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Making the Grade with the Gleason Score

When men who have prostate cancer talk to each other, they sometimes exchange their Gleason scores or their cancer stages with an intensity that two combat veterans might use when exchanging the name of [more…]

Reviewing Mom's Health Benefits of Breastfeeding

Although many breastfeeding advocates focus on the positive effects for the baby, moms also reap physical benefits from breastfeeding. For starters, breastfeeding is the best way to get your body back [more…]

Maximize Fertility: Monitoring Ovulation

Assuming that you know the basics of how to get pregnant, many people don't know how to make the process efficient. You'll want to give yourself the best chance of getting pregnant. To do that, you need [more…]

Modifying Your Exercise Routine for a Healthy Pregnancy

During pregnancy, you need to modify your exercise routine whenever something isn't quite right. Modifying means fine-tuning your exercise program to keep it safe and effective. Your baby's health is your [more…]

Figuring How Medications during Labor Affect Breastfeeding

Sometimes the medications you have during labor affect your first nursing attempt. Some medications make the baby sleepy; some make you sleepy. Here are how some of the common medications given in labor [more…]

Taking Baby in the Bath with You

Bathing with your baby is a convenient way for you to mix play, skin-on-skin contact, warmth, and massage all at once. In this article, we show you how to do so in ways that are safe and enjoyable for [more…]

Considering Herbs for Pregnancy

Whether you're planning a pregnancy or are already pregnant, herbal remedies are a time-honored and safe way to go. Several herbs are recommended widely by midwives and are considered safe to use during [more…]

Keeping Food Down during the First Trimester

Some women are unable to gain the amount of weight they need because they vomit or feel nauseated whenever they eat. And if you're not gaining weight as you're supposed to, your healthcare provider may [more…]

Dealing with Osteoporosis Pain without Medication

Although popping a pill may be easy for instant relief of pain associated with osteoporosis, you (and your doctor) need to aim pain treatment at more than temporary relief. The nonmedication methods noted [more…]

Pondering the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Exam

All men who are 50 years old and older, as well as all men who are 40 (or older) and at risk for cancer (such as black men or men who have a family history of cancer), should have an annual PSA test, along [more…]

Busting Myths about Prostate Cancer

A lot of people think that they know at least the basics about prostate cancer, and some people believe that they really have the essentials of prostate cancer down — even though they're not doctors or [more…]

Dealing with Hair Loss from Cancer Treatment

Radiation therapy causes hair loss only in the area being treated. For instance, if your lower body is being treated, you likely will lose pubic hair or leg hair. If your chest or a breast is undergoing [more…]

Having a Cesarean Delivery

Many patients wonder whether they'll need a cesarean. Sometimes your doctor knows the answer before labor even begins — if you have placenta previa, for example, or if the baby is in a [more…]

Nutritional Needs of Pregnant and Nursing Women

Eating for two means that you’re the sole source of nutrients for your growing fetus. If you don’t get the vitamins you need in your diet, neither will your baby. The Recommended Daily Allowances [more…]

Covering the Chemotherapy Basics

Chemotherapy, administered under the direction of a medical oncologist with assistance from angels otherwise known as chemo nurses, covers a wide range of drug regimens that all produce side effects. Most [more…]

Exceeding the RDAs: Do You Need Extra Minerals?

If your diet provides enough mineral nutrients to meet the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs), you’re in pretty good shape. A restrictive diet, the circumstances of your reproductive life, and just [more…]

Pinpointing the Importance of Clinical Trials

Research studies in all fields of medicine are known as clinical trials. These studies are conducted with an eye to the future, in hopes of finding safer or more effective methods to screen for, prevent [more…]

Posing Questions about Your Prostate Biopsy

If you have any questions about the results of your biopsy, whether it's positive or negative for cancer, be sure to write them down so that you can remember to discuss them with your doctor. [more…]

Recognizing and Responding to Colic

Approximately 25 percent of babies experience colic— a condition that causes babies to cry inconsolably for at least three hours a day at least three days a week. Keep in mind that this is the [more…]

Facing the Facts about Esophageal Cancer

Heartburn is common. Esophageal cancer isn't. According to the American Cancer Society, less than 1 percent (0.4 percent to 0.5 percent) of the people with Barrett's esophagus progress to esophageal cancer [more…]

Knowing What Tests to Expect for Cancer Treatment

After you've been diagnosed with cancer, tests can provide important information that determines what sort of treatment will work best for you. So roll up your sleeve for that blood test, schedule that [more…]

Debunking Breastfeeding Myths

Our friends and family have good intentions — really. But if they actually listened to some of their own suggestions, even they might question them. When it comes to breastfeeding, the people who have [more…]

Taking Extra Vitamins When You Need Dietary Supplements

The Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) protect people with a healthy diet from deficiencies, but sometimes your lifestyle or circumstances mean you need extra vitamins and nutrients in your diet. See [more…]

Getting to Know Alcohol Options for Diabetics

Alcohol is a chemical that has calories but no particular nutritional value, although it has been shown that a moderate amount (a glass or two of wine a day) may reduce the risk of a heart attack. Notice [more…]

Taking a Pregnant Pause at the Pool

If you're thinking of trying water workouts, but you aren't sure where the nearest pool is, consider the following locations that may have a pool that you can use: [more…]

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