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What causes rapid weight gain?

Most people experience fluctuations in their weight, and it is common to gain weight over time. However, if a person gains weight in a very short time for no clear reason, this could be a sign of an underlying health condition. When weight…

Can you get pregnant on your period?

Technically, people can get pregnant at any time during their menstrual cycle, though it is much less likely during their period. A person is most likely to get pregnant in the middle of their menstrual cycle. This phase is called the…

Genes may contribute to marital satisfaction

Genes may have a discernible impact on the quality of a marriage, according to a recent study of couples in their middle and later years. New research suggests that being happily married may have less to do with chance and more to do with…

What to know about 24-hour cortisol urine tests

A cortisol urine test enables a doctor to measure the amount of cortisol present in a person's urine. Cortisol urine tests can help with the diagnosis of various medical conditions. A doctor will usually ask someone to collect all of their…

12 signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is when the thyroid gland produces too few hormones. Low levels of thyroid hormones can cause a wide range of signs and symptoms from changes in mental functioning to digestive issues. The thyroid…

Breast changes during pregnancy

Breast changes are a normal part of pregnancy and occur as a result of hormonal fluctuations. Changes to the breasts can occur as early as 1 week after conception, and they can continue right up until the birth of the baby and beyond. In…

What do TSH levels mean?

A thyroid-stimulating hormone test measures the levels of this hormone in the body. The test helps determine whether or not the thyroid, a small gland in the throat, is functioning correctly. The thyroid releases hormones that regulate…

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