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Man with acid reflux describing his symptoms to a doctor.

Can Acid Reflux Be Learned?

Over 60 million Americans experience AR symptoms at least once a month. But how many of these might be a result of learned health habits that lead to the disease?

By Jennifer Mitchell Wilson
Watching sunset

IBD is Genetic? Not for Me

Ulcerative colitis took me by suprise because nobody in my family had it. Thankfully, my diagnosis helped us all learn about IBD and life with chronic illness.

By Jackie Zimmerman
Elizabeth and her father

Piecing Together My Family’s Mental Health History

After my father’s suicide, I learned an enormous amount about my family—and about myself.

By Elizabeth Millard
Family gathering holiday time

Tough Holiday Discussions About Health, Part II: Scenarios

Are you tempted to have a tough talk with a family member about health issues? Tread carefully.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.
Strands of DNA.

6 Reasons to Consider DNA Testing

There are countless reasons to get a genetic test. Here are six of the strongest.

By Eileen Bailey
Mother and daughter having a serious discussion at home.

Telling Your Family You Have a Genetic Disease

Unveiling that you have cancer, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis or other chronic illness can stir anxiety and shame, but also relief.

By Eileen Bailey