With a chill in the air and warmth in our fuzzy-lined boots, the winter solstice is upon us! Marking the shift in the seasons, winter solstice is one of the original catalysts for winter celebrations. It is both a mystical time that represents change and an astronomical event that reminds us that we’ve reached the
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Intestinal worms, or parasitic worms, are simple organisms that feed off the human body. Many people recognize the more common varieties, such as tapeworms and hookworms, but may be less aware of the others. Intestinal worms can cause many symptoms in the body, some of which are similar to the symptoms of other gut disorders.
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Petroleum jelly is a thick, waxy paste that many people use as a skin care product and treatment for minor cuts and burns. Other names for petroleum jelly include petrolatum and Vaseline, a common brand name. People use petroleum jelly for diaper rash, as a moisturizer, to treat skin conditions such as eczema, and as
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Technology is important to a developing child, and we’re not just talking about their periodic use of your tablet to play educational games. Getting your kids exposed to modern technology gives them an edge in today’s world. Just as it can have its downsides, technology can also be very beneficial—especially when introduced at a young
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Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue similar to the endometrial tissue that lines the uterus grows in other areas of the body. It commonly develops on the pelvic organs, such as the fallopian tubes but also occurs on the bowel. Bowel endometriosis involves the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue in the intestines. In
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A new comedy video highlights differences between parenting during the holidays in the 1980s with 2018. The hilarious video compares a no-fuss mom of the ’80s with a Pinterest-loving idealist mom of 2018. Here’s an example: Mom of the ’80s: “Now this is what I call delish. We’ve got the Entenmann’s, we’ve got the fruitcake,
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Image: iStock Your usually calm boy gets inquisitive; your little princess no longer likes her pet name. The once mama’s boys and daddy’s princess are now teenagers, who have several questions and are eager to know the answers. It is that phase in your kid’s life where your parenting needs to shift gears as your
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It’s that time of year when you need to come up with a quick and inexpensive white elephant gift for your holiday party. There’s no time to waste and you really do not have the time to shop through the layers of potential items on Amazon. Here are 30 not-so-serious white elephant gifts that will
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A breast infection occurs when bacteria invade the breast, resulting in inflammation. Inflammation of the breast is called mastitis. While many people associate this condition with breastfeeding, people who are not breastfeeding can also get breast infections. This article will explore breast infections in more detail, including their symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options. Symptoms
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A woman can develop high blood pressure, or hypertension, at any point during pregnancy. High blood pressure is affecting more and more pregnant women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of pregnant women who developed high blood pressure in the United States almost doubled between 1993 and 2014. High
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Christmas and the holidays can be a challenging time if you’re on a restricted diet. Whether it be for food allergies or sensitivities, or other reasons, it’s not much fun going to holiday parties and not being able to indulge a little. But luckily, there are lots of allergy-sensitive cookies that are shockingly delicious, and
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LEEP stands for loop electrosurgical excision procedure. Doctors perform them to detect or treat cervical cancer. During a LEEP, an electrical current passes through a loop of wire. A doctor uses the wire to cut abnormal cells from the cervix. They send a sample of these cells to a laboratory to detect signs of cancer
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High blood pressure is called a “silent killer” because it rarely causes symptoms until it severely damages a person’s health. High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects around 1 in 3 American adults. The current guidelines and definition mean that close to half of all adults in the United States will be diagnosed with the condition.
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Having a cesarean section is a risk factor for endometriosis. Endometriosis following a cesarean delivery remains relatively rare, but it is a potential complication that women should discuss with their doctors. A 2013 study found that women who had undergone cesarean delivery were more likely to receive an in-hospital endometriosis diagnosis. They also found a
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A powerful series of birth photos is shedding light on the power of a partner’s comfort and support. Kirstie Perez has been photographing births for six years, and in that time, she’s worked to capture moments of vulnerability and bravery. In November, the Dallas-based birth photographer shared a collection of photos that show men supporting
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Shutterstock Give a few riddles to children, and you can keep them busy for hours. You won’t receive any complaints that they are bored, nor do the kids end up watching the television for hours. Riddles not only keep children engrossed but also sharpen their thinking and problem-solving abilities. Pick up a variety of riddles
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Venous insufficiency occurs when the valves in a person’s veins do not work properly. This means that the veins are less able to transport blood back to the heart. Venous insufficiency is fairly common. According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, it affects up to 40 percent of people in the United States. It is
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Image: iStock The mildly sticky substance that lines up the canal of your ear is not dirt, but it is called ear wax or cerumen. It is a mixture of the secretions produced by the inner lining of your ear canal, the dead skin cells of your ear and the fine hair that lines up
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Female ejaculation is when a female’s urethra expels fluid during sex. It can happen when a female becomes sexually aroused, but there is not necessarily an association with having an orgasm. Scientists do not fully understand female ejaculation, and there is limited research on how it works and its purpose. Female ejaculation is perfectly normal,
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As 2018 comes to a close, baby name experts are looking back at the name choices and trends that inspired parents of newborns this year. They’re also looking ahead to 2019 and predicting which baby name ideas and styles will dominate nurseries nationwide. The editors of Nameberry compiled their predictions for the new year, identifying
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People, stop with the overly excessive holiday gifting, and No! My 6-year-old doesn’t need a cell phone. As we head into the Christmas season for some of us parents with extended family the dread begins. That dread is not the in-laws or the party plans, but rather it is the knowledge that our already overly
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Some women with Crohn’s disease may worry whether being pregnant will affect their condition, while others fear that disease or the medications they are taking will harm the fetus. Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation within the digestive tract. Along with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
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Maternal mental health expert Karen Kleiman is tackling the stigma of postpartum depression and anxiety, one comic at a time. Kleiman has a background in psychology and social work and is the founder of The Postpartum Stress Center, an institution based in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, that’s provided support to pregnant and postpartum women for 30 years.
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Chemotherapy can affect a person’s brain for years after coming to an end. How does it actually change the brain, and is there anything that scientists can do to reverse these effects? Researchers are looking into ways of reversing the ‘chemo brain’ effect. Many people who undergo chemotherapy will notice cognitive impairment and behavioral changes.
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Image: iStock The stories of Akbar and Birbal have mesmerized children since generations. Akbar’s challenges to his loyal courtier Birbal and the latter’s witty and smart ways of facing them not only bring smiles but also teach some valuable life lessons to children.This attribute makes Akbar and Birbal stories one of the must-reads. MomJunction shares
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Plan a cozy date night by the fire with takeout from Noodles World Kitchen (or dine in, if that’s more your style). This place truly has something for everyone, no matter if you’re vegan, gluten-free, watching sugar/sodium, or counting calories. And in December, every date at Noodles will score you big rewards. The more you
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Some research suggests a link between low vitamin D levels and a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia. New evidence indicates that this notion may be correct. A new study has investigated the link between low vitamin D levels and schizophrenia risk. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, schizophrenia is one of the leading
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