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10 Facts About Hormonal Birth Control and Your Health

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

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How Rheumatoid Arthritis Could Affect Your Eyes

If you live with rheumatoid arthritis, it’s important to visit the ophthalmologist each year to look for these eye conditions.

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How StomaphyX Revision Surgery Could Help with Weight Loss

Many people ask me about my StompahyX revision surgery, which I had in 2008 some 5-years after my gastric bypass weight-loss surgery in 2003. People are particularly interested in my experience on the day of surgery and my experience in the weeks fol...

By Cheryl Ann Borne
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Why Behavior Changes May Be Sign of Dementia

You often hear about a midlife crisis when a person’s behavior changes radically. But in some cases, what’s going on is not a midlife crisis, but instead a form of dementia. According to an article entitled “When Character Crumbles” in the November/D...

By Dorian Martin
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How Much Cholesterol Is OK on a Low-Cholesterol Diet?

So, how much cholesterol can you have per day on a low cholesterol diet? This is a pretty common question for anyone who has been told to lower their cholesterol levels. Firstly, let me say that cholesterol naturally occurs in all parts of the body, ...

By Melanie Thomassian
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These Tanning-Bed Users Were Diagnosed with Melanoma

Our mission on both MySkinCareConnection and SkinCancerConnection is to give you the facts you need to make wise choices about your skin. One of the more controversial topics we discuss on our skin sites is about the use of tanning beds. We get a lot ...

By Anne Windermere
Mild, Moderate and Severe Depression: Telling the Difference

The Difference Between Mild, Moderate, and Severe Depression

Match symptoms you may be experiencing to see what next steps you should take.

By Jerry Kennard, Ph.D.

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Managing Diabetes at Mealtime: Top Insulin Tips

Trusted tips to better manage your blood sugar at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and whenever you crave a snack. Learn how best to handle your insulin in hot weather and what temperature your fridge should be to make your insulin retain its potency.

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Welcome to Team Psoriasis!

A strong doctor-patient bond can make the difference in getting clear skin with psoriasis. Here's how to make — and keep — the relationship humming.

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Your Essential Guide to Shingles Prevention and Treatment

If you had chicken pox as a kid, you're at risk for this painful rash as an adult. Your shingles protection plan is here.