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November 2007
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Vicki Contie, Erika Elvander, Margaret Georgiann (illustrations), Marsha Love and Harrison Wein

Man out walking waves to people bringing food to a neighbor’s party.
Heft for the Holidays
How to Hold Off Those Extra Pounds
Indulge in rich foods over the holiday season and you may wind up paying the price in extra pounds. While research shows that most people don’t gain as much weight as they fear they will over the holidays, many can’t seem to lose their holiday pounds afterward.
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The Vexing Pain of Vulvodynia
Giving Attention to a “Private Problem”
If you’ve never heard of the term vulvodynia, you’re not alone. You’re more likely to hear women refer to it as “the pain down there” or “feminine pain.” Although an estimated 14 million American women may have it at one point on their lives, few people are aware that the condition has a name. Even health care providers may not be familiar with it. This can lead to multiple doctor visits and delayed diagnosis and treatment for some women.
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