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Prepare Siblings for Baby


A new baby in the house is a big adjustment for everyone, including parents and older siblings. Saint Francis Medical Center offers a special class that helps prepare siblings for the new arrival. “Older siblings are often eager to help with a new baby,” says Beverly L. ...
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Inflammatory Breast Cancer Spreads Quickly


Breast cancer does not always start with a lump. Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is an aggressive, rare disease whose most common symptoms are redness, swelling of the breast and an orange peel appearance of the breast. IBC usually occurs at a younger age than other types ...
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea


Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. It occurs when your throat muscles periodically relax and block your airway, causing you to stop and start breathing while sleeping. “If you snore frequently and find you are tired throughout the day, talk to ...
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Avoid Foods With Trans Fat

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Many factors can put you at risk for heart disease, including smoking, genetics, diabetes and high blood pressure. One risk factor that receives much attention is trans fat, which is a substance found in partially hydrogenated oil. Many sweets, snacks and fried foods contain trans ...
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Pink Tie Guys Help Promote Pink Up™


Mammograms are essential to the early detection of breast cancer, which can dramatically increase the chances of survival. Because of this, men in our region have mobilized to make sure every woman has access to this important screening. The “Pink Tie Guys” have become a ...
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Choose the Right Vitamins


As you decide which vitamins you should be taking, remember that you should receive the majority of your nutrition through the foods you eat. “A balanced diet that includes many different kinds of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy should give ...
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Pap Smears


If you are a woman between the ages of 21 and 65, you should be talking to your doctor about having a Pap smear performed at least once every two or three years. A Pap smear is the main screening for cervical cancer, and it ...
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Testosterone Replacement 


Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men that regulates sex drive; produces sperm; and causes a deeper voice, bigger muscles and growth of body hair. Forty percent of men older than age 45 have low testosterone levels. This can be due to normal aging, or ...
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Asthma Triggers


About one in 12 people suffers from asthma, and out of that group, about 12 million people every year will experience an asthma attack. One of the most important steps to successful treatment is identifying your individual triggers. Possible triggers include: Respiratory infection Bacterial infection such as sinusitis Gastroesophageal ...
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Faulty Thyroid


Untreated thyroid problems can cause depression, weight gain and loss of energy, and can put you at risk for heart disease, infertility and many other medical problems. The following are some classic signs of a thyroid issue: Fatigue – People with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) often feel ...
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