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Medical News Today: Why are my fingers pruney or wrinkled?

Pruney fingers are a common experience after taking a long bath, swimming, or washing dishes. They may be more likely to happen in warm water than cold water. In this article, learn about why this happens, as well as other causes of pruney or wrinkled fingers. We also cover treatment and when to see a doctor.

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Medical News Today: Is a subcutaneous injection painful?

A subcutaneous injection is an injection into the fatty tissue. There is a range of types, and people use them in the treatment of diabetes and other conditions. Some people needing injections frequently may have to learn how they are done. Learn more about subcutaneous injections, including how to do them, here.

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Medical News Today: Can you mix cephalexin and alcohol?

Cephalexin, also spelled cefalexin, is an antibiotic. It belongs to a class of antibiotics known as first-generation cephalosporins, which doctors use to treat a range of bacterial infections. While some antibiotics are not safe to take when consuming alcohol, cephalexin does not usually cause adverse reactions.

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Medical News Today: What are the health benefits of cranberry juice?

Many people consume cranberry juice for its health benefits. These include benefits for a person’s heart health, preventing infections, and better post-menopausal health. Side effects include potential interactions with medications and acid reflux. Learn more about the benefits and side effects of cranberry juice here.

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Medical News Today: What do high or low MPV levels mean?

Doctors perform the mean platelet volume (MPV) blood test on its own or as part of a complete blood count (CBC) test. The results give information on the components of a person’s blood. Platelets prevent bleeding and help wounds heal. Both high and low levels may indicate cancer, anemia, and autoimmune disorders.

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Medical News Today: How does hydrogen peroxide remove ear wax?

Hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient in ear drops, and it can help to soften and dissolve buildups of earwax. However, if a person has an ear infection, or the ear has been damaged, they should refrain from using drops that contain hydrogen peroxide. Learn more about removing earwax with hydrogen peroxide here.

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Medical News Today: How to do pelvic floor exercises

The pelvic floor is a set of muscles that supports pelvic organs, including the bladder and bowel. These muscles aid urinary control, continence, and orgasm. In this article, learn how to do four exercises that can help strengthen the pelvic floor, including bridge and squats. We also cover which exercises to avoid.

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Medical News Today: PUPPP rash treatment options

A pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) rash appears as itchy red hives and swelling inside stretch marks. There are many natural treatments, including cold compresses and oatmeal. Learn more about these and other remedies, as well as risk factors and tips for prevention here.

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Medical News Today: Can gripe water or gas drops treat colic?

A baby with colic can cause distress for caregivers, and many turn to home remedies to soothe a baby’s discomfort. Gripe water and gas drops are two popular home remedies for colic, but do either of them work? We examine what they are, what the evidence says, and what else might relieve colic symptoms.

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Medical News Today: Sex after a C-section: Everything you need to know

Every woman heals differently, so there no right time to begin having sex after a C-section. Doctors usually advise waiting at least 6 weeks, however, as the cervix and incision site require time to heal. Learn more about what to expect, including how to reduce strain on the wound and when to start using birth control.

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Personal 'Obamacare' Accounts Debut

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — You can now open your own personal "Obamacare" account — but you'll have...

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Medical News Today: Early pregnancy symptoms by days past ovulation (DPO)

n most cases, people find out they are pregnant when they miss a period. Some people may notice pregnancy symptoms even before this time, though they are easily confused with premenstrual symptoms. In this article, we look at what to expect in the days past ovulation (DPO), including early symptoms and timescales.

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A disease is a particular abnormal condition, a disorder of a structure or function, that affects part or all of an organism. The causal study of disease is called pathology. Disease is often construed as a medical condition associated with specific symptoms and signs. It may be caused by factors originally from an external source, such as infectious disease, or it may be caused by internal dysfunctions, such as autoimmune diseases. In humans, "disease" is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, or death to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes injuries, disabilities, disorders, syndromes, infections, isolated symptoms, deviant behaviors, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories. Diseases usually affect people not only physically, but also emotionally, as contracting and living with a disease can alter one's perspective on life, and one's personality.

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