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What to Expect When You're Sent Home After Surgery

WebMD explains what to expect on the day you get sent home from the hospital after surgery.

What to Ask Your Surgeon Before an Operation

WebMD has advice on how to get tips from your surgeon about how to prepare for your operation.

7 Tips to Help Decide if Surgery Is Right for You

WebMD explains what you need to consider if you're trying to figure out if surgery is the right treatment for you.

How to Plan for Recovery at Home After Surgery

WebMD explains how to prepare your house so that you can have a smooth recovery from surgery when you return from the hospital.

Breast Cancer Survivors Vulnerable for Thyroid Tumors, and Vice Versa: Study

Doctors, patients should know of increased risk, expert says

Experts: Screen More Kids for Middle Ear Fluid
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Children with developmental issues, syndromes, or conditions that put them at high risk for fluid in the middle ear should be checked for it, according to new expert guidelines. WebMD has the details.

How to Survive Spring Allergy Season
Spring Allergies

WebMD explains how to manage your hay fever with drugs, nasal sprays, allergy shots, and more.

Allergies, Asthma Tied to Lower Brain Cancer Risk

Researchers found 30 percent lower odds for those with respiratory allergies and eczema

Food Allergy Myths and Facts

WebMD separates fact and fiction about food allergies, including the difference between an allergy and a sensitivity, whether children outgrow allergies, and more.

NFL Linemen Keep Growing, Putting Health at Risk

Some players are topping out at 400 pounds -- and more

Waning Whooping Cough Immunity Blamed in Outbreaks

Teens have very little protection just a few years after vaccination, study finds

A Voter’s Guide To The Health Law

Candidates -- on both sides -- are bending the facts about the Affordable Care Act.

Depression May Boost Seniors' Risk for These

Doctors should monitor older adults for low mood, researchers say

Natural Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction

Are there natural ways to treat ED? WebMD gives you the pros and cons of common herbal remedies.

How to Take Care of Your Joints

WebMD explains how exercise and weight loss can help keep your osteoarthritis from getting worse.

Electric Toothbrushes: Are They for You?

Are electric toothbrushes really worth the extra money? WebMD asks the experts. What we found out may surprise you.

Statins May Ease Macular Degeneration for Some

The 'dry' form of the eye disease remains the leading cause of blindness in developed world

'Obese' May Not Always Equal Unhealthy: Study

Authors warn against using body size as sole measure of good health, but other experts cite risks of too much weight

Bit of Chocolate in Pregnancy May Help Mom, Baby

No matter what the level of healthy flavanols, improvements seen in circulatory health

Hidden Causes of Hair Loss

If you're losing hair, the biggest question is why. Here's an in-depth look at factors that may contribute to hair loss, including lifestyle, heredity, and medical causes.

Too Much, Too Little Sleep and Pregnancy Weight

Finding points to why sleep problems may be linked to poor pregnancy outcomes, researcher says

ADHD May Be Tied to Obesity Risk for Girls

Impulsiveness, eating disorders may help explain possible link, researcher says

Should I Get Allergy Shots?
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Also called immunotherapy, these shots can help people with severe allergies, our expert says.

Could IVF Raise Children's Odds for Blood Cancer?

Study of in vitro fertilization shows slightly elevated risk, but experts aren't sounding alarms

Meditation May Ease Breast Biopsy Pain, Anxiety

Researchers also found music helps during the procedure

New Therapy Might Cure Type 1 Diabetes

New Therapy Might Cure Type 1 Diabetes

Steroids May Help More Than Just Premature Babies

Researchers found they reduced risk for respiratory problems in infants born at 34 to 36 weeks

Insurers Accelerate Moves To Limit Health-Law Enrollment

Major changes in broker compensation are designed to discourage enrollment of the sickest, say consumer advocates.

Ask the Expert: What Is Prediabetes?

WebMD has a diabetes expert answer your questions about prediabetes.

How Diabetes Can Aggravate Common Skin Problems

To keep your skin calm, learn how diabetes can affect everyday skin issues.

WebMD My Story: Living With High Cholesterol

A reader sheds light on a genetic condition that affects her and her family.

Zoe Saldana's New Role: Galactic Goddess
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Zoe Saldana plays an alien in her newest film, but she's no stranger to putting the "her" in superhero. Taking it easy, though, is foreign to the actor, who opens up about learning to listen to her body.

Zika and Microcephaly: How Doctors Made the Link
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WebMD shares the story the doctors who linked the Zika virus to microcephaly.

Recognizing Heart Attack and Angina

Angina is often a warning sign of a heart attack. Learn to tell the difference -- and why fast treatment is so important.

Many women get stretch marks during pregnancy. Learn how to reduce them.

Many women get stretch marks during pregnancy. Learn how to reduce them.

Being pregnant creates unique beauty in women. Learn what's really behind that pregnancy glow!

Being pregnant creates unique beauty in women. Learn what's really behind that pregnancy glow!

Being pregnant is beautiful! Jazz up your look with these beauty tips.

Being pregnant is beautiful! Jazz up your look with these beauty tips.

Pregnant and want a new flair for that hair? Read more on what to do and not to do with your hair.

Pregnant and want a new flair for that hair? Read more on what to do and not to do with your hair.

Head Injuries Tied to Buildup of Alzheimer's Plaques, Small Study Finds

But it's too soon to suggest that people should avoid contact sports, researcher says

Diabetes Drug May Not Help Obese Women Do This

But study says metformin did reduce weight gain, lower risk of dangerously high blood pressure in moms-to-be

4 Myths About Miscarriages

WebMD covers common myths about miscarriages and what you really need to know about them.

Expert Answers for Diaper Rash Questions
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Do most of your questions about diaper rash come up after hours, when you're holding a crying baby? Help is on the way. Here, pediatricians offer their best advice to help ease your little one’s discomfort.

Salmonella Prompts Garden of Life Raw Meal Recall

Consumers shouldn't eat certain Organic Shake & Meal Replacement foods

Red Cross Moves to Keep Zika Out of Blood Supply
News comes day after WHO declared pathogen a

Agency asks potential donors who have traveled to areas where virus is active to wait 28 days

Diapering Your Growing Baby
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Your little one’s diapering needs change as they grow -- from newborn to toddler, here’s what you need to know.

Five Tips for Baby Skin Care
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How do baby skin care needs change as newborn becomes baby, and baby becomes toddler? Find out.

Anxiety Meds Won't Raise Seniors' Dementia Risk

Research may ease some concerns about use of benzodiazapines, but side effects do exist

New Drug Shows Promise Against Severe Sinusitis

In early trial, dupilumab helped treat nasal polyps that contribute to the illness

Can Local Honey Help My Allergies?

Some say a spoonful of honey makes the sneezing and sniffling symptoms of allergies go away. WebMD asked the experts.

When Seniors Stop Driving, Worse Health May Result

Depression and mental, physical declines stood out in research review

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5 things to know about CTE
The list of football players with a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephelopathy (CTE) continues to grow. But what exactly is CTE? Here are 5 things you need to know.

UN: 200 million women and girls live with female genital mutilation
They covered her face and laid her down.

CDC issues new safe-sex guidelines around Zika virus
Men exposed to the Zika virus and who have a pregnant partner should use a condom or abstain from sex until the baby is born, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Friday in guidelines aimed at preventing sexual transmission of the virus.

Southern California doctor sentenced in overdose deaths of 3 patients
A Southern California doctor convicted of murder in connection with the overdose deaths of three of her patients was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison Friday by a judge in Los Angeles.

Top athletes 'injected with drugs'
In a scandal that has taken more than two decades to emerge, a Chinese journalist has claimed 10 of the country's Olympic champions and world record holders have said they were part of a state-sponsored doping program.

NTSB calls for lowering blood alcohol limit, but is that the answer?
The NTSB says states should drop legal BAC levels from 0.08 to 0.05 or lower to deter people from driving drunk. But even MADD isn't sure this is the way to go.

Zika challenge similar to AIDS for medical community
With the Zika virus sweeping across the Americas and the number of birth defects in Brazil on the rise, a top Brazilian researcher has compared the Zika pandemic to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

Why can't we just kill all mosquitoes?
The mosquito was never going to win any popularity contests, but as the "deadliest animal in the world" spreads the Zika virus, it's become the target of tough talk and powerful pesticides.

The latest news on Zika virus

Five things you need to know about Zika
A relatively new mosquito-borne virus is prompting worldwide concern because of an alarming connection to a neurological birth disorder and the rapid spread of the virus across the globe.

New Hampshire town's surprising warrior against heroin
Eric Adams' phone rings. On the other end is a 36-year-old man, a daily heroin abuser who is finally accepting he's on a "path of destruction" and now desperately wants help.

Whooping cough protection fades fast after Tdap booster, study finds
A booster vaccine for whooping cough, which many states require for middle school-aged children, does not provide long-lasting protection, a study finds.

Brazil, Jamaica find clever ways to focus attention on Zika threat
If you visit the official Brazilian government website of www.brasil.gov.br, you will probably wonder if it has been hacked. The site, it seems, has been infested by mosquitoes who seem to have just had a very satisfying meal. Their bellies seem red and engorged.

One man's road from heroin to hope
In part 3 of his investigation into the rise of heroin use , CNN's Sanjay Gupta shares one man's struggle on the long road to recovery from addiction.

Vietnam, heroin and the lesson of disrupting any addiction
When the U.S. military launched Operation Golden Flow nearly 45 years ago, no one could have anticipated the impact it would have on the study of addiction, behavior and your brain.

This is your brain on music
Whether you are rocking out to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in your car or reading with Bach in your bedroom, music has a special ability to pump us up or calm us down.

Fact-checking candidates on the Affordable Care Act
Nearly 6 years after its enactment, the Affordable Care Act remains a hot button issue in the presidential race -- in both parties.

New vaccines for HPV, meningitis recommended
New vaccines for meningococcal type B and HPV and are among the updates to the immunization schedule published for children and adults.

How to keep kids safe on social media
There is still so much we don't know about how a 13-year-old Blacksburg, Virginia, girl got to know an 18-year-old Virginia Tech freshman before he allegedly stabbed her to death.

Actress fights bipolar disorder stigma with comedy
Victoria Maxwell had her first psychotic episode, ironically enough, after attending a meditation retreat.

Zika virus: Is DDT an option?
A relatively new mosquito-borne virus known as Zika has rapidly spread to more than two dozen countries.

My sister, the addict -- and her recovery
"You have to hit rock bottom before you can recover." As an addict, my sister heard this countless times. But what is rock bottom?

A text a day to keep the doctor away?
Text messages could be the latest solution to the very old problem of getting patients with chronic diseases to take their medications.

Opinion: Zika virus's other looming threat
Guillan Barre syndrome, a neurological disease cited by WHO as possibly linked to the virus, may be lethal in developing world, where medical treatments scarce.

CTE in the NFL: The tragedy of Fred McNeill
The night before Fred McNeill died in November, he was watching "Monday Night Football." The 63-year-old former Minnesota Viking linebacker and UCLA grad had his gold and blue slippers tucked under his bed. "He loved the game," said his youngest son, Gavin. "He was proud of what he did."

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