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Adolescents and Young Adults: Getting the Preventive Services You Need

Preventive services now will protect you and help you make healthy decisions throughout your life. Learn more about the path to improved health here.

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https://familydoctor.org/adolescents-and-young-adults-getting-the-preventive-services-you-need/

Biopsy - familydoctor.org

A biopsy is a medical procedure to remove tissue, fluid, or a growth from your body. It helps your doctor diagnose a disease or growth.

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https://familydoctor.org/biopsy/

Boys and Puberty - familydoctor.org

Puberty in boys typically occurs between the ages of 9 and 16 and will be a time of change, both physically and emotionally.

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https://familydoctor.org/boys-and-puberty/

Breast Cyst Aspiration - familydoctor.org

Breast cyst aspiration is when your doctor uses a small needle to drain fluid from a cyst in your breast.

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https://familydoctor.org/breast-cyst-aspiration/

Breastfeeding: Returning to Work - familydoctor.org

Breastfeeding is good for you and your baby. Learn how to continue to breastfeed your baby after you've returned to work.

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https://familydoctor.org/breastfeeding-returning-to-work/

Body Image Issues (Children and Teens) | familydoctor.org

Children’s opinions of their bodies form at a very young age. Research suggests that children as young as 3 years old have body image issues.

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https://familydoctor.org/building-your-childs-body-image-and-self-esteem/

Changing Your Diet: Choosing Nutrient-rich Foods - familydoctor.org

Nutrient-rich (or nutrient-dense) foods contain a lot of vitamins and minerals and few calories. Learn how to change your diet to include these foods.

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https://familydoctor.org/changing-your-diet-choosing-nutrient-rich-foods/

Chickenpox Vaccine - familydoctor.org

The chickenpox vaccine is given to young children to prevent chickenpox, a highly contagious disease caused by a virus.

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https://familydoctor.org/chickenpox-vaccine/

Childhood Overweight and Obesity: Helping Your Child Achieve a Healthy Weight - ...

Good nutrition and regular physical activity can help your child achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

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https://familydoctor.org/childhood-overweight-and-obesity/

Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them

Learn about the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines, including the flu, DTaP, Td, IPV, MMR, Hib, varicella, and more.

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https://familydoctor.org/childhood-vaccines-what-they-are-and-why-your-child-needs-them/

Caring for Your Premature Baby - familydoctor.org

Babies are considered premature if they are born before the 37th week of pregnancy. Premature babies commonly need extra care in the hospital and at home.

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https://familydoctor.org/caring-for-your-premature-baby/?utm_source=socialandamp;utm_medium=fbandamp;utm_campaign=Immunizationsandamp;utm_content=preemie

Choosing a Family Doctor - familydoctor.org

Family doctors create caring relationships with patients and their families. Learn how to choose one that's right for you and your family.

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https://familydoctor.org/choosing-a-family-doctor/

Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them

Learn about the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines, including the flu, DTaP, Td, IPV, MMR, Hib, varicella, and more.

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https://familydoctor.org/childhood-vaccines-what-they-are-and-why-your-child-needs-them/?utm_source=fd.org%20childhood%20vaccinesandutm_medium=Online%20media%20kit

Your Child’s Mental Health - familydoctor.org

Good mental health is an important part of a child’s overall health. There are many ways adults can help children build good mental health.

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https://familydoctor.org/childs-mental-health/

Procedures and Devices - familydoctor.org

Tests, procedures, devices … what do they all mean? Learning that you will have to undergo a procedure or…

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https://familydoctor.org/your-health-resources/drugs-procedures-and-devices/procedures-devices/

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) | Spirometry

Spirometry is a test that doctors use to measure how well your lungs are working.

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https://familydoctor.org/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-spirometry/

Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them

Learn about the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines, including the flu, DTaP, Td, IPV, MMR, Hib, varicella, and more.

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https://familydoctor.org/childhood-vaccines-what-they-are-and-why-your-child-needs-them/?utm_source=socialandamp;utm_medium=fbandamp;utm_campaign=Immunizationsandamp;utm_content=whatwhy

Circumcision - familydoctor.org

Deciding whether to have your newborn son circumcised may be difficult. Learn about the procedure, its benefits and risks.

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https://familydoctor.org/circumcision/

Colds and the Flu | Respiratory Infections During Pregnancy

A respiratory infection is a viral, contagious illness. Most viruses are not harmful, but some can cause miscarriage or birth defects in your baby.

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https://familydoctor.org/colds-and-the-flu-respiratory-infections-during-pregnancy/

What Is A Colposcopy? - When to See a Doctor | familydoctor.org

A colposcopy is a short outpatient exam that looks closely at the cervix to diagnose problems. Click here to more about the purpose of the exam.

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https://familydoctor.org/colposcopy/

Concussions in Kids - familydoctor.org

You may think that concussions only happen to football players. But that’s not the case. Concussions can happen for many reasons.

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https://familydoctor.org/concussions-in-kids/

Common School-Age Illnesses/Infections - familydoctor.org

All kids get sick from time to time. Learn the symptoms, causes, and treatment for common illnesses experienced by school-age children.

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https://familydoctor.org/common-school-age-illnessesinfections/

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) - familydoctor.org

If there is a weakening in the wall of your abdominal aorta, it can bulge or swell like a balloon. If it grows too large, your aorta could tear or burst.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm/

Asthma In Kids - Difficulty Breathing | Family Doctor

Asthma is a disease that often starts in childhood. It makes it harder for your child’s lungs to get air and can cause difficulty breathing.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/asthma-in-kids/

Common Oral Conditions in Seniors - familydoctor.org

As you age, oral conditions tend to develop. Here are common ones, and steps you can take to improve your oral health.

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https://familydoctor.org/common-oral-conditions-seniors/

Breast Cancer - familydoctor.org

Breast cancer is a cancer that begins in breast tissue. It usually shows up as one of three types of tumors.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/breast-cancer/

Burning Mouth Syndrome - Treatment | familydoctor.org

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is marked by pain and discomfort in the mouth, lips, and/or tongue. Find treatment and tips to manage this condition here.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/burning-mouth-syndrome/

High Cholesterol: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Cholesterol is a waxy substance your body uses to protect nerves, make cell tissues, and produce hormones. Click to learn more about high cholesterol.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/cholesterol/

Chickenpox - Signs Of Chickenpox | familydoctor.org

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that produces an itchy rash of red spots all over the body. It is most common in children.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/chickenpox/

Chronic Pain - familydoctor.org

Chronic pain is pain that doesn’t go away, lasting months or even years. It can interfere with daily activities and cause mental and emotional problems.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/chronic-pain/

Dementia - familydoctor.org

Dementia is a group of symptoms caused by brain damage. It makes it hard for people to remember, learn, and communicate.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/dementia/

Persistent Depressive Disorder - Dysthymic Disorder | familydoctor.org

Dysthymic disorder, or dysthymia, is a type of chronic depression that lasts for at least 2 years. Click to learn more about symptoms, causes and treatments.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/persistent-depressive-disorder/

Generalized Anxiety Disorder - familydoctor.org

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is ongoing anxiety that can disrupt your day-to-day life. With treatment, people with GAD can get better.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/generalized-anxiety-disorder/

Halitosis - familydoctor.org

Halitosis is the term for bad breath. Bad breath can have many causes, and could be the sign of an underlying health problem.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/halitosis/

Head Injuries: Detection, Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

A head injury is any harm to your brain, skull, or scalp. It can be mild, moderate, or severe. Learn how to detect, prevent, and treat head injuries.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/head-injuries/

Heart Attack - familydoctor.org

A heart attack happens when there is an artery blockage that prevents enough oxygen from getting to the heart. This causes tissue damage and can be fatal.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/heart-attack/

What Is HIV? - HIV Symptoms And Treatment | familydoctor.org

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the body’s immune system. When first infected with HIV, you may not experience any symptoms. Learn more here!

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/hiv/

Lumbar Spinal Canal Stenosis - familydoctor.org

Lumbar spinal canal stenosis is the narrowing of the space inside the lower spine that carries nerves to your legs. It causes back and leg pain.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/lumbar-spinal-canal-stenosis/

Measles - Symptoms - Measles Vaccine | familydoctor.org

Measles is a very contagious respiratory illness that also causes a fever and a rash. It is preventable with a vaccine. Learn more about symptoms here.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/measles/

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) - familydoctor.org

MRSA is a bacterial infection that is resistant to methicillin and many other antibiotics. It spreads easily through contact.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa/

Obesity - familydoctor.org

Obesity occurs when you weigh more than what is considered healthy for your age, gender, and height. It can cause a number of serious health issues.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/obesity/

Lung Cancer - familydoctor.org

Lung cancer is one of the world’s most common cancers. It is the deadliest cancer in the United States. Most cases are caused by smoking.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/lung-cancer/

Ovarian Cancer - Signs of Ovarian Cancer - Symptoms | familydoctor.org

Ovarian cancer can occur in women of any age. Be mindful of common risks and take notice of symptoms that may be signs of ovarian cancer.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/ovarian-cancer/

What is Prediabetes? - Symptoms | familydoctor.org

Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes. Click to learn about symptoms and treatment.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/prediabetes/

Sore Throat - How to Get Rid of A Sore Throat | familydoctor.org

Most sore throats caused by a cold or flu-type virus go away in a week to 10 days. Treatment varies depending on the cause. Find more information here.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/sore-throat/

Strep Throat - Symptoms and Causes | familydoctor

Strep throat is an infection caused by bacteria. Try these tips to remove symptoms: Take ibuprofen, get plenty of rest and drink plently of water.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/strep-throat/

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - Causes | Family Doctor

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the somewhat unexplained reason a baby under the age of 1 dies while sleeping. It is not tied to child abuse.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/sudden-infant-death-syndrome-sids/

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) - How To Stop Grinding Teeth? | familydoctor.org

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is the conscious or unconscious grinding of teeth. It happens most often in children. Learn more here.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/teeth-grinding-bruxism/

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) - Symptoms And Treatment | familydoctor.org

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be mild, moderate, or severe. Learn about the types of injuries, as well as possible treatments and outcomes.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/traumatic-brain-injury/

Tuberculosis - Symptoms and Treatment | familydoctor.org

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by bacteria. There are 2 types of TB, Latent or Inactive and Active TB. Usually TB affects the lungs.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/tuberculosis/

Tonsillitis - Swollen Tonsils - Symptoms | familydoctor.org

Tonsillitis is an inflammatory disease. It occurs when your tonsils become infected by a virus or bacteria and is most common in children.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/tonsillitis/

Whooping Cough - familydoctor.org

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a contagious infection. It is caused by bacteria and spread by people through the air or surfaces.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/whooping-cough/

Coping With an HIV Diagnosis - familydoctor.org

Receiving an HIV diagnosis can be frightening. Remember that HIV is manageable and can be treated with medicines.

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https://familydoctor.org/coping-with-an-hiv-diagnosis/

Copyright and Permissions - familydoctor.org

View copyright and permissions for familydoctor.org.

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https://familydoctor.org/copyright-permissions/

What Is Zika? - Zika Virus Symptoms | familydoctor.org

Zika is a virus caused by a bite from the Aedes mosquito. Once infected, it spreads through pregnancy, sex, and blood and tissue donation.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/zika/

Dental Hygiene: How to Care for Your Child's Teeth - familydoctor.org

Healthy teeth are important to your child’s overall health. Oral care helps set good dental habits as your child grows.

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https://familydoctor.org/dental-hygiene-how-to-care-for-your-childs-teeth/

Depression in Children and Teens - familydoctor.org

Children and teens can experience depression. Their symptoms may look different than adult depression. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms.

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https://familydoctor.org/depression-in-children-and-teens/

Dangers Of Juuling - Juul Starter Kit - Juul Pods | familydoctor.org

Juul is marketed as a safer alternative to smoking. The Juul starter kit is not safer, and Juul pods still contain addictive drugs and chemicals.

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https://familydoctor.org/dangers-of-vaping/

Depression | Coping With Suicidal Thoughts - familydoctor.org

If you are depressed or coping with suicidal thoughts, there is help. Suicidal thoughts often are caused by a treatable health problem.

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https://familydoctor.org/depression-coping-with-suicidal-thoughts/

Diabetes and Exercise - familydoctor.org

Exercise can make a real difference for people who have diabetes. Exercise can help control your weight and lower your blood sugar level.

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https://familydoctor.org/diabetes-and-exercise/

Diabetes and Nutrition - familydoctor.org

What you eat is closely connected to the amount of sugar in your blood. The right food choices will help you control your blood sugar level.

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https://familydoctor.org/diabetes-and-nutrition/

Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know - familydoctor.org

Dietary supplements include vitamins, herbs, and other products that can improve your health or wellness. Learn about the types, benefits, and risks.

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https://familydoctor.org/dietary-supplements-what-you-need-to-know/

Family Health - familydoctor.org

Learn to make healthy lifestyle choices for you and your family with information for every stage of life.

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https://familydoctor.org/family-health/

Drug-Nutrients and Drug-Supplements | Examples of Interactions

Some dietary supplements can cause interactions with prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Learn which ones you should watch out for.

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https://familydoctor.org/drug-nutrient-interactions-and-drug-supplement-interactions-examples-of-dietary-supplement-interactions/

End-of-Life Care - familydoctor.org

A guide to help you prepare for the end of your life or of a loved one. Planning helps ensure treatment is consistent with your or your loved one's wishes.

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https://familydoctor.org/end-life-care/

Seniors - familydoctor.org

Healthy choices aren’t just for the young. Learn how a healthy lifestyle can help seniors stay active and improve…

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https://familydoctor.org/family-health/seniors/

Caregiver Health and Wellness - familydoctor.org

Being a caregiver can take a physical and emotional toll. Care for yourself while helping others.

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https://familydoctor.org/caregiver-health-and-wellness/

What do I need in my first aid kit? - familydoctor.org

A well-prepared first aid kit is an important tool in treating minor injuries that commonly occur at home and when you’re on the go.

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https://familydoctor.org/what-do-i-need-in-my-first-aid-kit/

Fitness Apps - familydoctor.org

Thousands of fitness apps are available to help you exercise, track your nutrition, train for events, and lose weight.

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https://familydoctor.org/fitness-apps/

Flu Myths - familydoctor.org

A lot of flu myths exist. Learn the facts about the flu and flu vaccine, such as how it differs from a cold and who should get it.

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https://familydoctor.org/flu-myths/

Girls and Puberty - familydoctor.org

Puberty in girls can start as early as age 9 and will include many physical and emotional changes.

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https://familydoctor.org/girls-and-puberty/

Flu ToolKit - How You Can Help | Family Doctor

As a member of the health care community, you have a crucial role in amplifying the #FamilyDocsFightFlu message on your social networks and in your emails.

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https://familydoctor.org/flu-toolkit/

Gun Safety - familydoctor.org

Children are naturally curious and like to explore. If there is a gun in your home, hiding it is not enough. Keep it unloaded and properly locked away.

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https://familydoctor.org/gun-safety/

Health Information on the Web: Finding Reliable Information

Millions of websites offer health-related information, but you have to be careful to avoid unreliable information.

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https://familydoctor.org/health-information-on-the-web-finding-reliable-information/

Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the Internet - familydoctor.org

Too much screen time can contribute to childhood obesity, risky behaviors, sleep and attention problems, eyestrain, anxiety, and depression.

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https://familydoctor.org/healthy-habits-for-tv-video-games-and-the-internet/

Helping a Family Member Who Has Diabetes - familydoctor.org

You can support your family member who has diabetes by being sympathetic, learning all you can about the disease, and eating what they eat.

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https://familydoctor.org/helping-a-family-member-who-has-diabetes/

Kids and Bullying - familydoctor.org

Bullying and cyberbullying can happen in any city or town and have long-lasting, negative effects on both the victim and the bully.

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https://familydoctor.org/helping-kids-deal-bullies/

Helping Your Child Deal with Peer Pressure - familydoctor.org

Peer pressure can be good and bad. Teach your child how to handle negative peer pressure and make good choices.

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https://familydoctor.org/helping-your-child-deal-with-peer-pressure/

Natural Remedies And Supplements | familydoctor.org

Natural remedies and supplements can have a strong effect on the body, but they aren’t necessarily safer than OTC or prescription medicines. Learn more here

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https://familydoctor.org/herbal-health-products-and-supplements/

Hormone Replacement Therapy - familydoctor.org

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a type of treatment that involves taking synthetic hormones to prevent or treat certain medical conditions.

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https://familydoctor.org/hormone-replacement-therapy/

How to Take HIV Medicines - familydoctor.org

ighly active antiretroviral therapy helps you feel better by keeping your viral load low. The lower your viral load is, the longer you can stay healthy.

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https://familydoctor.org/how-to-take-hiv-medicines/

Illegal Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Your Child - familydoctor.org

Learn how to talk to and teach your child about the risks of using alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.

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https://familydoctor.org/illegal-drugs-alcohol-tobacco-child/

Immunization Schedules - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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https://familydoctor.org/immunization-schedules/

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - familydoctor.org

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. There are more than 100 types of HPV.

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https://familydoctor.org/condition/human-papillomavirus-hpv/

Immunizations - familydoctor.org

A collection of resources on immunization schedules, specific vaccines and more – helping you and your family stay healthy.

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https://familydoctor.org/immunizations/

Immunization Schedules - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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https://familydoctor.org/immunization-schedules/?utm_source=immunization%20scheduleandutm_medium=news%20release%20for%20media%20kit

Immunization Schedules - familydoctor.org

Find immunization schedules for adults and children.

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https://familydoctor.org/immunization-schedules/?utm_source=socialandamp;utm_medium=fbandamp;utm_campaign=Immunizationsandamp;utm_content=schedule

Immunizations - familydoctor.org

A collection of resources on immunization schedules, specific vaccines and more – helping you and your family stay healthy.

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https://familydoctor.org/immunizations/?utm_source=fd.org%20immunization%20landing%20pageandutm_medium=Online%20media%20kit

Immunizations - familydoctor.org

A collection of resources on immunization schedules, specific vaccines and more – helping you and your family stay healthy.

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https://familydoctor.org/immunizations/?utm_source=fd.org%2Fimmunizationsandutm_medium=news%20release%20in%20AAFP%20media%20kit

Immunizations - familydoctor.org

A collection of resources on immunization schedules, specific vaccines and more – helping you and your family stay healthy.

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https://familydoctor.org/immunizations/?utm_source=socialandutm

Immunizations - familydoctor.org

A collection of resources on immunization schedules, specific vaccines and more – helping you and your family stay healthy.

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https://familydoctor.org/immunizations/?utm_source=socialandamp;utm_medium=fbandamp;utm_campaign=Immunizationsandamp;utm_content=immunizations

Joint and Soft Tissue Injections - familydoctor.org

Joint and soft tissue injections are shots with a needle that help diagnose or treat many different conditions.

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https://familydoctor.org/joint-and-soft-tissue-injections/

Immunizations - familydoctor.org

A collection of resources on immunization schedules, specific vaccines and more – helping you and your family stay healthy.

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https://familydoctor.org/immunizations/?utm_source=socialandutm_medium=fbandutm_campaign=Immunizationsandutm_content=im

LGBTQ Mental Health Issues - familydoctor.org

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) teens are at greater risk for poor mental health.

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https://familydoctor.org/lgbtq-mental-health-issues/

Medical Marijuana - familydoctor.org

Medical marijuana is not approved by the FDA, but is legal in certain states. . In some instances, marijuana is used for medical purposes.

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https://familydoctor.org/medical-marijuana/

International Travel: Tips for Staying Healthy - familydoctor.org

International travel is fun and exciting. However, every traveler should be aware of certain things that can ruin their trip.

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https://familydoctor.org/international-travel-tips-for-staying-healthy/?utm_source=socialandamp;utm_medium=fbandamp;utm_campaign=Immunizationsandamp;utm_content=intltravel

Is It a Cold or the Flu? - familydoctor.org

The common cold and flu are both contagious respiratory illnesses. We’ll help you figure out whether your symptoms mean you have a cold or the flu.

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https://familydoctor.org/is-it-a-cold-or-the-flu/

Men: Eat Right, Stay Healthy - familydoctor.org

Eating the right way can keep men’s health in check. Here’s the advice men need on how to eat healthy.

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https://familydoctor.org/men-eat-right-stay-healthy/

Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health - familydoctor.org

Emotional health is an important part of overall health. People can take steps to improve their emotional health and be happier.

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https://familydoctor.org/mental-health-keeping-your-emotional-health/

Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Level - familydoctor.org

There are 2 blood tests that can help you manage diabetes. One of these tests is called an A1C test. The other is a general blood glucose test.

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https://familydoctor.org/monitoring-your-blood-sugar-level/

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