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Wear Sunscreen in Winter


Just because the weather is cold does not mean you are safe from sunburn. If you plan on spending several hours outside, remember to use sunscreen. “Sunburn occurs as a result of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist on staff ...
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Look for Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis


If you notice swelling and pain in your leg, talk to your doctor right away. You could be experiencing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein – usually in the legs. These clots are dangerous because ...
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Acid Reflux Disease


When the valve at the entrance to your stomach does not fully close after food passes through it, acid from your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This is called acid reflux and can cause a burning sensation commonly referred to as heartburn. “Many people ...
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Humidifiers and Vaporizers


If someone in your family has a cold or other illness, or you just want more humidity in your house during winter, humidifiers and vaporizers are good options. Both devices add moisture to the air; a humidifier does so through a cool mist, and a ...
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Cancer Symptoms Women Ignore


When you think something is amiss with your body, trust your instincts and call your doctor. For women, there are many early warning signs of cancer that are easy to ignore. They include: Irregular bleeding – “Anything out of the ordinary can be cause for concern,” says ...
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Continuing Care Clinic


Nobody wants to return to the hospital shortly after being discharged. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Continuing Care Clinic aims to help patients take the necessary steps to stay out of the hospital. “We provide ongoing management for their chronic disease,” says clinical coordinator, Bernadette Huston, MSN, ...
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Lymph Node Testing

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Melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, kills about 9,000 Americans each year. Studies have shown the best way to find out if melanoma has spread is to perform a sentinel node biopsy after surgically removing a cancerous lesion. During this biopsy, the ...
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Assessing Your Risk For Breast Cancer


About one in eight women will develop cancer during their lifetime. While researchers do not know why cancer occurs, they have identified several factors that increase a person’s risk for breast cancer. Being a woman – While men can also develop breast cancer, the disease is ...
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Treat Stomach Problems


Many gastrointestinal (GI) problems are closely linked to anxiety and stress. If you commonly experience a “nervous feeling” in your stomach, talk to your doctor about underlying issues that may be causing the problem. “Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition that involves inflammation of the intestinal ...
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Foods for Nursing Moms


If you are breast-feeding your baby, it is important to stick to a balanced, nutritious diet so your baby receives the nutrients he or she needs. In general, you should add about 500 calories per day to your diet. “Breast-feeding moms need large amounts of calcium ...
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