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    • FEBRUARY 17, 2018
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    5 Foods That Fight High Cholesterol

    It’s easy to eat your way to an alarmingly high cholesterol level. And the reverse is true too — changing what you eat can lower your cholesterol and improve the composition of the armada of fats floating through your bloodstream. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and “good fats” are all part of a heart-healthy

    • FEBRUARY 13, 2018
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    Smartphone Detox!

    If the Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov were alive today, what would he say about smartphones? He might not think of them as phones at all, but instead as remarkable tools for understanding how technology can manipulate our brains. Pavlov’s own findings — from experiments he did more than a century ago, involving food, buzzers and slobbering

    • FEBRUARY 6, 2018
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    Dangers of Fidget Spinner Batteries!!

    (Reuters Health) – Swallowed button batteries from flashing “fidget spinners” can lead to severe injuries in young children, doctors warn. The fidget spinner is a toy made of metal or plastic and consists of a central bearing surrounded by three arm-pods, which rotate around the center. Some types of fidget spinners include light emitting diodes

    • JANUARY 29, 2018
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    Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

    An ongoing lack of sleep or poor quality sleep increases your risk of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and obesity. They are also linked to memory problems, forgetfulness and more fall or accidents. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Here are some tips to help! Good to

    • JANUARY 23, 2018
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    CDC Urges Flu Vaccine NOW For Kids!!

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Of the 30 U.S. children who have died from the flu so far this season, some 85 percent had not been vaccinated, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who urged Americans to get flu shots amid one of the most severe flu seasons in years. “My message is,

    • JANUARY 19, 2018
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    How to Travel With Medication

    Travelers often pack medications when they go abroad, but some prescription and over-the-counter ones Americans use for things like pain relief, better sleep, allergies and even the common cold are illegal in some countries. Most travelers won’t run into problems for carrying small amounts for personal use, said Katherine L. Harmon, who oversees health analysis

    • JANUARY 15, 2018
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    What Should I Ask My Doctor During A Visit?

    Asking questions is key to good communication with your doctor. If you don’t ask questions, he or she may assume you already know the answer or that you don’t want more information. Don’t wait for the doctor to raise a specific question or subject; he or she may not know it’s important to you. Be

    • JANUARY 3, 2018
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    Visit Public Lands on Fee-Free Days in 2018!!

    Mark your calendars for the 2018 Fee Free Days in your national parks, refuges, conservation lands, lakes and forests. On designated days throughout the year, participating federal land management agencies offer free entrance and waive some standard amenity and day-use fees. For more details about which standard amenity fees and day-use fees are waived, please contact the location

    • DECEMBER 29, 2017
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    CDC Advisory: Flu Increasing, Be Ready With Antivirals!!

    Influenza activity, predominantly from A(H3N2), has increased significantly in recent weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which issued a health advisory Wednesday. Given the characteristics of this season’s flu, the CDC is recommending, in addition to the flu vaccine for prevention, increased use of neuraminidase inhibitor (NAI) antivirals for treatment. Quick treatment

    • DECEMBER 19, 2017
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    How to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs!

    If you’re willing to do a little extra work, it is possible to lower your prescription bills. A reporter for The New York Times and a reporter for ProPublica both found instances this year in which drugs prescribed for family members could be purchased for less money without using their insurance coverage. Check your coverage