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Cancer in the Family Genes: Telling Your Kids

Shannon Pulaski wrote a book drawn from her experience telling her children about the BRCA gene mutation which put her at high risk for breast cancer. Here she shares her tips for talking to kids about this difficult topic.

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How to Reduce Your Risk of a Stroke With Psoriasis

There is increasing evidence that psoriasis is associated with a higher risk of stroke and other cardiovascular disorders as compared to the general population.

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When Dementia Comes on Fast

People with vascular dementia may have sudden confusion, difficulty understanding a conversation, or speaking. Eileen discusses what happened when her father developed the condition.

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Regular Cannabis Users May Need Twice the Amount of Sedation During Surgery

While many people sing the praises of marijuana and its benefits, the drug isn’t without its risks. And the latest may affect your sedation levels in the operating room.

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Uterine Fibroids: What You Need to Know

Get the answers to 10 common questions about fibroids, including information about symptoms, causes, treatments, and more.

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Menopause and Autoimmune Disease: What to Expect

Wondering how hormonal changes during menopause will impact your existing autoimmune disorders and their symptoms? Here’s what you should know.

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8 Ways Ulcerative Colitis May Affect Pregnancy

Planning a pregnancy with ulcerative colitis? Here are some things you should know to better prepare.

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Esophageal Cancer: What It Is, How to Treat It

This cancer is relatively rare in the U.S., but four times more common in men than in women. Learn the risk factors.

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Want to Reduce Your Alzheimer’s Risk? Here’s How

The prospect of losing your memory is terrifying — but a new study out of the University of Alberta gives us concrete steps to take that can help us stay healthy.

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For the First Time, Study Shows That Behavior Can Lower Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

Thanks to a study published in Arthritis Care and Research, we know that sustained smoking cessation can reduce the risk of developing RA.