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    For Many Women, a Good Night's Sleep Is a Dream


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    Sleep-deprived, drowsy and relying on caffeine to stay alert. Is that you or someone you know? According to a new poll released by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), it's the day-to-day reality for the majority of American women.


    Six out of 10 adult women in America say they do not get a good night's sleep a few nights a week and more than two-thirds say they frequently have sleep problems during the night, according to the Sleep in America poll. The annual survey is conducted each year to gauge the nation's sleep patterns. After the 2005 poll indicated that women are more likely than men to experience sleep problem ... Continue reading For Many Women, a Good Night's Sleep Is a Dream.


    Acne Myths


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    Lots of kids and teens have to cope with acne. It's a common part of puberty, but adults and preteens get it too. Because it's so common, acne is the subject of much discussion - and many myths. By clearing up some of the common tales about acne, you can help your son or daughter get through it.


    Myth: Getting a tan helps to clear up skin.


    Fact: Even though a tan may temporarily cover the redness of acne, there's no evidence that having tanned skin helps to clear up acne. People who tan in the sun or in tanning booths or beds run the risk of developing dry, irritated, or even burned skin. T ... Continue reading Acne Myths.


    Arthritis and the Weekend Warrior



    For most people, arthritis means simply pain in or around a joint. But there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis, each with its own set of symptoms and characteristics.


    Arthritis is a painful and sometimes debilitating condition. This disease of the joints affects 43 million Americans, and that number will only increase as the population ages.


    What is Arthritis, and who is at risk?

    What about the weekend warrior out there? The 45-year-old who is going out and playing basketball on the weekends and hurts his knee. You hear people say all the time, "I know I'm going to end ... Continue reading Arthritis and the Weekend Warrior.


    Facts About Lyme Disease



    Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacterium is usually found in animals such as mice and deer. Ixodes ticks can pick up the bacteria when they bite an infected animal, then transmit it to a person, which can lead to Lyme disease.


    Ticks live in grass and shrubs and attach themselves to a suitable host as it passes by. Ticks are small and can be hard to see. Immature ticks, or nymphs, are about the size of a poppy seed.


    The majority of reported Lyme disease cases occur in the Northeast, upper Midwest, and Pacific coastal areas of the United States because thes ... Continue reading Facts About Lyme Disease.


    Three Key Vaccines for Your Preteen


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    As they grow from babies to big kids, children routinely get well-child checkups to make sure they're healthy and developing as they should. But as tots start moving toward their teens, visits to the doctor tend to become fewer and farther between. In fact, research shows that preteens generally see their doc only when they're sick, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


    That's why the federal agency is urging parents to schedule a checkup for 11- to 12-year-olds, complete with three now-highly-recommended vaccines that can protect kids from some serious, sometimes deadly diseases.


    H ... Continue reading Three Key Vaccines for Your Preteen.


    Ovarian Cancer: Not So Silent?



    By Christine Haran


    Medical Reviewer:
    Dean Cunningham, MD


    Doctors and cancer advocates have traditionally been at a loss when it comes to making recommendations to women for the early detection of ovarian cancer. Not only is there no effective screening tool, it is not associated with any signature symptom. As a result, ovarian cancer is often called "the silent cancer."


    However, this cancer's impact is clearly heard. Every year, approximately 23,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 14,000 die of the disease. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer dea ... Continue reading Ovarian Cancer: Not So Silent?.


    Hearing Evaluation in Children


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    In the first few years of life, hearing is a critical part of a child's social, emotional, and cognitive development. Even a mild or partial hearing loss can affect a child's ability to speak and understand language.


    Hearing loss is a very common birth defect. Approximately 1 to 3 out of every 1,000 babies is born with some degree of hearing loss. There are a number of factors that can lead to hearing loss, and about half the time, no cause is found.


    The good news is, hearing problems can be treated, if they're caught early - ideally by the time a baby is three-months old. So it's important to get your ... Continue reading Hearing Evaluation in Children.