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August 2006


Women (and men) seem to have always wanted to limit the number of children they give birth to. Various methods have been used for thousands of years. Some very effective and safe and some not so effective, or safe. The following is a brief overview of some of the methods women and men have used to limit their family size.

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Once again there was a recent news story about the increasing numbers of kids all around the world with allergies. In a recent issue of the British medical journal, Lancet, it was reported the number of children with allergy problems such as allergic rhinitis, asthma and eczema have increased substantially, especially in the last 10 years.

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Like a cook making a stew, Dr. Laura Burlen added a pinch more of the hormone progesterone to Mary Larrow’s prescription this week, after Larrow told her she still had trouble sleeping.

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Menopause was once such a taboo subject, even women didn’t talk about it. Even to each other. Now there’s a fun musical about it — Menopause Out Loud at the Capitol Event Theatre (2492 Yonge St.) and September is Menopausal Awareness Month.

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When Cathy Perry’s blood pressure and cholesterol began climbing and her waist expanded by a few inches, she blamed middle age. When her memory became fuzzy and she frequently forgot familiar names and phone numbers, she attributed it to impending menopause. And when she seemed to catch every cold and virus that went around, she pointed to her two kids.

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Pregnancy can be difficult the first few months for all women. Things happen with your body that you have no control over. It can seem like everything is falling apart, but have faith, everything will be fine. Here is a list of some of the most common pregnancy problems you may encounter. Hopefully this will help you feel a lot better and know that you’re not alone in your feelings.

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Do you have acne? That irksome skin affliction that sometimes lasts until we’re 50 years old. Yeah, that’s right; I said 50. Sounds kind of depressing, doesn’t it? To think that your face could be graced with blemishes for the better part of your existence.

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The series explored five ways to remove body hair: depilatory creams, electrolysis, waxing, laser hair removal and shaving. Here is a summary of the techniques that Fiona observed, on these various methods of hair removal.

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What you need to know: Unless your health care provider advises you otherwise, sex during pregnancy is safe for you and the baby. The baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in the womb and by your abdomen.

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Taking certain painkillers early in pregnancy could harm your baby, a new study has found. The study shows that women who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as < aspirin and ibuprofen , early in pregnancy may be more likely to give birth to a baby with congenital defects.

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