How to Avoid Toxic Chemicals Without Going Crazy

There are a lot of questions when it comes to discussing your body’s chemical load: What is “chemical load” anyway, why does it matter, and how do you keep your family safe—without going insane? Your chemical load is the sum of your chemical exposure in your daily life. Even routine tasks like taking a shower,…

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A Friend of a Friend Might Be a Scammer

Social media has become a great way to communicate with friends. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of this in order to steal your identity. Known as “farcing,” these scams start when you get a friend request from someone who supposedly shares mutual friends with you. And that’s just the beginning. Learn how to recognize and…

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Been Taking Your Meds Too Long?

You could unintentionally be hiding a bigger problem — and doing more harm than good. At any given time, almost half of all Americans are using at least one prescription drug. That’s not to mention all the over-the-counter medications we take without a prescription. We take a lot of medicine. But are we using some…

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Patient-Powered Research Community, MyApnea.Org, Aims to Redefine Sleep Apnea Research Outcomes and Treatment

Brigham and Women’s Hospital press release Funded by PCORI, investigators will solicit research questions from a virtual community and provide significant resources to members.  A new web-based community portal, www.MyApnea.Org, is recruiting patients, caregivers and those at risk for sleep apnea to join a growing community of patients and researchers to better understand sleep apnea…

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Imaging Could Improve Treatment of People with COPD

RSNA news MRI and CT provide important information on the symptoms and exercise capabilities of people with mild-to-moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. Researchers said the findings point the way to better treatment for some COPD patients. Diagnosis often involves spirometry, a lung function test…

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Risk of COPD may already occur in adolescence

University of Copenhagen News Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of most common causes of death in the world today – active smoking accounting for approx. 85% of all cases. Yet ground-breaking research from the University of Copenhagen indicates that accelerated decline of lung function is not a prerequisite for COPD. It has been…

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7 Ways To Eat Healthy For $4 A Day

If it feels like eating clean costs more, well, it just might. A recent study in the journal Preventive Medicine found that people who picked more nutrient-rich foods ended up shelling out more at the grocery store on average. But according to Leanne Brown, author of the new cookbook and shopping guide Good & Cheap:…

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#KeepingUpWithGrandma

HHS.gov           On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs. For 50 years, these programs have been protecting the health and well-being of millions of American families, saving lives, and improving the economic security of our nation. Though Medicare and…

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Warts and all: how St John’s Wort can make you sick

University of Adelaide research news St John’s Wort can produce the same adverse reactions as antidepressants, and serious side effects can occur when the two are taken together, according to new University of Adelaide research. In a study published this month in the journal, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, researchers compared the pattern of…

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