Get Serious About Off-road Safety

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AS THE WEATHER warms up, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes come out from hibernating in the garage. While this is an exciting time for many outdoor adventurers and thrill seekers, it can put a major strain on safety. Intuition might tell you that two wheels are more dangerous than four, but researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine found that crashes and …

Men, Don’t Skip Out on Checking In

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Reluctance to schedule routine checkups can prevent early intervention for a number of diseases that become more challenging to treat as they progress.   ESTABLISHING A RELATIONSHIP with a primary care physician while you’re healthy can allow for simpler, less invasive, and more effective treatments. Many diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, can be treated much more easily if detected early. …

Moms-to-Be: Take Care of Your Skin

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As summer approaches, women who are pregnant may become especially uncomfortable, experiencing itching and heat rash. Read on to learn a few tricks to soothe your skin.   ONE OUT OF FIVE WOMEN experiences a skin change or problem during pregnancy, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Pregnancy during the summer months may distress your skin in two ways. Heat, sun, …

Too Young to Have a Stroke?

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While very few young adults suffer strokes, the rate of stroke has been rising among young men and women.   ABOUT 795,000 PEOPLE have a stroke each year in the United States, a number influenced by numerous factors, including age, gender and health habits. Women are more likely to have a stroke than men—55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year. …

Spring Clean Your Diet

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HAS YOUR DIET been stuck in a winter rut? During the colder months, we tend to go into hibernation mode, storing fat from eating cheesy casseroles and meaty stews. Now that warm-weather produce has returned, get your diet back to a fresher, healthier place. Not sure how to start? These tips can help: TRY SOMETHING NEW Apples, carrots, green beans—week after …

Staying Fit with COPD

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YOUR CONDITION DOESN’T have to limit your ability to exercise. Do you live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? If you do and you can’t remember the last time you routinely exercised, it might be time to re-evaluate your fitness routine, or start a new one. While exercise won’t reverse the effects of COPD, it can improve how you feel and …

Should You Consider Knee or Hip Joint Replacement?

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TO FIND OUT, review these questions and answers with Raul Curiel, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Summit Healthcare Orthopedic Surgery, a part of Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low, Arizona. How does joint health affect quality of life? DR. CURIEL: Good joint health boosts life quality by allowing you to move freely without inflammation. Arthritis-induced pain may take away your …

Manicures and Pedicures Can Be Good for Your Health

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FEELING GUILTY ABOUT indulging in manicures and pedicures? Don’t! These spa services may actually be an investment in your health. Many manicures and pedicures include massage of the hands and feet, which can  encourage blood flow and moisturizing treatments to improve the condition of dry, cracked cuticles and skin. But these spa services aren’t reserved for women alone. The therapeutic spa …

Is Your Cold Or Flu An Emergency?

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WHEN YOU’RE SICK, how can you tell if your cold or flu is severe enough to warrant a trip to your nearest emergency room? Symptoms of flu and cold — such as cough, a fever, body aches, congestion, chills, or dehydration from vomiting — are no joke. For most people, these symptoms can be handled in your doctor’s office or at …