Keeping Your Family Healthy
Cleaning House After Cold or Flu

Cleaning House After a Cold or the Flu

When someone in your household comes down with a cold or flu, your first thought might be: How can I prevent the rest of us from getting ill? It’s complicated. Not only are you sharing the same space with someone who is sick, but you’re also touching the same surfaces, …

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Healthy Body
Finding Relief for Constipation

Backed Up? Finding Relief from Constipation

Constipation is among the most common gastrointestinal problems in the United States, chronically affecting an estimated 16 out of 100 adults, with older people disproportionately affected, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Disease Diseases. No matter what your age, though, you might find yourself constipated, says …

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Staying Healthy
Can Elderberry Fend Off a Cold or the Flu?

Can Elderberry Fend Off a Cold or the Flu?

Every winter, dodging a cold and the flu can be a chore. After all, huddling indoors with folks who are coughing, sneezing and wheezing is essentially like swimming in a petri dish of germs. One way people are trying to stay afloat: elderberry. A growing number of consumers are hitting …

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Understanding Your Mental Health
Self-Care for the Winter Blues

Self-Care for the Winter Blues

During the colder days and shorter daylight hours of winter, it’s not unusual to experience symptoms of the “winter blues.” These can include a lack of energy or motivation, moodiness, cravings for comfort foods, a desire to sleep more and a temptation to hibernate at home. Although most of us …

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Understanding Your Mental Health
Is it Depression? Your Questions Answered

Is It Depression? Your Questions Answered

Depression affects an estimated 15 million American adults — many of whom suffer in silence. “Everyone has a down day now and then, but if a depressed mood lasts for at least two weeks and is accompanied by a number of other symptoms, you may have the most common form …

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Mental Health
Journaling: The Healing Power of the Pen

Journaling: The Healing Power of the Pen

For decades, authors, poets and writers of all kinds have touted the art of writing as a method of healing. Writing allows you to process your own story and share challenging thoughts on the page that you don’t want to speak aloud. And although you may have heard friends or …

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Managing Stress
How Doctors Manage Stress

Stress Relief: 5 Doctors Share How They Relax

Everyone experiences stress – whether on the job, at home or in family and personal life. No matter how you handle tense or frustrating situations, it is important to determine what you can do to manage your stress. Studies link higher levels of stress with heart disease, high blood pressure …

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Understanding Addiction
Can you be addicted to video games?

Can You Be Addicted To Video Games?

Whether on your phone, tablet or TV, video games are a powerful draw for adults and kids alike — so powerful, in fact, that gaming can turn into an addiction. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared video game addiction, or “gaming disorder,” a new mental health condition in the …

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Staying Connected
How to Spot Depression in a Loved One

How to Spot Depression in a Loved One

If you live far away from friends and family, the holidays may be the only time of year when you connect with your loved ones in the same physical space. “Holiday celebrations may offer a unique opportunity to really assess how your loved ones are doing,” says Shazia Qamar, M.D., …

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Understanding Your Health
Adrenal Fatigue: Your Questions Answered

Adrenal Fatigue: Your Questions Answered

The term “adrenal fatigue” has received a lot of air time in recent years, especially in health and fitness circles. People cite adrenal fatigue for everything from low energy to brain fog. While your adrenal glands play several key roles in keeping your body functioning optimally, according to Jessica Shill, …

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