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Are sports drinks the right choice for your child?

Jennifer Ammons, MD | 04/24/2015

With the spring sports season underway, you may be tempted to send your child off to the game with a bottle of her favorite sports drink. In most cases this isn’t a good idea.

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Stroke: The hidden risk of sleep deprivation

Jon Bentz | 04/22/2015

You probably have read or heard of studies indicating that a large percentage of Americans are sleep-deprived. Now the data suggests a lack of sleep might also increase the risk of stroke.

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5 ways to reduce your suffering during allergy season

Cynthia Abachnou, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC | 04/20/2015

It’s that time of year again. With the April showers and May flowers come spring allergies, commonly called hay fever.  An estimated 20 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. The good news is there are ways you can stay comfortable amidst the pollen.

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60 is the new 40: 5 ways to avoid the age trap

R. Scott DeLong, MD | 04/17/2015

New research is backing up what you likely already feel: 60 is the new 40. Scientists attribute this shift to healthier living which means people hit "middle-age" later.

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5 ways to spring clean your body and mind

Jacqui Zimmerman, RD | 04/08/2015

As the weather gets warmer and the days longer, it’s the perfect time to ramp up your exercise routine and healthy eating habits. If you’ve been in a winter rut, try these spring cleaning tips for body and mind.

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When a stroke strikes, every minute counts

Dr. Heather Harle | 04/07/2015

Time can mean the difference between speaking or not. Time can mean the difference between walking or not. When you have a stroke, every minute counts because time is brain.

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You can control the 10 risk factors that cause most strokes

Anurag Walia, MD | 04/03/2015

Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death worldwide, killing nearly six million people a year, and leaving another 5 million permanently disabled. New research shows that most strokes can be traced to 10 risk factors. The good news is you can control many of these risk factors with lifestyle changes.

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What Angelina Jolie’s choices mean for women

Randall Oyer, MD | 03/25/2015

Two years ago, Angelina Jolie's decision to have both breasts removed to prevent cancer focused attention on genetic testing and the choices patients face when they get the results. This week Jolie revealed in an op-ed in the New York Times that she had another preventive surgery: removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes. What does this news mean for you?

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6 tips to keep depression out of diabetes

Stephanie Prestileo, RD, LDN | 03/24/2015

Do you or a loved one with diabetes struggle with depression or anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly one in five people with diabetes suffers from depression, and often it is undiagnosed. Depression can make diabetes self-care seem very overwhelming. Learn the signs to look for and steps you can take -- or share with others -- to keep depression at bay.

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New study raises questions about breast biopsies: What women need to know

Ronald T. Grenko, MD | 03/20/2015

A new study just reported in JAMA is raising questions about the accuracy of breast biopsy results – particularly those results that fall somewhere between normal and a breast cancer diagnosis. Here’s what women need to know.

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