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How to Choose a Birth Control Pill

“The Pill” is not a monolith: there are hundreds of birth control pills out there, and they’re not all the same. But most people are never given a choice. They walk into the clinic, ask for the pill, and get a prescription that may or may not be the best one for their particular situation. […]

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What Anxiety Does to Your Brain and What You Can Do About It

Anxiety is a perfectly normal and natural part of being a human. There are always going to be times when we’re more nervous or worried than others. But for some, anxiety is a much stronger, more fearsome force—one that never goes away. But what is anxiety exactly, and what’s going on in your mind (and […]

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Why Vaccine Exemption Policies Are Getting Tightened in California

Jessica Biel and Robert F. Kennedy Jr were reportedly lobbying against tightened medical exemptions for vaccines in California yesterday. States vary in their vaccine requirements for schoolchildren: In some, a child can skip vaccines if their parents have a “personal belief” objection to them. In others, like…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Quit Your Antidepressants

Antidepressants are weird drugs: they often take weeks to begin working, they don’t work for everybody, and in some cases they can have serious side effects. If you and your doctor decide your meds aren’t working for you, you’ve got another hurdle: antidepressants are hard to quit. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Why Your Mammogram Results May Soon Tell You if You Have Dense Breasts

Dense breast tissue can make it harder for a mammogram to detect tumors. Some states already have laws on the books that say patients must be told if they have dense breast tissue. Now, the FDA has proposed a rule that would mandate dense breast notification nationwide.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Quitting Zyrtec May Lead to Intense Itching as a Withdrawal Symptom

Long-term users of the allergy medicine Zyrtec (cetirizine) sometimes report a rare but excruciating withdrawal syndrome with itching all over their body. Jessica Misener recently wrote about her experience quitting the drug at Medium, and reports that the FDA is looking into it. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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I’m Reproductive Geneticist Dr. Mandy Katz-Jaffe, and This Is How I Work

The Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine is a fertility clinic that helps patients and researches new genetic approaches to fighting infertility and hereditary disease. Dr. Mandy Katz-Jaffe works in research and patient care, developing the genetic technologies that she and her team use in their practice. We…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Will Elderberry Syrup Help Your Cold?

When you’re laid up with sniffles and a sore throat, few things offer real relief. (Rest, fluids, and behind-the-counter Sudafed are most of those things.) But there are plenty of “natural” items on drugstore shelves that claim to help. Today we’re looking at one with a teensy bit of scientific evidence behind it:…Read more… Continue […]

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