• Prevent Allergies and Asthma Attacks at Home

    Prevent Allergies and Asthma Attacks at Home

    If someone in your family has allergies or asthma, make your home a healthier place by getting rid of the things that can cause allergy symptoms or an asthma attack. What can cause allergy symptoms or an asthma attack? Things that can cause allergy symptoms are called allergens. Asthma attacks can be caused by irritants (things

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  • Are you getting enough calcium?

    Are you getting enough calcium?

    The Basics: Overview Your body needs calcium to build strong bones when you are young and to keep bones strong as you get older. Everyone needs calcium, but it’s especially important for women and girls. Many people, including most women, don’t get enough calcium. How much calcium do I need every day? Women: If you

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  • Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation

    Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation

    If you choose to drink, have only a moderate (limited) amount. This means: No more than 1 drink a day for women No more than 2 drinks a day for men Different types of beer, wine, and liquor have different amounts of alcohol. In general, 1 drink is equal to a: Bottle of beer (12 ounces)

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  • Talk with Your Doctor about Taking Aspirin Every Day

    Talk with Your Doctor about Taking Aspirin Every Day

    Taking aspirin every day can lower your risk for heart attack, stroke, and colorectal cancer. For most people, aspirin is safe. But it’s not right for everyone. Ask your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are age 50 to 59 and you have any of these heart disease risk factors: Smoking High blood

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  • How gadgets are keeping you awake

    How gadgets are keeping you awake

    Our cell phones, tablets, computers and other electronic gadgets have become such a huge part of our daily lives that it’s often hard to put them down—even at bedtime. Keeping your phone on your nightstand may not seem like a big deal, but technology affects your sleep in more ways than you realize. Whether you’re

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  • Valentine’s Day Tips

    Valentine’s Day Tips

    Be heart-healthy. Make A Date With Your Heart! February is American Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day is a great time to start taking steps to be heart-healthy. Prevent and control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Limit alcohol use. Maintain a healthy weight. Be active. Eat healthy.   Be

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  • February Marks American Heart Month

    February Marks American Heart Month

    The perfect gift this Valentine’s Day is the gift of heart health. Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.

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  • Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

    Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

    The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent

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  • Treadmill workouts don’t have to be boring

    Treadmill workouts don’t have to be boring

    Just because it’s too cold for your normal three-mile outdoor run doesn’t mean the treadmill has to be a monotonous exercise in staring at a blank wall. Los Angeles-based trainers Jeanette Jenkins and Massy Arias offer the following tips for getting out of the treadmill rut. Vary the speed and incline, add arm weights and

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  • Cold remedies

    Cold remedies

    There’s no cure for the common cold. But what about cold remedies that claim to make you feel better faster? Find out what’s effective Cold remedies are almost as common as the common cold, but are they effective? Nothing can cure a cold, but there are some remedies that might help ease your symptoms and

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  • Heart Healthy Recipe: Sliders

    Heart Healthy Recipe: Sliders

    American mini-burgers are certainly a popular food trend, and they can be a healthier choice than a large fully-loaded burger! Ingredients +  1 1/4 lb extra-lean, ground beef +  1 large egg +  1 medium onion (finely chopped) +  1/2 tsp ground black pepper +  1 clove garlic (finely chopped) +  3 small tomatoes sliced

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  • Blood pressure test

    Blood pressure test

    Why it’s done Having a blood pressure test is a routine part of most medical appointments. Your doctor may order separate appointments for repeat blood pressure checks to look for ongoing health conditions, including prehypertension, high blood pressure (hypertension), low blood pressure (hypotension), heart disease or other conditions. You should have a blood pressure test

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