Peri-Menopause

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Menopause is that phase of a woman’s life when her ovaries are no longer releasing eggs for fertilization or producing the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. During peri-menopause, she still releases eggs, or ovulates, during some cycles. But during others, she may not ovulate at all and therefore may not produce as much progesterone. This…

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Premenstrual Syndrome/PMS

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Premenstrual Syndrome* The often distressing symptoms of PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, are familiar to many women. A week or two before their menstrual period, three out of four women experience some combination of bloating, breast pain, fatigue, headaches, depression, crying, angry outbursts, or any of 200 other symptoms associated with PMS. PMS may stem from…

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Prostate Problems

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Prostate Problems* The prostate is a walnut-size gland, unique to men, located just beneath the bladder. As a man ages, his prostate enlarges, and experts estimate that more than half of all men over age 50 have an enlarged gland. This disorder, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is by far the most common prostate problem.…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid Arthritis* RA is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation and eventual destruction of the cartilage and other tissues in and around the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an autoimmune disease because it causes your immune system to begin to attack normal tissues instead. Helpful Supplements Omega 3 Fatty Acids in fish oil. Studies show…

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Sore Throat

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The medical term for a sore throat is acute pharyngitis; so called because the inflammation occurs in the pharynx, the tissue at the back of the throat that you can see when you open your mouth wide. A sore throat is not an illness, but a symptom of one, most commonly a bacterial or viral…

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Sunburn

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The sun emits two types of harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation: UVA and UVB. Both can burn the skin, causing reddening and inflammation. It’s the UVB rays that cause immediate sunburn. MILD SUNBURN. Pink or reddish skin that feels hot and tender to the touch. MODERATE SUNBURN. Red skin with small fluid-filled blisters that may itch…

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Weight Loss

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Technically, a person tips the scales into the overweight category when his or her body mass index (BMI) is 25 or higher. BMI is a measure of weight in relation to height. It usually reflects the amount of body fat a person has. To figure out your BMI, multiply your weight in pounds by 704…

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