• 8 Interesting Facts About the Thyroid

    8 Interesting Facts About the Thyroid

    1. What is the Thyroid? Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that measures about 2 inches long and sits at the base of your neck, in front of your throat. The thyroid has two symmetrical sides, like butterfly wings, called lobes that sit on each side of your windpipe. The isthmus connects the two sides.

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  • 22 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep in 2022

    22 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep in 2022

    A new year often signifies a fresh start for many people. For some, this means setting health goals, such as losing weight, following a healthier diet, and starting an exercise routine. However, more often than not, the health and wellness resolutions chosen are highly restrictive and unsustainable, leading most people to break their resolutions within

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  • 7 Signs of an Unhealthy Gut and 7 Ways to Improve it

    7 Signs of an Unhealthy Gut and 7 Ways to Improve it

    The gut microbiome The incredible complexity of the gut and its importance to our overall health is a topic of increasing research in the medical community. Numerous studies in the past two decades have demonstrated links between gut health and the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, skin conditions, and cancer. At

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  • 9 Tips to Prevent Prostate Cancer

    9 Tips to Prevent Prostate Cancer

    The facts of prostate cancer The prostate, an organ located under the bladder, produces semen. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States. About 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. The risk of developing prostate cancer progressively increases with age. About 60 percent of

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  • Summer Colds Are Making a Comeback

    Summer Colds Are Making a Comeback

    Are you finally seeing friends and relatives again after a long year of social distancing and masks? Watch out: You just might catch a cold. Symptoms of a cold can overlap with those of COVID-19, adding a layer of worry It’s tough to find a silver lining in the COVID-19 pandemic, especially now that the

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  • Wichita’s Littlest Heroes

    Kansas Medical Center is a proud sponsor of Wichita’s Littlest Heroes. Learn more about this great organization here https://www.wichitaslittlestheroes.com      

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  • Meal planning

    Meal planning

    Meal planning for a family, a challenge on its own, can be more so now with seclusion at home, more people to feed with different tastes, and more food stores with limited groceries and shopping times. There’s also the uncertainly of bare shelves, with normal staples of a nutritious diet unavailable, at least temporarily. It’s

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  • Home-cooked meals with less salt

    Home-cooked meals with less salt

    With more people staying at home these days, there’s more opportunity to prepare homemade meals. Although home-cooked meals tend to be much lower in salt than what you’d get from a restaurant, you still need to be careful, says Liz Moore, a dietitian at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Why worry about salt?

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  • Think running is not for you? Try this

    Think running is not for you? Try this

    Research suggests that you don’t have to run far, fast, or even that often to reap the rewards from running. For instance, a meta-analysis published online Nov. 4, 2019, by the British Journal of Sports Medicine looked at 14 studies involving more than 232,000 people, and found that running only once a week for less

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  • How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19)

    How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Being a teenager is difficult no matter what, and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is making it even harder. With school closures and cancelled events, many teens are missing out on some of the biggest moments of their young lives — as well as everyday moments like chatting with friends and participating in class. For teenagers

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  • Apps to keep us connected in a time of social distancing

    Apps to keep us connected in a time of social distancing

    If you’re wondering how to stay in touch during this time of social distancing, take heart: thanks to technology, chatting with and even seeing others has never been easier — and frankly, it’s never been more important. “Isolation cuts against our natural impulses that have evolved to make us fitter, healthier, and safer. That is

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  • Strategies to promote better sleep in these uncertain times

    Strategies to promote better sleep in these uncertain times

    These are unprecedented times. Given the real and tangible threat of the coronavirus pandemic on personal, community, and societal levels, it is normal to experience anxiety and sleep problems. Sleep is a reversible state marked by a loss of consciousness to our surroundings, and as members of the animal kingdom, our brains have evolved to

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