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Beta-Blockers For Heart Problems

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 beta-blocker? A beta-blocker is a medicine that is often used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems. Some examples of beta-blockers are atenolol, metoprolol and propranolol. This kind…

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Bike Safety Tips

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. Is bicycling a good exercise? Yes, riding a bicycle is great exercise. It can help you get in shape and lose weight, and it can reduce the risk of health problems such…

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Bipolar Disorder

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 OVERVIEW What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme mood…

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Birth Control Options

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 contraception? Contraception (also called “birth control”) is any method that is used to prevent pregnancy. Most people know about options such as birth control pills and condoms. There are also…

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Bleeding in Early Pregnancy

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW Mild cramping and light spotting are normal early in pregnancy when the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus. But vaginal bleeding could be a sign of something more serious. What…

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Body Image (Children and Teens)

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. Children’s opinions of their bodies form at a very young age. Research suggests that children…

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Body piercing

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 body piercing? Body piercing is when a hole is made in your skin or through a part of your body so you can add a piece of jewelry for decoration….

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Body Shape – Apple or Pear

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. Most women and men recognize where their bodies tend to store fat. In the “Pear” shape, fat is stored around the hips and thighs. The waist is narrower than the hips. In…

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Botulinum Toxin Injections – A Treatment for Muscle Spasms

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 botulinum toxin? Botulinum toxin is a protein that helps stop muscle spasms when it is injected directly into the muscle. Muscle spasms are caused by chemical messages sent to the…

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BRAT Diet – Recovering From an Upset Stomach

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 the BRAT diet? If you have recently had an upset stomach or diarrhea, your healthcare provider may suggest that you limit your diet to bland foods that won’t irritate your…

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Breast Cancer

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 breast cancer? Breast cancer begins in breast tissue. Most of the tumors that develop in breast tissue are benign (not cancerous). Some breast tumors are cancerous, but have not…

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Breast Cancer – Steps to Finding Breast Lumps Early

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. BREAST CANCER: STEPS TO FINDING BREAST LUMPS EARLY The best way to find breast lumps is to do 3 things: Have regular checkups and mammograms. Have your healthcare provider check your breasts….

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Breast Cyst Aspiration

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 breast cyst? A breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac (like a tiny balloon) inside the breast. Breast cysts are common in women. They might cause a little pain, but…

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Breast Pain in Women

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW Breast pain is a common problem in women who are having periods (menstrual cycles). It is less common in older women. The pain can be in one breast or in both….

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Breastfeeding – Hints to Help You Get Off to a Good Start

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 the benefits of breastfeeding? Breastfeeding has many benefits for your baby. Breast milk is rich in nutrients. It has antibodies, which help protect your baby against infections. It also helps…

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