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How to Prevent Cervical Cancer

Here's something every woman should know about cervical cancer: It's almost always preventable. Cervical cancer is rare in women who are regularly screened for it. And there's a vaccine that protects against its most common cause, the human papillomavirus HPV . Most cervical cancers start with precancerous changes that gradually turn into cancer. Screening can find these abnormal changes, which doctors can then treat. That stops cancer from ever developing. Screening always includes the HPV test...

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12/18/2020 10:57:00 AM Comments(0)

Care for Your Emotional Health

We're coming off a bad year. There's no question that 2020 left a lot to be desired. That's why it's important in this new year to make a resolution to care for your emotional health as well as your physical health. When you're emotionally healthy, you feel good about yourself. You have good relationships. You're aware of your emotions and know how to deal with them. You can cope with stress, anger and sadness. And you're not afraid to get help from a medical professional when you need it. Here ...

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12/18/2020 10:47:00 AM Comments(0)

Five Tips for Buying Safe Toys

The holidays are a magical time for a child, particularly when they hold a treasured toy for the first time. That precious look in the child's eyes says it all. For grownups, that's the joy of giving toys for birthdays, holidays or just because. While kids want fun stuff, they need safe play things too. Thousands of toy-related injuries happen every year. So keep these safety tips in mind on your next trip down the toy aisle: 1. Read labels carefully . Labels on toy packages can help you de...

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12/15/2020 4:07:00 PM Comments(0)

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD is a condition that makes it hard to breathe. Although there is no cure, treatment can improve quality of life. To understand COPD, it may help to break down its name. Chronic means long-lasting. COPD is progressive--it gets worse over time. Obstructive refers to the fact that airflow is obstructed--air can't move freely in and out of the lungs. Obstruction may be from chronic bronchitis swelling and excess phlegm in the airways , emphysema damage to lu...

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11/30/2020 10:04:00 AM Comments(0)

10 facts about diabetic retinopathy

Anyone with diabetes—type 1, type 2 or gestational—is at risk for diabetic retinopathy. So if you have diabetes, it's good for you to learn as much as you can about this eye disease, including these 10 important facts. 1. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar damages your retina—the light-sensitive lining found at the back of your eye. Sugar can block tiny blood vessels in your retina, causing them to bleed or leak fluid. Your eyes try to compensate by growing new b...

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11/24/2020 2:23:00 PM Comments(0)