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10 Things that Can Make a Big Difference in Your Relationship
10 Things that can make a big difference in your relationship

A strong, supportive relationship is built on a couple’s words and actions. With work, children and other responsibilities, sometimes it is easy to take your spouse or partner for granted or forget to...

10 ways to become more resilient

How good are you at coping with adversity? Somehow, life always finds a way to present you with challenges that you didn’t see coming.

Activities for helping children deal with divorce

Going through the process of divorce is a challenging life transition for both parents and children. During their parents’ divorce, children often feel a wide variety of conflicting emotions.

Addison's Disease

What is Addison's disease? Addison's disease develops when the adrenal glands, which are above the kidneys, are not able to make enough of the hormones cortisol and, sometimes, aldosterone. Your body ...

ADHD in Children

When a child has trouble finishing something, gets distracted from a task, can’t sit still or acts without thinking, parents and teachers often correctly perceive it as part of being a kid.

Aldosterone in Blood Test

An aldosterone test measures the level of aldosterone (a hormone made by the adrenal glands), in the blood. Aldosterone helps regulate sodium and potassium levels in the body. This helps control blood...

Anxiety: a common problem of our time

Anxiety is a powerful feeling of fear or dread. People who suffer anxiety often feel like they have lost control over their lives.

Appendicitis

Discusses what happens when the appendix becomes infected and inflamed. Includes appendicitis symptoms such as belly pain. Looks at exams and tests. Covers different types of surgery to remove your ap...

Automated Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Your doctor might ask you to use an ambulatory blood pressure monitor after measuring your blood pressure in the doctor's office, to make sure that you actually have high blood pressure. This is becau...

Best practices for patient-provider communications

As a caregiver it’s important to understand your loved one’s condition and know their benefits and coverage options. This is easier said than done.

Birth Control Pills: Missed or Skipped Periods

It's not unusual for women who are taking hormone pills for birth control to have very light periods or no bleeding at all. If you haven't missed any pills, skip 1 period, yet have no other signs of e...

Birth Control: Myths About Sex and Pregnancy

Several myths about when a woman can or can't become pregnant persist, particularly among younger people. Myths and truths about becoming pregnant Myth Truth I can't get pregnant the first time I have...

Brace (Orthotic) Treatment for Scoliosis

A normal spine—which is the line of bones going down your back—is usually straight or slightly curved. In scoliosis, the spine curves from side to side, often in an S or C shape. It may also be twiste...

Caring for the caregiver

Caring for a loved one is one of life’s highest honors. According to a study at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, most caregivers say they developed a better relationship with the person they...

Children and grief from a developmental perspective
Children and grief from a developmental perspective

In the past, children were thought to be miniature adults and were expected to behave as adults. It is now understood that there are differences in the ways in which children and adults mourn.

Children with special needs

It's likely your search for quality child care may be challenging under the best of circumstances, but if you have children with special needs, the difficulty increases substantially.

Chloride (Cl) Test

A chloride test measures the level of chloride in your blood or urine. Chloride is one of the most important electrolytes in the blood. It helps keep the amount of fluid inside and outside of your cel...

Cortisol in Blood Test

A cortisol test is done to measure the level of the hormone cortisol in the blood. The cortisol level may show problems with the adrenal glands or pituitary gland. Cortisol is made by the adrenal glan...

Cushing's Syndrome

What is Cushing's syndrome? Cushing's syndrome is a rare problem that happens when you have too much of the hormone cortisol in your body. Cortisol is especially important in controlling blood pressur...

Dealing with the death of a co-worker

The death of a co-worker can be devastating, especially if it is unexpected. Emotions can range from denial and shock to disbelief and fear. Read these helpful tips to cope during this difficult time.

Death of a parent

When a child's parent has died, it feels like the worst possible thing that could happen has happened. Shock, disbelief, anger, sadness and guilt are just a few of the things she may be feeling, and w...

Debridement for Rotator Cuff Disorders

Debridement involves removing loose fragments of tendon, thickened bursa, and other debris from around the shoulder joint. By clearing damaged tissue from the region of the shoulder joint, it helps th...

Eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating

An eating disorder is an illness that causes serious disturbances to your everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating.

Estrogen Test

An estrogen test measures the level of the most important estrogen hormones in a blood or urine sample. It measures estradiol, estriol, and estrone. Estradiol is the most common type of estrogen measu...

Ethics at Work

Ethical choices can arise in any situation, at home or on the job. At work, ethical behavior isn't just a good idea. It's also good business, and often it's even the law.

Explaining divorce to children

Children are aware of the emotional climate in their homes, sensing if there is sadness and discontent. Nothing is more distressing to youngsters than a change they do not understand.

Ferritin Test

A ferritin blood test checks the amount of ferritin in the blood. Ferritin is a protein in the body that binds to iron; most of the iron stored in the body is bound to ferritin. Ferritin is found in t...

Finding and choosing respite care services

Caring for someone you love can bring you closer, teach you to deal with difficult situations and even make you more confident about your abilities.

Five ways to be a better advocate for special needs child

If your child has a disability, then chances are your most heartfelt desire is to be the best advocate you can for that child.

Folate Test

A folate test measures the amount of folate in the blood. Folate is one of many B vitamins. The body needs folate for normal growth and to make red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), and plat...

Gain balance through mindfulness

The rigors of our many workday hours and daily commutes, plus responsibilities at home, can often feel overwhelming. Stress from multiple directions usually makes life seem unbalanced.

Gout

Includes information on gout, a type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the body. Info on symptoms, including swelling and pain that is often in the big toe. Covers how a diet high in purine...

Guillain-Barré Syndrome

What is Guillain-Barré syndrome? Guillain-Barré syndrome (say "ghee-YAN bah-RAY") is a problem with your nervous system. It causes muscle weakness, loss of reflexes, and numbness or tingling in your a...

Handling Your Job Loss

While some people may see a job loss as a challenge which opens up new opportunities, most associate job loss with strong negative emotions.

Healing after suicide

Many people who die by suicide leave loved ones behind who suffer from a range of painful emotions.

Healthy vs. unhealthy relationships

No relationship is perfect, but a healthy relationship should bring more happiness than stress into your life. Based on mutual trust, respect, and honesty, a healthy relationship can boost mental and ...

Helping children cope with death

Sadness, fear, anger and confusion. The death of a loved one brings a whole range of feelings. Children may have many of the same feelings as adults. Yet, their understanding of death is different.

Helping children learn resilience

One of the most common wishes parents have is that their children will learn the coping skills necessary to take care of themselves amidst the many storms that will confront them in life.

High Blood Pressure

Covers causes and symptoms of high blood pressure. Explains systolic and diastolic pressure numbers. Looks at treatment and prevention steps. Includes risks of untreated high blood pressure such as he...

How to become mindful—and enjoy life more

In a fast-paced world, our minds are pretty good at keeping up. We multitask. We rush to meet deadlines. We rapidly process complex information.

How to cope with anxiety

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health disorders in the United States and they are highly treatable.

How to enhance your resilience

Sometimes it doesn’t pay to get too comfortable. Now more than ever, things change at a dizzying pace. Having or developing resilience doesn’t mean your problems will go away, but it does mean that yo...

How to help someone who may be suicidal

Many people who attempt suicide don’t really want to end their lives, but see no other way to escape their pain.

Improving your memory: an overview

So many ways to forget! We forget names and faces; appointments and anniversaries; where we left the car keys; what we read; what we said; what we were doing before we were interrupted.

Karyotype Test

Karyotype is a test to identify and evaluate the size, shape, and number of chromosomes in a sample of body cells. Extra or missing chromosomes, or abnormal positions of chromosome pieces, can cause p...

Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation

A tubal ligation is considered a permanent method of birth control. The fallopian tubes are cut or blocked, which prevents pregnancy by blocking the egg's path to the sperm and uterus. Laparoscopy mak...

Learning to relax

We gauge how much stress we’re under by the amount of physical and emotional tension we feel.

Misdiagnosis of Lyme Disease

Misdiagnosis of Lyme disease is common. The bacteria that cause the illness are hard to detect with current lab tests. People often test positive for Lyme disease when in fact they have a different ba...

Nine tips for long distance caregiving
Nine tips for long distance caregiving

Long distance caregiving can seem a little overwhelming at first, especially when you consider the many forms it can take, including emotional support, helping with finances, hiring in-home help, rese...

Nonverbal communication

"Spoken language is merely a series of squeaks." Alfred North Whitehead, early 20th century British philosopher