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Why Some Endocrinologists Oppose Natural Thyroid Drugs

One of our thyroid patient experts weighs in with her opinion on this controversial thyroid treatment.

By Mary Shomon
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When to Break Up With Your Therapist

How healthy is your relationship with your therapist? Is it time to split up? Find out when and why breaking up is the right thing to do.

By Lara DeSanto
Jackie Zimmerman

What I Wish I'd Known I'd Known About Multiple Sclerosis

One woman’s take on staying strong, sane, and solvent despite multiple sclerosis.

By Jackie Zimmerman
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Afraid to Tell Your Partner About Your STI? Here’s Why It’s Important to Do It Anyway

Talking to your significant other or sex partner about sexually transmitted infections can be downright scary, but disclosing your status is crucial, according to herpes activists — here’s why.

By Emily Depasse
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My Melatonin/Maca Menopause Miracle

Could these natural remedies help your hot flashes and other symptoms?

By Mary Shomon
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Wendy Williams, Oprah, and Sofia Vergara Are All Guilty of Tainting the Reality of Living With Thyroid Disease

Sadly, Williams isn’t the first celebrity to twist the reality of thyroid disease — Oprah Winfrey and Sofia Vergara also gave skewed views of this issue that affects upwards of 20 million Americans — and their guidance to the thyroid community could do more harm than good.

By Mary Shomon
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Basics of Brain Cancer Treatment Options

Learn more about surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, targeted treatment, and other approaches to a wide variety of brain cancers.

By Eileen Bailey
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Is Colectomy a ‘Cure’ for Ulcerative Colitis?

In the IBD community, what constitutes a cure is a controversial topic. Here’s one patient’s perspective.

By Jackie Zimmerman
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How Metabolism Affects Obesity, Diabetes Risk

If you have poor metabolism, your obesity and type 2 diabetes risk may be higher than normal, and you may need intensive lifestyle changes to avoid weight gain.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.
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Not All Rheumatoid Arthritis Is the Same

Just because you can walk, run, or have children with rheumatoid arthritis, doesn’t mean your experience isn't valid. Everyone with RA deserves support.

By Lene Andersen, MSW