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  • Birth Plan 101: Why and How to Create a Plan for Childbirth

    JAN 25, 2021

    When it comes to childbirth, women now have more options than ever before — but that also means more decisions. Making these in advance helps ease the delivery and reduce stress so you have less to worry about while you're in labor. And having a birth plan puts your wishes in writing so everyone understands them.

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  • Is Swimming After Eating Really Dangerous?

    JUL 01, 2018

    Is swimming after eating dangerous? You've likely heard this myth come up every time summer rolls around, but is there any truth to it? Do you really need to wait 30 minutes to an hour after eating before you can take a dip in a pool or the ocean?

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  • Colorectal Surgery Preparation and Recovery

    JUN 22, 2018

    Colorectal surgery alleviates damage to the colon, rectum, and anus. There are many reasons why a person might require this surgery. These include various issues with the lower digestive tract, such as cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, obstruction, compromised blood supply, or an injury. Some conditions may require a minimally invasive surgery, while others may require a more critical procedure.

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  • Diabetes and Bariatric Surgery: A Promising Combination

    JUN 16, 2018

    When you think of diabetes treatment, you probably think of weight loss, medication, and lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. You might not think of diabetes and bariatric surgery, but perhaps you should. Researchers have found that bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, may help patients with type 2 diabetes control their blood glucose levels better when traditional treatment options don't work. Some patients may no longer need their medication after bariatric surgery, and their diabetes may go into remission.

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  • 4 Tips to Help You Cope With a Difficult Diagnosis

    JUN 15, 2018

    One morning Chris Arauza woke up and his right side felt weak. He could barely walk, but he went to his job as a mechanic, thinking his body would recover on its own. At 25 years old, Arauza was healthy with a wife and a 3-month-old little boy who counted on him. But his body wasn't cooperating, and his boss sent him to the hospital.

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  • Effects of Alcohol on the Body, Mind, and Mood

    JUN 12, 2018

    There are a lot of mixed messages about the effects of alcohol. We've heard how moderate drinking has potential health benefits, and how heavy drinking can be detrimental to our health. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the environment, our family history, and even our diet can influence the way we process alcohol and the role it plays in our lives.

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