Ornithophobia: Phobia of Birds, Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & More Ornithophobia: Phobia of Birds, Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & More
A phobia is an intense, exaggerated fear of a particular situation or thing.There are many types of specific phobias and each has a unique name that’s derived from Greek. Having a fear of birds is called ornithophobia. Phobias are one of the most common anxiety disorders.The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that over 12 percent of adults in the United States experience a spec
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My Hepatitis C Diagnosis Journey My Hepatitis C Diagnosis Journey
Dear Friend,You’ve been diagnosed with hepatitis C, now what? Don’t panic. I can offer you some reassurance. I was in the same position as you are 10 years ago, and I have insider information that may calm your fears and help you become hepatitis C free. I got my diagnosis in the emergency room. I’m a teacher, and I was busy getting ready for school to start. My stomach became so swollen tha
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Types of Insulin Chart: Duration, Comparison, and More Types of Insulin Chart: Duration, Comparison, and More
If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor might prescribe insulin therapy to help manage your blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone that’s produced in the pancreas. It regulates blood sugar levels and allows your body to convert sugar into energy. People with type 2 diabetes are still able to make insulin, but the body doesn’t use it effectively. That’s why some people with type 2 diabetes
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Ghosting: What Is It and How to Move Past Being Ghosted? Ghosting: What Is It and How to Move Past Being Ghosted?
Ghosting, or suddenly disappearing from someone’s life without so much as a call, email, or text, has become a common phenomenon in the modern dating world, and also in other social and professional settings. According to results from two 2018 studies, around 25 percent of people have been ghosted at some point.The rise of electronic communications and popular dating apps like Grindr, Tinder, an
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Uneven Abs: Genetic and Musculature Causes, Plus Treatments Uneven Abs: Genetic and Musculature Causes, Plus Treatments
Your rectus abdominis is the major muscle in your abdomen. This long and flat band of fibers, which extends from your pubic bone to just under your ribs, sits over your organs and helps to keep them in place.The muscle is divided in half, and each half is divided into three segments of connective tissue, also known as the six-pack.If you’ve worked hard to get a six-pack, it can be a little dishe
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Having a Baby at 40: Benefits, Risks, and What to Expect Having a Baby at 40: Benefits, Risks, and What to Expect
Is it common?Having a baby after the age of 40 has become an increasingly common occurrence. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that the rate has increased since the 1970s, with the number of first-time births among women ages 40 to 44 more than doubling between 1990 and 2012.While women are often told it’s best to have children before the age of 35, data sugg
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3 Words That Describe My Psoriatic Arthritis 3 Words That Describe My Psoriatic Arthritis
Even though I have a secret love affair with words, I find it difficult to write about my psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in three terms. How do you capture so much of what living with PsA means into only three little tiny words?Despite this, I was able to narrow it down to loss, emotional, and gifts. Here are the reasons why I chose each of these.1. LossIt has taken me a while to come to grips with exa
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Is Psoriatic Arthritis Curable? 10 Related Questions To Ask Your Doctor Is Psoriatic Arthritis Curable? 10 Related Questions To Ask Your Doctor
OverviewA diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) can be life-changing. You likely have many questions about what it means to live with PsA and how to best treat it.Here are 11 questions you may be asking yourself, along with their answers. Hopefully, these can help you better understand treatment, lifestyle modifications, and more related to PsA. 1. Is PsA curable?PsA is a chronic condition that
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How to Choose Birth Control: Effectiveness, Costs, and More How to Choose Birth Control: Effectiveness, Costs, and More
Choosing birth controlWith so many types of birth control available, how do you choose the best one for you? The potential benefits and risks of birth control vary from one type to another. Before you try a new method, it’s important to consider how it might affect you.Here are six factors to take into account when weighing your options. How well does it work?The most effective way to prevent p
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What’s the Best Method of Birth Control for You? What’s the Best Method of Birth Control for You?
If you want to prevent pregnancy, there are many birth control options to choose from. A growing number of women are using long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as the copper IUD, hormonal IUD, or birth control implant. Other highly effective options include the birth control pill, shot, vaginal ring, or skin patch. Barrier methods of birth control, such as condoms and diaphragm with spermic
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Birth Control at Every Age: 20s, 30s, 40s and More Birth Control at Every Age: 20s, 30s, 40s and More
Birth control and your ageAs you get older, your birth control needs and preferences might change. Your lifestyle and medical history can also change over time, which may affect your choices. Read on to learn about some of the best birth control options based on your stage of life. Condoms at any ageCondoms are the only type of birth control that also protect against many types of sexually transm
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Birth Control Facts They Didn't Teach You in Sex Ed Birth Control Facts They Didn't Teach You in Sex Ed
Sex education varies from one school to another. Maybe you learned everything you wanted to know. Or you might have been left with some pressing questions.Here are 6 facts about birth control that you might not have learned in school.Abstinence isn’t the only optionAvoiding sexual intercourse is the most effective way to avoid pregnancy, but it’s far from the only option. Condoms and birth con
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What I Learned About Birth Control the Hard Way: My Story What I Learned About Birth Control the Hard Way: My Story
I knew very little about birth control as a teen. Between my conservative household and my Texas public school’s abstinence-only sex education policy, good information was hard to come by. What I did know was that if I was going to have sex, birth control would help me avoid pregnancy. I didn’t start having sex until well into my 20s. By then, I’d done enough Googling and talked to enough fr
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Hydration Chart: Learn to Read the Shades of Your Pee Hydration Chart: Learn to Read the Shades of Your Pee
Pee is a pretty handy measurement tool for healthSince hydration supports loads of bodily functions — affecting everything from mental cognition to sex performance — it’s worth paying attention to the color of your pee.The good news is you don’t have to get your hands dirty peeing in a cup. You can assess the color simply by peeking into the toilet bowl after you pee. (Don’t worry if th
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Waking Up Tired: Exercise, Sleep Environment, Aging, Other Causes Waking Up Tired: Exercise, Sleep Environment, Aging, Other Causes
It’s not unusual to wake up feeling a bit groggy. For many people, it’s nothing a cup of coffee or shower can’t fix. But if you regularly wake up tired, especially if you continue to feel fatigued throughout the day, there may be something else going on. Here’s a look at some common causes of waking up tired. Sleep inertia Chances are, your morning grogginess is just sleep inertia, which i
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How to Make a Warm Compress at Home and When to Use It How to Make a Warm Compress at Home and When to Use It
A warm compress is an easy way to increase blood flow to sore areas of your body. This increased blood flow can reduce pain and speed up the healing process.You can use a warm compress for a range of conditions, including:sore musclessinus congestioneye issues, such as styesear infectionsmenstrual crampsboils and cystsThere are two main types of warm compress:Moist warm compress. This type uses a
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Is Obesity a Disease: Debate, Why & Who Is Defining It Is Obesity a Disease: Debate, Why & Who Is Defining It
Obesity is a complicated public health issue that medical experts are now acknowledging has multiple factors. These include physical, psychological, and genetic causes. We’ll define obesity as medical experts currently do. We’ll also review statements and debate from the medical community about whether people should view obesity as a disease.Major medical organizations consider obesity a disea
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