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Pelvic floor prolapse is when a woman’s reproductive organs fall from her vaginal area. This can occur as the result of childbirth, diabetes or a hereditary condition, and can cause urinary incontinence, problems with bowel movements and problems during intercourse. Ann E. Behrend-Uhls, MD, FACOG, obstetrician ...
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Common Allergy Triggers


There are many triggers that can cause misery to a person with allergies. It is important to identify your triggers so you can avoid them and be prepared with the right medication. Common triggers include: Pollen – It may come from flowers, trees or grass. Symptoms can ...
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Healthy Diets for Crohn’s Disease


When you have Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD), the lining of your digestive tract can become inflamed, leading to diarrhea and abdominal pain. While there is no scientifically proven diet for those who suffer from IBD, there are ways to reduce your ...
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Mobi-C Device Helps Patients With Neck Pain


Patients who have bulging or damaged discs in their necks have a new option for treatment at Saint Francis Medical Center: the Mobi-C® Cervical Disc. Doctors can now use this artificial disc to treat an even larger range of neck problems. The bones that form the ...
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Plan for Medical Crisis


No matter how old you are, you should understand the importance of a durable power of attorney and a living will. These documents could be critical in letting your loved ones understand your healthcare wishes if you are someday not able to speak for yourself. A ...
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Shingles Vaccine


Shingles is a viral disease that causes a painful skin rash. While the symptoms are extremely unpleasant for anyone who contracts the disease, they are especially severe for older people. That is why people ages 60 and older should receive the shingles vaccine Zostavax. “Studies have ...
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Vitamin Supplements


The best way to consume the vitamins and minerals you need is to eat a healthy diet. However, if you do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, you should supplement your diet with vitamins. “Hardly any Americans consume enough calcium in their diets,” says Janna R. ...
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Alzheimer’s is More Prevalent in Women


Women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new report published by the Alzheimer’s Association. While a 65-year-old man has a one in 11 chance of developing the disease as he ages, a 65-year-old woman has a one ...
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Healthy Eating Habits


When your children learn healthy eating habits at a young age, they are more likely to make healthy choices as adults. Here are some tips to help youngsters learn proper eating habits: Do not eat in front of the TV. “Children are less likely to pay ...
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Avoiding Overtreatment With Cancer


The moment your doctor tells you that you have cancer, your thoughts begin racing. Is the cancer fatal? Will I need months of painful treatment? Will I ever be fully cured? Because “cancer” is such a frightening word, patients often opt for the most extreme treatments. ...
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