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Strong sensitivity to bitter tastes tied to higher cancer risk

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Researchers suggest that women with a higher sensitivity to bitter flavors have an increased risk of cancer, but they are still investigating why this is.

Vaginal pH balance: Symptoms, remedies, and tests

Friday, July 20, 2018

While vaginal pH levels tend to change over a person’s lifetime, normal levels are usually below 4.5. A high pH may indicate a bacterial infection or another condition. The presence of menstrual blood and semen can also raise the pH. Here, we cover the symptoms of an unbalanced pH, at-home tests, and natural remedies.

Enlarged ovaries: Everything you need to know

Friday, July 20, 2018

A doctor may detect enlarged ovaries during an ultrasound or physical examination. The ovaries can become enlarged for several reasons, including ovulation, polycystic ovary syndrome, and benign cysts. In this article, learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of enlarged ovaries, including during pregnancy.

Can you have a miscarriage without bleeding?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bleeding is usually the earliest sign of a pregnancy loss. However, some miscarriages occur without bleeding, or bleeding may follow other symptoms. It is important to remember that new symptoms do not always signal a pregnancy loss and that the risk declines after the first weeks of pregnancy. Learn more here.

What to know about endometriosis during pregnancy

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Many women with endometriosis are able to get pregnant and deliver healthy babies, but they may have a higher risk of some complications. Some women experience fewer endometriosis symptoms during pregnancy, while others find that their symptoms worsen. In this article, learn more about endometriosis during pregnancy.

Natural treatments for postpartum swelling

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The body usually retains some extra water after pregnancy has ended. This extra water weight, or edema, can cause puffiness known as postpartum swelling. Various natural treatments and home remedies can reduce postpartum swelling, including staying hydrated, using foam rollers, and massage. Learn more here.

What to know about sex and yeast infections

Monday, July 16, 2018

While it is possible for a person to have sex when they have a yeast infection, it may cause pain and other bothersome symptoms. In addition, having sex may increase the amount of time the infection takes to heal. In some cases, a person can pass on the infection to their sexual partner. Learn more here.

How does perimenopause affect periods?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Perimenopause causes many hormonal changes in the body. This affects the frequency, regularity, and symptoms of periods and monthly cycles. People usually begin to skip periods and have longer or shorter cycles. In this article, we look at what to expect during perimenopause and how to manage periods during this time.

What to know about complex ovarian cysts

Monday, July 16, 2018

Ovarian cysts can be either simple or complex. Complex ovarian cysts contain blood or solid materials. They are more likely to need treatment than simple cysts. Ovarian cysts are usually benign but, in rare cases, can become cancerous. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for complex ovarian cysts here.

What to expect after a laparoscopy for endometriosis

Monday, July 16, 2018

Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue similar to the tissue that lines the uterus grows in other places in the body. While physical examinations and ultrasounds can sometimes find endometriosis, a laparoscopy is the only way to be sure a person has the disease. Learn about the procedure and recovery.

Is it safe to make your waters break?

Monday, July 16, 2018

In the final stages of pregnancy, women often want to speed up the onset of labor. Women can get their water to break with the help of a doctor, but it is not safe to try this at home as it can cause infections. In this article, learn about the risks of breaking your water, and tips for inducing labor safely.

What are the symptoms of stage 4 breast cancer?

Friday, July 13, 2018

When breast cancer reaches stage 4, it will have spread from the breast to other parts of the body. Cancer cells in new parts of the body can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Here, we explain the symptoms that occur when breast cancer spreads to the bones, liver, or brain. We also cover other symptoms and treatment.

How can you tell if your baby is head down?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Baby dropping is when the baby's head faces downward in the womb before birth. It usually happens toward the end of the third trimester. There is no specific week that women should expect their baby to drop. Signs include a lower belly and pressure in the pelvis. Learn more about signs of baby dropping here.

Is there a way to lose weight on birth control?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Many women who use birth control believe that weight gain can be a side effect. While studies oppose weight gain related to birth control pills, some individuals report gaining weight after they start taking them. However, lifestyle changes can help weight control when a person is on birth control. Learn more here.

What are the symptoms of a polyp of the cervix?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cervical polyps are small growths on the cervix. They may cause symptoms that include spotting between periods or bleeding after sexual intercourse or menopause. Causes may include high estrogen levels or chronic inflammation. It is possible to remove polyps surgically, and they do not usually return. Learn more here.

Will home treatments work for a Bartholin's abscess?

Friday, July 06, 2018

Bartholin’s glands are positioned on each side of the vagina. When they become blocked a cyst may develop. A Bartholin’s abscess occurs when a Bartholin’s cyst gets infected. The treatment options include draining, marsupialization, and surgery. Learn more about Bartholin’s abscesses here.

What causes hiccups in babies in the womb?

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

A baby may hiccup while in the womb. This can be a regular occurrence for some women to feel but may not happen to everyone. There are some occasions when excessive hiccupping in the womb needs to be assessed by a doctor, as it may sometimes lead to serious complications. Learn more about baby hiccups in the womb here.

What are the signs of having a girl?

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

There are many myths about how to predict the sex of an unborn baby. But do stress levels, morning sickness, sugar cravings, and other factors really indicate that the baby is a girl? In this article, we look at the science behind these claims to see if there are any real signs during pregnancy of having a girl.

How to switch birth control pills properly

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

People can switch birth control pills with minimal issues by following a few simple guidelines. In this article, learn how to switch birth control pills and reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy. We also explain how birth control pills work and the possible side effects, such as spotting and tender breasts.

What's the link between birth control and headaches?

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Forms of hormonal birth control, such as contraceptive pills, can cause headaches and migraines in some people. In others, these contraceptives can improve headaches. A person who has a history of migraines with auras should avoid certain hormones. Learn more about the link between birth control and headaches here.

Coping with menopausal hot flashes and night sweats

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Most people experience hot flashes and night sweats to some extent during menopause. They are a regular part of the process. Here, we look at what causes hot flashes and how they are related to night sweats. We discuss the many home remedies, alternative therapies, lifestyle choices, and medications that may help.

Does nipple stimulation help to induce labor?

Monday, July 02, 2018

Many people believe that stimulating the nipples can help to induce labor. Nipple stimulation causes the release of a hormone that triggers uterine contractions. However, there is no scientific evidence to show that this leads to true labor. Learn about nipple stimulation and other home remedies to induce labor here.

The riddle of human nipple sizes

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A key idea in evolutionary biology is that physical features with greater variability are 'nonfunctional byproducts.' But nipple size may contradict this.

Causes of shortness of breath during pregnancy

Friday, June 29, 2018

Shortness of breath is a common problem during pregnancy. Doctors often attribute respiratory symptoms to the growing uterus pushing upward on the lungs and making it difficult to breathe. In this article, we look at several other potential causes. We also cover treatments and home remedies.

What do different types of contractions feel like?

Friday, June 29, 2018

It can be difficult to know what to expect from labor contractions, especially during a person’s first pregnancy. In this article, we provide a guide to help soon-to-be-parents understand what types of contractions to expect as pregnancy progresses. We also cover how to cope with the pain and when to see a doctor.

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Strong sensitivity to bitter tastes tied to higher cancer risk

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Researchers suggest that women with a higher sensitivity to bitter flavors have an increased risk of cancer, but they are still investigating why this is.

Benefiber vs. Metamucil: Which is better?

Friday, July 20, 2018

Benefiber and Metamucil are two popular fiber supplements. Both products are designed to relieve constipation and promote gut health. Benefiber and Metamucil work in very similar ways but contain different types of fiber. Learn more about the similarities and differences between Benefiber and Metamucil here.

Bowel cancer: Low-calorie soft drinks could reduce recurrence

Friday, July 20, 2018

A new study suggests that higher consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks is tied to less chance of recurrence and death in stage 3 bowel cancer.

Eighteen ways to reduce bloating

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Bloating is common and can be very uncomfortable. A bloated stomach usually occurs due to trapped gas, so removing this gas is key to reducing the bloat. Learn ways of getting rid of bloating quickly, including exercises, supplements, and massage. We also explain how simple lifestyle changes can prevent bloating.

Eating dinner earlier could reduce cancer risk

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A new study concludes that the timing of our final meal of the day may influence our risk of developing prostate or breast cancer.

Saw palmetto and testosterone facts

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. Boosting its levels can have many effects, such as promoting muscle growth and improving libido. Saw palmetto, a plant resembling the leaves of a palm tree, may boost testosterone levels and offer other health benefits. Learn more about saw palmetto and testosterone here.

What are the benefits of maca root?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Maca root comes from Peru and is a common cooking ingredient in that region. Maca root may have a range of health benefits, especially for endurance and sexual health. In this article, we look at the evidence behind these claims, as well as whether there are any risks to taking it.

How do you boost testosterone naturally?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Testosterone is a male sex hormone. Low levels can cause changes to the distribution of body fat and muscle strength. Testosterone reduces with age, but people can boost it with lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise. Adequate sleep, nutritional supplements, and stress reduction may also help. Learn more here.

Could beef jerky contribute to manic episodes?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Researchers have found that beef jerky and other processed meats may play a role in triggering manic episodes. But why would that happen?

Do omega-3 supplements really benefit the heart?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A major systematic review of clinical trials led by independent researchers finds 'little to no' evidence that omega-3 capsules benefit heart health.

What does it mean when your poop is stringy?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Poop changes, depending on what a person eats, and can sometimes look stringy. Both serious and mild conditions that affect the bowels can cause stringy poop. Medical treatment depends on the underlying cause while poop may change naturally once a person changes their diet. Learn more about stringy poop here.

Natural treatments for postpartum swelling

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The body usually retains some extra water after pregnancy has ended. This extra water weight, or edema, can cause puffiness known as postpartum swelling. Various natural treatments and home remedies can reduce postpartum swelling, including staying hydrated, using foam rollers, and massage. Learn more here.

Concerns raised over prebiotic and probiotic safety

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Probiotics and prebiotics are becoming ever more popular. A new study asks whether we know enough about the safety of these new interventions.

Hot pepper compound may reduce obesity

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A new trial in rodents finds that capsaicin, the compound that makes hot peppers hot, can lead to long-term weight loss and better metabolic health.

How do you know if you have pernicious anemia?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Pernicious anemia is a condition where there is a lack of red blood cells. A vitamin B-12 deficiency causes it when the body is unable to absorb this nutrient effectively. Tiredness, shortness of breath, slow reflexes, and pale skin are among the symptoms. Find out here how doctors treat this immune system problem.

Is eating tilapia fish safe and healthful?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tilapia is a popular edible fish that is low in fat and a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Tilapia farming occurs around the world, but some people worry about farming practices and whether or not tilapia is safe to eat. Here, we provide information about the farming, breeding, and safety of tilapia.

Large study reviews the cardiovascular benefits of walnuts

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The results of a meta-review of 25 years worth of research on the cardiovascular effects of nuts are in: a walnut-enriched diet keeps your heart healthy.

Omega-3-derived cannabinoid may stop cancer

Monday, July 16, 2018

A cannabinoid that occurs naturally in our bodies as a result of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism is found to have anticancer properties.

Fats or carbs: What causes obesity?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Researchers have been debating for a long time whether it is fat or carb intake that leads to obesity. A new study claims it may have settled the issue.

What causes malabsorption?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Malabsorption occurs when the body is unable to absorb nutrients from the diet. There is a variety of malabsorption disorders that have different causes, including lactose intolerance. Symptoms might include bloating, diarrhea, and fatigue. Treatment is essential and depends on what is causing the malabsorption.

Cinnamon may help battle infections

Monday, July 16, 2018

With antibiotic resistance only getting worse, we need new ways to attack bacteria. A recent study asks whether cinnamon might provide assistance.

Why does the stomach bloat when starved?

Friday, July 13, 2018

When the body is starved, it undergoes many changes. One of these may be a bloated stomach and retained fluid, which can make a person look plump. This condition is known as kwashiorkor and is caused by a lack of protein in the diet. Kwashiorkor can be fixed by slowly eating more protein and calories. Learn more here.

Full-fat dairy may actually benefit heart health

Friday, July 13, 2018

New research challenges the widely held belief that full-fat dairy must be avoided. In fact, some types of dairy may even prevent stroke, says the study.

Vitamin D offers no protection against Alzheimer's

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Systematic review of clinical studies finds no robust evidence that vitamin D protects the brain against diseases such as Alzheimer's, MS, and Parkinson's.

Asthma: A healthful diet may prevent symptoms

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A new study shows that a balanced diet may help people with asthma better manage their condition and reduce the severity of their symptoms.

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