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Health briefs: Sex during pregnancy

Having sex while you're pregnant is generally safe, a new review finds.

"Sex in pregnancy is normal," wrote the review authors. "There are very few proven contraindications and risks to intercourse in low-risk pregnancies, and therefore these patients should be reassured."

The primer, based on a review of current evidence, is published Jan. 31 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.


Dry eyes and indoor heat

Dry eye syndrome is common in winter because of cold, dry outdoor air and dry indoor heat, an eye expert says.

Symptoms include pain, blurred vision, a scratchy or burning sensation, or even watery eyes as the eyes try to compensate for the dryness, explains Pittsburgh-area ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Azar.

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"Because both dry eye and allergies can cause watery eyes, differentiating the two conditions can be difficult and may require an eye exam," he said in a news release from the Institute for Good Medicine at the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

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