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    I’m Pregnant! What Now?

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    Seeing a positive pregnancy test for the first time is a moment you’ll remember forever. But what happens now that you’re pregnant? Dr. Candi McCullough, of Mon Health Obstetrics & Gynecology, encourages women to schedule their first prenatal appointment following a positive test. “By the time a woman has a positive pregnancy test, she is … Continued

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    Wet Summer Leads to Uptick in Fall Allergies

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    If you’re hacking, sniffling and sneezing more this fall, you’re not alone. There’s an uptick in fall allergies this year due to the region’s very wet summer. “Wet summers contribute to the growth of ragweed and mold, which means a harsher fall allergy season,” said Jennifer Morris, a nurse practitioner for Mon Health Pulmonary Care. … Continued

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    Spotting and Treating Lice: What Your Pediatrician Wants You to Know [Infographic]

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      Returning to school can leave children and parents with tiny unwelcome guests: head lice. The CDC reports that 6 to 12 million children age 3 to 11 are infested with head lice each year. “It never fails. When the school year begins, parents start calling and asking us what to do when their child … Continued

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    How to Fuel Your Workout for Maximum Performance

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    Whether you’ve just started a workout routine or have been sticking to a consistent routine for a while, you know that you need to eat to fuel your workout. But figuring out what to eat and when can be confusing. There are a lot of myths out there – such as doing empty-stomach cardio burns … Continued

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    Small Changes Can Lead to Big Health Rewards

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    We all want to live longer and look and feel better. But it can be difficult to know where to start, and changing your lifestyle habits can feel overwhelming. The key is to start small. Walk 15 minutes a day. Eat an extra piece of fruit and vegetable every day. Switch from creamer to skim … Continued

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    Artificial Sweeteners: Are They Safe and Should You Use Them?

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    There’s no sugarcoating it. Artificial sweeteners don’t help you lose weight, and may actually lead to weight gain, diabetes and other health problems, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Andrea McCarty, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Mon Health Medical Center, often has patients ask her about artificial … Continued

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    When packing for your labor and delivery, don’t forget these 12 items [Infographic]

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    With months of preparing for a new baby, soon-to-be parents should add packing a hospital bag to their list. That’s because around 32 weeks you could go into labor at any moment leading up to your due date. Here’s a checklist of items you should pack in a small, rolling suitcase: Important documents such as … Continued

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    4 foods to avoid during pregnancy

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    When a woman finds out she’s eating for two, deciding what to eat – and what not to eat – can be confusing. While most foods are fine to enjoy in moderation,  Dr. William K. Hamilton of Mon Health Obstetrics & Gynecology tells his patients to avoid: Sushi and undercooked meats Raw fish and undercooked meat may contain bacteria that … Continued

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    8 joint-friendly exercises your body will love [Infographic]

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    We all know that exercise is good for us. Not only does it help keep our hearts beating efficiently and our bodies at a healthy weight, it can reduce the risk of some serious illnesses. But when your body hurts, it’s difficult to motivate yourself to exercise. Pain or stiffness in joints like your knees … Continued

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    Looking for a mental boost? Take your workout outdoors for both mental and physical gains

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    While exercise itself helps reduce depression and anxiety and improve your overall mood and memory, studies show that exercising in the great outdoors can add even more mental health benefits. Here are 6 ways exercising outdoors can improve your mental health. 1. Increasing exposure to Vitamin D About 1 in 10 Americans are Vitamin D … Continued