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How to cope with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Are you constantly battling belly pain, constipation, diarrhea or all of the above? It could be irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The good news is, digestive distress doesn’t have to control you. Let’s cover the basics of IBS—the most common reason people see a gastroenterologist—and offer tips to manage those annoying symptoms. If you’ve already exhausted …

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Is your child sensitive to touch, sounds, sights and smells?

Our sensory systems include touch (tactile), sound (auditory), taste (gustatory), smell (olfactory) and sight (visual). When all of these systems are working together and balancing the world around them, children can adapt to daily changes and feel great! But what happens to a child when these systems are not working together? This is what we …

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What’s that floating in my eye? When to worry about eye floaters

Stare off into a clear blue sky or at any blank surface for long enough, and you’ll notice them creeping across your vision. Translucent black or gray squiggles—sometimes shaped like rods or crescents, hooks or threads—that seem to drift on the surface of your eye, even changing position if you move your eyeball. Firstly, relax: …

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Running low on baby formula? Safe substitutions and alternatives

What’s a parent to do when their usual baby formula is in short supply? Changing any aspects of your infant’s diet can be scary, and with good reason—your baby needs a diet rich in certain nutrients to keep growing strong and healthy. It’s important to be cautious when making any changes to your infant’s diet. …

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Navigating chemotherapy: How to prepare and what to expect during chemo

When you need chemotherapy as a part of your cancer treatment, it’s normal to have many questions and fears. What will my treatment entail? Will I lose my hair? How will it make me feel? You may have heard about someone who had a serious side effect from chemotherapy, or maybe you’ve seen chemo portrayed …

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Family history of breast cancer? Here’s what that means for you

One of the biggest health concerns women around the world face is the possibility of developing breast cancer. It’s normal to worry about breast cancer, especially as you age and especially if you have a family history. Keep in mind, just because you have a family history of breast cancer, this does not mean you …

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Does choking, coughing or snoring keep you or your spouse up at night? It could be sleep apnea

You’ve just drifted off to sleep and suddenly, you’re awakened by your spouse’s loud gasping. They settle right back into slumber, but you’re left awake, listening to them snore. Your sleep partner’s nighttime habits are not only annoying—they could also be dangerous if they are suffering from sleep apnea. What are the risks of sleep …

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How to help your family cope with the stress of a cancer diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can turn your family’s entire world upside down. With cancer often comes a boatload of stress—and not just for you. Family and friends often experience varying levels of distress, anxiety and depression.  They may also feel guilty that they aren’t sick or hopeless because they don’t know how to help. “Cancer not …

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