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Taking HIV drug PrEP ‘doesn’t mean you’re promiscuous’

Media playback is unsupported on your device “Just because you’re using PrEP, it doesn’t mean you’re putting it about.” For thousands of people like Chris Hicks, a 35-year-old DJ from Cardiff, HIV-prevention drug Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has diminished the fear around sex. New studies are looking at whether the drug could increase “risky behaviour” and […]

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Clinical Depression: What Does That Mean?

What does the term "clinical depression" mean? Answer From Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D. Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. Clinical depression is the more-severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It isn't the same as depression caused by a loss, such […]

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Spastic Colon: What Does It Mean?

What is spastic colon? Answer From Michael F. Picco, M.D. Spastic colon is another term for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common disorder characterized by abdominal cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. The term "spastic colon" describes the increase in spontaneous contractions (motility) of muscles in the small and large intestines associated with IBS. […]

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Here's What Trump's Final Rules on Birth Control Coverage Mean For You

The Trump administration released two final rules earlier this month that broaden exemptions for birth control coverage in employer-sponsored insurance plans, allowing even more companies to decide not to cover medication on religious or moral grounds. Under the Affordable Care Act, all employers are required to cover at least one form of every FDA-approved birth […]

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Michelle Obama's Story Could Mean A Lot To Black Women Facing Infertility

In her new memoir, Becoming, former first lady Michelle Obama talks frankly about the infertility, the miscarriage and the IVF treatments that she and husband Barack Obama experienced before becoming parents. Advocates have immediately praised Obama’s sharing of her story as a milestone for infertility awareness and the breaking down of shame and silence around the […]