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Terri Bradford has suffered debilitating headaches all her life. Some days the pain is so bad, she says, "By 11 o'clock in the morning, I'm on the couch in a darkened room with my head packed in ice."

Over the years, Bradford, who is 50 years old and lives in Bedford, Mass., has searched desperately for pain relief. She's been to the doctor countless times for countless tests. "Everything I've had, I've had twice," she says. "I've had two spinal taps; I've had so many nerve blocks I've lost count."

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A few years ago, The Park People spearheaded a “passport” to entice people to explore the Oak Leaf Trail. It covers more than 100 miles of diverse terrain. At first, the passport highlighted 14 park stops. This year, it includes 26 and a full-size map.

Cheri Briscoe is a hardcore volunteer. She’s advocated for the Oak Leaf Trail even before it acquired the name.

"I love biking and so I decided that’s what I want to focus on in my later life," she says.

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Depression is a mood disorder that by some estimates seriously affects nearly 15 million Americans a year. 

From cognitive behavior therapy to hypnosis to medication, there are a variety of ways of treating it.

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The bird flu is wreaking damage in the Midwest, particularly at poultry farms. 

For example, in Iowa, the avian flu has claimed more than five million chickens.

Here in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency. According to the state's agriculture department, poultry farmers have had to destroy more than 300,000 birds.

Raechelle Cline wants to make one thing clear: the avian flu has no impact on public health.

A farm in Iowa is going to destroy more than five million of its chickens in an attempt to curb the spread of the highly infectious avian flu.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the H5N2 avian influenza outbreak Monday, adding that the agency says that there is little chance that humans could become infected. According to the department's press release:

Looks like many of us don't have the right stomach for a paleodiet. Literally.

Two studies give us a glimpse into our ancestors' microbiome — you know, those trillions of bacteria that live in the human gut.

And the take-home message of the studies is clear: Western diets and modern-day hygiene have wiped a few dozen species right out of our digestive tracts. One missing microbe helps metabolize carbohydrates. Other bygone bacteria act as prebiotics. And another communicates with our immune system.

It's another busy morning at Dr. Anthony Aurigemma's homeopathy practice in Bethesda, Md.

Wendy Resnick, 58, is here because she's suffering from a nasty bout of laryngitis. "I don't feel great," she says. "I don't feel myself."

Resnick, who lives in Millersville, Md., has been seeing Aurigemma for years for a variety of health problems, including ankle and knee injuries and back problems. "I don't know what I would do without him," she says. "The traditional treatments just weren't helping me at all."

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It used to be that if you wanted to see a doctor for your annual checkup or the flu, your options were Monday through Friday, during the day. But things are changing.

Many providers now offer extended hours to make seeing a doctor more convenient, and discourage visits to emergency centers.

Dr. Mushir Hassan is working through a busy morning of appointments, popping in and out of patient rooms, and pulling up charts on the laptop he totes. All pretty routine, except it’s a Saturday, a day doctors normally have off and many healthcare clinics are closed.

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Athletes and sports fans are buzzing about Chris Borland’s decision to leave the NFL.

The former Wisconsin Badger is retiring from the San Francisco 49ers after a stand-out rookie season.

The reason: Borland says he’s worried about head trauma. He says he’s researched the potential long-term impact of head injuries and the chance of developing a degenerative brain condition. He told ESPN the risk isn’t worth it.

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Caregiving for a loved one who is chronically or terminally ill is an important job. And for people who can’t afford, or otherwise aren’t using paid nursing care, it’s also a huge and daunting task. 

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Public health officials in the Chicago area on Friday cautioned people that they may have been exposed to measles if they visited a local Menards store, a laundromat or a health clinic in one Lake County community. 

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Obesity is what many people tackle first when it comes to the effort to lead a more healthy life. 

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While we can all agree that the prospect of a heart attack is serious, there is evidence that one group of people doesn’t take their own risk for heart attacks seriously.  And it’s a pretty big group.

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Authorities in Arizona last week announced they’d made dozens of arrests for human trafficking crimes in the events surrounding the Super Bowl. But young women are vulnerable in every city in the country, including Milwaukee.

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There was good news and bad news in the global fight against Ebola yesterday. 

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