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Phlegm: icky yet informative

Phlegm. Ick. No one wants to think about phlegm. It’s gross, right? But it’s important to talk about, especially during cold and flu season. A lot of people are or soon will be dealing with colds, congestion and other seasonal infections—and they often come with phlegm. Mucus is a normal part of your body. Your respiratory system is packed with mucus membranes that ...

 
 

Five things to prevent heart disease

While you may often hear scary stories about heart disease affecting those around you, it doesn’t mean you have to let the fear of it control your life. You can Lower your risk for heart disease with these simple steps that you can make a part of your everyday routine. “Many people might think they have no control over their heart disease risk if they have a certain ...

 

Epilepsy or something else?

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects more than 2.5 million Americans. It’s caused by malfunctioning nerve cells in the brain that lead to seizures. When someone with epilepsy has a seizure, they may experience a mild momentary loss of awareness or more severe symptoms such as uncontrollable twitching and jerking. If a seizure happens when a person with ...

 

Home care or urgent care?

Ouch! Cuts and scrapes are a painful fact of life. Whether you’re chopping vegetables for dinner, helping your child with an art project, or have the type of job that requires you to use tools and machinery, you’re likely to suffer minor skin injuries every now and then. Some of them can be treated at home, while others may require stitches, cleaning, and treatment ...

 

Caregivers need care too

Taking care of a loved one in need can take a lot of work. It's easy to end up putting the other person's needs before your own when caring for their every need. Ignoring your own health while taking care of someone else can carry serious risks. “No matter your age, not making time for your own needs can cause sleep deprivation, poor eating habits and lack of ...

 

Healthful turkey trot

This time of year, most people are looking forward to getting together with family and filling up on delicious food on Thanksgiving. Before you settle in at the dining table that day, consider getting an active start to your holiday with a Turkey Trot—a 5K or similar distance race on Thanksgiving morning. “Turkey Trots are great for runners of any level to get ...

 

Flu shots: when and why

The arrival of fall and cooler weather means flu season is on its way. To decrease your chance of getting the flu this year, prevention is best—which starts with getting a flu shot. While each flu season is different, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized or die from flu-related causes every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the ...

 

5 Healthy ways to get energized

Feeling sluggish is a feeling most people probably know all too well. From getting up first thing on a Monday morning for work to staying up late with friends, everyone can feel like they need an energy boost at some point in their day.While you may feel the urge to reach for an energy drink or cup of coffee when you feel this way, these are not the only ways to get ...

 

Understanding childhood obesity

Across the U.S., obesity is still a nationwide problem affecting both adults and children. For children, being obese at a young age can lead to other serious health risks, both during childhood and into adulthood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in five American kids between the ages of six and 19 are obese. If you're worried ...

 

Avocados: delicious and heart healthy

Avocados are the latest food trend both for healthy eaters and foodies. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans are now eating almost four times as many avocados today than in the mid-1990s. However you choose to eat them, they taste great and have the added bonus of being great for your health. “Avocados offer a lot of vitamins and nutrients,” ...

 

What really causes stomach bugs?

It’s likely you’ve had a stomach bug at some point in your life or know someone who has. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are on average 19 to 21 million cases of stomach viruses annually in the U.S. While you can get a stomach virus from contaminated food, this is not always the case. “Anyone can get a stomach bug—either from ...