8 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

While a healthy lifestyle requires a balanced diet and exercise, sleep is another pillar of overall wellness that is both essential to your health and success, and often overlooked. By simply making small changes to your daily routine you can improve your quality of sleep. Follow these tips from Dr. Sujay Kansagra, director of Duke University’s Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program, and get on your way to better rest and a healthier life. Learn how to sleep better with these 8 simple ways.

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A Day in the Life of an IVF Patient Part 2: Transfer Day and the TWW 

I feel a sense of hope and excitement wash over me as we make the familiar elevator ride. The waiting room looks like the holiday season sneezed on it. How can I not feel a sense of Christmas magic? Our nurse calls us back after only a few minutes. It’s freezing and it smells. It’s not a bad smell, it’s a clean, sterile, sweet smell I’m tired of smelling. I resent enduring this smell to have a baby, but I know so many others would wear it as perfume for this opportunity. Positive vibes only today. Never give up.

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A Day in the Life of an IVF Patient

I’m not a morning person. If the sun isn’t up, I’m not up – but today I’m a morning person. It’s 6:00 a.m. and I need to be there by 7:00 a.m. It’s the earliest slot they had. I’ve already had my shot of Follistim. I have long sleeves on even though it’s an abnormally warm day for November, even in Texas. No one needs to see the bruised veins on my arm. The last thing I need is for a student or co-worker to notice and wonder what exactly I’ve been up to. What if I over stimulate? Oh, please don’t let that happen. Please let there be follicles. Let there be lots of big, fat, not-too-big follicles today.

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7 Tips to Combat Cold and Flu Season

When cold and flu season strikes, millions of Americans find themselves coughing, sneezing, congested, aching, uncomfortable – and sometimes, downright miserable. The widespread prevalence of these symptoms sweeps the country each year and affects people of all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans suffer from one billion colds annually. Here are 7 tips for combating cold and flu season.

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Mum on a Mission: My Fight for NICU Parents’ Mental Health Support

Like more than 90,000 other families, I became a resident of NICU. My son was born with an undetected CHD called Tetralogy of Fallot and suffered a Neo Natal Stroke. Elijah spent 9 days in NICU and had open heart surgery at 6 months old. Elijah is now a happy and healthy little toddler causing mischief where ever he goes. But the story doesn’t just end there—it doesn’t end when you bring a NICU baby home. Most will think that having a baby in NICU is hard, but now that they are home everything is…better, isn’t it? NO. I could live with the many follow-ups, check-ins and doctor visits. What I couldn’t live with? My own mental health after I brought Elijah home.

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Between Infertility and Alzheimer’s: Standing in the Gap of Motherhood

What does it mean to be a mother? I faced that question as I watched my mother gradually evolve into someone I hardly knew. I was in my early 30s looking forward to becoming a parent when my mother began her slow spiral into Alzheimer’s. At the same time, I experienced my first miscarriage. The next several years brought more miscarriages, and my mother lost the ability to hold onto her memories.

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Safe Halloween Treats for Kids with Food Allergies

Halloween is a time of major stress and anxiety for families with food allergies. How do you keep your little one safe without stealing away the wonder and magic of the holiday? What do you do when you get home from trick or treating and go through her bag only to find that there is almost nothing in it for her to enjoy? Read on to discover safe treats for kids with food allergies.

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Be Scary but Safe this Halloween: Tips for Using Decorative Contact Lenses

Halloween is all about trick-or-treating for the kids and finding a creative costume that wows for festive partygoers. With nearly 41 million adults in the U.S. wearing contact lenses, they are a safe and popular form of vision correction, and some may elect to wear decorative contact lenses as part of their costume. However, if these lenses are bought illegally and without a prescription from your eye doctor, they could lead to serious health issues and potentially damage your eyesight permanently.

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