Top 10 Healthiest New Year’s Resolutions

A Health.com Slideshow New Year, healthier you New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain. Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people…

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The Secrets to a Super-Happy Winter

A slide show from Health.com Embrace the season Freezing temps? Check. Gray skies? Check. Crabby mood? Check again. But not for long! It may be gloomy outside, but your outlook doesn’t have to be. “There are simple things you can do to stay positive,” says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University…

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Heartburn Drugs May Raise Pneumonia Risk

HealthDay News Popular heartburn drugs, including proton pump inhibitors and histamine-2 receptor antagonists, may raise the risk of pneumonia, new research finds. Researchers in Korea analyzed the results of 31 studies on heartburn drugs published between 1985 and 2009. “Our results suggest that the use of acid suppressive drugs is associated with an increased risk…

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New Affordable Care Act rules shed light on high health insurance rate hikes

US Dept. of Health and Human Services Press Release New proposed Affordable Care Act regulations announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will bring new transparency and scrutiny to proposed health insurance rate increases. These proposed rules allow HHS to work with states to require insurers to publicly disclose and…

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Inhaled Steroids May Increase Diabetes Risk

WebMD Health News Study: Steroid Inhalers for Breathing Problems May Slightly Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Using inhaled corticosteroids to treat chronic breathing problems may slightly increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study finds. The study’s authors say the increase in risk probably doesn’t outweigh the benefits to people…

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Friday’s COPD Newsletter from COPD Support, Inc.

Volume 10, Issue 54 December 17, 2010 Richard D. Martin, Editor THE ROLE OF VITAMIN INSUFFICIENCIES AND SUPPLEMENTS IN COPD From the Netherlands comes an important study that concludes, “The results of this review show that intake of various vitamins are associated with improvement in features of COPD such as symptoms, exacerbations, and pulmonary function.”…

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A COPD Christmas Jingle

Thanks to EFFORTS’ Ann Lornie for her COPD holiday tune – thanks to Frank Sinatra for his classic version. When you’re done jingling, visit the EFFORTS website – click here Oh, Jingle Pills, Jingle Pills Jingle all the way Have I taken all the pills I should have done today? Oh, Jingle Pills, Jingle Pills…

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Flu-Free, Healthy Travel this Winter

A CDC Feature Article Whether traveling to warmer weather or a snow-filled adventure, make sure the flu is not your travel companion. Get your flu vaccine before you go to reduce your risk of catching and spreading the flu. Wherever you may be going this winter, protecting yourself and others from flu is important. Here…

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The Dangers of Smoking and LTOT

from the COPD blog at About.com A couple of years ago while working for a home health agency in Riverside County, I arrived at a patient’s home who had severe COPD. She had just gotten out of the hospital for COPD exacerbation and I was there to do a follow-up and make sure she was…

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