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Posted: Jan 18, 2018

Babywearing: Good for Baby and Parents

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Discharge Facilitator Sheera Thomas

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babywearing. Holding, or carrying, a baby in the early months meets the infant’s basic need to feel safe, experts say.
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Posted: Jan 11, 2018

GI Cancer & Genetics: What You Need to Know

Written by SMH Certified Genetic Counselor Nicole Wood

Did you know that more than 135,000 cases of gastrointestinal cancers are diagnosed each year in the US? While the average age of diagnosis is around 67, recent studies show that diagnoses are becoming increasingly common in people under age 40. Researchers do not yet know the reason behind this sudden shift.  
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Posted: Jan 10, 2018

Breathe Easy January 2018: New Year, New You

COPD / Pulmonary Disease Support Group Video

Get tips on how to choose health in this new year in this January 2018 recorded livestream video of the monthly Breathe Easy Support Group meeting. 
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Posted: Jan 9, 2018

Sluggish? Moody? Feel Better with these Sweet Tips

Written by SMH Outpatient Dietitian Lauren McNeil

You exercise. You try to eat a healthy diet. You do your best to avoid additives. But your favorite pants still don’t fit, you feel tired all the time and you’re moody. So what’s the problem? Try this tips from an SMH dietitian to feel better.
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Posted: Dec 18, 2017

Is Male Breast Cancer Hereditary?

WRITTEN BY SMH CERTIFIED GENETIC COUNSELOR NICOLE WOOD

Like women, men have breast tissue. Men lack the hormones required to stimulate breast tissue growth, so it usually stays flat and small. However, also like women, men can develop cancer in their breast tissue. In general, the chances of this happening are slim, less than 0.5 percent, making it a rare form of cancer. This low number is likely due to a combination of hormonal factors and simply not having as much breast tissue as women do. However, in 2017 approximately 2,470 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease.
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