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Understanding Sugar Addiction in Children

It is official. Sugar is an addictive substance. Actually, it has been official for quite a while. A 2008 study published in Neuroscience &Behavioral Reviews concluded that sugar meets the criteria for a substance of abuse and may be addictive when people binge on this food. This news affects all of us, but it’s most damaging to our children. The problem with sugar Some may argue that there’s nothing wrong with sugar because it’s a natural substance. This is true. The problem is that we’ve extracted this substance from its natural source and saturated our food supply with sugar. In ......
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How to Get Fit in 8 Weeks

How to Get Fit in 8 Weeks
"You can do anything if you set your mind to it." is an old adage some people use to get motivated for reaching the goals they dream of - this includes losing weight and becoming physically fit.   However, even if you have the best intentions in the world for your health and overall wellbeing, there are often frustrating reasons curtailing your success in achieving your goals.   As adults, there will always be jobs, housework, family and relationship responsibilities that need to be met before anything else can be done. Though these duties can drain us mentally, we should never let ......
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Must-Know Tips for Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain

Pregnant, Baby, Hold On, Love, Mama, Bebe, PregnancyGaining too much weight while you are pregnant can raise the risk for complications like premature birth or c-section delivery. If you start your pregnancy obese, like most of the American women - sticking to the recommended range of weight gain can reduce the risk of many health problems including preeclamsia and gestational diabetes. All studies show that gaining too much can be harmful for you and your baby. So, check out these great tips forhealthy pregnancy weight gain. Start pregnancy at a healthy weight One of the most important thing to consider before getting preg......
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The Secret Of Constant Motivation For Weight Loss

The Secret Of Constant Motivation For Weight Loss
All the efforts you are pouring towards your weight loss goals are part of your health improvement goals. You should be proud of them and celebrate them. Though it is easy to stick to a routine at the beginning, your motivation may start to dwindle, slowing down the progress you have worked so hard for.   Even the healthiest person in the world can lose all her hard work if she loses interest and the motivation to remain fit. So it is truly vital for you to find ways to push through and find the inspiration to keep going forever with it.   Here are a couple of tips to break through ......
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Top Tips For Staying Healthy In A Fast-Paced Medical Career

One of the biggest challenges that medical professional face is staying healthy in our ever changing fast paced lives. While we work in a field that promotes health and wellness for our patients, given the demands and responsibilities in our own lives, it is often difficult to focus on our own health.  In our increasingly busy lives, the demand of balancing social, academic and work obligations takes away from the time invested into ourselves. I have learned through my journey through medical school, my constantly changing schedule, my all day study sessions, night shifts, and endless com......
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Should You Go To The Dentist While Pregnant?

Should You Go To The Dentist While Pregnant?
This is generally a simple answer in most situations. Fortunately for you, this answer is short but does require some contextual qualification. The health of your teeth and mouth is still a vital part of your overall well-being, and your well-being is paramount even more when you are pregnant and caring for a little one. So what we should do, as a public service, is address this question in various contexts. We can say that in general, however, the answer to the question is yes, with caveats. Scheduled Cleaning: Do I Cancel? If you are pregnant and you have a regularly-scheduled cleaning ......
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Measles (Taking Your Best Shot)

Measles (Taking Your Best Shot)
If you thought measles epidemics were a thing of the past, guess again. One hundred and twenty thousand people die of measles, worldwide, each year. In Canada and the United States, hundreds of confirmed cases suggest that the disease, once all but eradicated from North America, is making a strong comeback. Today, parents who refuse to immunize their children, or they, against measles are playing a dangerous game. Recent measles outbreaks in Western Canada and California have reintroduced this almost-forgotten disease to public consciousness. Ironically, anti-vaccination sentiment may be at t......
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Hardly Discussed Breast Cancer Early Signs

Hardly Discussed Breast Cancer Early Signs
Did you know that breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer among women worldwide? There is higher occurrence of breast cancer rates in the developed countries as compared to developing countries. A study by the National Cancer Institute in the USA shows that each year there are 232,340 female breast cancer cases and 2,240 male breast cancer cases. According to the study, an average of 39, 620 Americans die each year from breast cancer. As an informed health savvy person, you should know what signs to look for to be able to deal with the breast cancer in its early stages. Learn more abo......
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Where Does a Baby Develop During Pregnancy?

Where Does a Baby Develop During Pregnancy?
A pregnancy is usually considered to take forty weeks. In these weeks, the fetus is supposed to have developed entirely thus being deemed ready for birth and the outside world. During these forty weeks, the fetus development, right from conception will involve various parts of the womb and the reproductive system of a woman. For proper discussion, the process is mostly developed into three trimesters. There are significant developments that mark each semester. Besides, there are different signs and feelings that the mother will show or have during the trimesters. They help the mother keep trac......
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Notable Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Notable Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Cancer is among the deadly diseases in the world. Doctors are working day and night trying to establish the treatment for this disease. Breast cancer is most common among females, but there are some men who are also victims of the same. There reason why the disease is becoming difficult is because of late detection and treatment. Most people are ignorant of the signs and warnings of breast cancer. They, therefore assume until they become chronic and hard to deal with. To be on the safe side, detect breast cancer with these signs; 1. Appearance of a lump The presence of a lump on the breast i......
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Suheir Kilani
Hi Ella James, You have posted a good article on cancer. Due to global warming this disease has spread its area over every countr... Read More
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Sudden Severe Joint Pain at Night Could Be Gout

Sudden Severe Joint Pain at Night Could Be Gout
Joint pain is one of the most common problems, with many causes. Injuries can be one of them, with arthritis on the other hand. Adding on that, some medical conditions trigger sudden joint pain. These may be due to autoimmune conditions, infectious diseases, injuries and degenerative conditions. The pain arises in one or multiple joints. Joints being part of the body where bones meet, the at times ache. These brings discomfort, aches within the body’s joint. Joint pain is not only as the result of wear and tear but also can be a sign of infection. Symptoms Some of the signs and symptoms of j......
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4 Steps to Good Health After Menopause

4 Steps to Good Health After Menopause
While most menopausal symptoms are likely to vanish after menopause, one may still struggles with issues like vaginal dryness and occasional hot flashes and disturbed nights because of night sweats. There is also a possible increased risk to suffer from certain types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and diabetes. Often times, the increased risk to these complications stem from reductions in hormonal levels of estrogen and progesterone, and negative lifestyle habits. And because menopause affects a woman in stages, with the nature and intensity of the different symptoms affectin......
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10 Early Symptoms and Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

10 Early Symptoms and Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an extremely common joint pain condition. The cause of arthritis could be injury, age, genetics, and many other factors. It could be any of those factors or possibly all of them. There is no single direct cause of arthritis so it is impossible to predict who will develop arthritis and when they will develop it. However there are some symptoms that commonly occur in the early stages of arthritis that may alert you to the fact that you could be developing arthritis. It is good to know as early on as you can that you are developing arthritis because you can increase the am......
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Can Women with Diabetes Get Pregnant?

Can Women with Diabetes Get Pregnant?
The American Diabetes Association, ADA has sought to reassure women across the world that, contrary to popular belief that Diabetes can prevent women from getting pregnant, they can, in fact, carry healthy pregnancies. Just like many other illnesses, women with Diabetes need to know what to eat, how to eat and when to eat, in addition to taking certain prescribed medications, in order to ensure a safe pregnancy. In fact, this is similar to women diagnosed as healthy prior to their pregnancy who can still end up with a troubled pregnancy. The key is to follow your doctor's’ orders. For women d......
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Pregnancy Fitness Week By Week

Pregnancy Fitness Week By Week
Fitness is essential during pregnancy. In this sector, we look at the various routines you have to follow every week. We will look at 40 weeks although most pregnancies will go for 38 weeks. Trimester One Week 1 and 2 This is the first week after your last period. Chances are you are not yet pregnant. You need to come up with a workout routine so that you stay active. Week 3 You are now pregnant, but no symptoms have showed up. You now need to know what you are supposed to eat to keep the baby (babies) healthy and manage the weight increase. Week 4 Pregnancy symptoms such as bloating, ......
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Why Breast Cancer Patients Start Taking Joint Pain Supplements?

Why Breast Cancer Patients Start Taking Joint Pain Supplements?
You may find that most breast cancer patients have complications after the chemotherapy. This is because the treatment given has negative effect to the body hence development of other severs complications such as joint pains. Women are given aromatase inhibitors that prevent re-occurrence of the tumors. Most women are said to leave this medication due to severe joint pains hence lead to development of tumor in other parts of the body. To avoid the severe joint pains the patients are recommended to take joint pain supplements in order to reduce the Pin. This also helps to encourage intake of th......
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After effects of breast cancer treatments are many. Patients should be on medications for a longer time to avoid reoccurrence of c... Read More
Friday, 22 January 2016 12:46
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During Menopause: Know Impact Of Menopause Supplements And Smoking

During Menopause: Know Impact Of Menopause Supplements And Smoking
There are so many ways to handle menopause especially in women since they are the ones who undergo menopause at an early age. There is a kind of menopause known as pre-mature since it occurs I early stages like 25 -30 years of age. This kind of menopause can try to be treated only if recognized early enough. In women they stop experiencing their menstrual cycle in such a way that they can never give birth. This menopause is a process and is accompanied by a variety of symptoms. A woman with high immunity may go through smooth menopause process since most symptoms will not bring you down as it ......
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6 Ways To Boost Women's Health

6 Ways To Boost Women's Health
Health concerns for women are different from those of men. If you are a lady, you need to learn the steps that are essential for you to ensure you always remain healthy and energetic. Choices in lifestyle women make can affect their health. It is therefore, essential that every woman learns of behavior and lifestyle tricks and tips that help in ensuring she remains healthy. The simple things we regularly do are the ones that matter. Ensure that you have good health and are full of happiness by practicing these tips. Eat a Healthy Diet Ensure you try to eat foods that are natural. Fresh fruit......
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6 Ways To Lower Breast Cancer Risk

6 Ways To Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Breast cancer is widely known to affect the women while some very few men experience it. It develops in the inner lining where the milk ducts are found. You can self examine your breast in order to look for any symptoms which include: a feeling of a lump in the breast, change in the skin color and texture of the breast, skin dimpling, clear or bloody fluid that leaks out of the nipple and change in how the nipple looks i.e. pulling in the inside. If you notice any of the above signs see a doctor immediately and have a mammogram test run in you. The following are 6 ways that can help you lower......
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Pregnancy Nursing and Your Eyes

Pregnancy Nursing and Your Eyes
When three words are presented together; pregnancy, nursing, and vision, one of those doesn't quite seem to fit. Yet, your eyes are a part of your body, and there are few parts of a woman that go unchanged during pregnancy. One woman's story recounts a time when she went to the grocery store and couldn't read some of the labels no matter how closely she looked because her vision was suddenly blurry. It was such a sudden change that street signs she had no trouble reading on the way to the store were unreadable on the way home. She visited an optometrist who prescribed eyeglasses to her - a w......
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