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Don’t Assume It’s Just a Yeast Infection

The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are familiar to many women: itching, irritation, and usually a thick white discharge. It’s easy to simply reach for the anti-fungal treatments at the first sign of irritation — and usually this does do the trick. But if these symptoms come back often, or don’t respond to the … Read More

A New Option for Breast Cancer Prevention

With special guest contributor Holly Pederson, MD When we talk about drugs for breast cancer, we often focus on medications used for treatment after a diagnosis. But medications can play a major role in prevention, as well. A recent study of the drug anastrozole (Arimidex) has brought that role to light yet again. Below, my … Read More

Dangerous Head Injury May Go Unnoticed

Generally, people have believed if a hit to the head didn’t cause a concussion, there was no brain injury either. Now, physicians are learning that even hard hits that do not cause concussion – called subconcussive hits – can still lead to changes in the brain. “Many impacts in sports are not mild,” says neurologist … Read More

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Battling the Bulge: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge that can form in a section of the aorta, the body’s main artery, occurring in the belly area. This part of the aorta feeds blood to the lower body. The aneurysm can cause the walls of the aorta to become overstretched and weak. These aneurysms develop slowly … Read More

5 Ways to Slim Down Your Meatloaf

Meatloaf may not have the most appetizing name, but it’s a comfort food staple in many households. However, most recipes — a hunk of ground red meat mixed together with eggs and breadcrumbs — are comfort your body does not need. Luckily, you can swap some of the unhealthy items with healthier options without making … Read More

Recipe: Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs

These too-easy sweet and sour meatballs are the perfect appetizer for your next party. This recipe uses ground turkey breast instead of regular 80% lean ground beef, cutting down the calories, fat and saturated fat. Ground turkey will make your meatballs more tender and tastier. Bonus: they’re kid-pleasing too! Ingredients Meatballs 2 lbs ground turkey … Read More

6 Easy Ways to Avoid Weight Gain (Infographic)

From stocking your refrigerator to preparing meals, it’s easy to fall into habits that unknowingly lead to weight gain. These unconscious habits can also stymie any attempts to maintain a healthy weight. Learn cooking tips that will minimize excess calories. Discover why sitting down to eat matters. Find out what you can do to avoid … Read More

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Individual Care Best for Young Cardiac Patients

A new study affirms that the long-standing practice of focusing on the individual and employing a multidisciplinary approach in treating children with pediatric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) results in the best possible outcomes. Thick heart walls Children who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, have abnormally thick walls of the heart. Pediatric HCM … Read More

7 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Want to Keep

Around this time of year, you get hit over the head with the usual New Year’s resolutions: lose weight, exercise more, and so on. Those are healthy, admirable goals, but below are a few fun alternative resolutions you might not expect. 1. Eat more chocolate Research touts the health benefits of chocolate, including everything from … Read More