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From pills to patches, this is what every woman needs to know right now.

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Sleep Struggles After Heart Surgery, Solved

Insomnia is common after heart procedures. Learn why sleep can be so elusive post-op—and what you can do to get some rest.

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When you have chronic kidney disease, doctors throw around a lot of confusing medical lingo. We're here to decode it.

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When you're recovering from an attack, you may experience new symptoms that are actually positive signs that you're healing.

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It's a tough diagnosis to be sure. But you're not alone: multitudes of people living with UC go on to navigate work, travel, sports, and college. Consider us your tipsheet.

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