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False alarm: Braxton Hicks contractions vs. true labor

False alarm: Braxton Hicks contractions vs. true labor

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Braxton Hicks contractions are the body’s way of getting ready for labor. Dr. Patel explains how to tell if it’s Braxton Hicks or the real thing.

Delayed cord clamping: Why and when it might be useful

Delayed cord clamping: Why and when it might be useful

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How soon should the umbilical cord be cut? Dr. Horsager takes a look at the potential risks and benefits of delayed cord clamping.

To sleep, perchance to lower your heart disease risk

To sleep, perchance to lower your heart disease risk

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Can a good night’s sleep lower heart disease risk? Dr. Hill explains why sleep deprivation hurts the heart.

7 drinks that may affect your cancer risk

7 drinks that may affect your cancer risk

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You are what you eat, but you’re also what you drink! Dr. Froehlich pops the top on 7 beverages that may affect your cancer risk.

Pregnancy: It takes a village

Pregnancy: It takes a village

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Gone are the days when health care was based on “doctor knows best.” How team-based care models put pregnant women at the center of decision-making.

Beat the heat with heart-healthy cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon

Beat the heat with heart-healthy cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon

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Melon is a tasty, refreshing treat for summer. But it’s also great for weight management and heart health. Dietitian Susan Rodder explains.

Antibiotics: When you need them and when you don’t

Antibiotics: When you need them and when you don’t

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Research suggests one-third of antibiotics prescriptions may be unnecessary. Why that’s dangerous, and what doctors and patients can do to prevent it.

Drinking while pregnant: What we know and what we don’t

Drinking while pregnant: What we know and what we don’t

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Will an occasional drink during pregnancy harm a baby? Dr. Horsager discusses what studies show, what national organizations say, and how she advises women.

Helping Dad beat leukemia: Jon and Chuck’s story

Helping Dad beat leukemia: Jon and Chuck’s story

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Chuck Dandridge was diagnosed with leukemia. But thanks to a precious gift from his son, he’s now cancer-free!

Soon-to-be dads: How to help – and what not to say – during pregnancy

Soon-to-be dads: How to help – and what not to say – during pregnancy

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Guys: Expecting a baby? Dr. Stewart offers advice for supporting moms-to-be – and tips for what not to say to a pregnant woman!