10 Best Stories of 2015: Chest Pain, Kids’ Fevers, White Bumps

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Tired of Tampons? Here Are Pros and Cons of Menstrual Cups

This past year, we’ve published hundreds of posts to help you live better. Stories have covered everyday health problems and wellness tips as well as serious conditions. Below, find ten stand-outs we wanted to share with you. These are among our finest offerings of 2015.

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1. 8 Possible Causes for That Metallic Taste in Your Mouth8 Possible Causes for That Metallic Taste in Your Mouth

Does your mouth have the taste of old pennies? The condition is more common than you might think. A metallic taste can indicate serious illness, such as kidney or liver problems, undiagnosed diabetes or certain cancers. But these reasons are not common and usually are accompanied by other symptoms. Read it.

2. 3 Types of Chest Pain That Won’t Kill You3 Types of Chest Pain That Won’t Kill You

There are some symptoms that should send you to the emergency room immediately. These include pain, pressure or discomfort in the center of the chest, in the arms, back, jaw, neck or stomach, along with shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea or fatigue, or lightheadedness. But if you’re like the average person, you may often feel fleeting aches and pains in the chest area. Read it.

3. Kids’ Fevers: When to Worry, When to RelaxKids’ Fevers: When to Worry, When to Relax

Fevers can be a very scary thing for parents, particularly for first-time moms and dads. Every child will eventually experience a fever, no matter how careful you are. It is important for parents to know what to do when this happens. First, here are some tips on measuring your child’s temperature. Read it.

4. Tired of Tampons? Here Are Pros and Cons of Menstrual CupsTired of Tampons? Here Are Pros and Cons of Menstrual Cups

For years, women have used either tampons or pads to collect blood and protect clothing during their periods. But a menstrual cup provides women with an alternative to these traditional methods. Some are long-lasting and reusable, while others are disposable. Read it.

5. Does Your Skin Have Tiny White Bumps? Leave Them AloneDoes Your Skin Have Tiny White Bumps? Leave Them Alone

If you have tiny white bumps on your nose chin or cheeks, resist the urge to try removing them. You likely have milia, a skin condition that’s common among newborns – so common, in fact, that up to half of all babies develop milia. It happens when dead skin cells get trapped beneath the skin’s surface and form small, hard cysts. Read it.

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6. Your Feet Hold Clues to Clogged ArteriesYour Feet Hold Clues to Clogged Arteries

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries that lead to the extremities. PAD can cause discomfort in your legs and feet, limit your walking and activities, or severe PAD can progress to loss of limb. Your doctor can check for signs of the disease with a simple test of pulses in your feet. Read it.

7. Is Your Shoulder Pain Actually Caused by a Neck Problem?Is Your Shoulder Pain Actually Caused by a Neck Problem?

An aching shoulder may not signal a shoulder problem. And a sore neck may not indicate a neck problem. “People may come in with shoulder pain when they really have a neck problem,” says Eric Ricchetti, MD, a shoulder specialist in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Conversely, neck pain can mask a shoulder problem. Read it.

 8. 6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Assume Foot Pain Is a Heel Spur6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Assume Foot Pain Is a Heel Spur

If you feel pain in your heel, you might think you have a heel spur. It’s a common assumption — and a heel spurcan cause foot discomfort. However, only 50 percent of people who have heel spurs actually feel any pain because of it. Read it.

9. Why You Should Avoid Keepsake UltrasoundsWhy You Should Avoid Keepsake Ultrasounds

If you’re pregnant, you’re probably eager to see what your baby looks like. It’s perfectly natural to be curious about the new life growing within you. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning expectant moms and dads about businesses looking to capitalize on this curiosity — and possibly putting your unborn child in danger. Read it.

10. Eat These Foods to Boost Your Immune SystemEat These Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Want to fight off that illness that’s spreading around the office or your child’s school? Aside from practicing good hygiene, boosting your immune system is a great way to start. Your diet plays a part in strengthening your immune system. Sadly, too many of us don’t eat enough of the fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods we need to keep ourselves healthy year-round. Read it.

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