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Wednesday, Apr 23rd 2014

One Hand Washing Another: The Mission Behind My Soap Company

authored by Erin Zaikis

"What is soap?" a 13-year-old girl asked me. By the look of her dirty hands, I knew it was an honest question. A question that would change my life.

While working for a nonprofit in Thailand, I learned something that shook my world: There are people who don't know what soap is and have never used it. Yes, millions of people. In fact, according to Unilever, 70 million people in India alone have never washed their hands.

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Wednesday, Apr 02nd 2014

Take Healthy—and Fun—Steps Toward Osteoarthritis Joint Pain Relief With Dance Fitness

by Louis Van Amstel

As a fitness professional, dancer and choreographer, I really believe in the power of physical activity when it comes to the body, mind and soul. Low-impact exercise, such as dance fitness for example, has benefits far beyond just weight loss. I have seen this firsthand with students who take my classes, as well as my own mother, who, unfortunately, has osteoarthritis (OA).

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Tuesday, Feb 18th 2014

Sorting Online Medical Information: New Site Takes the Guesswork Out

by AnneMarie Ciccarella

A quick Google search for "breast cancer information" yields 220 million hits in two-tenths of a second.

That's great stuff—but seriously??? How can anyone be expected to sort through that much online medical information to find what's pertinent? Is it outdated? Is it reliable?

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Monday, Dec 16th 2013

Cervical Cancer Video Illustrates Compelling Need for Screening

authored by Elizabeth Battaglino, RN

Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented, and, yet, many women fail to take the steps necessary to avoid it. Recent research shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer and that vaccines against HPV combined with regular cervical cancer screenings can prevent this deadly form of cancer.

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Wednesday, Dec 11th 2013

Take Steps Toward Preventing Cervical Cancer

by Nancy R. Berman, ANP-BC, NCMP

As a nurse practitioner, I see many women who test positive for human papillomavirus (HPV). Often, these women are scared when they hear the results—sometimes unnecessarily so. That's why it's important to understand what HPV is and how it's connected to cervical cancer.

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Thursday, Nov 14th 2013

Early COPD Diagnosis and Education Help Make Symptoms Manageable

by Maggie Borger

My COPD diagnosis can only be described as shocking. When I first got sick in December 2004, I thought I just had the flu. But my breathing difficulties worsened until I was diagnosed six months later with emphysema, a form of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

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Tuesday, Nov 05th 2013

Exercise and Diet Help Me Manage COPD Symptoms and Live a Healthier Life

by Jean Rommes

I have emphysema, as well as chronic bronchitis and an asthma component. I smoked for 30 years and quit in 1992, mostly because I realized that I was organizing my entire day at work around when I could smoke. I decided that was pretty stupid, so I got the patches and quit. I had never tried to quit before; I had cut back occasionally, but I never really tried to quit until I actually did it.

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Monday, Apr 01st 2013

Caring for Husband With Stomach Cancer Is a Labor of Love

by Karen Klein

When my husband tells me, "You didn't sign up for this," I think, yes, I did. Sixteen years ago, on our wedding day, I made a bunch of promises in front of a room full of people. One of those promises had something to do with "in sickness and in health." So yes, I did sign up for this. I just didn't think I'd be called upon to fulfill the worst version of that one. But you don't get to pick and choose.

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