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Keeping fit is something a lot of people view as very important and many of us would like to put more effort into. Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, have better cardio fitness, bust stress, or all of the above, there is no doubt that most people can benefit from putting more fitness activities into their lives. However, this isn’t always easy. The pressures of work, family life, and having a full schedule can make going to fitness classes or even attending the gym seem like an impossibility, and this means some people forgo the exercise they want to do or rely on less efficient ways of keeping fit, like trying to walk wherever they can.

Because of this, some fitness businesses have spotted a gap in the market for home fitness, and this is an area where there has been a lot of innovation in the last few years.

The Downside of Old-School Home Fitness

While exercising at home is nothing new, in the past, people would purchase a fitness video or DVD and use that. While the workouts could be quite good, the monotony of doing the same exercises every day with the instructor on the video saying the same things soon made even the best-made workout videos boring. As a result, people tended to either abandon the programs or end up buying dozens of the videos just to give themselves enough variety to stay motivated. 

How Online Fitness Gets Around This

Lately, there has been a huge rise in services that offer home fitness videos online, such as Studio SWEAT onDemand spin class videos. These services have the same benefits as the old fitness DVDs in that you can do them at home on your own and fit them around your life, but they also counteract a lot of the drawbacks fitness videos and DVDs have. You gain access to lots of different classes, which means you don’t have to listen to the same instructor saying the same things over and over to get your workout. They also allow you to join communities where lots of other people are training on the same program. People feel more supported and enjoy the sense of being held accountable that you get at a physical gym.

Is Online Fitness Right for You?

Online fitness programs have a lot of advantages and you can find all sorts of classes that can allow you to work out at home effectively, depending on what kind of activity you like doing and what equipment you have (for instance, for spinning you need a stationary bike, but there are plenty of workouts you can do where all you need is a towel and some space, too). These can help you have a structured workout rather than just using whatever fitness gear you have at home on the fly, and can also save you a lot of time and money compared to going to a gym.

It is interesting to see how well online fitness is catching on, and the great results many of its fans are getting.

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The Jewish faith has many important traditions. One of these is eating kosher food. For a Gentile, navigating the complexities of kosher and non-kosher can be something of a minefield. The last thing you want to do is offend your Jewish friends and family by giving them an unsuitable gift, yet following traditions shows that you respect the recipient’s Jewish heritage. 

There are certain rules to keep in mind when purchasing gifts for Jewish friends and families. To help you make the right decision and ensure your gift is welcomed with open arms, read on for some helpful advice. 

The Rules of Kosher

“Kosher” means “appropriate” or “fit”. Kosher food may or may not have been blessed by a Rabbi, but if it follows the prescribed practices of Kashrut, it is kosher. 

There are three categories of kosher food: meat, dairy, and pareve, or neutral. Meat and dairy are self-explanatory, but pareve includes, nuts, fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish, etc. In addition, meat must be slaughtered in a kosher, or more humane, way.

When looking for kosher gifts, you need to remember that meat, dairy, and pareve must not be mixed. This means any gift containing both meat and dairy is not kosher. Manhattan Fruitier offers beautiful kosher gift baskets featuring seasonal fresh fruit, kosher chocolate, babka, nougat, and honey! These baskets are perfect for any occasion.

What are Kosher Gifts?

Kosher gifts are usually identified by special symbols, which makes it easier to ensure you don’t inadvertently buy a non-kosher gift and cause offense. However, if giving a kosher gift for a special holiday, for example, at a Hanukah celebration, you should check whether the meal is dairy-based or meat-based, so you can buy a suitable gift. Otherwise, the recipient must wait six hours to enjoy the gift.

Kosher Holiday Traditions

Jewish holidays such as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah often have their own gift traditions. For example, it is customary to give fruit baskets at Tu B’Shvat and dairy-based gifts such as kosher cheese baskets on Shavuot. Purim is a time for the celebration of kinship, so give your friends some tasty kosher ready-to-eat snacks. 

Ideal Kosher Gifts

You should choose your kosher gifts carefully, but there are some great gift ideas if you’re stuck for what to buy your Jewish friends and family. 

  • Kosher Chocolate – Gourmet kosher chocolate is perfect for a dairy-based celebration. I defy anyone to be disappointed with a box of gourmet chocolate treats!
  • Kosher Candy – Kosher candy is another great choice for anyone with a sweet tooth. Children will love kosher chocolate pretzels, lollipops, and taffy.
  • Kosher baked goods – Look for kosher baked pies and cakes that are dairy-free, so they can be gifted for any celebration. So long as you stick to the kosher guidelines, you can create a tasty chocolate cake that’s dairy-free. 
  • Challah – Traditional Challah braided Challah bread is always welcomed. You can pick up Challah bread from a Jewish bakery or have a go at making your own. 

Other Kosher gift ideas include rugelach pastries, kosher wine, matzah ball soup, and latke crisps.

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Breaking a habit like a drug addiction is a long and difficult process. It is a journey that is incredibly difficult to complete. Consequently, a drug rehabilitation center is the best chance that many people will have in beating their addiction. All addictions are complex, psychologically speaking, and so there is no set of hard and fast rules dictating what the best course of action is. However, it has been repeatedly proven that a specialized drug rehabilitation program is the best hope for the majority of addicts out there. Getting the most out of drug rehabilitation requires individuals to have an understanding of both their illness and the purposes behind the various activities and treatments employed while in rehab.

Don’t Forget Why You Are There

This is possibly the most important piece of advice you can receive. Rehab is, by its nature, difficult, and it requires patients to put into it as much as they expect to get out. It is vital that while you are there, especially when things seem tough, that you remember why you are there and what motivated you to opt for rehab in the first place. 

Ask Questions

If you are unsure about anything during your stay, then ask staff about it. Being in such an unfamiliar environment can bring on feelings of anxiety in a number of people. However, there is nothing to worry about; the staff at the rehab center will be happy to help allay any concerns that you might have about your treatment.

Follow the Rules

Even if you don’t agree with specific points of policy or procedure at the rehab center you use, you should still do everything you can to ensure that you are complying with everything that is expected of you. During withdrawal, it is normal for patients to feel irritable and this might make minor annoyances seem like a big deal. Try to remember, however, that there is a reason for any rules you are required to follow and the people who decided those rules are the same people working to help you overcome your addiction. 

Be Patient

Breaking a drug gambit will require that you are patient with both yourself and with the staff who are helping to treat you. The process of reintegration back to a normal routine after a sustained period of drug addiction can take a long time, longer than most people realize. In fact, while the physical effects of withdrawal are usually over relatively quickly, there is still the psychological aspect to addiction, which can often prove much more difficult to break and is the main cause of relapses further down the line. It will take time and willpower to overcome your addiction. Finding a rehab center near to friends and family can also be helpful. If you live in Georgia, for example, then try searching the web for Georgia Drug Rehab.

Quitting drugs is a long and difficult process and in order to be successful, it requires the patient to engage and to use as much willpower as they can muster.

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Watching somebody that you love and care about go through an addiction problem is never an easy experience. However, it’s important to bear in mind that even after you have encouraged them to reach out for help and perhaps even arranged a rehabilitation period for them, along with medical and psychological treatment, being there for them and supporting them does not stop there. For many people who are recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, the recovery process goes on for months or even years after they leave the rehabilitation center; for some, it is a lifelong process of working to avoid relapsing back into old habits and routines. Here are some effective things that you can do to support your loved one on their recovery journey. 

#1. Trust Them

First and foremost, it’s important that you try and trust your loved one to look after themselves and stay sober if they have told you that they will. Although you cannot guarantee that this will happen, it’s vital that you give them space and trust that they need to carry on with a journey that is very personal to them. Of course, it can be easy to become overprotective when you are concerned about a loved one. However, this can often have the opposite effect, as they could feel that they have let you down, which can contribute to self-esteem problems. Check in with them regularly, but be sure that you are not overbearing or too protective of them – let them figure it out for themselves and step in if you feel it is necessary. 

#2. Do Fun Things Together

One of the main pieces of advice given to recovering addicts is to find new, healthier habits and hobbies to replace the old routines of taking drugs or drinking alcohol. This is certainly something that you can help your loved one with, and trying out new hobbies and activities with them can also be a lot of fun for you. You can do simple yet fun things together, such as taking your dogs for a walk, going shopping for new outfits, re-decorating a room, taking art classes, cooking together, or even learning a new sport – all of this can help to reintegrate them back into a substance-free lifestyle, boost their self-esteem, and improve their relationship with you too. 

#3. Actively Listen

Keep in mind that after coming out of a rehabilitation program, there may be a lot that your loved one will want to talk about, whether it’s their hopes and dreams for the future, or sharing their experiences of heroin withdrawal with you. As a supportive friend or relative, it’s important that you are there to actively listen to them. Be aware that they may not always expect you to do something to help, but rather just need a listening and understanding ear. Communicate openly with your loved one and ask them if there is anything that you can do to make their journey easier for them. 

With your help, your loved one can enjoy a successful recovery journey to a fulfilling, life of sobriety. 

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Learn about the latest research, unique symptoms for women, and the most important things you should know about stroke.

 

St. Elizabeth offers signs of a stroke and how to prevent them.

According to the National Stroke Association, more women die from stroke than men. In fact, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in women (compared to being the fifth leading cause of death in men). Surprised? Remember, women generally live longer than men, so they are more likely to live alone when a stroke occurs.

Signs of a stroke

Remember to act FAST when you suspect a stroke. FAST stands for:

  • FACE: Does one side of the face droop?
  • ARMS: Does one arm drift downward when the person is trying to raise their arms?
  • SPEECH: Is the person’s speech slurred or does it sound strange?
  • TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Other symptoms which may be especially unique to women include:

  • Loss of consciousness or fainting
  • Generalized weaknesses
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Confusion, unresponsiveness or disorientation
  • Sudden significant behavior change
  • Agitation
  • Hallucination
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain
  • Seizures
  • Hiccups

Women also have unique risk factors when it comes to having a stroke:

  • Taking oral contraceptives, especially with additional risk factors including age, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • Natural changes in the body during a normal pregnancy can cause increased blood pressure and stress on the heart.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), prescribed to relieve menopausal symptoms, this combined hormone therapy of progestin and estrogen can increase a woman’s risk for stroke.
  • Migraine headaches with aura not only cause debilitating pain, they can increase a woman’s risk of stroke by two and a half times.

Stroke prevention in women

  • If you experience migraines with aura and smoke, stop smoking immediately.
  • Monitor your blood pressure carefully during and after your pregnancy.
  • If you are over 75, get screened for atrial fibrillation
  • If you are starting oral contraceptives, make sure your physician screens you for high blood pressure.

To learn more, join us for Women Take Heart: Wine and Watercolor, an event focusing on women’s unique stroke risk. Learn more about stroke and enjoy time with female friends in a fun painting activity. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-8:30. Learn more at stelizabeth.com/wineandwatercolor.

Editor’s note: Written by Debbie Marques. This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

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Some people are born with thick, voluminous hair that doesn’t seem to get affected by anything, irrespective of what they do with it. However, most of us are not that lucky and the little volume we do have tends to thin out after just a few coloring and styling experiments. The good news is that there are ways to get thicker hair even if your hair is naturally thin and we will now take a look at how to do exactly that.

Pancake Your Braids

Braids themselves are a good way to make thin hair look thicker but you can add even more thickness to your braids by simply pinching and pulling a bit of each loop on one side. This is known as the pancaking technique and it adds volume to every braiding style out there.

Mousse for Thickness

If you are looking for instant thickness, the mousse will do that for you, but you will need to be careful so that you don’t overdo it. Spray some of the stuff onto your hand and then run your comb through it, instead of directly applying it to your hair. Comb from mid-to-end as you don’t want the mousse near your roots. Also, make sure that your hair is damp (not dripping wet) before applying that comb on your hair. 

Cortex Enlarger Spray

The hair thickener spray from ScalpMed is actually a cortex enlarger, which physically thickens the hair shafts and fibers to make hair not just look fuller but more voluminous in reality as well. All you need to do is spray it directly on your hair in the morning and you are good to go. Whether you style your hair or keep it open after that, it will look fuller and thicker for the rest of the day. This is one of the few solutions out there that actually thickens the hair instead of just making it look thick.

Velcro Rollers

Roll two or three Velcro rollers all the way to the top of your head and blow some warm air onto the rollers for half a minute. Now, let the rollers cool for about 10 minutes before taking them out of your hair. Remember to do this only when your hair is dry. If you manage to do it right, your hair should look full, voluminous and fluffy.

Dry Shampoo

An unusual but effective way to increase your hair’s volume is by using dry shampoo in it at night before going to bed. By the time you wake up in the morning, the dry shampoo will have absorbed the oil from your hair, in addition to giving it a much fuller look. Strangely enough, you can also use baby powder for the same effect.

None of these techniques are really hard, but they all work. You can try any or all of them over the course of time. However, taking care of your hair at the root level should always be your priority over styling because the healthier your hair is, the thicker it will look naturally, making any hair thickening method you use all the more effective.

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Though the prospect of having to go through a divorce isn’t one that most women entertain when they get married, the risk is always there. Indeed, Ohio couples who have reached the age of 50 or over arechoosing to divorce more and more frequently, with divorce increasing by a factor of three in Ohio couples over the age of 65. While further analysis reveals that divorce rates in Ohio have fallen in younger couples, most young women are waiting longer before choosing to marry; a factor that clearly affects the context of the data.

More findings of interest relate to divorce and pregnancy in Cincinnati. According to aScottsdale divorce lawyer,“an integral component of any divorce with children is a court enforceable joint parenting plan”.While Ohio law doesn’t officially give any judge the authority to refuse a divorce on the basis of pregnancy, it seems that the system isreluctant to allow couples to divorcewhile the wife is pregnant to ensure that child support will be established and to save the parents from going through a second court action to establish parental responsibility in the future.

Although Ohio is by no means leading the way in terms of high divorce rates – with that present title going to Detroit in Michigan –  it still ranks fairly highup on the list. With this in mind, we’ve decided to share some of the basic features of Ohio Divorce Law with you in this post. Hopefully, it will help to orient you a little during what is bound to be a troubling time full of change.

1. Fault-based divorce

Ohio remains one of the few states in the U.S. that still allows fault-based divorces. This is when either you or your partner chooses to file for a divorce due to the actions of the other. In Cincinnati and across the state, grounds for fault-based divorce can include the following: adultery, extreme cruelty, gross neglect, imprisonment, drunkenness and willful absence which has lasted more than a year. When a fault-based divorce is granted it can impact on property division, alimony and child custody.

2. Collaborative law

Collaborative law simply offers you and your divorcing spouse the means of reaching an amicable agreement outside of court. It’s a process during which you will both work closely alongside your respective lawyers, which meanschoosing a good divorce lawyer is keyand is one of the options available to you when divorcing in Cincinnati.

3. Will I have to go to court?

Divorces that remain amicable significantly reduce the need to attend court, as lawyers are then able to attend court on their clients’ behalf. However, even if you are in the middle of a no-fault divorce, you will eventually need to appear before the judge and testify to confirm that you are in agreement with the outcome as laid out. If your divorce is less than amicable, however, you may have to attend various court hearings and even be prepared to go all the way to trial.

4. Am I eligible to file for divorce in Ohio?

If you are legally married and you’vebeen living in the Cincinnati area or elsewhere in the state for at least six months, you are eligible to file for a divorce under Ohio state law. These rules equally apply to couples in same-sex marriages, following the Obergefell / Hodges U.S. Supreme Court’s case.

5. Equitable distribution

Under Ohio state law, marital property and assets are divided according to equitable distribution rules. It’s important to clarify that “equitable” doesn’t always mean “equal”. A number of factors are taken into consideration – including financial loss due to gambling, or marital funds that were spent on an affair – before the judge can make a fair decision as to how funds, assets and property gains are to be shared.

6. Children and sole custody

In general, Ohio state law favors joint custody over sole custody. Most courts lean towards offering both parents some share in the parental rights and responsibilities of all children involved. However, sole custody can be awarded to one of the parties if it can be unequivocally proven that this would be in the best interests of the children.

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How to pull off being a great mom and look fabulous while doing it!

You hit your teens wearing the new tight skinny jeans that are all the rage. You hit your 20s, looking fit and fab and finally meet the man of your dreams – well, almost! He may not be 6 foot 5, be in perfect shape, dark and handsome, looking like Marcus Schenkenberg, but he treats you well, proposes, and boom bang, you’re married with three kids.

Now, we all know what being a mom is about – snotty noses, dirty diapers, accidents in public and all the rest that doesn’t need spelling out. I will never forget the episode in “Sex and the City” where Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is in the kitchen and her beautiful daughter places chocolate-smeared hands on her mother’s gorgeous white skirt and she simply explodes. You get the picture! 

It’s simply not easy to pull off looking gorgeous when there is so much playdough, flour everywhere in the kitchen, chocolate and mud-smeared children’s clothes for you to wash. Just running around the house picking up clothes and running around after your toddlers takes its toll on the body and it’s strenuous. It also just makes better sense to jump into a pair of tracksuit pants, loose T-shirt and flip flops to get everything done. What’s the point of wearing your best clothes when you know they’ll get ruined?

But then, wait a minute. What about you? What about the vivacious woman that existed before giving birth who enjoyed shopping for clothes with friends and following the latest trends – or not. What about all those makeup tips and tricks you learned to make you feel pretty. 

This should not be lost just because you’re a mom.

So what to do?

  • If your hair is driving you crazy and all it ends up looking like is a bird’s nest everyday go treat yourself. Get a serious cut that you know you will enjoy wearing. Get a color shampoo, a Keratin treatment and blow-wave, it will automatically make you feel like a million bucks and your hair will be easier to manage. If you notice your hair has fallen out since having children Research Verified’s Hair Growth and  Hair Growth Biotin was made just for you!
  • Don’t stop wearing makeup! There will be many times during the day that you will be looking at your reflection – like all the million times wash your hands in the bathroom peering at yourself in the mirror.  Be proud of the woman that is staring right back at you. Feel good about the way you present yourself to the world – even if it is just to your exceptionally non-judgmental (bless them) children and your husband. Of course you want to keep that spark alive and feeling more beautiful will lead to more confidence. If you feel like your skin is looking dull and needs added assistance looking younger, take a Phytoceramides supplement. This Research Verified review will give you more insight into this. 
  • Forget about the dull grey tracksuit pants and go invest in some gorgeous leggings. There are multitudes of different brands and colors out there. Choose a bunch of your favorite and match with a nice fitting T-shirt. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just nice fitting and makes you look great! 
  • For shoes comfort is key. All the major brands like Nike, Reebok, Adidas and Puma have such gorgeous choices of footwear these days. Bright pinks and luminous yellows cascading the shelves of sports shops. And if not a sport shoe go for ballerina pumps. If you have to do with flip flops you can buy stylish ones with sparkly, fake diamonds on the straps and sandals reminiscent of Roman times. 

At the end of the day you will feel better about yourself if you make sure you are not totally forgotten. And while it may not be quite like it once was, there are some things you shouldn’t’ let slip – afterall, you are so worth it! You give and you give and you give. You give so much sometimes you get lost in your giving and forget about yourself. You’re a mom, in fact a “Wonder Mom”, you are proud of your children and make sure they look great everyday. Why not invest time in yourself and make sure you look and feel beautiful, too?

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Starting a YouTube channel is easy. In essence, all it takes is an email address to get your account up and running, while content can be created with any prepackaged video editing software. However, running a YouTube channel that is successful is a whole different story. 

Why is it so difficult to turn a YouTube account into a profitable venture? Well, research from 2015 suggested that there are over 17,000 creators possessing at least 100,000 subscribers. This is a number that is constantly on the rise, and these creators are covering every subject you could think of – from travel vlogs to hydraulic presses crushing random objects. In summary, YouTube is saturated. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t break out and triumph on the platform. One way of doing so is by making your YouTube channel more professional, and the following five steps will help in that regard.

1. Use professional equipment

If you’re producing content with obsolete video recording equipment and a microphone which came with your laptop, you are doing a disservice to your videos. Not only will they look amateurish, but it will also impact the number of people that will subscribe and watch your content. So with that in mind, purchase quality video producing equipment. This doesn’t mean spending loads of cash – a current iPhone video camera will do the job, while effective lighting and audio solutions can also be purchased on the cheap. 

2. Invest in high-quality video editing software 

Alongside the aforementioned first-rate equipment, you should also invest in professional-grade video editing software. By invest, this doesn’t mean just purchasing the software either. Read plenty of guides and practice new editing techniques – implementing such techniques will significantly help add that finishing touch to your content. 

3. Enhance your visual imagery

Away from your actual video content, there should be a particular focus on other visual imagery. By visual imagery, that means the likes of your logo and video thumbnails. Even if you’re not the most artistically gifted, there are tools available to help. For instance, a YouTube banner creator will assist in producing a slick, contemporary banner – which is another important part of developing your visual imagery. 

4. Cut out grammar mistakes  

An engaging headline and info-packed description is a great way to add value to your videos. To keep up the professionalism, all of your written words should be error-free. If you really struggle with knowing what words to capitalize in a title, when to use full stops and the difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re’, do not worry: there are professional grammar tools like Grammarly that will correct any mistakes made. 

5. Upload regularly 

For many YouTube creators, the biggest stumbling block is producing and uploading regular videos. This is especially an issue when success doesn’t arrive immediately – which is highly common – because it leaves self-doubt about whether your content is actually any good or not. Make sure to stick at it during those tough early times, upload high-quality videos consistently on a set schedule, and you should benefit in the long-run with a significant increase in views and subscribers. 

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Cincinnati women may be concerned to hear that females are twice as likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) during their lifetime as their male counterparts. Scientists are still in search for an explanation for the variation, and ultimately a cure for MS, but in the meantime have discovered a possible link between breastfeeding and the reduced probability of developing MS in women. 

The Study

397 women were recruited for the experiment. All of the participants had recently been diagnosed with MS or a condition known as clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), which may ultimately lead to MS. The average age of the women in the group was 37, and results from the participants were compared with 433 women who did not have MS. 

The results of the survey yielded 85 healthy female respondents revealing that they had breastfed for at least 15 months during childbearing and rearing years. Forty-four participants with MS said the same. On the other hand, 118 participants living with MS revealed that they breastfed fewer than four months, while 110 healthy respondents bear witness of the same practices. 

It was also found that women who began their menstruation cycles at or after age 15 were at 44 percent lower risk of developing MS than women whose ovulation cycles began at age 11 or younger. Forty-four healthy women and 27 participants with MS or CIS told the study’s coordinators that they experienced their first menstruation at age 15 or later. Meanwhile, 131 women with MS or CIS revealed that they experienced their first ovulation cycles at age 11 or younger. One hundred and twenty women without the disease declared the same. 

What Does the Research Mean?

Although the development of MS in women may be linked to how early their menstruation cycles begin, none of the evidence presented in the recent study is conclusive. There is also no solid proof of women who choose to breastfeed over formula being completely immune from the disease. The most recent survey does, however, present the possibility of nursing during child rearing years lowering a woman’s chances of developing the debilitating illness. Such research, when substantiated, may prove helpful to industry health insurance providers in coming years.  

A Note About Breastfeeding in Cincinnati

Cincinnati presently faces a health crisis in which infants are dying prematurely. More than 540 babies have died by natural causes in Hamilton county over the past five years, which places the region as one of the worst urban communities when it comes to rearing small children in the United States. Some of the death rates have been due to premature births, but the bulk of the high number comes from poor health. When you think about the nutrients attached to a mother’s breast milk, and how few women in Cincinnati choose nursing over formula, the notion of prevention comes to mind. Could breastfeeding be the cure for both women at risk of developing MS and Cincinnati babies with a higher probability of dying prematurely? The answer to such question has yet to be determined.

For now, Cincinnati women are advised to maintain regular checkups with the doctor and, if possible, choose to breastfeed over formula. Remaining healthy and alert is the way to enjoying a fulfilling life. 

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