Tag Archives: General Health

  • December 22, 2015

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    Why Some People Sweat a Lot More Than Others

    You’re trucking along on the treadmill and as you reach for a towel to wipe off the perspiration on your forehead, you can’t help but notice the guy to the right who’s sweating so much. It looks like he jumped in a river. Why is it that some people sweat like crazy and some are barely glisteni

  • December 22, 2015

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    Blood Pressure. The Numbers.

    Q: What is the significance of elevated diastolic blood pressure if the systolic is normal?


    A: Both elevated systolic blood pressure (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number), together or alone, increase the risk for cardiovas

  • December 22, 2015

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    Are Avocados Good for You?

    Avocados are high in fiber and rich in healthy monounsaturated fats. They also contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, among them the antioxidant vitamins C and E; vitamin K, which appears to preserve bone health in older people; potassium, which m

  • December 8, 2015

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    Running with Osteoporosis??

    Q: Is running or jogging good or bad for people with mild osteoporis? A: “Like so many things in medicine, there is no easy yes or no answer” to that question, said Dr. Bjoern Buehring, an assistant professor of medicine and director of the Osteoporosis Clinical Research Program at the Universit

  • November 17, 2015

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    Dietary Supplements Lead to 20,000 E.R. Visits Yearly

    A large new study by the federal government found that injuries caused by dietary supplements lead to more than 20,000 emergency room visits a year, many involving young adults with cardiovascular problems after taking supplements marketed for weight loss and energy enhanc

  • November 17, 2015

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    Poor Sleep May Spur College Weight Gain?

    As the first semester of the school year reaches the halfway mark, countless college freshmen are becoming aware that their clothes are feeling rather snug.


    While the so-called freshman 15 may be hyperbole, studies confirm that many st

  • November 17, 2015

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    How to Pick a Meditation App

    By now you’ve probably read about how meditation may help you manage anxiety, stress and blood pressure, and help you sleep better, be more creative and improve your relationships. While researchers are still debating many of these claims, a number of apps offer guided m

  • November 17, 2015

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    What Is the Link Between Depression and Heart Disease?

    A person with depression is at higher risk for heart disease, and a person with heart disease is at higher risk for depression.


    The link between the two diseases is complex and not entirely understood. Many of the effects of depression

  • November 17, 2015

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    Assessing the Fitness of Wearable Tech

    Like many people who grew up long before personal computers and cellphones became ubiquitous, I’ve never tried a fitness tracker. I already know I walk about five miles a day, in addition to my daily swim. My weight is stable within a range of two pounds. I prefer to rem

  • November 17, 2015

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    Five Ways Your Smartphone Can Help Your Health

    A doctor friend once told me the best thing I could do for my health was to turn off my cellphone. But that was before smartphone makers began building health and safety features into their phones. Here are five healthful tricks your phone can do.

    (NYTimes.com, by Jennifer Jolly)