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Do You Really Need Your Gallbladder?

The order of nature is such that all phenomenon in this universe has a purpose, a place and nothing is wasted. Take the human body for example. All organs, systems and fluids have a particular role to…

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Gallbladder Surgery After-Care

Q: My mother just had gallbladder surgery. What does she need to know about self-care going forward? A: In medical school, students use a crude alliteration to remember the risk factors for gall bl…

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Caring for a Hiatal Hernia

Q: I have a smallish hiatal hernia that so far I have been able to mostly control with medication and changes to my diet. I am trying to avoid having surgery, but is it inevitable that a hiatal herni…

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Breast Cancer: Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster

I never knew I had the ability to experience so many emotions at the same time. The world as I knew it changed in a moment. There was no going back to "before." This was one of the hardest things to g…

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Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know About Surgery

"You have cancer." Three words--and now, countless questions. Surgery is usually the first line of defense when it comes to treating breast cancer and it typically includes two parts: First, excis…

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