2013 Healthy Living

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New year, new resolutions: Your success begins today

"I'm going to get in shape this year by exercising more and eating healthier." Have these words ever left your lips during the beginning months of a new year? The Huffington Post says about 100 million Americans make resolutions every year, but only 45 percent follow through with them....

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Tips to help you get more sleep

One of the simplest things you can do for your health is to get enough sleep, say experts. Unfortunately, many Americans have difficulty sleeping, making this seem like a simple task, but it can be anything but simple. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average American sleeps...

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Make your child's shots less stressful

Vaccines help protect babies and young children against 14 serious diseases. Even though you are keeping her safe from diseases, it's hard to see your child cry when she gets her shots. But you can take some steps before, during and after a vaccine visit to ease the pain and stress of getting sho...

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Women and strokes: Facts, signs, symptoms

Imagine that you are out shopping with your mother, and she suddenly gets severe hiccups, shortness of breath or palpitations. Maybe you even notice sudden face and limb pain, nausea, chest pain or general weakness. Could it be a stroke? You think that some of these signs don't fit common ...

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Exercise and preventing Type 2 diabetes

A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health makes clear that your genes "take a back seat" to behavioral and lifestyle factors when it comes to developing Type 2 diabetes, and that ? where men are concerned ? lifting weights for just 30 minutes a day, five times a week, can cut your risk b...

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Top 10 tech tips for healthier heart

The message that a healthy lifestyle helps protect your heart isn’t new. If you’d like to do more to take care of your heart, here are 10 ways technology can make that easier. 1. Stop smoking. Apps such as Smoke Reducer for Android, and iQuit for iPhone can help you wean...

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Resolve to quit smoking in the new year

It’s at the top of many New Year’s resolution lists -- quitting smoking. In fact, 15 million people try to quit smoking cigarettes yearly. Only 5 percent succeed when they use no support or go cold turkey. Moreover, the average smoker will attempt to quit up to nine times before succe...

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Eliminate back pain for optimal health

Back pain is more than just an inconvenience. It’s also an obstacle to good health, making it difficult, if not impossible, to exercise. One-half of working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. If you suffer from back pain, or simply want to optimize your he...

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Too much time indoors is bad for kids' health

Not all American children get regular doses of fresh air. A 2012 report published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that only about half of U.S. preschoolers are taken outside to walk or play daily. And older kids aren’t faring much better, say experts. To...

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Understanding your risk for sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a debilitating and life-shortening ailment that affects millions of people across the globe, many of whom do not know they have this potentially dangerous condition. Understanding sleep apnea and its symptoms and risk factors is imperative for men and women who feel they have or ma...