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HealthyWomen is the nation's leading nonprofit health information source for women. Our mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families.

For 25 years, HealthyWomen has been providing unbiased, original health information, reviewed and vetted by leading medical experts -- earning the trust of consumers, health care providers, nonprofit and corporate partners, and the media. In July our website HealthyWomen.org was selected to ForbesWoman’s "Top 100 Websites for Women" for the third consecutive year.

In addition to our site, HealthyWomen produces print publications for health care providers, the annual WomenTALK® survey addressing current trends in women’s health, as well as public health education campaigns designed to raise awareness of conditions most affecting women.

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    If your constipation persists or goes away and then comes back, make an appointment with your doctor. In some cases, constipation can signal a more serious health condition, such as a bowel obstruction, cancer, neurological disease or hypothyroidism. Recurring constipation could also indicate a c...Read More
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    For clinically severe obesity, your healthcare provider may recommend surgery. Many people, including some healthcare professionals, wrongly believe that obese people merely need to stop eating so much to lose weight. In reality, extreme obesity is a potentially deadly disease that sometimes requires...Read More
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    Common causes of constipation include inadequate water intake, inadequate fiber intake, medication, stress and/or lack of activity or exercise. If you’ve strayed from your normal routine due to travel, pregnancy or simply ignoring the urge to go, that can also play a role.

    In some people, cons...Read More
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    Don't forget to drink when you're out running. When you run, you sweat. If you're not adequately hydrated, your heart has to work harder to power your muscles; as a result, your running performance suffers. But worse, if you don't replace lost fluids, you risk dehydration, which is serious business....Read More
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    If you want to make running easier, concentrate on proper running form. First, step gently. Running should not sound or feel like loud thumping, but rather like you're running on a piece of glass and you don't want to shatter it. Doing this will help you use your muscles and not your joints. You...Read More
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    Experts agree that you should replace your running shoes every 300 to 400 miles. Just like balding and worn-out tires, your running shoes need changing, too. Pay attention to their fit as well; poor-fitting running shoes can result in blisters or cramps in your feet.  Read More
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    If you're having trouble starting an exercise program because you're afraid you'll get bored, then do what you love! If you like to run, walk on a treadmill or participate in spinning class, great. If you find working out boring, watch television, read or listen to music while you work out to help...Read More
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     While your fitness efforts may be paying off when you look in the mirror, chances are you could be getting the same -- if not better -- results in a shorter amount of time if you cut out exercise time-wasters. Here are the top five to trim from your routine.
    • Getting too much rest. It's true that
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    The most common medications used to help treat glaucoma are topical medications -- eyedrops -- that may have to be taken up to several times a day. Most topical medications reduce eye pressure by either increasing the flow of the aqueous humor out of the eye or reducing the amount of the fluid produced...Read More
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    The following are questions you may want to ask your doctor about vaccines:
    • What are the possible side effects from this vaccine?
    • What are the potential implications if I don't vaccinate my child?
    • Is there anything I should do before having my child vaccinated to reduce the potential for
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    The difference between the innate and adaptive immune systems has to do with how they work. The innate immune system is designed to provide a kind of "shock and awe" protection against bacteria, viruses and other invaders. When cells in the innate immune system "see" an invader, they rush in to destroy it,...Read More
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    Before traveling abroad, make an appointment with your healthcare professional at least four to six weeks before your trip to see if you need any travel-related vaccinations. The only required vaccines are yellow fever for those traveling to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America...Read More
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    The difference between live and killed vaccines has to do with how they are made. Live, attenuated vaccines contain a living, although significantly weakened, version of a virus or bacteria. Measles, mumps and chicken pox vaccines are made with live viruses.

    The benefit of a live vaccine is that...Read More
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    Certain genes involved in immune system responses are associated with a predisposition for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), although there is no single "rheumatoid arthritis gene." People with RA are more likely to have human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes than people without the disease, and other genes...Read More
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    Here are some alternative therapies for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pain relief:
    • Relaxation techniques: Deep breathing, guided imagery and visualization (where you focus on "seeing" pleasant pain-free scenes or activities in your mind), and stress reduction help provide some pain relief. Physical
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