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articles by: Ann Pietrangelo

6 Things To Know About Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment

'Tis the season in the Marketplace — it's Open Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare). I know, I know. You'd rather go Christmas shopping than health insurance shopping. On t…

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How Diabetes Affects Your Heart

You know about diabetes and you know about heart disease, but did you know that if you have diabetes, you're twice as likely to die from heart attack or stroke? That's because high blood glucose level…

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Why I’m Damn Happy to Be Middle-Aged

So, I hear Julia Roberts doesn't plan to get plastic surgery. I know this because it made the news. Imagine that. A woman in her 40s has chosen not to have plastic surgery and it makes the news. I …

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Top 5 Fears of Americans

What do Americans fear the most? A nationwide poll on the subject conducted by Chapman University has turned up some fascinating results about what we fear -- and what factors are likely to ratchet up…

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Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth (+ Better Options)

Mmmm…sticky, gooey Halloween candies are often the favorites treats of little ghost and goblins. They're fun, but these Mouth Monsters can really do a number of your children's teeth. That's because g…

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Giant Breakthrough in Quest to Cure Type 1 Diabetes

Is this the beginning of the long-awaited cure for type 1 diabetes? It's certainly one of the most promising breakthroughs in years. Using stem cells, Harvard researchers have found a way to turn huma…

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Why I’m Celebrating Thanksgiving in October

October is a month of change. The seasons change, colors change, and our clothing changes. There's the political October Surprise, Octoberfest, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October is my Thanksg…

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How To Find the Right Doctor: 7 Important Steps

Finding the right doctor can be a hassle, but it's definitely worth the effort. Even when you have a doctor you like, if you develop a serious or chronic health condition, chances are you're going to …

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7 Reasons to Fire Your Doctor

A bad relationship with your doctor can be stressful — and dangerous. If you have a major health concern or chronic health condition, there's probably a specialist in your life. Finding the right spec…

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Woman With Muscular Dystrophy Asks Care2 For Help

Angela Butler Hibbitt, a 54-year-old from Tennessee, may soon be forced from the home she loves and into a nursing facility. What's pushing her out of her home? Tennessee's cuts to Medicaid, that'…

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