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7 Tips to Keep Cool If You Have MS

Tags: heat, heat exhaustion, MS, multiple sclerosis

Some MS patients have problems with heat intolerance, so it's important to know what the possible heat sources may be, and how to keep yourself cool in hot and humid weather or while exercising.


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Need Some Sleep? Here’s How You Can Cope With Hot Flashes at Night

Tags: CPAP, hormones, hot flashes, menopause, sleep, sleep apnea

The hot flashes associated with menopause aren’t just uncomfortable during the day — they can disrupt your sleep. Doctors usually prescribe hormone therapy.


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Use Portable Test to Diagnose Your Sleep Apnea at Home

Tags: sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, sleep testing, study

New guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommend a home-based test for obstructive sleep apnea in average people suffering from unexplained daytime sleepiness.


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You Can Manage Your Pain Without Medications

Tags: chronic pain, diet, exercise, medications, pain

Too often, we treat pain with medications. Unfortunately, many pain medications have bad side effects. They also can be addictive. If you're struggling with pain, consider all the alternatives.


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Radiating Pain in Your Leg? Best to See Your Doctor

Tags: exercise therapy, herniated disc, leg pain, physical therapy, radiculopathy, spine

Sharp pains radiating down your leg could signal a damaged nerve or herniated disc, so learn what the different levels of back pain might represent.


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Back to School May Mean Headache Pain for Your Child

Tags: back to school, children with headaches, Headaches, migraine headaches, migraines

School is not the only thing that begins in the fall. For many children, the stress of returning to classes brings on an unwanted result: headaches.


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It’s Rare, but Colds Can Increase Stroke Risk in Kids

Tags: childhood stroke, cold, colds, respiratory tract infection

The cold virus that typically causes sore throat, cough and congestion can also temporarily increase the risk of stroke in children, according to a recent study.


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Have You Ever Been Sleep Drunk? New Study Finds It’s Quite Common

Tags: mental health, sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders

If you’ve ever been so startled by your alarm clock that you reach for the phone instead of the snooze, you’re in good company.


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Are You Tweeting Away Your Relationships?

Tags: addiction, psychologist, psychology, social media, Twitter

If you use the microblogging platform Twitter a lot, your real-life connections might be in danger. A new study says that too much tweeting can damage your intimate relationships.


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10 Facts You Need to Know About ALS (Video)

Tags: ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, brain health, Lou Gehrig’s disease, spinal cord

The Ice Bucket Challenge has thousands of people dousing themselves with freezing water to raise awareness of ALS. Get 10 facts about the deadly disease.