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Overcoming Opiod Addiction

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
After detox and rehab for Opioid addiction, support from recovery groups, health care professionals, friends and family, can make all the difference. These are people who will help navigate the darker times.
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Poetry

Poetry Sunday: “I Sit and Sew,” by Alice Dunbar-Nelson

By Rebecca Foust
The poem’s opening introduces a wonderful pun—the word “seems.” It’s a kind of doubling that characterizes the poem as a whole, and through it we come to see sewing a seam as a metaphor for something larger—the domestic life, the life relegated to women as a whole in the nineteenth century.
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Health

What to Expect for the Influenza Season

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated, less flu can spread through that community.
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Health

Osteoporosis Prevention

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
The greatest bone loss occurs is in the first 5 years after menopause. This is what every woman in her 40s should do to optimize lifelong bone health.
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