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American Diabetes Month Focuses on Management and Prevention

Every November, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other health care organizations mark American Diabetes Month. It is a time to focus not only on awareness but on prevention and management of [more…]

Drug Choices in Labor

Medication options can make up a big part of your birth plan. Maybe you plan to go natural and don’t want hospital staff to even mention pain medication. Or maybe you want your epidural put in during the [more…]

Labor Positions and Movements for Your Birth Plan

Staying active and in upright positions during childbirth can help labor progress. Including the option to keep moving during labor is a great addition to your birth plan, and having a list of common labor [more…]

Essential Topics to Cover in Your Birth Plan

Keeping in mind all the topics you want to cover in your birth plan can be overwhelming. Having a reference list of the most common issues of labor and delivery can help. Use this list of birth-plan topics [more…]

Birth Plans For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A birth plan is a document you create to communicate your wishes and requests to your medical practitioner, the birth team, and your support team. How do you put your hopes and dreams for a perfect birth [more…]

Talk to Your Doctor about Alternative Treatments for Arthritis

At least 40 percent of arthritis patients manage arthritis pain by using an alternative therapy, such as acupuncture, magnet or copper bracelets, and herbal supplements. Despite this large percentage of [more…]

Diagnosing Arthritis: Prepare for Your First Doctor's Appointment

If you think you have arthritis, get the best chance for help by being fully prepared for your first doctor's appointment. Diagnosing arthritis — or any other medical condition — is easier if your doctor [more…]

How to Save Money on Arthritis Prescriptions

The high cost of prescription drugs can be a real problem if you have a chronic condition like arthritis that requires a steady supply of medication. Luckily, you have several options for lowering the [more…]

Knowing What the APGAR Score Evaluates

An APGAR score measures how well a newborn is doing at 1 and 5 minutes after birth. The five factors you evaluate just happen to line up with the last name of the doctor, Dr. Virginia Apgar, who created [more…]

Fighting Cancer with Bone Marrow Transplants

More than 15,000 bone marrow transplants are performed in the United States every year, and the treatment is ever-evolving. Bone marrow transplants are commonly used to treat leukemia, lymphoma, multiple [more…]

Proloquo2Go iPad App for the Speech Impaired Student

Proloquo2Go is an iPad app that helps student with speech impairments be more easily understood in the classroom. If a student is partially paralyzed, or suffers from multiple sclerosis or amyotropic lateral [more…]

Digit-Eyes iPad App for Visually Impaired or Dyslexic Students

Digit-Eyes is a great iPad app for the visually impaired. Digit-Eyes enables people without vision to create and read bar-code labels. Students can use Digit-Eyes to identify class textbooks, magazines [more…]

Diabetes Screening Guidelines in Canada

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) recommends that you be tested for type 2 diabetes every three years when you reach 40 years of age, and more frequently and/or earlier if you have one or more of [more…]

Target Test Results for Canadians with Diabetes

Monitoring your blood glucose levels day-to-day is critical in order to properly manage your diabetes. The Canadian Diabetes Association guidelines recommend that most adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes [more…]

Recommended Diabetes Testing Schedule for Canadians

For you and your health care team to know whether your diabetes treatment plan is effective, you will need to undertake regular testing. The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends the following testing [more…]

Ten Ways to Prevent Diabetes Complications

More than two-thirds of diabetes complications are avoidable when you undertake effective measures to keep your diabetes under control. Stay healthy and lead a full and active life by following these tips [more…]

Diabetes For Canadians For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Early diabetes detection is far and away the best way to limit any damage to your health. Canadians who think they might have diabetes, or are at risk of developing the disease, should closely follow the [more…]

The Major Causes of Crohn’s and Colitis

People all around the world from different ethnicities and races are affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The exact cause is still a mystery, but scientists have hit on some clues: [more…]

Common Symptoms of Crohn’s and Colitis

Crohn’s and colitis are two different diseases, but they share many of the same symptoms. Here’s a list of the common symptoms of Crohn’s and colitis: [more…]

Eight Things That May Worsen Your Crohn’s and Colitis Symptoms

Taking your medications as prescribed is one way to keep your Crohn’s and colitis under control. However, the disease can become active despite taking medications. Certain things are known to trigger Crohn’s [more…]

Crohn’s & Colitis For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two major types of inflammatory bowel disease. They’re part of a group of disorders in which the small and large intestines become inflamed. The exact cause [more…]

What to Eat When You Have Cancer

After you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you may be wondering what foods you should eat. You may have to modify your diet during treatment, but there are some key nutrients you should always strive to [more…]

Combating Cancer Treatment Side Effects with Food

Like most people facing cancer, you may worry about having side effects from treatment. Fortunately, treatments for many cancers have become more targeted, lessening the risk and severity of side effects [more…]

Staying Active during Cancer Treatment

Staying active provides many benefits during cancer treatment. It can help you maintain a healthy body weight, as well as reduce your risk of a cancer recurrence, a secondary cancer, or other medical problems [more…]

Cancer Nutrition & Recipes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Nutrition plays a key role when you’re fighting cancer — and knowing what to eat is important. When you’re being treated for cancer, you may face a variety of unwelcome side effects — everything from nausea [more…]

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