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Heather LaBruna

Health Writer

Heather LaBruna has written hundreds of health articles on a wide range of health topics, from nutrition and exercise to geriatric health and cancer prevention.

Latest by Heather LaBruna

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Risk Factors

What is Melanoma?

Learn more about the basics of melanoma and if you might be at risk.

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A Better Way to Manage Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association has revised its standards of treatment. Here’s what you should know.

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The Risk of Male Enhancement Pills

Trying to give your sex life a boost with supplements can be downright dangerous.

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Tests

FIT Screening Instead of Colonoscopy?

If you've been avoiding your recommended colonoscopy, this annual take-home test offers a non-invasive way to screen for colorectal cancer.

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Treatment

'Cooling Caps' May Stop Chemotherapy Hair Loss

Hair loss can be a devastating side effect of chemotherapy. But research is mounting in favor of “cooling caps,” which are aimed at helping to minimize that.

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Lifestyle

Aromatherapy: Can Essential Oils Heal You?

Research suggests essential oils could help with certain health problems. Here’s what you need to know about these oils and how to use them.

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Tests

Are More Mammograms Always Better?

Do more mammagrams save more lives, or can they lead to over diagnosis and unnecessary treatments? Here's an analysis of the latest findings.

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Treatment

Alternative Therapies for Joint Pain

More than half of U.S. adults say they have some sort of joint pain. Find out why many are choosing alternative therapies over conventional treatments.

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Treatment

Prescription Clothing Gets the Hook

A clothing and accessories line that glorifies prescription drug use will no longer be sold by at least one major retailer.