Month: October 2018

Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that allows a doctor to see inside the body. When the procedure is part of fertility testing, the doctor is evaluating the structures of the reproductive system, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. Laparoscopy can help a doctor diagnose many conditions that affect fertility, such as: endometriosis blocked fallopian
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Stridor is a high-pitched squeaking or whistling sound, usually due to an obstruction in an airway. Stridor is a sign of an underlying health issue rather than a diagnosis or disease in itself. This article outlines the causes of stridor in children and adults, along with information on diagnosis and treatments. Symptoms Symptoms of stridor
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Kids often say hilarious and nonsensical things. But sometimes they make some really good points that make you think, “Can’t argue with that!” Thanks to Lacey Ellis’ LittleHoots app, which lets parents document their kids’ funniest lines, these moments of persuasion can be saved for posterity. Here are 27 examples of cute, funny and downright
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In a condition known as spina bifida, children are born with an exposed spinal cord, which causes numerous physical and developmental issues. Usually, surgeons will operate on spina bifida after birth, but a complex in utero surgery can allow the baby to develop better while still inside the mother’s womb. Prenatal spina bifida surgery can
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Insomnia during early pregnancy is usually due to factors such as hormonal changes. Many people experience insomnia at some point, during pregnancy. Better sleep hygiene, relaxation techniques, and cognitive behavioral therapy can help. According to a 2018 study of 486 pregnancies, 44.2 percent involved insomnia during the first trimester. The study concludes that insomnia is
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Feeling warm or flushed can be a symptom of pregnancy. Changes in the body during pregnancy can cause similar symptoms to those that accompany a fever. During pregnancy, a woman may also be more susceptible to infections, such as colds and the flu. Pregnancy weakens the immune system to help ensure that the body does
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Freckles are small, harmless marks that appear on the skin. Genetics and sun exposure are the primary causes of freckles. Some people are more likely to get freckles than others, depending on their genes and skin type. If a person is genetically more likely to develop freckles, exposure to sunlight can make them appear. Freckles
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Right now, kids “are winning in this golden age of television,” according to Jill Murphy, vice president and editor-in-chief of Common Sense Media, which rates children’s shows, movies and other media based on standards like educational value and positive messages. But what is it about the shows in this “golden age” that makes them actually
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As we all get older (and wiser?), we tend to notice different aches and pains that may or may not have been around for the past few years. Our days of couch surfing at a friend’s pad are long gone, and it may be time to give in and admit that you may have to
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Dinnertime is an important part of family life, providing an opportunity for meaningful conversations and routine-setting. And of course, there’s also the food component. Parents want to keep their kids happy and healthy, but it’s not always easy to come up with nutritious and delicious dinner ideas that will appeal to the whole family. HuffPost
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Photographer Angela Forker made headlines last year thanks to her creative newborn photos set against colorful backdrops. Now, her latest series, “The Precious Baby Project,” is shining a spotlight on babies with special needs and their loving families. The Precious Baby Project features babies with serious medical conditions, photographed at Forker’s home studio in New
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I spent the majority of my childhood outdoors. We had a few acres of forest behind the house, and I would spend hours there alone, exploring, playing, and making mud pies and potions. It was absolutely glorious. Lately, I’ve had a sense of mental friction, seeing that my children seem happier watching TV and on
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Acupressure practitioners say that applying pressure to these specific points on the body can change the body’s energy, called qi or chi. Some people believe that acupressure may help induce labor in women who are at the end of their third trimester. Acupressure draws upon the same concepts as acupuncture, but it uses firm massage
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Growing up in a large family we ate dinner together every night. Sitting down to a home-cooked meal around the kitchen table to talk about our day, lovingly tease one another, or have serious discussions about world events was not optional, but never questioned. It was just our routine. When we were younger our father
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Back in April when I decided to go gluten-free, I felt like it was going to be impossible. I’d gone gluten-free before, temporarily, but never with the intention of doing it permanently. Somehow when thinking about never having my mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies, or Dunkin’ Donuts munchkins, or Wendy’s chicken nuggets, among many, many,
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In a hilarious take on “sexy” Halloween costumes, one Canadian mom also summed up the many duties that come with parenthood. Stephanie, a mom of two in British Columbia, imagined “sexy” Halloween costumes moms already own with names like “Mopping Mistress” and “Luscious Librarian.” Stephanie used words like “luscious” and “pouty” based on actual “sexy”
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There seems to be nothing more Americana than that of a good ol’ county fair. The smell of popcorn, the Ferris wheel lights at night, the sighting of the high school girl who has just been crowned queen, and the taste of freshly fried funnel cakes. According to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions,
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