

    Posted by HealthFocus

    All that time dogs spend sniffing things may have honed their skills as medical detectives. A new British study shows that dogs' exceptional sense of smell may

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    Music Therapy: A Powerful Tool

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Music can transport us back in time ... to summers at the beach, to high school football games, to a first kiss. A good play

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    Birth Control Doesnt Make You Have Riskier Sex

    Posted by HealthFocus

    When President Donald Trump’s administration recently issued new rules immediately rolling back the federal requirement that employers cover birth control in their health insurance plans, it not only cited

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    Avocados Are Now a Thing

    Posted by HealthFocus

    You do not need a diet avocado. I repeat: You do not need a diet avocado. But there is indeed a “skinny” version on the

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    Ob-Gyn to Women Everywhere: Dont Cleanse Your Vagina With a Cucumber

    Posted by HealthFocus

    In what seems like post #323 explaining that vaginas don’t need cleaning, I present the cucumber vagina cleanse. Apparently some women are peeling cucumbers inserting them

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    Womens Brains Respond to Generosity, Mens Respond to Selfishness

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Research has shown that when women and men are put in the same situation involving a sum of money, the women tend to share that

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    Two simple ways to lower odds of stillbirth

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Canada's Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day on Oct. 15, 2017 draws our attention to a bleak statistic -- an estimated one in four pregnancies end in a loss.

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    Technology and Relationships: The Pros and Cons

    Posted by HealthFocus

    As we spend more and more time snuggled up with our smartphones, laptops, and tablets, a big question looms: Are these devices bringing us closer

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    Cocoa May Sharpen Aging Brain

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Drinking a cocoa-rich beverage every day may help brainhealth in older adults, a new study shows. The study, published in Hypertension, included 90 elderly people who already had mild

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    Sex After a Heart Attack: Is It OK?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    You've had a heart attack, and suddenly your outlook on sex is very different. You used to relish intimacy and pleasure with your partner. But now it seems

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    Many Fast-Food Containers Have Risky Chemical

    Posted by HealthFocus

    The next time you get a muffin with your coffee or pick up a hamburger at a drive-thru, you could also be getting a side

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    fever in early pregnancy can cause birth defects

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Running a high fever during early pregnancy is known to be dangerous. A first-trimester fever can increase a baby's risk of developing a congenital heart defect

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    your egg count is important for fertility?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, a San Francisco-based reproductive endocrinologist, sees it almost everyday in her practice. Women come into the fertility specialist's office fearful and tearful that

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    How Much Protein You Really Need to Eat in a Day

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Wondering exactly how much protein you should be consuming each day? The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), which is the minimum amount you need to be healthy,

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    How to Stop Beating Yourself Up About What You Eat

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Location: My house. Girls’ night. The scene: Cheese plate. Many bottles of wine. And a running commentary from all my friends: “I can’t stop eating

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    this is what you do When You Want to Have Sex but You're Gassy and Bloated

    Posted by HealthFocus

    You’re spending the night with your partner, looking forward to having some fun between the sheets. Suddenly your stomach feels all kinds of funky. Bloated. Achy.

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    Would You Get a Massage From a Robot?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    The backaches of the future may have a new remedy -- developers say a robot masseuse is now treating patients in Singapore. Known as Emma (for

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    Do Girls Think Boys Are Smarter?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    As a pediatrician, I enjoy talking with my patients about school. Recently, I saw a 9-year-old girl and asked about her favorite subject. She smiled

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    More Fruits, Vegetables Make You Happier: Here's Why

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Eating up to eight servings of fruit and vegetables a day could make you feel happier, new research suggests. Experts have long recommended a diet with lots of fruits

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    For Husbands, Does More Housework Mean Less Sex?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    If you're one of those husbands who thinks taking over some of your wife's household chores will translate into having sex more often, maybe you should think

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    Top Sexual Health Symptoms for Women

    Posted by HealthFocus

    You just never seem to be in the mood these days. Or the last few times you had sex, it hurt. Maybe you have some

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    Will My Vagina Ever Be the Same Again?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    During delivery, the vagina is stretched to the size of a bowling ball. A bowling ball. So, it’s not going to be “the same” afterward.

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    Man Boobs:Enlarged Breasts in Men

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Some men get enlarged breast tissue. It’s called gynecomastia. Maybe you've heard people call the condition “man boobs.” It’s usually not anything to worry about. Nor does it have

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    The Truth About Beet Juice

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Most lists of "super foods" don't include beetroot juice, but maybe they should. Beet juice may boost stamina to help you exercise longer, improve bloodflow, and help lower blood pressure,

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    All About Avocados

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Avocados are the darling of the produce section. They’re the go-to ingredient for guacamole dips at parties. And they're also turning up in everything from

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    What Can You Do About Sensitive Teeth?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    If you pass on hot or cold drinks because you know they’ll make your teeth hurt, it may be time to talk to your dentist

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    New Clues to Stubborn Urinary Tract Infections

    Posted by HealthFocus

    The study shows the genes that cause bacteria to be resistant to a common antibiotic can be transferred between people and animals, says study researcher

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    Painful Sex Common After Giving Birth

    Posted by HealthFocus

     Painful sex may affect nearly a third of women in the first year after they give birth, a new study suggests. The researchers included Rebecca Knibb, PhD,

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    Spray for Premature Ejaculation Helps

    Posted by HealthFocus

    An anesthetic spray more than doubles the "lasting" time for men with premature ejaculation, according to a study by the company that makes the experimental spray. The

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    Prescription Weight Loss Drugs

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Eating less and moving more are the basics of weight loss that lasts. For some people, prescription weight loss drugs may help. You'll still need to focus on diet

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    Acupuncture Less Effective for Skeptics

    Posted by HealthFocus

    People with back pain who think it's unlikely that acupuncture will help them get less benefit from it than those who believe it will work, according to new research. Researchers

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    Are Your Ears Ringing?It Might Be Tinnitus

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus) is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. A common problem, tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn't a

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    Air Pollution May Raise Autism Risk

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Being exposed to high levels of air pollution from traffic may raise the risk of autism, researchers say. "Children exposed to higher levels of traffic-related pollutants during pregnancy or

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    In Depth About Dementia

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Dementia isn't a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Though

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    Barefoot Running: Should You Try It?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Imagine going running without shoes, and feeling better for it. San Francisco personal trainer Kate Clemens once did that, 6 miles into an 18-mile race along

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    Infertile Men at Risk for Diabetes, Osteoporosis?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Men with low sperm counts have higher odds of getting a metabolic disease like diabetes or osteoporosis in later years, a new study says. Metabolism refers to the chemical reactions in

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    Romance After 60

    Posted by HealthFocus

    The chaste older person. The dirty old geezer. The horny old broad. Stereotypes all.   "The stereotype is grim," says Walter M. Bortz II, MD, author of We

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    What Is Sleep Dentistry?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Have you heard of sleep dentistry? No, it's not napping during a cleaning. Sleep dentistry is what dentists do to help people with sleep problems. Since the American Academy of

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    Could Caffeine Help Dry Eye?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    The study was small, including only 78 people with normal tear production, says researcher Reiko Arita, MD, PhD, a clinical researcher at the University of

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    Does Shaving Your Legs Make Hair Turn Darker?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    You’ve heard the adage: Shaving your legs makes hair grow in thicker and darker. But is it true? No, says Tulane University dermatologist Ron Davis, MD.

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    What to Know Before You BBQ

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Love grilling, but heard that it might hold some health risks? Here’s what you need to know… and how you can have healthier cookouts! It is

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    Heartburn Drugs Linked to Pneumonia Risk

    Posted by HealthFocus

    New research suggests that one out of every 200 patients being treated with gastric acid-suppressive drugs for heartburn and other conditions may develop pneumonia. Researchers led by Chun-Sick Eom,

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    Can't Sleep? It Could Be Your iPad

    Posted by HealthFocus

     Is setting down your iPad the last thing you do before bed? New research shows that all of those nighttime hours spent with your tablet

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    Is Your Teen a Vaper?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    With youth cigarette use at an all-time low thanks to price hikes, smokingbans, and graphic public-service campaigns, today's parents may assume they don't have to worry

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    Spanking Linked to Long-Term Mental Health Issues

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Pushing, grabbing, slapping, shoving, and other types of physical punishment may increase a child's risk for developing several types of emotional problems as he or

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    Contagious Yawns May Show Social Bonds

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Yawns may be contagious for good reason. A new study suggests that yawning after someone else yawns may be a sign of social empathy and emotional

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    Teen Sex and Pregnancy Myths

    Posted by HealthFocus

    You've surely heard some old tales about preventing pregnancyif you're having sex. Here are some common pregnancy myths: You can't get pregnant if you have sex standing up. You can't get pregnant if it's your first

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    Are We Too Clean?Kids And Dirt

    Posted by HealthFocus

    It's the basic nature of young children to touch the very things in their environment that their parents find most disgusting. Just try to keep

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    Blood in Semen

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Seeing blood in the semen can make a man anxious. Fortunately, it doesn't always signal a major medical problem. For men younger than 40 with no related

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    Can PRP Injections Really Give You a Bigger Penis?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    If you’re unhappy with what you’ve got down below, you’re not alone – a lot of guys want to trump nature and increase the size

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    Is Divorce Hereditary? Your Genes May Be Partially to Blame

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Adult children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced themselves, compared to those who grew up in two-parent homes, research has shown. Now, a

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    Dark Chocolate Healthy

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Yes, dark chocolate has compounds that offer health benefits and can be enjoyed without guilt, even on a daily basis. But the portion size matters,

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    Is Drinking Diet Soda a Health Risk?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Numerous studies over the past several years have reported links between diet soda and weight gain, diabetes, heart problems, and other health issues. Most recently,

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    How Many Calories Are in Your Wine?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Sipping on sauvignon blanc or enjoying a glass of red with dinner can be a nice way to unwind after a hectic day. While drinking

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    Egg Freezing: Is It for You?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    You think you want to have a baby -- someday. What can you do today to make sure your eggs are ready when you are? One option is

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    Sexual Fantasies: Whats Considered Unusual?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Very few sexual fantasies are uncommon, with both men and women expressing a wide range of fantasies. Results of a large survey done by investigators at

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    Viagra for Her

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Viagra, often prescribed to help men's erectile dysfunction, also helps women who experience sexual problems from antidepressant use, according to a new study. Sexual dysfunction is a

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    Wrinkle Fillers: An Alternative to Plastic Surgery

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Curious about wrinkle fillers, which hold the promise of smoother skin and a younger look without surgery? Don't confuse fillers with Botox and its competitors, Dysport and

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    Is Your Beard Packed With Germs?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    It’s an age-old debate: Are beards clean or a magnet for germs and bacteria? Last year, we were told that men's beards could be dirtier than

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    sex can be a workout

    Posted by HealthFocus

    When I think of the ultimate sex workout, I picture the scene from "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie throw each

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    YOGA CAN HELP FROM RECOVERING SURGERY OR STRESS

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Last year, I underwent surgery, intended to repair an incisional hernia stemming from a cesarean section when I had my youngest son. In my career as

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    Can you get rid of cellulite with exercise?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    A lot of workouts are marketed as fat-blasting and cellulite-shrinking. Instructors claim that if you only knew the right moves, your trouble zones would disappear

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    New Cure for 4-Hour Erections?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Men suffering penis pain and damage from erections lasting longer than four hours may benefit from an orphan drug used to treat severe "bubble boy" immune deficiency,

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    Cant Orgasm? Heres Help for Women

    Posted by HealthFocus

    About 10% of women have never had an orgasm -- either with a partner or during masturation. And quite a few of them have found

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    The Truth About Kale

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Kale is a super food with staying power. The dark, leafy green has been on dinner plates since Roman times and has long been common across

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    Electric Toothbrushes: Are They For You?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    The biggest decision you used to make when buying a toothbrush was soft, medium, or hard bristles. Now there are dozens of types of brushes,

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    Obesity May Age Your Brain

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Being overweight or obese in middle age shrinks your brain, aging it by as much as 10 years, according to a new study. People who are overweight or obese during middle

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    Economic forces making US men less appealing partners

    Posted by HealthFocus

    If it seems like the number of complaints from your female friends about not being able to find a man is growing, we may finally

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    CVS will limit opioid prescriptions to 7 days

    Posted by HealthFocus

    In a new effort to tackle the deadly opioid addiction crisis in the United States, pharmacy giant CVS announced Friday that it will limit opioid prescriptions to

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    Doctors Have Stopped Prescribing Metformin

    Posted by HealthFocus

    We are quickly approaching the day when people diagnosed with Type II Diabetes can kiss goodbye to their expensive pills and annoying needles and test

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    Are you getting enough fluids to stay healthy?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Water is known as the elixir of life, with good reason. Every system in your body needs it to survive. "Water regulates our body temperature, keeps

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    Should you eat three big meals or many mini-meals?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    In the nutritional world, conventional wisdom suggests that the more often you eat, the more likely you are to burn off those calories and control

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    cheese is healthy

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Yes, cheese is nutrient-rich -- and tasty -- but it's best to consume it in small portions.   "Cheese does contain some important nutrients, including calcium

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    Is sex addiction real?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    From Anthony Weiner to Tiger Woods, there's no shortage of so-called sex addicts these days. But is sex addiction a real condition? Getting to the bottom

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    Semen Harbors Wide Range of Viruses

    Posted by HealthFocus

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Human semen provides a potential hiding place and breeding ground for a host of dangerous viruses, a new

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    energy bars are healthy

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Energy bars are a convenient source of nutrition and come in a wide variety of flavors to satisfy different palates. They are often fortified with

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    Drug Helped Protect Gay Teen Males From HIV

    Posted by HealthFocus

    TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A group of gay and bisexual teenage males safely used a medication that prevents HIV infection, though some

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    Anxiety Is Messing Up Your Sex Life

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Getting in the mood, being honest about what turns you on, and enjoying super pleasurable orgasms all suffer when you're gripped by panic and worry. Here's

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    Cancer patients lack access to fertility support

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Up to half of cancer patients of reproductive age do not receive adequate information about the impact of treatment on their fertility, decreasing their options

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    Dental work tied to heart infections

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Some previous research has linked dental work to an increased risk of what's known as infective endocarditis - infections of the heart valve or lining

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    Purple Veggie May Help Ward Off Colon Cancer

    Posted by HealthFocus

    A new study has linked purple potatoes to a lower risk of colon cancer in pigs. Purple potatoes may do more than add a pop of

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    Smoking marijuana can triple your chances of dying from high blood pressure

    Posted by HealthFocus

    The health effects of marijuana are far from conclusive, as we reported. Now, a new study provides evidence that pot might be hurting your heart:

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    Choosing baby's sex

    Posted by HealthFocus

     While old wives' tales suggest that a woman's diet or sexual position during conception can affect a baby's sex, these theories remain unproved. Likewise, researchers

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    Asthma and menstruation

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Just before and during your period, progesterone and estrogen levels decrease. In some women, these hormone changes may worsen asthma. The relationship between hormones and

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    Red yeast rice supplement

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Red yeast rice (RYR) is made from yeast (Monascuspurpureus) grown on rice. It is a dietary staple in some Asian countries. Processed red yeast rice

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    Loss of sex drive in men

    Posted by HealthFocus

    It's natural for men to notice a gradual decrease in sex drive (libido) as they age. The degree of this decline varies, but most men

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    Endometriosis

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your

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    caffeinated drinks hydrate you as well as water does

    Posted by HealthFocus

    It is true that caffeinated drinks can contribute to your daily fluid requirement. Drinking caffeine-containing beverages as part of a normal lifestyle doesn't cause fluid loss

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    Butter vs. margarine: What's healthier?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Margarine usually beats butter when it comes to heart health. Margarine is made from vegetable oils, so it contains no cholesterol, and it generally has

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    eating more whole-grain foods help lower blood pressure

    Posted by HealthFocus

    It might. Eating more whole-grain foods on a regular basis may help reduce your chance of developing high blood pressure (hypertension). Whole grains are grains that

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    Are energy drinks bull?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Thanks to a large amount of sugar and caffeine, energy drinks might give you a temporary energy boost. But too much sugar from energy drinks

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    Caffeine: How much is too much?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    If you rely on caffeine to wake you up and keep you going, you aren't alone. Caffeine is used daily by millions of people to

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    virgins need Pap smears?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Most health care organizations recommend women begin regular Pap testing at age 21. If you're a virgin — meaning you haven't had sexual (vaginal) intercourse

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    Is there an equivalent of Viagra for women?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Given the success of drugs to treat erectile dysfunction, such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra), drug companies have sought a comparable drug

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    Is loss of sex drive normal as a man gets older?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    It's natural for men to notice a gradual decrease in sex drive (libido) as they age. The degree of this decline varies, but most men

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    Is it harmful to have sex if I have a vaginal infection?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Having sex when you have a vaginal infection or vaginal inflammation may be uncomfortable and might make your symptoms worse. If the source of your

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    Chronic pain can interfere with sexuality

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Sexuality helps fulfill the vital need for human connection. It's a natural and healthy part of living, as well as an important aspect of your

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    Evaluating a healthy penis

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Penis health is an important part of your health — and it goes beyond your ability to get and keep an erection, ejaculate, and reproduce. Penis

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    Women to women sex: Know the risk

    Posted by HealthFocus

    All women face certain health risks. However, sexual minority women, such as those who identify as lesbian or bisexual as well as women who have

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    Alzheimer's and children

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Watching a loved one progress through the stages of Alzheimer's disease can be frightening, even for adults. Imagine being a child struggling to understand why

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    Learning disorders: Know the signs

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Many children who have learning disorders, also known as learning disabilities, struggle for a long time before being diagnosed. This can affect a child's self-esteem

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    Like adults,kids face health risk from eating too much salt

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Globally, many diets are high in sodium increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. This includes children. In the U.S. 90

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    Most women and young children should eat more fish

    Posted by HealthFocus

    The most recent advice from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Most women and young children should eat more fish. However, at the same time,

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    Teething: Keeping you up at night?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Drooling, crankiness and tears can make teething an ordeal for parents and babies alike. Here's help easing the pain — for both of you. What's typical?   Although

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    Spitting up in babies: What's normal, what's not

    Posted by HealthFocus

    You've just fed your baby breast milk or formula only to watch him or her spit up what seems like all of it. Is this

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    Antibiotic use in agriculture

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Antibiotics are powerful medications designed to kill bacteria or stop its growth. However, there are times when antibiotics can actually be harmful. For both humans

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    Ear infection treatment: Do alternative therapies work?

    Posted by HealthFocus

      Alternative ear infection treatments abound on the internet and in books and magazines. They include chiropractic adjustments, homeopathy, herbal eardrops and others. Perhaps you're seeking alternative

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    Sexual health and aging: Keep the passion alive

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Sexual health is important at any age. And the desire for intimacy is timeless. As you age, sex may not be the same as it

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    Domestic violence against men: Know the signs

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Women aren't the only victims of domestic violence. Understand the signs of domestic violence against men, and know how to get help. Recognize domestic violence against

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    Bladder cancer

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers, affecting approximately 68,000 adults in the United States each year. Bladder cancer occurs in men more

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    Eating the placenta: A good idea?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Chances are you've heard of the trend of women eating their placenta after giving birth (placentophagy). It's often done by drying the placenta, grinding it

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    Premature baby? Understand your preemie's special needs

    Posted by HealthFocus

    If your baby is born too early, the miracle of birth might be overshadowed by health concerns and the possible long-term effects of prematurity. However,

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    Wrinkle creams: Your guide to younger looking skin

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Many wrinkle creams and lotions sold in department stores, in drugstores and on the internet promise to reduce wrinkles and prevent or reverse damage caused

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    Inhalant abuse: Is your child at risk?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    What's so dangerous about a can of spray paint or deodorant? Plenty. Huffing these and other common household products can provide a quick high. As harmless

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    Hemorrhoids: Here's what you need to know about it

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    Hemorrhoids (HEM-uh-roids), also called piles, are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum, similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids have a number of causes, although

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    Retrograde ejaculation: Dry Orgasm

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Retrograde ejaculation occurs when semen enters the bladder instead of emerging through the penis during orgasm. Although you still reach sexual climax, you might ejaculate

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    Cancer treatment for men: Possible sexual side effects

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Treatment for certain cancers can affect your sexuality, causing a range of signs and symptoms that can make sex with your partner more difficult. But

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    Are sagging breasts inevitable after breast-feeding?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Research has shown that breast-feeding doesn't negatively affect breast shape or volume. During pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts might stretch as your breasts get

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    Pacifiers: Are they good for your baby?

    Posted by HealthFocus

    Most babies have a strong sucking reflex. Some babies even suck their thumbs or fingers before they're born. Beyond nutrition, sucking often has a soothing,

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