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Laughing Through Labor

Having comfort options is important to any woman who hopes to approach her birth as a natural process. Nitrous oxide – more commonly known as laughing gas – is one such option.  Many women in the U.S. have never heard…

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Scary Stats About Autism and Water Safety

It happens a lot. Children with autism leave a safe, supervised area because they are attracted to something of interest, especially water. This tendency to wander, combined with no intrinsic sense of fear, makes drowning the number one cause of…

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The Truth About Migraines

Today is Jennifer’s fortieth birthday. The gang has spent a month planning a celebration. At the last minute, you get a text from the guest of honor. Sorry. Can’t go. Migraine.  If you’ve never had a migraine, you’re annoyed. Blowing…

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Pelvic Health and You

You’ve recently given birth to a beautiful baby boy. You’re overjoyed and filled with a sense that life just couldn’t get any better than this. And then you sneeze. For many women, something as simple as a sneeze or cough…

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New Dietary Guidelines Explained

  Every five years, the dietary guidelines for Americans are updated based on current scientific and medical knowledge. Introduced in 1990 under the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act, the guidelines are a joint publication between the U.S. Departments…

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Oh, Baby Teeth!

Would you have guessed that tooth decay is considered the single most common disease facing America’s children? Five times more common than asthma, nearly 4.5 million children (more than 25 percent) in the U.S. experience tooth decay. Of these, three…

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Everyone in the Pool!

Did you know just two-and-a-half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, like swimming, biking, or running can decrease the risk of chronic illness, leading to improved health for individuals with diabetes and heart disease? People report enjoying water-based exercise more…

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

When my children were babies, I loved buying adorable outfits. I’d dress each one up for the pediatrician’s visit, and off we’d go to see how things were going with growth and development. I always left those check-ups with great…

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HPV and Your Kids

Prevention is an integral part of good health for everyone. Things like a nutritious diet, physical exercise, adequate sleep, regular doctor’s appointments, age-appropriate screenings, and vaccines are the cornerstones of preventive health. Although we often take them for granted, vaccines…

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