Being Proactive About Your Health
When to Get Cancer Screenings by Age

When Should I Get My Cancer Screenings? A Guide by Age

Many of us put off doctors’ appointments and routine health exams. But being proactive about your health can prevent serious issues from developing down the line. Case in point: Cancer screenings. “The sooner we catch a cancer, generally, the better the outcome,” says Dawn Severson, M.D., a medical oncologist with …

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Planning Ahead
Advance Directives 101

Advance Directive 101: Your Common Q’s Answered

You’ve probably heard the term advance directive. You may even have one. If you do, you know the peace you experience after making those important decisions about your end-of-life care. If you’ve been putting off your advance directive, now is an excellent time to learn more and then take the …

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Wellness Tips
How to Wake Up and Wind Down the Right Way

Better Sleep: How to Wake Up and Wind Down the Right Way

If you’re like many Americans, your busy life often keeps your mind and body racing all day long. You hit snooze when the alarm sounds, slog through the work day and scroll through social media late into the night in an attempt to quiet your chattering mind. Unfortunately, those activities …

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Healthy Habits
Do you really need 10,000 steps a day?

Do You Really Need 10,000 Steps a Day?

With the explosion of technological ways to measure exercise – fitness trackers, smart watches, and even simple smartphone apps — people are more conscious than ever about how many steps they take daily. And with good reason. Health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the …

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Cancer Screening Info
colonscopy ready

How to Get (Mentally and Physically) Colonoscopy Ready

It’s one of the most dreaded screenings on people’s healthcare to-do lists. Colonoscopy time. Often the anticipation — and a little unpleasantness as you prep — is much worse than the actual test. Here’s why getting over that mental hurdle and getting it done is so important: Colorectal cancer is …

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Body-Mind-Spirit
How laughter helps your heart health; laughing woman

How Laughter Benefits Your Heart Health

When’s the last time you had a good laugh? Not just a little giggle, but the kind of laugh that makes your abdomen hurt or even tears form in your eyes? Not only does laughter make you feel good, but it is proven to have positive effects on your mental …

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Understanding Your Mental Health
Hangxiety: The connection between alcohol and anxiety

Hangxiety: The Link Between Anxiety and Alcohol

Drink long enough — or hard enough — and you’re probably familiar with the dreadful feeling that comes the morning after a night of over-imbibing. Maybe you try to replay the evening’s conversations in your mind or scroll through text messages to make sure you didn’t send something you regret. …

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Heart Health
3 Experts Share Their Top Heart Health Advice

3 Experts Share Their Top Heart Health Advice

Your heart is responsible for many functions of your body. But if your ticker starts to have problems, the whole machine can fall apart. While there are many things you can educate yourself on related to heart health – including heart murmurs, heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrest – it …

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Understanding Symptoms
All About Headaches

All About Headaches

At some point, just about everyone has experienced the pain and frustration of a headache. But for an ailment that affects nearly everyone at any age, headaches—and the best ways to treat them—still aren’t fully understood. “We don’t know 100-percent why one person gets, say, a migraine headache, and someone …

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Antibiotic Resistance
Shorter Duration of Antibiotics May Be More Effective

Shorter Duration of Some Antibiotics May Be Better for You

Do you really need to take those antibiotics for 10-14 days or will five days do? Some providers are changing the way they prescribe antibiotics, based on evidence-based national research, and are recommending a shorter duration of three to seven days in place of the standard duration of seven to …

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