Category: Health and Wellness

Help Your Heart with a Few Extra Hours of Sleep Each Day

It should be no surprise to anyone that 50 – 70 million Americans don’t get the restorative sleep they need. Just note the number of advertisements for mattresses, pillows, and mattress toppers we see everyday that all promise to deliver the perfect night’s sleep.

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Make Heart Health An Everyday Habit

One can hardly pick up a frozen dinner, boxed cereal, or any prepackaged food and not notice the “Heart Healthy” label splashed all over the item. Relying on these marketing ploys alone will typically NOT provide much that is truly heart healthy.

You don’t have to scrupulously count calories or become obsessive about your diet to lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. Here are 5 practical ways to make heart health an everyday thing.

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What To Do At Your Next Doctor’s Visit

No doubt if you asked doctors this question, many of them would say that one of  the most important things to do at your next doctor’s visit is be on time.

This is especially true with early morning appointments. Of course, things can happen to delay your arrival, but patients who come late can often affect the day’s entire schedule.

Let’s assume that you are on time and ready to meet the doctor. What are some other helpful prerequisites for your next doctor’s visit?

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Talk-Test-Treat: The Good News And Bad News About STDs

The CDC estimates that 20 million new Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) infections occur each year, and sexually experienced persons aged 15-24 make up over one-half of all new infections.

With so much information in the public eye about using condoms to prevent STDs, why do the numbers continue to rise?

It’s STD Awareness Month, which is a great time to understand the problem and seek more solutions.

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Three Easy Steps to Prevent the Flu

Per the CDC’s latest reports, the flu has now been reported as widespread in 42 states plus New York City and the District of Columbia, with 53 pediatric flu-related deaths reported so far. What this means for most, and certainly those with children, is that the flu is much closer to you and your home than you may think. While most of the recommendations for prevention should be practiced throughout the year, it’s more important right now to follow these steps to prevent sickness for not only you and your family, but numerous others. 

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