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  • Novelty contact lenses 'can cause sight loss'

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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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    Can You Use Cannabis to Restore Your Natural Sleep Cycle?

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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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    What You Should Eat During and After Antibiotics

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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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    Too Much Exercise Be Bad for Men's Heart?

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    What the Nose Knows May Affect Your Brain Health

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    How well you can smell could be a sign of overall brain health. A growing body of research suggests that the two are strongly linked, though

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    Would You Get a Massage From a Robot?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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     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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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?

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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     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?

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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