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National Women’s Health Week: Make Regular Screenings Part of Your Preventive Health Strategy at Every Age

Benjamin Franklin once said that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. The question is: How can we apply the wisdom of one of our greatest founding fathers to a prevention-based approach to women’s health today?

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Podcast: Pregnancy and Exercise

Today's special episode of Kids Health Cast comes from our Back to Health series. This conversation features Dr. Zhanna Fridel and we discuss what expecting parents should know around exercise and fitness during pregnancy.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): What You Need to Know

STI trends during the COVID-19 pandemic are complex and difficult to interpret, according to a new report issued by the CDC this April, but one thing is clear: STI case numbers are still unacceptably high. In 2020 alone, 2.4 million new cases were reported, calling for a stronger public health response to address STIs across the country.

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Podcast: Exercise During Pregnancy

In this episode of Back to Health, Zhanna Fridel, M.D., FACOG answers frequently asked questions about exercise and pregnancy.

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Addressing Trypanophobia: Managing Needle Fears and Phobias

No one loves shots. They pinch. They sting. They leave arms sore. Some people—children as well as adults—fear shots so intensely that just anticipating them causes overwhelming anxiety.

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Infographic: Making Healthy Changes in the New Year

Don’t give up on New Year’s resolutions just yet. They can help you achieve your goals. You just have to approach them the right way.

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What To Do If You Test Positive For COVID-19

You’re vaccinated against COVID-19. You’re boosted. You wear a mask and maintain social distance. You also feel fine. Nevertheless, you just tested positive. What do you do?

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Donating Blood Amid A National Shortage

The need for donor blood is greater than ever. In fact, winter is one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply.

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To Test or Not to Test: Answering Your Questions About Testing for COVID-19

Because of Omicron, COVID-19 is surging again and so are demands for – and confusion about -- testing.

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Folic Acid is Essential to a Healthy Pregnancy

“You’re eating for two now." If you’re pregnant, then you may have heard this common trope. But have you heard that what you eat is as important as how much you eat?