Model Who Beat Rare Form of Cancer Proudly Poses with Her Ostomy Bags to Inspire Other Survivors

February 17, 2019

After living with two permanent ostomy bags for more than 30 years, a fashion model from Baltimore is sharing her story in hopes that people around the globe will also embrace what makes them different. Jearlean Taylor was three when she was diagnosed with a rare vaginal cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma, CBS News reports. Because of the severity of the illness, doctors did not expect her to survive, the outlet said. Taylor, however, eventually beat…

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This Detox Bath Is The Most Relaxing Way To Improve Your Health

February 13, 2019

Starting the day off with a detox juice is already a common habit for many people, since these recipes include foods that help our body eliminate toxins and also provide us with great health benefits. However, eating isn’t the only way that we can detoxify and benefit our body. Have you ever read the labels of some of your skin products and realized that they contained many ingredients that are…

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WATCH: Eunice P. Justice Delivers the 2019 State Of The Uterus Address

February 8, 2019

“Today I can assure you, my fellow Americans, that the State of the Uteri is strong.” Those are the opening words of this year’s State of the Uterus Address—which was delivered just this morning by Eunice P. Justice, the Lady Parts Justice League Uterus in-Chief, in advance of the President’s own State of the Union Address and his expected attacks on abortion rights. (Eunice is a gender neutral uterus that also…

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Theranos documentary review: The Inventor’s horrifying optimism

February 4, 2019

A blood-splattered Theranos machine nearly pricks an employee struggling to fix it. This gruesome graphical rendering is what you’ll walk away with from HBO’s “The Inventor.” It finally gives a visual to the startup’s laboratory fraud detailed in words by John Carreyrou’s book “Bad Blood.” The documentary that premiered tonight at Sundance Film Festival explores how the move-fast-and-break-things ethos of Silicon Valley is “really dangerous when people’s lives are in…

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Domino’s Pizza shutters Haifa branch following video of rats on the loose

February 4, 2019

(JTA) — For pizza parlors, effective advertising can be as simple as having customers consume the product behind large display windows. This feature didn’t work out, however, at one Israeli branch of the Domino’s Pizza franchise — not with rats running around. Footage of at least four of the rodents feasting on dough or flour inside and around a pizza tray on Thursday forced the temporary shuttering of the Domino’s…

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Birthday reflections: envisioning my third act

February 2, 2019

I’m celebrating my 43rd birthday today, and nearly a decade of blogging at Common Sense Family Doctor. Although 2018 was the first year in which I wrote fewer than one post per week (46 total), I haven’t slowed my writing output overall, authoring or co-authoring ten journal articles or textbook chapters last year and kicking off 2019 with a new study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine…

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Chrysanthemum Tea Helps Soothe Your Senses and Promotes Optimal Health

January 28, 2019

Table of Contents What Is Chrysanthemum Tea? 7 Health Benefits of Chrysanthemum Tea Does Chrysanthemum Tea Have Caffeine? How to Make a Perfectly Brewed Cup of Chrysanthemum Tea How to Store Chrysanthemum Tea Potential Side Effects of Chrysanthemum Tea Make Sure You’re Using Only Organic Chrysanthemum Tea Chrysanthemum Tea FAQs For some people, chrysanthemums — also known as mums — may be nothing more than a hardy flowering plant commonly…

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NSAIDs: How dangerous are they for your heart?

January 20, 2019

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, commonly referred to as NSAIDs, are one of the most common medications used to treat pain and inflammation. Ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin, and other NSAIDs are effective across a variety of common conditions, from acute musculoskeletal pain to chronic arthritis. They work by blocking specific proteins, called COX enzymes. This results in the reduction of prostaglandins, which play a key role in pain and inflammation. There are two…

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What You Can Do to Support Survivors of Sexual Violence

January 19, 2019

While we as a culture work to confront the crisis of sexual violence, we have witnessed waves of survivor disclosures via movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NotOkay. For the health, safety, and emotional wellbeing of survivors of sexual violence, it is critically important that support providers — including friends and family members — be prepared to provide positive, helpful reactions to survivors who come forward. This article aims to outline…

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How Her Sister’s Death Pushed This Mom of 4 to Lose 145 Lbs.: ‘She Saved My Life’

January 19, 2019

DaleLynn Settle was genetically lucky as a kid — she could eat whatever she wanted without gainging weight, including her family’s hearty dinners of fried chicken, mac and cheese and cornbread. But that all changed when she got older. At age 20, Settle got married and a year later had her first child. On top of those major life changes, she started suffering from anxiety and depression. Within a few years,…

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