Labor & Delivery
Hypnobirthing: Controlling Pain in Childbirth through Self-Hypnosis

How Self-Hypnosis Can Relieve Pain During Childbirth

HypnoBirthing® sounds like something from a sci-fi novel, but it’s an empowering skill that helps pregnant women have a more comfortable labor and birth experience. “HypnoBirthing was developed by Marie Mongan, M.Ed., who used it when she gave birth to her own children in the 1950s and 60s,” says Kelly …

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Communicating Your Wishes
End of Life Planning: Advance Directives

End-of-Life Planning: Your Advance Directive

Thinking about the end of life – especially your own – isn’t something most people enjoy. But planning for it is important. Even if you are young and healthy, circumstances can change instantly. Consider how much medical care you want if you are seriously injured or become sick. Then, carefully …

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Caring for the Caregiver
Caregivers: Be Mindful of Your Own Self-Care

Caregivers: Be Mindful of Your Own Self-Care

When flight attendants go over safety tips, they tell everyone to secure their own oxygen mask first, then assist others. If you care for a loved one – spouse, elderly parent or relative, neighbor or friend  – you may feel your loved one wouldn’t “make it” without you. But your …

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Raising Healthy Kids
Childhood asthma triggers

Common Asthma Triggers in Children

Asthma is the most common chronic condition in children, affecting 8.4 percent of people under age 18 in America. Beyond the coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing, children with asthma face an increased risk of developing other chronic conditions, and have a higher risk of death. “Kids can develop asthma at …

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What Is Dysphonia?
Lost Your Voice? Understanding Chronic Hoarseness

Lost Your Voice? What to Do About Chronic Hoarseness

Whether it’s right before a work presentation or an audition for NBC’s The Voice, losing your ability to talk (or sing) can be a stressful ­— and sometimes painful ­— experience. But for people with dysphonia, defined loosely as hoarseness, losing your voice can be a longer lasting condition. “Dysphonia …

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Understanding Your Body
What your poop says about your health

What Your Poop Says About Your Health

Most people are at least moderately intrigued by their poop – and the vast majority of us peer into the toilet after a bowel movement to view what our bodies produced. As embarrassing as the subject can be, looking is the right thing to do. Paying attention to the color, …

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Managing Stress
Need a Digital Detox? 5 Tips to Help You Unplug

Need a Digital Detox? 5 Tips to Unplug

In today’s digitally driven society, most of us wander around with devices attached to us like another limb. And smartphones, YouTube, social media and other technology do have productive uses – they play an important role in our ability to stay connected, achieve overall wellness, and even learn how to …

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Child Safety
Preventing Accidental Poisoning

Preventing Accidental Poisoning

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That well-known adage speaks to a universal truth: taking precautions before a crisis occurs is preferable to treatment afterward. That is particularly true when dealing with potentially poisonous items in your home. “Prevention is the best way to protect your …

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Managing Chronic Conditions
Surprising Things That Can Affect Your Thyroid Medication

5 Surprising Things That Affect Your Thyroid Medication

Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped organ that sits above your Adam’s apple. This endocrine powerhouse affects your metabolism, your heartbeat and your ability to stay warm, among other things. Unfortunately, thyroid disease is very common – more than 12 percent of all Americans will be diagnosed with some form …

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Solutions for Hearing Loss
Are Cochlear Implants an Option for You?

Are Cochlear Implants an Option for You?

An alarming number of Americans – 48 million – report some degree of hearing loss. And those figures are likely to skyrocket as the Baby Boomer generation reaches their golden years. The good news: People have more options than ever before to improve their hearing – and improve their quality …

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