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Flu Season 2014: Facts and FAQs

Influenza (or the flu) afflicts roughly 60 million Americans annually, particularly during the winter. Seasonal flu viruses come in two basic varieties: type A, which causes the most extensive and severe outbreaks, and the typically milder type B. Usually during flu season, viruses from both types are… read more >

8 Ways to Treat Morning Sickness Naturally

For some, it’s merely a food aversion—a strong reaction to certain smells or tastes. For others, it’s periodic queasiness, often peaking in the morning and dissipating after lunch. For an unfortunate few, it’s an overwhelming feeling that lasts all day, their waking (and sometimes… read more >

Your PCP as Your Gynecologist: Why It Makes Sense

Did you know that most primary care providers (PCPs) perform Pap tests? Or that PCPs can handle many of the concerns that send patients to gynecologists? Here are seven reasons why it’s wise to see your PCP first before scheduling an appointment with a… read more >

Get Fit and Social with Chicago Intramural Sports

Going to the gym alone can get boring quickly. This fall, shake up your routine and meet new people by joining one of Chicago’s intramural leagues. We rounded up some of the top recreational groups, so you don’t have to be a pro to… read more >

Does Aspirin Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer?

There has been a growing body of evidence suggesting that regular use of aspirin may lower the risk of certain cancers, particularly those of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This gradual upsurge in interest has been countered, however, by the well-known risks associated with aspirin—notably… read more >

The Best Summer Alternatives to Boston Bar Hopping

Despite the fact that happy hours have been banned in the state of Massachusetts since 1984, alcohol is still a pretty consistent staple in Boston’s social scene. “Whether you’ve moved to Boston as a student, new professional or an empty-nester, it can be hard… read more >

Does Birth Control Increase Your Breast Cancer Risk?

A recent study that links birth control use to an increased breast cancer risk caused a stir when news outlets splashed the findings across front pages without adequate context. The study, published in this month’s Cancer Research suggests that using certain types of birth control… read more >