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Love Your Pet? Science Tells Us Your Animal Companion Can Really Boost Health

Love Your Pet? Science Tells Us Your Animal Companion Can Really Boost Health

Having a pet isn’t for everyone, but if you are an animal lover, you may be able to look to your furry (or feathered or scaled) friends for stress relief. If you share your home with a member of the animal kingdom or spend time with animals, you probably already know [...]

Posted on: February 24, 2015

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Smart Food Tips for Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Smart Food Tips for Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is unpleasant, to say the least. With symptoms that include cramping, gas, bloating, and constipation in some, and diarrhea in others, IBS can certainly impact your quality of life. As a result, sufferers are generally on the lookout for relief. The good news is that [...]

Posted on: February 23, 2015

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Stomach Bugs and Other Unpleasant Infections May Help Prevent RA

Stomach Bugs and Other Unpleasant Infections May Help Prevent RA

We rarely think of an infection as a good thing, but recent evidence suggests that certain bugs may help protect against rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In a study conducted in Sweden, researchers found that people with recent stomach or urinary tract infections might have a lower risk of developing RA. A [...]

Posted on: February 23, 2015

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Chemicals in Your Home and in your Cosmetics Might Put You at Risk for Early Menopause

Chemicals in Your Home and in your Cosmetics Might Put You at Risk for Early Menopause

Chemicals we’re exposed to on a daily basis have long been suspected of playing a role in the development of serious health problems, including certain cancers. We’re now learning that chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items, and the environment might increase risk for early menopause. Early menopause affects [...]

Posted on: February 23, 2015

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Family History Still an Important Risk Factor in RA

Family History Still an Important Risk Factor in RA

Family history remains a significant risk factor for developing RA. Familial risk includes both genetic risk factors and non-genetic risk factors that affect members of the same family. These findings were recently published in Arthritis & Rheumatology . Although family history may contribute to RA, it doesn’t entirely explain an individual’s risk. [...]

Posted on: February 17, 2015

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Menopause Makeover

Menopause Makeover

Menopause can offer positive changes that enhance your life. By Cheretta A. Clerkley If you are approaching mid­dle age, chances are good you’re thinking about menopause. Menopause is the term used to describe the end of menstruation; a woman is consid­ered menopausal when she has not had a period in 12 months. (Meno­pause is [...]

Posted on: February 24, 2015

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E-Cigarettes: The Jury Is Out

E-Cigarettes: The Jury Is Out

By Heather Stringer The advertisement features an attractive brunette fes­tooned with trendy bracelets and earrings; she holds a black e-cigarette between her fingers. The tagline: “Wel­come to the all new Vapor Couture: Fash­ion. Meet Vapor.” In the past several years, similar adver­tisements have trickled into television, print, and online media, promoting [...]

Posted on: February 24, 2015

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Q&A Making the Most of Your Doctor Visit

Q&A Making the Most of Your Doctor Visit

Preparing in advance and setting priorities for your time with your physician will allow you to get what you need from your appointment and develop a valuable relationship with your provider. Here Juliana Hansen, MD , division chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and three current [...]

Posted on: February 24, 2015

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You Go, Girls!

You Go, Girls!

Itching to get out of Dodge? Want to combine fun and fitness while expanding your horizons, boosting your ego, and finding new friends? Make your next vacation a women’s adventure. By Maryann Hammers Elizabeth Chirles wanted waves. And she wasn’t finding them in Washington, DC. After relocating from San Diego, Elizabeth, an [...]

Posted on: February 24, 2015

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10 Tips for Healthy Aging

10 Tips for Healthy Aging

By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE Director of Nutrition California Health & Longevity Institute As baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) enter their “golden years”—that period gen­erally covering traditional retire­ment age of about 65 and beyond— increasing attention is being paid to the health and wellness of this fast-growing population. [...]

Posted on: February 24, 2015

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