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4 Ways to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder

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When someone says “I have SAD,” they aren’t just using grammatically incorrect terms for their feelings. Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly referred to as SAD, affects approximately 10 million Americans. Though women are 4 times more likely to develop SAD than men, anyone -- even children -- can develop this common form of depression. If you can’t seem to shake...

Do You Strive for 10,000 Steps Per Day? You May Be Overdoing It

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If you think that you should strive for 10,000 steps per day, you have fallen victim to a very effective marketing strategy, according to The Atlantic. The guideline was first introduced by a Japanese pedometer company in 1965. Since then, the exercise industry has experienced a technological boom. Pedometers and exercise trackers are everywhere. But the old 10,000 steps...

Is a Change in Diet the Key to Combating IBD?

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The human gut is chock-full of bacteria, but that is no reason to worry. A balance of good and bad organisms in the body is actually essential to maintaining good health. As a whole, the staggering population of bacteria living in the human body are called the human microbiome. The results of a new animal study could provide insight into...

Napping is a Heart-Healthy Habit You’ll Love

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Let’s face it; many healthy habits aren’t that enjoyable. Eating more kale, going for an early morning jog and saying “no” to donuts at the office, while worth it, probably do not top your list of favorite things. But now there is a heart-healthy habit that just might steal the number-one spot: napping. Scientists say that taking a nap...

GERD Symptoms Not Improving? You Might Have LPR

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You’ve been gasping for breath, battling a cough that gets worse at night time -- in fact, sometimes you even wake up choking. Or perhaps your voice often goes hoarse, and you can barely swallow anything, even though exams for strep throat and tonsillitis repeatedly come back negative. Your doctor blames GERD, but heartburn meds barely touch your symptoms....

How Your Attitude Affects Your Lifespan

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Your attitude affects your happiness, your relationships and even your chances for a promotion, but can it affect your lifespan? New research says it does. People who are happy and optimistic regardless of what life throws at them live, on average, 11% to 15% longer than their less-than-optimistic counterparts. But why? Let’s delve a bit deeper. Quick Read: People with positive...

From Phone Call to Brain Cancer: How One Scientist Unnecessarily Terrified Everyone

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The belief that cell phones cause brain cancer has permeated our society for nearly two decades. This deeply held belief is responsible for the fight against 5G technology and may even have prevented classrooms from using wireless technology. But is it true? Research has shown that there is no correlation between the use of mobile phones and the occurrence...

Protect Yourself Against These 15 Illnesses Spread Through Bug Bites

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Most bugs are harmless, but the small few that carry diseases can pose serious threats to even the healthiest of people. In some cases, one bite can forever alter a person’s life. Some bug-borne illnesses are worse than others, but in many cases, early detection is key to avoiding serious illness. Quick Read: Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas can transmit all kinds...

Recovering from Trauma: The Science Behind EMDR Therapy

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Trauma is common. Approximately 60% of men and 50% of women will survive a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, violence, a disaster or accident, in their lifetime. Unfortunately, experiencing trauma can have devastating, long-lasting effects. Some are never able to move past the trauma. A psychotherapy treatment called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) may help. Quick Read: EMDR Therapy...

Secondhand Drinking Injures Millions Each Year

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Most people have heard of secondhand smoke and are familiar with its deadly effects. But what about secondhand drinking? The truth is, secondhand drinking can be just as devastating, and in some cases more devastating, than secondhand smoke. It injures approximately 53 million people --- 1 in 5 adults --- each year. It’s so prevalent, in fact, that most...

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