Allergies and Eczema: Connected?

The exact cause of eczema, also known as dermatitis, is not known by medical professionals. It’s a red rash that can appear on the skin anywhere on the body. Eczema can be genetic, but can also be triggered by any number of environmental and emotional factors. There appears to be a link between eczema and allergic rhinitis (hay fever) as well as asthma. Dust and other irritants that…

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“Spring Clean” Your Life

It’s spring. It’s time to clear the clutter – physical and mental! The following are some ways to “spring clean” your life.Edit your clothes: We recommend you go through your winter clothes to determine what you didn’t wear or use last season. If it’s taking up prime real-estate in your closet, part ways. Now is also an opportunity to…

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Allergies or a Cold?

The symptoms of allergies and colds can be very similar, so it can be pretty difficult to tell them apart. Each can cause running noses, sneezing, possible headaches, and congested nasal cavities. Luckily, there are some differences that make it possible to tell whether or not what you have is contagious. Colds often include some special “bonuses”…

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Treats for the Heart

Doctors and medical researchers have actually endorsed these treats, and here’s why:Chocolate: Antioxidant Powerhouse #1The cells in our bodies are continually subjected to damage through a process called oxidation. This can cause a host of problems for the heart, like prompting LDL (“bad”) cholesterol to form artery-clogging plaque.To resist the damage of oxidation, our bodies…

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Bronchitis, Pneumonia, and the Flu: What’s the Difference?

‘Tis the season.  No, we’re not talking about spreading holiday cheer for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other winter holidays. We’re talking about the season of spreading nasty germs that can make you sick for weeks. More specifically, the flu, pneumonia, and bronchitis are the common illnesses to watch out for this time of year. Here…

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The Germy Facts about Thanksgiving Air Travel

Cold and flu season is ramping up just in time for the busiest travel season of the year. Airlines are expecting to see 24.6 million passengers over the Thanksgiving holiday. However, the American Lung Association has reported that up to 20 percent of these passengers will be bringing along more than just their luggage—they’ll also…

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Can Daylight Saving Time Cause Insomnia?

Much like food and water, sleep is an essential part of human life. Our bodies desperately need shut-eye in order to process memories, repair tissue, and restore energy. Despite its importance, nearly 25% of American adults don’t get enough sleep.You may be quick to blame the lack of sleep on stress or kids, but there…

5 Remedies for Halloween Tummy Troubles

Halloween is a celebration unmatched by any other holiday. Sure, there are the costumes and the pumpkins, but what really sets Halloween apart? The candy. Recent statistics show that Americans will spend more than $4 billion on Halloween candy this year. That equates to bags upon bags of sweet, sugary goodies waiting to land in…

Outsmarting Your Fall Allergies

Of course, we all hate to see weeds mucking up our gardens and lawns. But, during the fall season, a specific family of weeds does much more than simply invade our green space—it invades our bodies and causes an extremely unpleasant cascade of allergy symptoms.The trouble with ragweedThis troublesome plant is called ragweed. There are…

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New Recommendation for Children’s Flu Vaccine

The 2014-15 flu season has begun and pediatricians across the country are prepared to engage in battle. Estimates suggest that nearly 160 million people will receive the influenza vaccine and, surprisingly, many of those vaccinations won’t come from a needle. For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending…

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