Health

fear of the dentist
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After Years of Neglect, I Finally Faced My Fears and Went to the Dentist

Laura, my wife, has this playlist called “’70s Dentist Office Waiting Room Music.” Collected, culled, curated over years, it’s a deep dive into wood paneling […]

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A Philly Company Wants to Make Buying Pregnancy and Ovulation Tests Stress-Free

Two years ago, Queen Village resident Cynthia Plotch went to buy a pregnancy test, hoping to make the purchase without any fuss. Of course, the […]

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5 Philly Fitness Pros Open Up about Their Mental Health

We hear it time and time again: taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body. Yet, though we […]

airport sleep
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Living Near the Airport Means You’ll Probably Wake up More in the Middle of the Night

Amid the scourges of opioids and anti-vaxxers over the past few years has emerged a particularly grating public health issue: sound. Or, more aptly put, […]

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A Local Rapper Has Become an Unlikely Advocate for Kidney Disease Awareness

In 2015, the Philly-based rapper Freeway started feeling sick and tired. At first, he thought it was nothing — passing flu-like symptoms at most. But as […]

crowdsourcing diseases
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This Local Doctor Helps Diagnose Rare Diseases — With the Help of the Crowd — on Live TV

When you are sick, you are supposed to get better. That’s the way society operates — being ill is a temporary state, and if you […]

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Philly-Area Teachers and School Nurses Can Now Get Free Lice Treatment and Screenings

Recently, it has become more and more apparent that bugs are pretty much taking over the world (or at least the Philly area). The presence […]

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You Can Now Learn CPR With the Help of a Kickball and a Playlist

Several years ago, a (former) colleague of mine told me a story of how she performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on a coworker who had gone […]

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This Mom Created a Very Philly Line of Shirts to Help Fight Cancer

Isabella Santos was just two when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer. That was in 2007. Over the new few […]

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City Life

More Philly Hospitals Are Becoming “Baby-Friendly.” Maybe That’s Not a Good Thing.

Less than 12 hours after Benny enters the world, she’s rolled into my room in a plastic bassinet. I can tell she’s on her way […]

pediatric migraines
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This Wayne Teenager’s Selfie Was Broadcast in Times Square to Raise Awareness for Pediatric Migraines

Six years old should be an age of glorious firsts — learning how to read, successfully riding a two-wheeler, maybe even hosting a sleepover. For […]

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Haley Morris Seemed Like a Healthy 20-Year-Old — Until a Genetic Disorder Took Her Life

Every night, Susan Wallace and Haley Morris exchanged the same three phrases: “Good night. God bless you. I love ya.” To an outsider, these remarks […]

lupus
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These Three Philly Sisters Are Here to Help Lupus Patients Feel Less Alone

So you wake up one day with aches and pains. Who hasn’t, right? You assume they’ll go away in a few days, attributing the twinges […]

postpartum depression
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This Philly-Area Expert’s Creative New Book Gets Real About Postpartum Depression

When you’re in the throes of trying to keep a tiny human alive, the world around you may seem a little gray. After all, you’re […]

high radon levels
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You Might Want to Get Your Home Tested for This Radioactive Gas

There’s a reason we all have carbon monoxide detectors in our homes: The toxic gas can cause memory, vision, and movement issues, and high levels […]