Smoking

The general consensus on smoking is that it is a habit that poses significant health risks to those who smoke and to those around them. But smoking is more than a habit – it’s an addiction, one we have not bothered to include when we talk about alcohol and drug addiction.What’s in a cigarette?When you…

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360 Approach to Women’s Heart Health

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. — heart attacks kill more women than all cancers, respiratory diseases and Alzheimer disease combined. More than 42 million women are affected by some form of cardiovascular disease in this country and the statistics are staggering; 432,000 (35.3%)…

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What is Lupus?

Lupus is a disease that causes your immune system to mistakenly attack healthy tissue. It’s estimated that about 1.5 million people in America have been diagnosed with lupus, with about 16,000 new cases each year.The cause of lupus is still a mystery. It is speculated that it develops in response to a combination of factors both…

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Mental Health In America

Mental Health is something you should be conscious of year round. Why? 1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences mental illness in a given year and 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 has or will have one at some time during their lives. Most common are mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.So why is this important?…

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Arthritis: 5 Things You Should Know

1. Who is Affected? You probably immediately associate arthritis with old age. Perhaps you have an older family member or friend who suffers from it and has joint pain.However, what you probably don’t know is it can occur at any age. Although it mainly affects adults (about 1 in 4), there are an estimated 300,000 babies…

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How Nutritionists Help Americans Feel and Look Great

March 14th heralds Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day. On this day, we recognize RDNs for the ways they guide us to develop good eating habits, maintain good lifestyles and change harmful ones, and keep us apprised of nutritional news. Becoming an RDN takes years of schooling but unfortunately, their advice often goes unheeded as people…

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Moving the Stone: How to Find Relief from Kidney Stones

Every day, doctors and other medical personnel see patients suffering from kidney stones. This ailment is extremely painful – it has been said that the only pain more intense comes with childbirth. People who suffer from chronic kidney stones may despair of ever finding relief. Today, we’ll discuss what kidney stones are and highlight tips…

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How Kidney Disease Affects Lower-Income Households

Research has shown connections between kidney diseases and income, citing lower-income families as higher-risk for these ailments. Today we’ll examine why this is the case, and what can be done about it.The Kidney ConnectionA study published in BMC Nephrology involved about 23,000 adults age 45 and older. These subjects were examined to see whether geographical and racial differences…

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Thank You Family Caregivers

There are home health care professionals; however, if you look after, or care for, an elderly relative or a loved one with a medical condition, you’re a caregiver as well. You should know that giving yourself to others physically, mentally, and spiritually can sometimes take a toll on your own personal health and wellbeing, especially if you’re doing…

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Caring for Your Kidneys

March is National Kidney Month, an appropriate time to remember just how critical those two bean-shaped organs are to our very survival. The kidneys are the body’s “complex” filtration system, removing waste and toxins, and regulating the body’s balance of fluids and electrolytes. According to the National Kidney Foundation, every day the kidneys filter and…

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