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Ocular Migraine: When to Seek Help

What is an ocular migraine? Is it a sign of something serious? Answers from Jerry W. Swanson, M.D. The term “ocular migraine” can be confusing. It generally means a headache that’s accompanied by changes in vision. But the term is often used interchangeably to refer to two different conditions: migraine aura, which usually isn’t serious, […]

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Symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome

In March of 2017, 16-year-old Sara Manitoski died during an overnight school trip. This week, Canadian officials determined that toxic shock syndrome (TSS) related to tampon use caused her mysterious death, according to multiple reports. TSS affects fewer than one in 100,000 people in the U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control […]

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This Man Is Fighting To Bring Free Tampons

When Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) realized his office didn’t have tampons for female employees and visitors, he ordered a bunch ― the same way he orders other basic supplies like paper towels, Band-Aids and hand sanitizer. Maloney submitted receipts for his expenditures to the finance office of the Committee on House Administration for reimbursement. […]

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Salmonella Is Popping Up in Every Food

Eggs. Melon. Sprouts. Honey Smacks cereal. Is nothing safe from salmonella this year? Salmonella, which is a foodborne bacteria that typically causes diarrhea and vomiting, keeps making headlines due to several recent outbreaks in quite the variety of foods over the past several months. An outbreak of salmonella is defined by the Centers for Disease […]

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Test For BRCA May Do More Harm Than Good

The Food and Drug Administration announced this month it would allow genetic testing company 23andMe to resume direct-to-consumer testing for BRCA mutations. One might assume I support the FDA’s decision, since I’m a BRCA2 mutation carrier and an awareness advocate. After all, identifying a BRCA mutation can help a person reduce their risk of ― […]

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Kyle Richards Had a Panic Attack

On Tuesday night’s episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, several of the women traveled to Berlin for a girls’ trip. Naturally, there was Drama. But Kyle Richards recently revealed that not everything that happened made it into the trailer for next week’s Berlin-centric episode—including a scary medical situation that she experienced. Richards told […]