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Pregnant? Find Out About Sickle Cell Risks for Your Baby

Tags: bone marrow transplant, genetic disorder, genetic testing, genetics, pregnancy, sickle cell disease (SCD), stem cells

Get answers about sickle cell disease and understand the risks associated with this inherited disorder. A pediatric hematologist discusses what you need to know.


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Breast Cancer in Young Women Requires Different Treatment

Tags: BRCA gene, BRCA1, BRCA2, breast cancer, breast exam, cancer, cancer treatments, chemo brain, chemotherapy, fertility, genetic, infertility, mammograms, mastectomy, relationships, self-breast exam

Young women with breast cancer have unique concerns: a complex, often inherited disease, issues of infertility and body image, and impact on family life, relationships and career. Here’s what to look for when seeking care.


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8 Possible Causes for That Metallic Taste in Your Mouth

Tags: cancer treatments, chemotherapy, dementia, diabetes, kidney cancer, liver disease, oral health, pregnancy, Prescription Drugs, prescriptions, radiation, vitamins and supplements

Does your mouth have the taste of old pennies? The condition is more common than you might think. Find out what might be giving your mouth a metallic taste.


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If You Have Lupus, Consult Doctor Before Pregnancy (Video)

Tags: high-risk pregnancy, lupus, pregnancy, systemic lupus erythematosus

Before getting pregnant, it's best for lupus patients to coordinate care with their rheumatologist and an obstetrician familiar with high-risk pregnancies.


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Why You Should Avoid ‘Keepsake’ Ultrasounds

Tags: pregnancy, ultrasound

If you’re pregnant, you’re probably eager to see what your baby looks like. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning expectant moms and dads about businesses looking to capitalize on this curiosity.


How Acupuncture Can Offer You Natural Fertility Help

How Acupuncture Can Offer You Natural Fertility Help

Tags: acupuncture, fertility, infertility, infertility treatments, pregnancy

If you are receiving fertility treatments or concerned about your ability to get pregnant, consider including a natural, complementary practice thousands of years old: acupuncture.


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What You Should Know About Pregnancy After Age 35 (Video)

Tags: advanced maternal age, fertility, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, high-risk pregnancy, infertility, preeclampsia, pregnancy

If you are 35 or older and concerned about risks associated with pregnancy, experts say there are various factors to consider besides your age.


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High-Risk Pregnancy? Reduce Your Risks With Early Action

Tags: gestational diabetes, heart disease, high-risk pregnancy, lupus, preeclampsia, pregnancy, pregnancy over 35, pregnant

Maternal disease, fetal problems and obstetrical complications are three possible factors in high-risk pregnancy. You can’t eliminate them, but you can reduce them.


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4 Reasons for New Moms to Gather in Support Groups

Tags: baby, breastfeeding, infants, new mom, support groups

One woman describes how her nursing moms’ support group helped her deal with postpartum depression and form lasting friendships as well.


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Best of Both Worlds: A Natural Birth in a Hospital

Tags: childbirth, natural childbirth, water labor

Lakewood mom describes her natural, drug-free labor and delivery, and the moments when her baby requires special care from hospital staff immediately after birth.