Oh baby, you’re going to have one! First and foremost, congratulations! While pregnancy is an exciting time, it also comes with a lot to think about, from who you’d like to deliver your baby to which over-the-counter medications are safe to take to what you’d like to name your son or daughter.

Another important decision every mom-to-be will have to make is where to have her baby. It’s never too early to envision and plan your labor and delivery experience. To help you get started, Dr. Michael Werkema, OB/Gyn Associates of Holland, offers some key questions to consider:

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The American Cancer Society estimates that about 17,650 Americans (13,750 men and 3,900 women) will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer this year.

Are you at risk, and if so, can you lower that risk? Is esophageal cancer linked with frequent heartburn? What are the treatment options? Dr. David Zink, Spectrum Health Medical Group-Gastroenterology, offers answers to these questions and more:

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Thyroid disease affects millions of Americans, especially women—yet it’s often misunderstood and overlooked. To clear up the confusion, and underscore the importance of this small but powerful gland, Dr. Peter Hoekman, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, offers answers to some common questions:

What is the thyroid gland

A butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of your neck, the thyroid makes hormones that regulate critical functions, such as metabolism, heart rate and body temperature.

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From online gaming to social media to video chatting, messaging and selfies, technology is ever-evolving and ever-present in our lives. Children use it to socialize, to do homework, to stay informed, and for entertainment.

While we can’t and shouldn’t cut off access to digital media entirely, it is necessary to create boundaries and exert some control over your child’s screen time. For added peace of mind, Holland Hospital Behavioral Health Services offers these seven tips:

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It may be all fun and games for hoops fans, but for problem gamblers, March Madness is a dangerous time of year. Those few bucks you spend on a bracket (or two) for your March Madness office pool? They’re part of an estimated $10 billion gambled each year on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Other common forms of gambling that put people at risk include casinos, online games and lotteries.

Why is March Madness a losing bet for those who may be struggling with gambling? Here are a few reasons:

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More than 40 percent of Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a month. While occasional heartburn isn’t something to worry about, frequent symptoms could signal a more serious problem known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or acid reflux.

What’s the difference between heartburn and GERD?

Heartburn is caused by stomach acid backing up into the esophagus. The burning sensation is generally felt in the upper and central part of your chest.

Heartburn is a common symptom of GERD, but this condition can also cause:

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Heart disease is a sobering reminder of mortality. After a heart attack or surgery, you live with a new reality. Maybe you’re faced with dietary restrictions or lifestyle changes or a new pharmaceutical regimen. Probably you’re more conscious of your breathing and your heart rate. With all the preoccupations and adjustments that accompany heart disease, sex can become a low priority. Maybe you’re afraid that intercourse will damage your newly fragile heart or actually trigger a heart attack. Or maybe it’s hard even to be interested in sex.

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