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Amazing stories: Rayana B.

Twelve-year-old Rayana has big dreams for her future. Just five years ago, the odds of the seventh grader being able to fulfill her lofty goals were diminishing. Diagnosed with sickle cell disease when she was born, Rayana was getting sick, and her previous treatment wasn’t working As her health continued to deteriorate, Rayana’s pediatrician recommended she see a sickle cell transplant specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.

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Prostate cancer: Early diagnosis can save lives

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men — with a lifetime risk of diagnosis of about 1 in 9. It is one of the leading causes of cancer death among men. But a simple blood test — the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test — can help detect cancer earlier when it is easier to treat. Learn about the PSA test.

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Understanding the connection between chickenpox and shingles

Shingles is a viral infection that causes painful rashes on the face or body. Caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox — about one out of every three people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. Learn about the connection between chickenpox and shingles, and how you can reduce your risk of developing the condition.

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Strategies for reducing childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States putting children and teens at risk for poor health. Some parents rely on puberty to help correct an overweight child; however, it is crucial to promote a healthy weight before the age of 12 as the number of fat cells in the body continues to be made up until that age. Get tips on how to promote healthy eating and wellness to prevent childhood obesity.

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