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MRI

“MRI” is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This test is different from an x-ray because it makes a picture of your body’s organs, tissues, and bones without exposing you to radiation. An … read more

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smiling young woman applying suncreenSun Safety

Most of us enjoy the warm rays of the sun. The sun feels nice on our skin and helps our bodies make vitamin D, which is important for calcium absorption … read more

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Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies, also known as “hay fever,” affects almost 50 million people in the U.S. alone. What are seasonal allergies? Seasonal allergies (also called “hay fever”) are certain conditions that … read more

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birth control pillsMedical Uses of the Birth Control Pill

Adolescent girls and young women are often prescribed birth control pills for irregular or absent menstrual periods, menstrual cramps, acne, PMS, endometriosis, Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome … read more

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crampsMenstrual Cramps

Menstrual periods can be light and easy for some teens and young women, but for others, they can be heavy and/or accompanied by painful cramps. Cramps can be a big … read more

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calciumLactose Intolerance

You probably know someone with lactose intolerance. Maybe that person is a family member, a friend, or you. It’s most common among Asian Americans, African Americans, individuals of Jewish descent, … read more

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girl on laptopEvaluating Health Information

The internet is a major source of information about health, but just because the information is published online doesn’t mean that it’s reliable. Sometimes a website that looks trustworthy is based on … read more

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blood-testHigh Cholesterol

There are a few things that can lead to high cholesterol: what you eat, how physically active you are, and your genetics. You can’t do anything to change your genetics, … read more

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depressed girlSelf-Harm

Your teen years can be the most complicated time of your life. Some of your challenges include: more school work, changes in relationships, and changes in your body. Sometimes it … read more

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