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Burn more calories

Going for a walk? Here’s how to burn more calories Whether it’s on your way to work, on a treadmill at a gym, or through the park on a summer evening, walking can be extremely beneficial for your health. Because it is such a huge part of our daily lives, we often forget about all the positive effects walking can have, particularly in terms of burning calories. ...

 
 

October optimum month for flu vaccine

October may be the optimum month to get your flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends anyone who is eligible be vaccinated by the end of October. That includes pregnant women, adults age 65 and older, children younger than five and people who have long-term health conditions that put them at a higher risk. While health officials ...

 

Prostate cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer. Who Is at Risk of Prostate Cancer? One man in six will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, but some men are at a higher risk than others for developing the disease, based on factors such as age, race and family history. Men ...

 

How to treat a burn

You and your family are exposed to burn risks every day. Between curling irons, hot coffee, ironing clothes and cooking in the kitchen, burns are a very real possibility. First Aid for Burns If you or a family member suffers a burn, there are some immediate steps you can take to ensure proper care is received. First, treat every burn like a major burn until you can ...

 

Endometriosis in young women

Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological disorders, affecting as many as one in 10 women of reproductive age. It is a chronic condition in which the tissue that forms the lining of the uterus, called endometrium, grows outside the uterine cavity on organs such as the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, bowels and bladder. In rare cases, tissue can even ...

 

It’s ‘National Golf Month’

Ditch the golf cart. Your aging knees won't mind. Golfers with knee arthritis should park the golf cart and walk the links instead, researchers say. While using a golf cart may seem the obvious choice for golfers with knee problems, a new small study finds that walking provides much greater health benefits. Moreover, it's not associated with increased pain, ...

 

Bike safety for the whole family

When warm weather hits, a bicycle ride can be a great way to exercise with your family. Proper bike safety is important for everyone—even if you’re only going for a quick ride. Whether you’re cycling on a trail or just in front of the house, follow these six bike safety tips: Protect your head. The majority of bicycle accidents happen close to home, such as on ...

 

Facts and myths about opioid addiction

It’s a problem that has become a national crisis. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 90 Americans die every day after overdosing on opioids. Opioids are common and effective prescription drugs used to treat chronic body pain but they carry serious risks if used incorrectly. While the devastating effects of opioid addiction hits home for many ...

 

First aid myths

Three first aid myths to ditch: Mom knows best, right? Well, not always. Some of the health advice she may have passed on isn’t so accurate. Here are three first-aid-related myths you should ditch and what to do instead. 1. Clean a wound with hydrogen peroxide. Save yourself the sting. Hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol can damage the tissue and make it take ...

 

Diet for Iron-Deficiency Anemia

Anemia is a condition you may not even know you have until an abnormality shows up on a routine blood test. In other cases, anemia can cause symptoms that send you to the doctor for a checkup. It may make you feel tired, faint and dizzy, or constantly cold. If you have anemia, you’re not alone. More than 3 million people in the United States have it, and it’s much ...

 

Understanding the teen brain

It doesn’t matter how smart teens are or how well they scored on the SAT or ACT. Good judgment isn’t something they can excel in, at least not yet.The rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until age 25 or so. In fact, recent research has found that adult and teen brains work differently. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the ...