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Living With

10 Ways to Keep (or Improve) Your Balance With MS

Maintaining balance is tough for those of us with MS. These techniques can help prevent falls.

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Diagnosis

9 Reasons Why a Diagnosis Can Take So Long

Early diagnosis is critical for psoriatic arthritis. Unfortunately, diagnosing psoriatic arthritis can take a long time and may lead to feelings of frustration.

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Living With

When You’re Struggling To Get Your Zzzs With PsA

Writer Tracy Davenport shares the strategies she’s used to get a better night’s sleep with psoriatic arthritis.

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Relationships

UC and Your Family: How to Set Boundaries

Family: You can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em. While your family can be your main support system when you have a chronic illness like ulcerative colitis, sometimes they can harm your wellness efforts. Here's how to deal.

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Living With

How to Successfully Lose Weight With COPD

Obesity has important effects on the respiratory system and can worsen COPD symptoms. Extra weight means an extra load on your lungs.

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Low-Acid Fruits for Acid Reflux

A diagnosis of acid reflux no longer means saying goodbye to all of your favorite fruits. These super foods are an important part of a healthy diet. Fruits are usually low in fat and rich in the sort of fiber that can protect against acid reflux.

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Nutrition

The Truth About Nightshade Veggies

Tom Brady says to “hold the nightshades,” but should you?

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Lifestyle

How to Enjoy a Backyard Barbecue With GERD

Acid reflux doesn’t have to get in the way of summer fun. Follow these tips at your next barbecue to plan ahead and eat smart.

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Lifestyle

5 GERD-Friendly Summer Recipes

These tasty recipes, from appetizer to dessert, will make your mouth water — without that reflux burn.

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Nutrition

10 Crohn's Diets: How (And If) They Work

Plant-based? Gluten-free? Keto? While no single diet has been successfully proven to control Crohn’s, here’s what we do know about how popular diets may affect your health.