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Reduce your Cancer Risk

The American Cancer Society reports that nearly half of cancer deaths could be prevented by healthy eating habits, exercising and not smoking.  Doctors offer some advice to work toward cancer prevention. Get regular recommended cancer screenings for many types of cancer, especially if
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Put Your Best Fork Forward

This is the 2017 theme for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  It’s a reminder that we each have the ability to make healthier food choices, and small changes made over time can have a big positive impact into the future.  The Academy’s dietary guidelines include filling half you
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CDC Warns of Flu Surge

Flu activity across the U.S. surged in early February, and infections could continue to increase until March according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Deaths from flu-related conditions are at high levels, and the CDC reported that hospitalizations for c
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You Have a Choice

Finding the best medical care can mean evaluating a daunting number of choices.  From selecting a primary care physician to deciding what specialists and hospitals to use, if necessary, there are many doctors and facilities to choose from.  This also extends to choosing the home healt
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Heart Disease and Stroke

February is American Heart Month.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and stroke is the fifth leading cause of death.  Together, heart disease and stroke, along with other cardiovascular diseases, are among the most widespread and costly health problems
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Travel and Blood Clots

Many of us travel to warm locations during the winter or start planning summer vacations.  One concern about being confined to a car or airplane for lengthy travel is the possibility of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  DVT affects about 2 million Americans a year, and nearly 20
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Lack of Sleep Impacts Driving

A new study suggests that missing an hour or two of sleep can double your chances of a car crash the following day. Driving with only four to five hours of sleep quadruples that risk and is comparable to driving with a blood alcohol level considered legally drunk, according to researc
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Cold or Flu? How to Tell

The flu and a common cold can have some symptoms in common, like exhaustion, sore throat and aches and fever, but there are also distinct differences.  The most common cold symptoms are mild fatigue, fever, cough, sore throat and head, chest or nasal congestion.  A runny nose, sneezin
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Healthy Choices for the New Year

Every January we think about things we could do to make our lives healthier.  Dr. Andrew Gurman, President of the American Medical Association offers these seven recommendations to get the year off on the right foot by making lasting and impactful changes that can have significant hea
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How to Talk with your Doctor

According to recent research, patients get an average of 18 minutes with their doctor during a regular visit.  That isn’t a lot of time so it’s important to make every minute count.  The doctor-patient relationship has changed in recent years, and patients are more active participants
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