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Statins Increase Diabetes Risk by 38%

Evidence continues to grow that shows the devastating effects of statins on health and longevity. Before taking them, ...

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Vasectomy Myths and Facts

Where do your sperm go after a vasectomy? Is the procedure easy to reverse? Do you still need a condom? Take this WebMD quiz to see how much you know about the procedure.

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Tips on How to Use Your Inhaler to Get More Medicine Into Your Lungs for Better Asthma Control | Asthma and Allergy Foun

Taking your asthma medicine regularly is an important part of controlling your asthma. But do you know how you take your medicine is just as important? Why Is Correct Asthma Inhaler Use Important? Incorrect inhaler use can stop your asthma medicines from

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'Smart Inhalers' May Help Diagnose and Treat Asthma – If Used

Digital monitoring devices can help diagnose and treat hard-to-control asthma, potentially reducing the need for oral steroids or biologic therapies -- if patients use them.

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10 Percent of Patients Under Anesthesia ‘Conscious’: Study

An international study has found that about one in 10 patients, or 10 percent, of those who undergo ...

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Korean Red Ginseng: King of Adaptogens

Korean red ginseng is likely the most potent ginseng available, and a great way to prevent illness and energize the body.

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Fluoride Exposure Linked to Less Sleep, Lower IQ

The pineal gland is sometimes viewed as an atrophied photoreceptor but in many traditions its sight isn't limited by its place in the center of the brain.

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Forest Bathing Relieves Stress, Fights Cancer, Strengthens Immunity

“Forest bathing” has become a popular leisure activity, and is also a field of study for medical doctors. ...

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Health Benefits and Uses of Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly hit the market almost 150 years ago. It’s still a favorite of dermatologists. It can help you in ways you may not know about.

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Unsafe Levels of Uranium Present in American Public Drinking Water: University Study

High concentrations of uranium were discovered in U.S. community water systems (CWS) according to a study conducted by researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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    Microplastics Found in Lung Tissue of Living Humans for First Time: Study

    Researchers have discovered microplastics deep in the lungs of living humans for the first time. Scientists at Hull York ...

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      Stuffy Nose: Five Ways to Feel Better, Fast

      Have a cold or flu? WebMD’s simple, cheap, and easy tricks will help you feel less stuffy, fast.

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      Stuffy Nose: Five Ways to Feel Better, Fast

      Have a cold or flu? WebMD’s simple, cheap, and easy tricks will help you feel less stuffy, fast.

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      Clinical study validates that Apollo improves cognitive performance an – Apollo Neuro

      Study participants saw improved performance, focus, calm, and heart rate variability (HRV) using Apollo Neuro.

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      Okra: Health Benefits, Nutrients per Serving, Preparation Information, and More

      Find out what nutrients are in okra and learn how it can help everything from heart health to blood sugar management.

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      Honey Plus Coffee Beats Steroid For Treating Cough

      One of modern medicine's most celebrated 'miracle drugs' are steroids, but a double-blind, randomized clinical trial found that ...

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      Pervasive Microplastics Are Damaging Your Cells

      Since being developed, plastic has become a part of nearly every facet of daily life. Our food packaging ...

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      Heart disease can be prevented if you go to sleep at this exact time | Fox News

      Going to sleep at a certain time is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease, according to researchers. 

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      Fruits That Have the Most Protein

      Yes, fruit has protein. Certain fruits can be a sweet way to add protein to your diet.

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      Broken Heart Syndrome: On the Rise, Especially in Women 50-74

      New research suggests that broken heart syndrome, while still not common, is not as rare as once thought. And it's on the rise, especially among middle-age and older women.

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      Once practically empty, ERs struggle with a surge of pent-up sickness : Shots - Health News : NPR

      Patients who couldn't see a doctor earlier in the pandemic or were too afraid to go to a hospital have finally become too sick to stay away. Many ERs now struggle to cope with an onslaught of need.

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      Health Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

      You probably keep a brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide on hand for cuts and scrapes. Learn about its other uses for you and your home.

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      What Happens When You Stop Eating Meat

      Learn what can happen to your body, wallet, and the environment when you switch to a meatless diet.

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      Pictures of Swollen Feet and Ankles

      Swollen feet can be concerning and even painful. Find out more from this WebMD slideshow about things that can make your feet swell and what you can do about it.

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      Chicken: Nuggets of Truth

      Americans eat more chicken than any other meat, but is it as healthy as we think? Separate the myths from the facts about your favorite fowl.

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      Myths and Facts About Shingles

      There are some common misconceptions about this viral illness and the uncomfortable rash it can cause. Here’s a guide through the myths and facts of shingles.

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      Wheezing: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Remedies

      Wheezing, a whistling sound when you breathe, can result from a number of different health problems. It’s most commonly linked to asthma and bronchitis. Learn more about the common causes of wheezing and how to treat it.

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      Nebulizers: Definition, Types, Uses, and Cleaning

      A nebulizer changes medication from a liquid to a mist so you can inhale it into your lungs. Learn more about the types of nebulizers, why they’re used, how to use one, how to clean it, and the difference between a nebulizer and an inhaler.

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      10 Ways You’re Drinking Water Wrong

      Your body is mostly made of water and needs it to work the right way. Avoid these myths and pitfalls.

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      Ways to Get Past a Traumatic Experience

      A traumatic experience can leave you with plenty of things to deal with. Here’s how you can navigate it all.

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      What’s Living on Your Dirty Sheets

      Your dirty sheets are literally crawling with critters and germs. Here’s how and how often to wash your linens to keep your bedroom healthy.

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      Asthma Facts : Symptoms, Causes, Treatments, & More

      This WebMD slideshow takes a look at asthma symptoms and treatment options, as well as the most common causes of asthma and what can trigger an asthma attack.

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      Teen Girls Suffer Unnecessary Pelvic Exams

      Doctors acting on outdated medical protocols are giving young women unnecessary pelvic exams, a problem that has persisted despite less invasive options.

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      Bug Bites Pictures: Identifying Bugs and Bug Bites

      Learn to identify ticks, poisonous spiders, fleas, chiggers, and other bugs in this WebMD slideshow. See what their bites and stings look like -- and how to find relief.

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      15 Surprising Things That Raise Your Blood Pressure

      Salt, worry, and anger aren't the only things that can raise your blood pressure. Risk factors like loneliness and birth control may also affect blood pressure. Browse the WebMD slideshow to see what else can bump your numbers up.

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      Melatonin Supplements: Effects, Usage, Safety

      Find out how much you know about this supplement and how to use it safely.

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      What You Can Do to Prevent Cancer and Why It Works

      Find out why there are lots of things in your control, like diet, exercise, and vaccinations, that can cut your chances of getting cancer.

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      How to Cool Down When You’re Always Hot

      Can’t chill out -- literally? Try these tips to cool off so you’re more comfortable.

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      Surprising Causes of Lung Damage

      Carpets, fireworks, and hot tubs are some of the unexpected things that can hurt your lungs. Find out what you can do to prevent problems from these and other culprits.

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      Raw Food: How It Can Be Dangerous

      Some raw or undercooked foods have bacteria and parasites lurking. Here are some that can make you sick.

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      Screens at Bedtime Rob Young Teens of Sleep

      Using devices creates this vicious cycle where engaging in bedtime media use can result in poor quality sleep, which over time fuels more bedtime media use.

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      Shingles Pictures: What the Shingles Rash Looks Like

      Caused by the same virus behind chickenpox, shingles is a painful nerve root infection resulting in a skin rash. What does the shingles rash looks like? Who’s at risk? And who needs the shingles vaccine? Get your questions answered in this WebMD slidesh

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      The Absolute Worst Foods for Digestion

      WebMD explains which foods can trigger diarrhea and other digestive problems.

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      How Are Blood Pressure and Asthma Related?

      If you have asthma, you may also have issues with your blood pressure. Find out how these two conditions -- and the medications for them -- can affect each other.

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      What infections aren’t contagious?

      Many infections are contagious. But some you won’t get from another person. You might pick them up from touching surfaces or by eating things that have bacteria or viruses in them.

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      Are There Health Hazards in Your Medicine Cabinet?

      They may seem like the cure for all that ails you, but those bottles in your medicine cabinet also can be the cause of what ails you. Find out more from WebMD about the health risks that might lurk in your medicine cabinet.

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      Cold Sores: Pictures of What They Look Like

      Besides being itchy and painful, cold sores make you feel self-conscious. This WebMD slideshow illustrates how to prevent and treat cold sores caused by the herpes virus.

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      Your Immune System: Things That Can Weaken It

      A strong immune system is your best protection against infections and illnesses. Find out what can weaken that defense.

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      Common Showering and Bathing Mistakes: What Not to Do

      How clean is your showerhead? Is the water the right temperature? Find out about little fixes that can make a big difference to your next shower or bath.

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      Should we consider the microbiome to be another organ?

      In this article, we hear from two researchers whose work focuses on obesity and metabolism. They discuss the microbiome, probiotics, marketing hype, and the future.

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      11 Strange Heart Disease Causes and Risk Factors

      You probably know the usual heart disease causes: too many pounds, lack of exercise, eating too much fat and salt. But much stranger things can also increase the risk of heart disease.

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      How to Breathe Better at Home

      Allergens, dust, and chemicals in your home can make you more sneezy and wheezy. Find out from this WebMD slideshow what you can do to breathe easier.

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      Pictures of Medications Seniors Should Use With Caution

      Just as your health needs change as you age, so do your reactions to certain medications. Find out what drugs to watch out for in your senior years.

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      Mistakes That Can Raise Your Cholesterol

      High cholesterol can be trouble. Find out from WebMD's slideshow if you’re doing things that can make it harder to keep your numbers in check.

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      Why Do I Have Blood in My Stool?

      Do you have blood in your stool? Find out about possible causes and what steps you should take.

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      Exercises to Help Knee Pain in Pictures

      Getting over a knee injury? WebMD shows you moves that can help make you stronger, so you're less likely to get re-injured.

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      The Truth About Low Testosterone and Aging in Men

      Take this WebMD quiz and see how much you know about aging and low testosterone in men. What do you know about low T and how it can affect you as you get older?

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      Rethinking the War on Salt

      In ancient Rome, the average person consumed about three times the salt we do today.

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      Microscopic Fungi Living Inside Us May Affect Weight Gain: Study

      Mice with certain fungi living in their gut gained more weight on processed food than mice whose gut microbiomes hosted different communities of fungi, a study found.

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      Tests to Assess Your Risk for Heart Disease

      You’ve recently been diagnosed with a heart condition or have a family history of heart disease. Perhaps you’re ...

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      What Your Fingernails Say About Your Health: Ridges, Spots, Lines, Bumps, and More

      Subtle changes in the color or texture of your nails may be a sign of disease elsewhere in the body. WebMD shows you what secrets might be hiding at your fingertips.

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      Pictures: Benefits of Strength Training

      Strength training isn’t just for bodybuilders anymore. It can do any body good.

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      Addressing the obesity epidemic: 4 things physicians can do | American Medical Association

      People with obesity often skip seeking medical attention because they fear being stigmatized. Learn how physicians can help change the obesity narrative.

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      Asthma Types: Exercise-Induced, Cough-Variant, Occupationa, Nighttime, and Morel

      Learn more from WebMD about different types of asthma and the symptoms they trigger.

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      14 Ways to Relieve Back Pain

      Don't suffer with lower back pain. WebMD shows you ways to get back pain relief, including back pain medication, lifestyle changes, and back pain surgery.

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      What Can I Take for Inflammation?

      Arthritis, intense exercise, and sugary or fatty foods are some of the things that can lead to inflammation. Here’s what you can take or add to your diet to help fight it.

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      Pictures: Surprising Reasons Your Back Hurts

      Do you know what's causing your sore back? Learn about some less obvious reasons for back pain -- from insomnia to your fashion choices -- and what you can do to feel better.

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      'What's the Best Time of Day to Take Vitamins?'

      Knowing what time of day to take your vitamin and mineral supplements can help you maximize their effectiveness and avoid dangerous interactions.

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      What You Should Know About HRT

      Hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) can help some women with the hot flashes and sleep issues that menopause can bring. But it’s not right for everyone. Find out why from WedMD's slideshow.

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      Pictures of Reasons You Have Chills Other Than Fever

      Chills and fever often come as a combo, but sometimes chills happen with a normal temperature. Find out what could be behind these types of shivers.

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      Skin Care: What You Should Never Put on Your Face

      People put lots of unusual stuff on their faces in pursuit of beautiful skin. Here are some popular items that simply don’t work or may even do harm.

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      Cold and Flu Conditions in Your Area

      Are colds and flus in your neighborhood? Prepare yourself, know the symptoms, and feel better.

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      Bones Things That Weaken Your Bones

      Your bones need to be strong and healthy. But some things aren’t so good for them. WebMD shows you if your bone health is at risk.

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      What Your Fingernails Say About Your Health: Ridges, Spots, Lines, Bumps, and More

      Subtle changes in the color or texture of your nails may be a sign of disease elsewhere in the body. WebMD shows you what secrets might be hiding at your fingertips.

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      Ways to Warm Up if You’re Always Cold

      Always shivering when others aren’t? Here are some tips for warming up if you’re a “cold-natured” person.

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      After a Blood Clot: What to Do

      If you’ve had a blood clot, like a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE), you might need to make a few changes afterward to prevent another one. Here are some tips from WebMD you can use do to stay healthy.

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      Why Are My Eyelids Drooping?

      Ptosis is when one or both of your eyelids sag. It can happen for lots of reasons. Here’s what you need to know.

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      Do You Have Insomnia?

      There used to be an old wives' tale that suggested older people needed a lot less sleep than ...

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      Do You Have Insomnia?

      There used to be an old wives' tale that suggested older people needed a lot less sleep than ...

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      Allergy Relief: Which is Best: Antihistamines or Decongestants?

      WebMD's guide to using decongestants and antihistamines for allergy relief.

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      Study: Aspirin May Not Save Lives

      Top news headlines, videos and comments from Newsmax.com covering politics, the White House, Congress, Hollywood. U.S. news you can trust on health, personal finance, faith, freedom issues and more.

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      A Healthy Microbiome Builds a Strong Immune System

      You may not know it, but you have an army of microbes living inside of you that you depend on to fight off threats, including the virus that causes COVID-19.

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      Psychologist Explains the Unhealthy Incentives Behind ‘Cancel Culture’

      The destruction wrought by mob-driven cancel culture comes with even greater costs than individual lives turned upside down and dreams destroyed.

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      Green Tea, Coffee May Help You Avoid a 2nd Heart Attack

      Research adds to evidence that plant compounds called flavonoids are good for cardiovascular health.

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      Nightmares: Common Causes

      Everyone has nightmares from time to time. But could your habits make you more likely to have them?

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      Pictures of Poisonous Products in Your Home and How to Stay Safe

      Do you know which products in your house are poisonous? Here are a few common hazards you likely have in your home.

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      15 Conditions That Are Hard to Diagnose

      You might go to the doctor expecting a quick answer about what ails you, but it’s not always that easy. Find out more about conditions that are hard to diagnose from WebMD.

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      How Your Sleep Position Affects Your Health

      Your sleep position can make you more likely to snore, have back pain, or get a good night’s rest. Find out what effects your sleep position may have on your health.

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      A Visual Guide to Prostate Cancer

      WebMD's slideshow covers prostate cancer: who's at risk, symptoms, tests, staging, treatments, survival, and foods that may help lower your risk for prostate cancer.

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      Cancer Statistics, 2021 - Siegel - 2021 - CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians - Wiley Online Library

      CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians publishes information about the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer, as well as nutrition, palliative care, survivorship, and additional topics of interest related to cancer care.

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      Cheap and Healthy Sources of Protein

      You don't have to spend a bundle to stock up on protein-rich foods. Learn more about inexpensive and healthy ways to get your protein.

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      Why Do I Bruise Easily? Reasons It May Happen

      Everyone gets a bruise occasionally. But if it happens often, there are many reasons why that could happen.

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      Ways to Warm Up if You’re Always Cold

      Always shivering when others aren’t? Here are some tips for warming up if you’re a “cold-natured” person.

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      What Does Vitamin D Do?

      Learn more about what vitamin D does and how much you need.

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      Low Testosterone and Your Health

      Low testosterone is associated with other medical conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, depression, and erectile dysfunction. Find out more from WebMD about the link and the questions that remain.

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      Cancer Symptoms: Skin Spots, Weight Loss, Fatigue, and More

      From lumps and redness to weight loss and fatigue, WebMD shows you possible cancer symptoms, what these signs might mean, and when it could be time to call your doctor.