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Miscarriage: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Overview Miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. About 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. But the actual number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn't realize she's pregnant. Miscarriage is a somewhat loaded term—possibly suggesting that something […]

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Pregnancy Constipation: Are Stool Softeners Safe?

Is it safe to take stool softeners to treat pregnancy constipation? Answers from Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D. Stool softeners are generally considered safe during pregnancy. Pregnancy constipation, defined as having fewer than three bowel movements a week, can be uncomfortable. Stool softeners, such as Colace, moisten the stool and make it easier to pass. These […]

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9 Things People With Depression Wish You Knew About Living With the Condition

Discussions of mental health have taken front stage following the loss last week of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, both of whom died by suicide. Although suicide is a complex issue, mental illness—especially depression—is a major risk factor, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But, due to stigma, far too many […]

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Ate Some Melon Recently? Here Are the Salmonella Symptoms to Watch Out For

In a decidedly unseasonal start to summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning consumers about an outbreak of salmonella (that may cause symptoms like diarrhea and fever) associated with pre-cut melon. The affected fruit—including pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and fruit salad mixes containing those products—was produced at a facility in Indianapolis […]

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14 'Harmless' Comments People Said That Were Actually Psychologically Damaging

14 ‘Harmless’ Comments People Said That Were Actually Psychologically Damaging was published on The Mighty by Juliette Virzi. We’ve all heard hurtful or invalidating comments at some point in our lives. If you live with a mental illness, you might be especially familiar with some seemingly “harmless,” but actually invalidating things people can say to […]

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6 Things Every Transgender Person Should Know About Going to the Doctor

Transgender patients often experience tremendous barriers to health care, including discrimination and an unfortunate lack of providers who are knowledgeable about and sensitive to this population. As a result, many transgender and non-binary people avoid seeking care for preventive and life-threatening conditions out of fear. According to a report from The National Transgender Discrimination Survey […]

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Patrisse Cullors On The 'Legacy Of Queer Black Women' This Pride Month

Patrisse Cullors knows that queer black women are at the heart of progress for the LGBTQ and black communities.  “I am part of a legacy of queer black women who have fought for the freedom of Black people across the globe,” Cullors, 34, told HuffPost ahead of LGBTQ Pride Month. Cullors, along with two other queer […]

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A Woman Died From Hepatitis A After Eating Frozen Pomegranate Seeds That Were Linked to a Recall

An outbreak of hepatitis A linked to frozen pomegranate seeds killed a 64-year-old woman in Australia. Government officials in the country made the announcement earlier this week and reminded people that the seeds are part of a nationwide recall. “This is a rare and tragic case and I offer my sincere condolences to the woman’s […]

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Malady Mongers: How Drug Companies Sell Treatments By Inventing Diseases

The pharmaceutical industry’s image has been significantly damaged in recent years as the public discovered the role its aggressive marketing played in fueling the opioid epidemic. But the American people are still largely in the dark about what may be pharma’s most effective tactic for pushing drugs — marketing diseases. There’s a substantial body of […]

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I Practiced Perfect Sleep Hygiene for a Week and Here's What Happened

I love sleep, but sleep doesn’t love me back. I am constantly tired, wake up multiple times every night, experience both night sweats and stress dreams, and multiple attempts to become a morning person have ended in shambolic disaster. I recently decided to stage an intervention on myself, to get my act together and form […]

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How Does Allergy-Proof Bedding Actually Work?

If allergies are the bane of your existence, you might have come across information about allergy-proof bedding in your quest for a symptom-free life. Allergy-proof bedding might especially pique your interest if you feel like your symptoms get most aggressive when you’re in bed (which should really be a safe haven, right?). So, what is […]

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Cough-Variant Asthma: 7 Facts to Know About This Weird Condition

Coughing is approximately zero percent fun. So, if you’re dealing with a persistent cough (technically one that lasts for eight weeks or longer), you might blame it on allergies or a lingering cold, then cross your fingers and hope it vanishes ASAP. If you have cough-variant asthma, though, that sucker’s going to stick around until […]

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Ectropion: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Overview Ectropion (ek-TROH-pee-on) is a condition in which your eyelid turns outward. This leaves the inner eyelid surface exposed and prone to irritation. Ectropion is more common in older adults, and it generally affects only the lower eyelid. In severe ectropion, the entire length of the eyelid is turned out. In less severe ectropion, only […]

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When Medicine Is A Business, Rare Disease Patients Suffer

The doctor was kind with gentle eyes, an easy smile on his tan face and a tiny diamond sparkling in his right ear. His resident carefully drew by hand my family tree through three generations on both sides. He ran me through the Beighton test and appeared amazed when my thumbs touched my wrists, my […]

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Katy Perry Says Her Assistant Saved Her Dog With CPR

Your dog is a part of your family, so clearly you would do anything you could to help them out in an emergency situation. That’s what Katy Perry’s assistant did when she performed CPR on the singer’s dog, Nugget—and she’s (rightfully) being called a hero for it. Perry posted a series of videos on Instagram […]