How to stop or speed up your period

When your period comes at an inconvenient time, it can get in the way of your plans. Are there ways to speed up your period or make it stop once it has started? The research on controlling periods in this way is limited, but certain methods may work for some people. People can also use…

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What to know about Foley bulb induction

A Foley bulb induction is when a doctor inserts a small balloon into the cervix to help it dilate faster. This procedure is one of several ways to induce labor. An estimated 23.3 percent of women in the United States had an induced labor in 2012. In this article, we discuss how a Foley bulb…

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What causes itchy nipples while breastfeeding?

Many women complain of itchy nipples while breastfeeding. It may be a sign of minor infection or just a transitional symptom as the body adjusts to breastfeeding. A lactation consultant or doctor who is knowledgeable about breastfeeding can help, but home treatments are often effective. In this article, learn about the causes of itchy nipples…

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What days can you get pregnant?

When trying to conceive, it can be helpful to know when ovulation occurs and when a person is most fertile. Some people may wish to track their fertile window to avoid pregnancy. Females are most fertile within a day or two of ovulation, which is when the ovaries release an egg. But, it is possible…

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What does the LH surge mean for pregnancy?

When the body’s levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) rise, it triggers the start of ovulation, and the most fertile period of the menstrual cycle occurs. Tracking the surge in luteinizing hormone levels can help people to plan intercourse and increase the chances of becoming pregnant. Understanding what LH is, when levels of the hormone rise,…

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Open Thread: Fashion Week Is Coming

Q: I’m confused. I know that it seems to be increasingly acceptable to wear sneakers to work, for going out, etc. I went to Footlocker and other sporty stores; the new sneakers there are insane. There are so many layers of sneakerhead-dom that I am lost in a sea of sneakers. All I DO know…

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Manresa, Bay Area Restaurant Damaged in Fire, Will Reopen

The highly regarded Bay Area restaurant Manresa will reopen for business on Sept. 19, two months after a fire started outside the building and blazed through the kitchen. No one was injured in the July 16 fire; the restaurant, in Los Gatos, Calif., was closed and unoccupied. But the facade was damaged and the kitchen…

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Q&A: Poisonous Plants

Advertisement Q&A Chemicals in some nightshade plants are potentially lethal and should be avoided for herbal uses — unless they’re involved in a fictional murder plot. Aug. 31, 2018 Image CreditVictoria Roberts Q. I read about something called Datura in an old mystery novel. Mixed with honey, it was used as a hypnotic drug to…

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The New Old Age: A Debate Over ‘Rational Suicide’

On a March morning in 1989, Robert Shoots was found dead in his garage in Weir, Kan. He had run a tube from the tailpipe of his beloved old Chrysler to the front seat, where he sat with a bottle of Wild Turkey. He was 80. His daughter wishes he had mentioned this plan when…

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Vocations: When You Love Chocolate, This Isn’t Like Work

Brad Kintzer, 41, is the chief chocolate maker for Tcho Chocolate, in Berkeley, Calif. What drew you into the world of chocolate making? I’d been interested in plant life as an environmental studies major at the University of Vermont with a focus on botany. Experiencing New England winters for the first time convinced me I’d…

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