- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health: Sickle cell anemia
What is sickle cell anemia?
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, which makes it a good time learn more about the facts and signs of sickle cell anemia. For most people, there's no cure, but treatments can relieve pain and help prevent problems associated with the disease. What do you know about sickle cell anemia?
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College depression: What parents need to know
Helping your child make the emotional transition to college can be a major undertaking. College students face challenges, pressures and anxieties that can cause them to feel overwhelmed. They might be living on their own for the first time and feeling homesick. Know how to identify whether your child is having trouble dealing with this new stage of life and what you can do to help.
Video: Step-up exercise
A step-up is a simple body resistance exercise that works muscles in the legs and buttocks. This is a good general lower body conditioning exercise, and the only equipment you need is a small step stool or set of steps. Watch this short video for instructions on this simple, effective exercise you can do at home.
Managing fecal incontinence
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Atkins diet: What's behind the claims?
The Atkins diet is a popular low-carbohydrate eating plan developed in the 1960s by cardiologist Dr. Robert Atkins. It restricts carbohydrates, while emphasizing protein and fats, and includes several phases for weight loss and maintenance. Learn more about the possible results and risks of the Atkins diet, and find out whether it might be right for you.