Chronic pain: An invisible disease whose sufferers are unfairly stigmatized
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(Marimée Godbout-Parent/ The Conversation) — Imagine living with pain every day for months, or even years — pain that is so intrusive, it disrupts every day of your life.

Unfortunately, this is the daily reality of millions of people living with chronic pain. And all too often, they find their condition being stigmatized  …

Hailey Bieber: Speaking out about ovarian cyst will help others
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(Charlotte Simpson, Manish Pandey/ BBC News) — Sharing an image of her stomach on Instagram, the 26-year-old said she wasn’t pregnant, and explained she’s suffered from the condition before.

“It’s never fun,” the US model told her 49 million followers, adding that she does not have other

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11 New Year’s resolutions that can actually improve your health
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(Anika Nayak/ Huffington Post) — The new year is approaching, which for many signifies a fresh start with a set of resolutions ― including ones that aim to improve well-being.

But people often default to “losing weight,” believing that shedding pounds is the only way to achieve optimal health. Not only is this a vague goal;

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6 early symptoms of breast cancer that are sometimes easy to miss
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(Sara Lindberg/ SELF Magazine) — Recognizing the early symptoms of breast cancer can make a huge difference in the progression of the disease. The sooner you identify it and get started on treatment, the better chances you’ll have of making a full recovery. But knowing what, exactly, to look for and what types of changes   …

8 workouts that are perfect for winter
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(Leoni Jesner/ Everyday Health) — We get it. Sometimes the cold weather and dark days have all of us craving a cozy blanket and our couch — not so much the gym.

But movement is important all year long (with benefits spanning nearly every facet of health), especially during the winter months if you’re feeling low in energy or   …

Alcohol’s busiest season is here: How to avoid binge drinking during the holidays
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(Saleen Martin/ USA Today) — The holiday season brings a lot of joy, stress and for some, an unhealthy temptation to drink – a lot.

While some people drink to celebrate, others drink because it helps them feel less depressed, less alone, or less bored, said Thomas Britton, CEO and board member at American Addiction  …

How to talk about miscarriage
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(Chantelle Pattemore/ Shondaland) — An estimated one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. Earlier this year, mine became one of them. From the moment I knew what was happening, everything felt overwhelming. I retreated to the sofa for 48 hours to rest my body and numb my thoughts with Netflix while my husband   …

Yoga may lower blood pressure, Quebec study finds
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(Jean-Benoit Legault/ CTV News) — Yoga appears to reduce blood pressure more effectively than simple stretching when combined with a regular physical activity program, a three-month pilot study involving a Quebec City researcher shows.

The addition of yoga lowered systolic pressure, reduced resting heart rate and  …

How to successfully handle holiday stress
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(Matthew Scult/ Psychology Today) — For some, the holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, filled with family, celebrations, and gifts. For others, these same things can have the opposite effect causing anxiety, loneliness, and, more often than not, stress. The American Psychiatric Association recently   …

The pain gap: Women (still) aren’t taken seriously by doctors
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(Mary Elizabeth Williams/ Salon) — I’m obsessed now with just hearing women’s doctor stories,” says Anushay Hossain. “Everyone has one.”

The author of “The Pain Gap: How Sexism and Racism in Healthcare Kill Women” definitely has her own. After growing up   …

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