The Lyme Disease and the Fibromyalgia Connection

Your chances of getting bitten by a mosquito are greater than by a tick. But if you like the outdoors and live in certain areas, your risk is higher. And if the tick is carrying one of the 14 major diseases it is known for in the U.S., you may …

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Holistic Health: Treating the Whole Person

You may know the term best as “alternative” medicine, but this moniker is no longer accurate. Better described as holistic health, naturopathic or even complementary, this form of integrative medicine has become more mainstream. Rather than looking at just specific symptoms, holistic health is more comprehensive. Practitioners look at the …

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Restless Legs Syndrome: Quiet Your Feet and Get Back to Sleep

Allie McIver is constantly bouncing her legs. It gets worse at night, especially if she’s been too sedentary that day. It’s a feeling she describes as similar to an itch — or an overwhelming desire to move her legs – that starts at the ankle and sort of runs up …

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Your Omega-3 Source Matters: Supplements Vs. Foods

It’s well known that too much fat in the diet isn’t healthy, but there is a particular fatty acid that is necessary: Omega-3. This is considered an essential fat because it isn’t made by the body and can only be obtained from food. Read on to learn more about omega-3, …

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The Long-Term Effect of Weight Teasing on Girls

Jennifer Leslie was always the tallest kid in her class, but also the heaviest. She was never an unhealthy eater, but was constantly ridiculed for her size. Once puberty hit, Leslie grew more height-wise and thinned out, but was still larger than many kids her age, so the teasing didn’t …

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How Physical Therapy Can Help Pelvic Muscle Weakness

Pelvic muscle weakness is a condition that many women experience. A common treatment involves pelvic floor exercises.  Kegels are the most well known, but by no means the only option. Doing these exercises can improve symptoms like pain and pressure, as well as bowel and bladder control. WomensHealth.com talked with …

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What You Can Do to Relieve Heartburn and GERD

The fact that GERD Awareness Week occurs annually during Thanksgiving should be the first clue that it’s digestive related. Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. This treatable disease affects up to 1 in 5 people, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders …

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Are Women Choosing Unnecessary Double Mastectomy?

Treatments for breast cancer have made dramatic advancements in the last 20 years. Survival rates are increasing and therapies now offer women more options for breast conservation and reconstruction. A diagnosis of breast cancer does not automatically mean a double mastectomy. But many women are opting for this procedure despite research showing …

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Interstitial Cystitis – Not Just a Bladder Infection

Barb Zarnikow woke up one day feeling like she had the worst bladder infection of her life. Her extreme pain felt like acid was being poured into her bladder or that her bladder was being cut up by broken glass. She had a constant need to urinate. In fact, the …

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What Women Need to Know about Sports Injuries

The benefits of playing sports are well known, but the impact may be greater for females. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, high school girls are less likely to get pregnant and more likely to do better academically if they participate in sports. Girls and women also have more confidence, …

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