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Get Limber with Simple Exercises

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No matter what your fitness level, stretching is a great addition to your daily workout routine. Although stretching is simple to do, it's often the most ignored part of people's fitness regimens, according to the American Council on Exercise. Stretching can reduce your risk for injury and help you become more read more

Prevent or Reduce High Blood Pressure with These Tips

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Have you talked to your doctor about your target blood pressure? In most adults, blood pressure less than 120/80 is considered normal. Prehypertension is blood pressure between 120/80 and 139/89. If your blood pressure is higher than 140/90, you have hypertension. You should take immediate steps to reduce your blood pressure read more

Social Drinking vs. Problem Drinking

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Many people enjoy an occasional drink with dinner or when they’re at a party. While everyone makes different choices about alcohol use, there are many consistent signs that signal alcohol use has become abuse. People who have alcohol dependence can't always predict how much they will drink, when they will stop, read more

Winter Fruit and Veggie Blues

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The winter months can be an easy time to get off the fruit and vegetable wagon, since there are not as many fresh choices from which to choose. Often wintertime fruit and vegetables don’t taste as good simply because they are not in season. A solution to this problem is to read more

Holiday survival tips offered for those living with diabetes

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Mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie...oh my. With the holidays just around the corner, many people look forward to spending time with friends and family and celebrating with food. Often, holiday parties also mean we have an increased exposure to calorie and carbohydrate-rich dishes. This can create a challenge for people who read more

Tummy trouble? Know your belly

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If you suffer from occasional tummy trouble, it may help to have a better understanding of your digestive system. A bit of knowledge may help prevent pain or discomfort, or even lead you to an important visit with your doctor. Your stomach is as an organ that breaks down food into its read more

Depression Not a Normal Part of Aging

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Depression is not a natural part of growing old. Instead, it's a medical condition that should be treated by a professional. In anyone, depression is a serious illness. Some groups are at higher risk, but the average older person is not depressed any more than a younger person. Depression affects about 7 read more

Do alternative medicines cure colds?

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Chew on vitamin C? Brew echinacea tea? These may seem like natural remedies when you feel a cold coming on, but they may not wipe out your sneezes, sniffles, scratchy throat and cough. Despite what you may have heard, there’s often little science to back up the healing claims of alternative read more

How Safe Are Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?

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You may be choosy about your moisturizer, hair color product and makeup brand, but how much time do you spend checking out the safety of those products? Cosmetics and personal care items include foundation and mascara, face and body lotion, soaps and shampoos, hair styling products, deodorant, toothpaste, hair dyes and read more

Pumpkin Power

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Every fall, it seems as though we are overrun by pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins and more. Often loaded with sugars and artificial flavorings, pumpkin-flavored treats are no more or less healthy for you than typical dessert fare. That’s unfortunate, because the humble pumpkin — in its purest read more