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Menopause is a natural part of aging for all women. It begins when you go a full year with no menstrual period. For 2 to 8 years leading up to menopause, your period may have more irregular timing. On average, menopause happens around 51 years old, but this varies. Genetics play a major role in determining age at menopause,...
Colic is very distressing for parents and it is a common reason that parents bring their babies into my office. If your child is experiencing colic it does not mean you are doing anything wrong, in fact, colic is benign. Colic is frequent, prolonged and intense crying in a healthy baby and will typically resolve by the...
Yes, it’s true.  You really are off the hook for cleaning the cat litter box while you are pregnant! While the risk of acquiring a toxoplasmosis infection from a cat litter box is very low, it makes sense to avoid the task if possible while pregnant.  What is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused...

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Where Science Meets Wellness

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