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Woman explaining symptoms to her doctor.
Five Questions

What One Woman Learned From Endometrial Cancer: 'Pay Attention to Your Symptoms'

An endometrial cancer survivor shares her story and key advice to help you notice early symptoms, get fast treatment, and more tips.

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While You’re Treating Your AS, Treat Yourself, Too

Just as important as your medical team and medication regimen is your practice of self-care. Sometimes this means choosing the right workouts, and sometimes it’s about prioritizing your priorities. At the end of the day, remember that you matter more than your condition.

Ashley Romereim with owl.
Profile

‘Internal TENS Unit’ Brings AS Pain Relief for This Former Powerlifter

Ashley Romereim has been taking oral pain medication for her ankylosing spondylitis since she was a teenager. Now, a surgically implanted spinal stimulator has reduced her low back pain and cut her oral pain meds in half.

Cambria “Cami” Tate is still recovering from acute flaccid myelitis more than 18 months later.  Some are calling AFM the new polio.
Risk Factors

How to Protect Your Child From This Polio-like Condition

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a very rare but serious neurological condition that mimics polio. In 2018, 223 cases were reported in the U.S. — more than ever before. Like the flu, this virus changes every year — here’s what to know to stay ahead of it.

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Medication

Heart Drug Recalls: What You Should Know Now

Drugs made from valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan purchased from suppliers in India and China have been recalled due to possible contamination.

Patrice Saurman and her husband looking out at the water.
Living With

Neck Cancer Survivor Shares 6 Tips for Patients

HealthCentral spoke with Patrice, a 10-year cancer survivor, about her cancer journey and her tips for others going through similar diagnoses.

Healthy plant diet with fruits, nuts, legumes, and vegetables.

More Reasons to Eat a Plant-Based Diet

New research shows that the plant-based Portfolio dietary pattern can lead to improvements in LDL cholesterol and other cardiometabolic risk factors.

Kratom pill bottle and kratom capsules on a nightstand.
Supplements

The Great Kratom Controversy

Is kratom a natural a dietary supplement with pain-relieving properties — or is it an addictive drug?

Doctor explaining melanoma treatments to a patient.
Treatment

After Your Melanoma Is 'Clear': Adjuvant Therapy?

Learn more about these treatments that can help prevent your cancer from returning, what to expect, and whether they might work for your case.

Senior man having chest pain.
Risk Factors

When Other Conditions Accompany Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis often occurs alongside other conditions. Health writer Stephanie Stephens interviews medical experts and highlights what we need to know.