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Do you suffer from 'vacation constipation'?

Do you suffer from 'vacation constipation'?

You’ve waited months for this trip, planned every detail and managed to remember to pack everything you need. But now, it’s Day 2, and you realize you haven’t pooped. Suddenly, you’re panicking. When’s the last time you’ve used the bathroom? “With spring break and summer vacation on the horizon, people will be taking vacations with...

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Here's why your mouth tingles after eating fresh produce

Here's why your mouth tingles after eating fresh produce

For sufferers of seasonal allergies, spring and summer are not always something to look forward to. Alongside celebratory barbeques and picnics, warm weather means the return of pollen season and unexpected allergy triggers that may be part of these food-centered activities. Oral allergy syndrome (OAS), also known as pollen-food syndrome, is a condition caused by...

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Lyn's fibro story: Fibro and chronic fatigue through the hardest years

Lyn's fibro story: Fibro and chronic fatigue through the hardest years

My experience with (FM) is linked to my experience with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I first experienced the extreme level of fatigue associated with CFS in 1992. Along with the fatigue came pain. It often seemed pain and fatigue were taking turns tormenting me. If I was capable of functioning outside my bed, I was...

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Want the mental health benefits of exercising? Less may be more

Want the mental health benefits of exercising? Less may be more

Recently published research in the Lancet Psychiatry says that just two hours each week of whatever exercise you choose may make a significant impact on mental health, even lessening or preventing depression. More than 1.2 million U.S. adults responded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey between 2011...

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Colonoscopy or home test: which is right for you?

Colonoscopy or home test: which is right for you?

In recent years, new products have hit the medical market as alternatives to having a colonoscopy. These alternatives, typically a take-home sample test, have gained popularity due to their convenience and relative non-invasiveness. However, they are far from perfect and not recommended for everyone. Gastroenterologist Dr. Kevin Liebovich of Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill.,...

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Can moisturizers help with fibromyalgia itching?

Can moisturizers help with fibromyalgia itching?

itching causes a lot of suffering to the people who are affected by it. It’s a common, but little-known, symptom of fibromyalgia. As such, there isn’t a lot of scientific study of what causes it and how it can be treated. People with fibromyalgia itching often find that the chronic itch can be worse than...