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August 30, 2013

Breastfeeding Month: Breastfeeding difficulties related to having a...

Breastfeeding can be challenging for moms who have perfectly normal and healthy babies, but having a NICU baby has all kinds of challenges. Whether it’s prematurity, blood sugar issues or something entirely different, there are many things you can do to try and ensure that your baby gets the breastmilk and breastfeeding experience they deserve.

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August 14, 2013

Breastfeeding Month: It takes a village!

As I talk with new families each day, I often hear from new fathers and new grandparents: “There is no way for me to help Mom with the baby. Mom is breastfeeding.” Nothing could be further from the truth! New moms and babies need the support of their families and friends not only to be successful, but also to feel successful with their breastfeeding experience. There are lots of ways to make things go more smoothly for mom and baby. Whether you are a new dad, grandparent, family member, or friend, you want to show you care and are excited about the new baby. Here are some possible suggestions on ways you can show support:

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August 7, 2013

Breastfeeding Month: Power to the Pump

Since August of 2012, insurance companies have developed policies to be compliant in providing breast pumps for new mothers. Each company has taken this to mean something a little different. Here are some tips to help you ask the right questions when you talk to your insurance company about your specific benefits.

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July 29, 2013

Exercise for Moms-to-be

It can be tough to know what’s safe when it comes to exercising during pregnancy: some women are combining pregnancy and marathon training while others are being put on bed rest. It really comes down to what types of exercise you were participating in prior to pregnancy, while monitoring yourself and adapting as necessary.

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Photograph of a macula (the highly sensitive center of the retina) with intermediate age-related macular degeneration.

May 9, 2013

Omega-3 fatty acids provide no benefit in slowing age-related macul...

Taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements does not slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, a newly published study finds. However, some people may benefit from taking lutein and zeaxanthin.

Eye Health, Health, Ophthalmology, Studies

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February 11, 2013

Death by association: The threat of secondhand smoke

If you live, work or socialize with a tobacco smoker, you may be jeopardizing your health.

Health, Wellness

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January 4, 2013

Make Healthy Bones Your New Year’s Resolution

Post by Diane Danchi, R.D., L.D.N. - Now well into my 50’s, I am reminded of the realities of aging and bone health. When my first bone density screening showed my numbers falling just into the osteopenia category, I thought, “Oh no! I need to DO more of what I KNOW.” ...

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December 7, 2012

Children’s Fever Guide

Your child looks flushed and is warm to the touch. You suspect he or she has a fever but, to know for sure, you’ll need a thermometer. Your drugstore is filled with a dizzying array of thermometer options. But which will give you the most accurate reading and how do you use it? Find out with the following fever facts and temperature-taking tips...

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December 5, 2012

Aging: What’s Normal?

Just how should you expect to feel as you age? The answer differs for everyone, and genetics, lifestyle and outlook all contribute to your overall health. The good news is people are not only living longer—with a life expectancy of 78.5 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—they are also feeling better and suffering fewer injuries in their senior years...

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June 7, 2012

Fun in the Sun

ollowing my last blog post on encouraging everyone to exercise, we need to be smart and safe exercising in the heat. Every summer we hear about heat related illness.

Health, Wellness

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