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HEALTH & EDUCATION

Republican Replacement for Obamacare Taking Shape

February 21, 2017
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Republican Replacement for Obamacare Taking Shape

An observer sums it up in one sentence. She said the Republican plan for health reform would take money from the poor and give it to the rich. That is a lot easier than taking money from the rich and …

New Treatment for Back Pain – You!

February 18, 2017
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New Treatment for Back Pain – You!

The last thing you should do for back pain is use pain killers. Those are the opioids that can lead to addiction. And sometimes, they can lead to other drugs such as heroin.

A new report takes a different approach.…

Like a Bedtime Snack? What to Eat

February 12, 2017
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Like a Bedtime Snack? What to Eat

bedtime snackMany people enjoy eating before going to bed. You should know that not all snacks are the same.

You know what foods you should not be eating. Ice cream and chips are bad for many reasons. Experts say some foods …

Common Sense on Acid-Reflux

February 11, 2017
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Common Sense on Acid-Reflux

Acid refluxAcid-reflux is epidemic. Studies show as many as 40 percent of Americans suffer from it. Reflux symptoms may include heartburn, indigestion, postnasal drip, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, chronic throat clearing, coughing and asthma. Reflux can lead to esophageal cancer. The number …

Good Reasons to Vaccinate Infants

February 5, 2017
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Good Reasons to Vaccinate Infants

VaccinationsParents should have their infants vaccinated. Vaccinations protect against measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) and varicella (chickenpox). Some parents worry that the vaccinations may cause autism. Scientists say there is no proof that they do.

Doctors say the reasons to …

Breast Feeding More Important

February 4, 2017
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Breast Feeding More Important

Breastfeeding is a good idea. Only about a quarter of mothers breastfed forty years ago. Now, more than three-quarters do.  Breastfed infants enjoy greater protection from infections. There are benefits for mothers as well.

The newest advice is to breastfeed …

Good Posture is a Key to a Good Life

January 29, 2017
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Good Posture is a Key to a Good Life

Human beings are subject to gravity (being pulled toward the ground). If your body is out of line, certain muscles will have to work harder to keep you upright. This can result in fatigue and discomfort.

Long-term positions “train” the …

Affirmative Consent, New Way of Sexual Behavior

January 28, 2017
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Affirmative Consent, New Way of Sexual Behavior

A rite of passage for teens is changing. Older people remember themselves as boys and girls testing the world of intimacy. Kissing, touching and “going further” was like Kabuki Theater. Words, movements, starts, and stops were dramatic actions.

Not anymore. …

How Does Exercise Fight Depression?

January 22, 2017
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How Does Exercise Fight Depression?

Depression and exerciseExperts say even mild stress can lead to depression. 

Scientists also say that exercise is a cushion against depression. Working out makes people, and animals feel better.

Even so, nobody really knows why.

Researchers cannot ask mice how they …

Teen Lungs Healthier When Air Pollution Drops

January 21, 2017
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Teen Lungs Healthier When Air Pollution Drops

Most of the time when people resist the idea that climate matters, it is because doing something about it would cost money.

Advocates say a better climate would save money. They say productivity would go up and the number of …

In Brief

Like a Bedtime Snack? What to Eat

bedtime snackMany people enjoy eating before going to...

Common Sense on Acid-Reflux

Acid refluxAcid-reflux is epidemic. Studies show as...

Good Reasons to Vaccinate Infants

VaccinationsParents should have their infants vaccinated. Vaccinations...

Breast Feeding More Important

Breastfeeding is a good idea. Only about a quarter of mothers breastfed forty years ago. Now, more than three-quarters do.  Breastfed infants enjoy greater...

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