I’m Only Sleeping
Dec04

I’m Only Sleeping

Settle in for a long winter’s nap… and to all, a good night The holidays are a joyful season full of feasting and celebration. They can also be a time when we’re overrun with relatives and burdened by unexpected expenses. All the excitement can be stressful, and while the children lay “nestled all snug in their beds,” we grownups may have trouble falling asleep at night. According to Jessica Payne, associate professor and director of...

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Finally, Flu
Dec04

Finally, Flu

It’s here… prevent the spread of disease during flu season It starts with the sudden onset of a high fever. Body aches and chills. Sore throat and breathing difficulties accompanied by fatigue and cough. When you’re hit by the flu, you really feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. And influenza isn’t something to ignore: historically, flu pandemics can race through a population and can cause far more damage than a simple inconvenience....

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Holiday Hustle
Dec04

Holiday Hustle

Hanging with the healthy lifestyle through the holidays We get it. For many folks, the holidays are stressful: fighting with relatives, the endless parties, eating and drinking entirely too much, racing towards a sale on Black Friday — after all, those cute, designer boots marked down 75% aren’t going to buy themselves. Staying in shape is probably the last thing on your mind. All that chaos and commotion can really do a number on...

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Pins and Needles and Pain, Oh My!
Nov03

Pins and Needles and Pain, Oh My!

With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re taking a look at a painful and prevalent associated condition—peripheral neuropathy. It’s estimated that up to 20 million people in the United States have some form of peripheral neuropathy, and a common cause is diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy can also result from injuries, infections, chronic medical conditions, exposure to toxins, endocrine disorders that lead to hormonal...

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Go With Your Gut
Nov03

Go With Your Gut

According to the Postgraduate Medical Journal, this unimaginably large number amounts to about ten times more than the number of cells in the entire human body. With our own cells so outnumbered by the organisms inhabiting our gut, we might wonder who’s running things in our body—us, or our intestinal microbiota, otherwise known as “gut flora.” To some extent, it is our gut flora that determines our health by promoting normal...

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Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care: Which is right?
Nov03

Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care: Which is right?

It never fails. What you thought was allergies turns into a full-blown sinus infection over the weekend. You go in at 10:00 pm to check on a fussy baby, and she feels warm. Your son takes a line drive to the elbow at Saturday’s baseball game. After-hours medical issues are never convenient, and much confusion exists about where to where to go for life’s minor (or major) emergencies when your doctor’s office is closed. Though there are...

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Alzheimer’s  affects 5.2 million Americans—1 in 9 people aged 65 and older have it.
Nov03

Alzheimer’s affects 5.2 million Americans—1 in 9 people aged 65 and older have it.

This year, add mental wellness to your Thanksgiving list The holidays can sometimes be a stressful time of year, especially for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). There are, however, ways to make the season a more enjoyable time for family gatherings. A few doctor recommendations may enhance your quality time together this Thanksgiving—so you can spend more time being thankful for each other. Try to make...

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In The Know—Learning About Nutritional Supplements
Oct04

In The Know—Learning About Nutritional Supplements

It only takes cruising the vitamin and supplement aisle of your local grocery store to get confused about what your body may actually need in dietary supplements. Contrary to the barrage of messages we receive regarding the need for supplements, vitamins occur naturally in our diets, and most of us—unless suffering from a deficiency—get all the nutrition we need from the foods we eat. However, at different stages of life and phases of...

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From Top to Bottom
Oct04

From Top to Bottom

Your Guide for Maintaining Health and Wellness You have been gifted with the beautiful blessing of life. Maintaining your body’s optimal health can sometimes be a difficult, and even confusing task. There are, however, certain steps you can take each year to keep yourself tuned up from top to… ahem… bottom. Comprehensive Annual Checkup Finding a good PCP (primary care physician) or health care provider and establishing yourself as a...

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Don’t Weight
Oct04

Don’t Weight

It’s never too late to revamp your lifestyle As Americans continue to see their weight creep up, more and more people are focusing on how to lose weight with diet, exercise, and lifestyle change. Whether you need to lose five pounds or 50, we’ve compiled the best weight loss guidelines from top experts, no matter what your goals! Living at a healthy weight isn’t beyond your reach. Here are some quick tips to finding your best self. 1....

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New Ammunition in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Oct03

New Ammunition in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Make breast wellness a priority this month October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it an ideal time to discuss early detection and recommended screenings. Though doctors participating in this article have noted that there are no significant changes in the screening guidelines since last year, physicians are now better equipped to fight the disease thanks to the latest medical developments. These breakthroughs result in...

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Senior Strength
Oct03

Senior Strength

Keeping fit—both mentally and physically Recently an attractive and intelligent lady in her mid-80s was overheard to have said, “I’m giving up on life.” How sad! And yet there are thousands who join her in this thought. The good news is that something can be done about this dilemma, and every day seniors are realizing that by improving their brains and bodies, they are living healthier, more fulfilling, longer lives. As seniors, we...

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Healthy Veins, Healthy You
Sep01

Healthy Veins, Healthy You

The vascular system is something most people don’t think about until something goes wrong. The vascular system is how blood moves throughout your body. The heart pumps blood to your lungs, which oxygenate the blood. Then the heart sends the oxygenated blood to muscles and organs throughout the body by way of your arteries. Your veins are what bring that blood back to your heart. More often than not, even those with healthy hearts and...

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Battle the Bulge with Bariatric Surgery
Sep01

Battle the Bulge with Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss is hard work. For the obese, it can be a losing battle. Can a body makeover really be as easy as having surgery? Will the weight stay off, permanently? Chances are you’ve heard of bariatric surgery, but don’t know if it’s right for you—or even what it really consists of. Here’s your opportunity to learn how these procedures transform bodies, and if you’re a good fit for the surgery. Doctors describe bariatric surgery as a...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Aug01

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Which Dietary Fats Are Which Fat—it’s a modern day menace, or is it? The truth is, we need dietary fat as a source of energy and much more. Fats and fatty acids play roles in almost all of our body’s processes. The trick is to get the right amount, the right kind of fat, and the right balance. The Skinny on Fats Most of us know all fats are not created equal. Cooking with olive oil, for example, is considered healthier than cooking...

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Floss Boss
Aug01

Floss Boss

Take charge of your dental health If it’s true that doing the right thing is always the hardest, perhaps it’s no surprise that patients often lie to their dentists about their oral health habits. A recent study by the American Academy of Periodontology revealed that over 27 percent of people lie regarding how frequently they floss. We know that flossing and maintaining overall gum health wards off inflamed gums, infection, and...

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Solving Incontinence
Jul05

Solving Incontinence

Tackling a tricky issue—without surgery “You’ve had babies, so you’re going to have mommy leaks. That’s just the way it will be!” Your mom or grandmother has told you that, hasn’t she? After you’ve had a baby, you’re going to have urine leaking when you laugh or sneeze, and you just have to live with it unless you want to have surgery, right? Wrong! Urine leaking is common, but it’s NOT normal! Stress urinary incontinence—the leaking...

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Walking Tall
Jun28

Walking Tall

It all starts with the spine When thinking about overall health, people often focus on diet, exercise, and weight loss in order to prevent disease and to ward off illness. It’s easy to neglect what keeps us standing: a healthy and strong spine. In focusing on the prevention of disease, we forget that injuries sideline more healthy people than illness. According to the U.S. Labor Department Bureau of Labor Statistics, sprains and...

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Man Alive
Jun08

Man Alive

What to watch for during Men’s Health Month Men. They are fathers and sons, husbands and grandfathers. Some lead corporations and others lead families. June is the month we celebrate the men in our lives with Father’s Day. It’s also Men’s Health Month—a great time to focus on the men in your life, taking a closer look at ways to keep them healthy and fit. Men’s Health Month was designed to heighten awareness of preventable health...

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Marathon Mind
Jun08

Marathon Mind

Can anyone run a marathon? Probably. Most people are capable of finishing a marathon when following training guidelines to avoid injury. But when the topic comes up, most people say, “I could never do that!” I hear those words a lot. I have run four marathons and finished an Ironman. I am not a fantastic athlete. I am slow and not built like a runner.  The “I can’t do that” mantra ran through my head as I grew up. I also failed my...

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We Go Way Back
Jun07

We Go Way Back

Reconnect with yourself by reconnecting with friends from the past When you look back on your life, it’s likely that you cherish memories of a close friend that you haven’t seen in a long time. Maybe one or both of you moved far away, and you lost contact. Maybe life simply became busier for both of you, so you haven’t talked in a while. After years of separation, is it really worth the effort to reconnect with a long lost friend?...

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Taking the Pain Out of Gain
Jun07

Taking the Pain Out of Gain

Using sports medicine tips to maximize your workout and stay safe Now that warm weather has arrived, getting in shape and improving fitness is a priority for many. However, it is important to know that looking physically fit does not always mean a healthy body, according to Dr. Corbett Boone, who is board certified and fellowship trained in primary care sports medicine. “Health problems can still arise in physically fit people due to...

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Spotting Skin Cancer
May04

Spotting Skin Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year. That’s more than all other cancers combined. And that’s only non-melanoma skin cancers (melanoma is the most aggressive—and deadliest—kind of skin cancer). To avoid skin cancer, you’d basically have to avoid the sun. And as a society, we like the glowing, sun-kissed look! It gives the impression that someone is healthy and robust. But the truth is,...

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Take a Look
May04

Take a Look

May is Healthy Vision Month Think of all the things you do every day that require good eyesight—digging into a great book, driving your kids to school or yourself to work, grocery shopping and meal preparation, helping with homework, watching your favorite television show—the list goes on and on. Everyone knows it is important to eat right, exercise, and get enough rest. But sometimes, vision is taken for granted. The fact is, it is...

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Brain Saver
May04

Brain Saver

What you don’t know about strokes could be deadly True or false? Only people over age 30 can experience a stroke. Stroke is the second-leading cause of disability in the United States. One in nine people will suffer a stroke in his or her lifetime. Every 60 seconds, someone has a stroke. Think you know the answers? How about false, false, false, and false. Although rare, even infants and children can suffer a stroke. Stroke is the...

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Our Kids
Apr01

Our Kids

How well do we really know them? Where does your mind go when you hear the word “teenager?” How about “emerging adult?” What is your first reaction, your initial instinct, to what drives them, what they need, and who they are? If you are typical, the answer may begin with an appreciation for someone you know or have observed, but on the whole you may discover a general sense of everything from concern to frustration. As a person who...

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The Underappreciated Organs
Apr01

The Underappreciated Organs

Our kidneys keep everything clean How much do you know about kidney wellness? Chances are, not very much. Doctors say the misunderstanding is complicated by the lack of symptoms for kidney disease. Before exploring the illnesses, it is important to first explain how kidneys maintain life.  The abdominally located, bean-shaped organs filter blood, remove waste products, and wick away excess salt from the body, as well as transfer water...

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The Ins and Outs of Autism
Apr01

The Ins and Outs of Autism

Each April 2, autism organizations around the world celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with fundraising and events. Global landmarks get cloaked in blue lights, and the hashtag #LIUB (Light It Up Blue) is peppered throughout social media. A decade ago, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, was in its infancy, and families of children with autism encountered limited resources and social stigma...

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Living with MS
Mar03

Living with MS

How a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can change your life It started with a tingling on her left side, like an electrical current coursing down her leg. Later she would step into the bath and not feel the hot water envelop her left leg as it nearly scalded her right. Walking across a cold floor would feel as though she had a sock on her left foot while both feet were bare. After multiple trips to a handful of specialists—Could it be...

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Heart to Heart
Mar03

Heart to Heart

Healthy practices and medical innovations for keeping your heart happy Of the health issues facing our nation today, heart disease in all its forms is one of many that is highly preventable yet still remains a threat. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease consists of conditions that include diseased vessels, structural problems, and blood clots. Luckily, everything from lifestyle choices to...

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Seasonal Havoc
Mar03

Seasonal Havoc

Do you choose to be miserable with allergies this time of year? Ahh… Texas in the springtime, where cerulean waves of bluebonnets threaten to splash onto the highways and Indian Blankets burn a path of crimson in their wake. Go ahead and enjoy the brilliant blooms—they’re not the reason you can’t take a deep breath or why you sound as though you’re talking in a tunnel. Blame your seasonal allergies on tree pollen, for the most part,...

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Is Sitting Killing Us?
Mar03

Is Sitting Killing Us?

You wake up, pour your coffee, and settle in to watch the morning news. You check on the weather and driving conditions, shower, then sit in your car for the commute to work. You sit behind your desk for six, seven, eight hours. Quick workout at the gym and you’re back home again, unwinding on the couch with a little Netflix. Before you know it, it’s time for bed—and then you start the whole thing over again. Sitting. It’s being...

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Don’t Sweat the Pet
Feb01

Don’t Sweat the Pet

Simple solutions for living comfortably with allergies and your four-legged family members There’s no doubt about it, pets enrich our lives in ways too numerous to count—our furry friends are members of the family. So what do you do when someone in the house is allergic to a beloved family pet? It’s not so easy living with the allergy-inducing dander pets leave in their wake. Luckily, there are dander-defying solutions every member of...

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Hidden Health Problems—Are you in danger?
Jan11

Hidden Health Problems—Are you in danger?

After you’ve put away the holiday décor, returned items that didn’t fit, and established your New Year’s resolutions, be sure to add scheduling checkups with your doctor and dentist to your to-do list. While it might be difficult to prioritize your health—especially when you’re feeling fine—putting off recommended screenings, exams, vaccinations, and physicals can be a source of huge regret later on. Is Your Operating System Working...

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Healthy Kids—Tips from a medical expert for 2016
Jan11

Healthy Kids—Tips from a medical expert for 2016

No matter their age, from infant to college kid—your baby is still your baby! It’s important to stay aware of some of the most common health concerns as your kids grow. Read on for some input from Dr. Juliet Breeze, founder of Next Level Urgent Care. Babies You may not hear about it as much as the flu, but RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is even more common than the flu and appears to be increasing in frequency. Parents should be on...

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No Pressure
Dec08

No Pressure

High blood pressure affects millions—check out these surprising ways to elevate your health and lower your BP. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can live with “just a touch” of high blood pressure. It can quietly damage your body for years, ultimately eroding your quality of life and limiting your lifespan. A reading of 140/90 and higher signifies high blood pressure. This puts you at greater risk for heart attack, heart failure,...

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A Joint Effort
Dec08

A Joint Effort

Easing the pain and limitations associated with osteoarthritis Holiday gatherings provide a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with loved ones, and spending one-on-one time with older relatives can make us more aware of their health issues. Maybe we have to speak a little more clearly and slowly to be understood. Perhaps we need to provide an arm for someone to descend some steps. Even offering to twist the lid of a jar that’s hard to...

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Daydream Believer
Dec07

Daydream Believer

Reawakening the art of positive, constructive daydreaming Daydreaming gets a bad rap along the path from childhood to adulthood. In our culture—one that often embraces goal-oriented productivity—to allow our minds to start wandering like they did when we were children is a behavior all-too-often replaced with the mantra of grown-ups: “Be a doer and a go-getter, not a dreamer.” Who doesn’t wish to be free to daydream from time to time?...

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Those Burning Questions – A Users’ Guide to UTIs
Nov11

Those Burning Questions – A Users’ Guide to UTIs

Consider the urinary tract—it’s one of the body’s amazing systems you never think much about until it’s not working properly. But when something goes wrong, the symptoms of a urinary tract infection can be quite uncomfortable and cause serious concerns. Understanding the anatomy Your urinary system is comprised of your kidneys, ureters (tubes linking the kidneys to the bladder), bladder, and urethra (tube that dispels urine from the...

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From Relaxation to Peaceful Sleep
Nov10

From Relaxation to Peaceful Sleep

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Can Make the Perfect Holiday Gift Anyone who is fortunate enough to have visited a spa for a luxurious massage or a cleansing facial has likely experienced the many benefits of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a treat for the senses, and not just because of the wonderful aromas. Also referred to as essential oil therapy, aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted...

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Dying To Take Type 2 Diabetes Seriously
Nov09

Dying To Take Type 2 Diabetes Seriously

Switch on the television or flip through a magazine and you’re likely to see an ad about diabetes. While it’s good to know treatment breakthroughs abound, it’s important to focus on ways to avoid getting diabetes in the first place. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. A person diagnosed at age 50 dies, on average, six years earlier than someone without diabetes, according to the American Diabetes...

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The Ups and Downs of Self Esteem
Oct06

The Ups and Downs of Self Esteem

A few tips on how to keep it balanced. Are you your own worst critic or your biggest fan? If you’re like most people, you go back and forth between the two. Slip on that little black number and you feel like Gisele. But catch a glimpse of yourself in a window and you’re George Wendt in a dress. Turn in a report thinking it’s the greatest idea since seamless stockings. Five minutes later you want to snatch it back before the boss can...

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We’ve Come A Long Way Baby—Mammogram tech is on the move
Oct02

We’ve Come A Long Way Baby—Mammogram tech is on the move

Most women have a love-hate relationship with screening mammograms. Breasts are not made to be compressed and squished flat like a pancake, even if it’s only for a few seconds. On the other hand, we embrace mammograms because they remain the best method of early breast cancer detection, and the earlier it’s detected, the better our chance for survival. When it comes down to it, a couple of minutes of discomfort for a non-invasive,...

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The Dizzying Facts About Vertigo
Sep10

The Dizzying Facts About Vertigo

Imagine opening your eyes and the room appearing to be whirling around you like a tornado. Turning your head ever so slightly sends your world spinning, and even when lying still, there’s a moving sensation. Standing up and trying to walk sends you lurching to and fro as you attempt to maintain your balance. You feel nauseous, like you have motion sickness or the flu. Your mind races as you wonder, “What in the world is wrong with...

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Cancer Yesterday and Today—How Treatments Have Changed
Sep08

Cancer Yesterday and Today—How Treatments Have Changed

Gone are the days when hearing the word cancer from your doctor meant an automatic death sentence. In fact, advancements in cancer treatment over the past twenty years have been resoundingly encouraging. Our nation’s top oncologists report advances in chemotherapy and the development of targeted radiation that greatly reduces the risk of damage to surrounding tissue. Cancer surgeries are less invasive. Improved supportive therapies...

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Best Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep – Focus on Sleep Apnea
Aug06

Best Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep – Focus on Sleep Apnea

Do you feel like the world is speeding up while you are slowing down? Do you have trouble concentrating on conversations or keeping your mind on work? Have you caught yourself dozing off during the day or, more ominously, at the wheel while driving? Does your spouse complain of your snoring keeping them awake? All of those are signs of a condition known as “sleep apnea,” a condition that affects almost 45 million Americans. “New...

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Fitness Wearables. What’s all the hype?
Aug05

Fitness Wearables. What’s all the hype?

If you’re not already one of the 19 million people using an activity tracker, a.k.a. fitness wearable, you should be. Why? Because they work. “We can improve what we can measure,” said Ted Vickey, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Senior Consultant on Fitness Technology. “By understanding our daily movements, we can create a baseline and create goals and objectives from that baseline.” Today’s electronic fitness wearables measure...

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5 Reasons Why Getting Older is Awesome

Sure, being young has its appeal—joints move without creaking or popping, hair remains grey-free (or simply remains!), eyes focus on a menu even under low lighting, and most of the time you remember exactly where you left your keys. But getting older also has its perks. From discounts and deals to more time to do what you want, aging is all the rage. 1. Retirement Living If you’ve never explored your options for retirement...

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Is a Full-Body Scan a Good Stop on the Road to Wellness?

One of the mysteries of life is what lies beneath our skin—systems both complex and miraculous keep us alive every second of every day. But what if, hidden deep within, something was amiss? Wouldn’t it be helpful to know? Those questions have spurred the accessibility of optional, full-body CT (computerized tomography) scans to reveal 3D images of the body. If we can detect abnormalities early, surely we can improve our chances for...

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Is A Trim Figure The Fountain Of Youth?

The secret to longevity starts with using a common household item. Only a few seconds on your bathroom scale may indicate the number of years you can extend your life. An Oxford University study revealed that being just 30 pounds overweight can shave three years off life expectancy. So think of it this way: for every 10 pounds you shed you may gain a year. Just 10 pounds for a whole year! Here are a few ways that can help you trigger...

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