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Ulcers

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is an ulcer? Ulcers are sores on the lining of your digestive tract. Your digestive tract consists of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum (the first part of the intestines) and intestines….

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Ultrasound During Pregnancy

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. What is a fetal ultrasound? A fetal ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to create an image of your unborn baby on a video screen. The image helps your healthcare…

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Understanding Your Teen’s Emotional Health

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. Get emergency care if you or a loved one has serious thoughts of suicide or harming others. What should I know about my teenager’s emotional health? The teenage years are a time…

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Undescended Testicles

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is an undescended testicle? Testicles are part of the male body. They make male hormones and sperm. Usually both testicles are inside the scrotum. While male babies are still growing…

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Upper Limb Spasticity

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is upper-limb spasticity? Upper-limb spasticity occurs when the muscles in the arm are constantly contracted (shortened) and stiff. This can cause unusual and uncontrollable muscle movements (spasms) in the arm….

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Urinary Incontinence

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. This means that you can’t always control when you urinate. Urinary incontinence can range from leaking a small amount…

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Urinary Incontinence – Bladder Training For Urinary Incontinence

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. What is bladder training? Bladder training is a way of learning to manage urinary incontinence. It is generally used for stress incontinence, urge incontinence or a combination of the 2 types (mixed…

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Urinary Tract Infections

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is a urinary tract infection? A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in the urinary tract. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, the bladder and the urethra. The kidneys…

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Urinary Tract Infections – Other Causes of Painful Urination

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. What are other possible causes of painful urination? A painful burning feeling when you urinate is often a sign of a urinary tract infection (sometimes also called a bladder infection). However, painful…

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Uterine Fibroids

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What are uterine fibroids? Fibroids are benign growths (not cancer) in the muscular wall of the uterus. These growths can be very tiny or as large as a cantaloupe. Fibroids are…

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Vaccine Shortages

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. Sometimes the amount of a certain vaccine cannot keep up with the number of people who need it. Vaccine shortages can affect certain areas of the country or the country as a…

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Vaginal Discharge

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW Is vaginal discharge normal? Yes. Glands inside your vagina and cervix make small amounts of fluid. This fluid flows out of the vagina each day, carrying out old cells that have…

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Vaginal Pessary

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. What is a vaginal pessary? A vaginal pessary is a plastic device that fits into your vagina to help support your uterus (womb), vagina, bladder or rectum. The pessary is most often…

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Varicose Veins

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What are varicose veins? Varicose veins are veins that are swollen and bulge above the surface of the skin. They may be twisted and are often blue or dark purple. Varicose…

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Vascular Disease – How to Prevent Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Attack & Stroke

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. What is vascular disease? Vascular disease is a general term for a group of problems that affect your blood vessels, such as those that move blood through your heart and brain. People…

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