Understanding Your Heart
An image of a 3D printed heart, used in a structural heart disease procedure

What Is Structural Heart Disease?

The human heart is a marvel – a magnificent structure that functions to pump blood through our bodies, supplying oxygen and other nutrition to our tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other waste. Any time an abnormality or defect weakens the heart’s structure – its walls, valves and muscles – …

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Healthy Desserts
Triple Berry Trifle

VIDEO: Triple Berry Trifle Recipe

Summer is here! And that means it’s berry season. One of our favorite ways to enjoy all those delicious, nutrient-rich strawberries, blueberries and raspberries is in this beautiful, light dessert. It’s easy to make and perfect for a patriotic picnic or barbecue. At less than 190 calories and 1.5 grams …

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Pregnancy & Birth
woman in childbirth, experiencing labor pain

Managing Labor Pain: 5 Q’s for a Labor & Delivery Nurse

Labor pain is hard to describe to someone who hasn’t been through it. But you should know, they sure don’t call it labor because it is easy. “For most women, going through labor is probably the worst pain you’ll experience in your life,” says Rebecca Peterson, RN, a labor and …

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Sports Psychology

7 Tips for Recovering Mentally After a Sports Injury

Everyone loves a good comeback story — especially in the world of sports. Take, for example, Tiger Woods and his problematic back or Tom Brady and his recovery from a torn ACL and MCL to win multiple super bowls. Tales like theirs are celebrated season after season as models of …

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Managing Stress

How to Incorporate Yoga Into Your Daily Life

Magazine photos, TV depictions and even YouTube fitness videos often portray yoga as a practice tailor-made for the young and supple: men and women with beautiful bodies, easily touching their toes and staying focused during a 90-minute workout. That’s not a complete picture, though, according to Julie Levinson, registered yoga …

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea: 5 Alternatives to CPAP

For an activity humans do every night, sleeping can be a difficult routine to master. But for many people — especially chronic snorers or those with sleep apnea — getting an adequate night’s rest presents an even greater challenge. The most common fix: a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. …

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Healthy Recipes

VIDEO: Maryland-Style Crab Cakes Recipe

Can we talk about crab cakes? When crab cakes are good, they’re very good. But too often, there’s more filler ingredients like bread crumbs and mayo than is needed and not enough discernible crab meat. They end up tasting bland and mushy, or over-fried in fatty oils, and all that …

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Supporting New Parents

Baby Blues vs. Postpartum Depression: How to Tell the Difference

The event of becoming a mother should be nothing but a joyous one, but the excitement of having a new baby can be overshadowed by feelings of sadness and mood swings. Many new moms experience these feelings shortly after giving birth, which are often referred to as the ‘baby blues.’ …

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Understanding Your Body

Eye Floaters: What Are They and Should You Be Concerned?

When you notice little spots floating across your vision, it can be unnerving. “What causes this?” “Will it go away?” “Should I worry?” Eye floaters, also known as eye spots, are small, semi-transparent or cloudy specks or cobwebs within the eye. They move as the eye moves, making it difficult …

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Staying Active

How Dancing Improves Overall Health

Humans have recognized the power of dance for centuries. We dance to celebrate a union, a birth or rites of passage; sometimes it’s also a form of prayer. But until recently, scientists didn’t realize that the health benefits of dancing include physiological and emotional perks beyond what you might get …

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