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Hormonal Contraceptive Use Can Be a Major Downer

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Hormonal contraception was introduced way back in 1960 with the release of the combined oral contraceptive pill (containing two hormones: estrogen and progestin). Now, more than 50 years later, an estimated 20 percent of women use some form of hormonal contraception worldwide, and in the U.S., that figure is significantly higher: more than 60 percent....

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Is High Stress Worse Than Saturated Fat?

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We've all heard by now about the profound benefits of a healthy diet and the profound negative consequences of a high-stress lifestyle. But which is more important in terms of your overall health and wellness? According to recent research, diet is the first issue to address. Here's why.

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Treat Your Brain Like a Muscle: Exercise It

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Anatomically, your brain isn't a muscle; although it contains a bit of muscle, it's predominantly gray and white matter, with cellular structure and function far different (and more complex) than that of muscle. However, there's good reason why many people compare the brain to muscle – in both cases, the "Use it or lose it" principle applies....

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Who Knew? Morning Sickness Is a Good Sign

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Morning sickness – nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, typically between the fourth and 16th week – is one of the more unpleasant aspects of carrying a child, but there's a serious upside: Research suggests it's a sign of a healthy pregnancy. According to a recent study, women who experienced nausea and vomiting cut their risk of a pregnancy loss...

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The Good Side to Sodium

When we hear the word sodium, most of us immediately think about salt (which is actually sodium chloride) and about how too much of it can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure. And while that's true, there's much more to sodium than you might think, including some important benefits.

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A Simple Coping Skill for Teens

If you think your life is hectic, maddening and even confusing at times, imagine being a teen. Try it – after all, you were one once. Tough times, right? And these days, those times can be even tougher. With increasing academic and social demands and pressures, teens can be easily overwhelmed, leading to anxiety, depression and poor health. Is there a...

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