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Prevention

Tips for Picking an IUD

How do you know which IUD will work best for you? Here’s a look at the pros and cons of all five options.

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Patients Push for Long-Acting Birth Control to Cut Down on Costs

Search for IUDs—long-acting birth control methods—reached an all time high due to the fear that healthcare options (and coverage) may change at any time.

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Symptoms

Why Isn’t There an HPV Test for Men?

More and more men are being diagnosed with HPV-related cancers of the throat. So why aren’t they routinely screened for the virus?

PrEP
Prevention

Should You Take PrEP to Prevent HIV? Here's What You Should Know

The drug is more than 90% effective at preventing the spread of HIV through sex. So why aren’t more docs prescribing it?

Ultrasound in pregnancy.
Prevention

An Extra Routine Ultrasound Scan Could Prevent This Common Birth Complication

Most moms-to-be only get two ultrasounds during pregnancy — but new research could change that, benefiting moms and babies alike.

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Living With

10 Myths About Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is quite common, but a great deal of stigma still exists surrounding the virus. Know the facts from the falsehoods.

Mind your step to prevent falls.
Falls

Attention Gen-Xers: You Could Be at Risk for Falling, Too

You may think this is only an issue for your elderly parents, but new research shows even those in their 50s need to watch their step.

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Prevention

Here’s Why You Should Get Your Main Nutrients From Food, Not Supplements

Put down the vitamin bottle for a second and listen up: A new study found that it’s the nutrients from food you eat that benefit you most.

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Risk Factors

These Eating Habits Could Endanger Your Heart

When (and if) you eat certain meals throughout the day could have serious implications for your cardiovascular health, according to new research.

Fresh head of lettuce.
Prevention

Eat Your Way to Stronger Heart

Heart failure is a serious condition that affects millions of adults in the U.S., but this new study gives us one clear-cut way to lower our risk.