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The Galveston County Daily News: Health & Wellness

January 20, 2017

Health & Wellness

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Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Thursday 01/19/2017
4 Ways to Stretch Your Health Benefits
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

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5 Tips for Financial Fitness in 2017
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Staples to Stock Your Pantry
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Spending Time Together
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

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3 Steps to Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Don’t Miss Out this Cold and Flu Season
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Find Flavorful Combos to Reinvent Snacking
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Wednesday 01/18/2017
How fake news might affect your favorite foods
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The “certified organic” seal is synonymous with healthy living and clean eating. But what exactly does it mean? And who decides what is or is not certified organic?

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3 things you should know about 'surprise medical bills'
Updated: January 19, 2017 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Patients receiving medical care increasingly also receive something unexpected and troubling — a bill they thought would be paid by their health insurance plan.

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5 ways telehealth can simplify your life
Updated: January 19, 2017 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - In recent years, we have seen tremendous advances in the areas of technology and medicine, along with more overlap between the two fields. Every year, new technology assists in the diagnosis, treatment and care of different medical conditions. As the new year begins, one new technology trend that you can look forward to is telehealth.

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A Wedding Investment That Can Last A Lifetime
Updated: January 19, 2017 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Planning for a dazzling smile on your wedding day—and in all those wedding photos—may be one of the smartest moves brides and grooms can make as they plan their big day.

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Give Kids A Smile
Updated: January 19, 2017 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s information many families may care to sink their teeth into: Although tooth decay is largely preventable, it remains one of the most common chronic diseases of children.

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Running For A Lifetime
Updated: January 19, 2017 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s news that may bring you to your feet: A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that as little as five to 10 minutes of low-intensity running a day can extend your life by several years, compared with not running at all. Running is one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise, with numerous physiological and psychological benefits.

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Reach Your Resolutions
Updated: January 19, 2017 - 2:32 am


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5 Ways To Create Healthy Days
Updated: January 19, 2017 - 2:32 am

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Friday 01/13/2017
How to Tell if You Have Flu, Cold or Stomach Flu, and What to Know
Updated: January 13, 2017 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) While each year millions in the U.S. are sickened during flu season, many can’t distinguish between symptoms of the seasonal strain of the flu, a cold and the “stomach flu.” Knowing the difference, and how to properly treat each virus, can speed recovery.

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A Total Body Approach to a New You
Updated: January 16, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Thursday 01/12/2017
Latino commentators redefine sports talk
Updated: January 13, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Sports mean many things to many people, and for the three hosts of the new program Nación ESPN, sports also create some of their most profound life-defining moments. For Marly Rivera, it’s a sense of identity and community. For Bernardo Osuna, it's a passion that spans three generations. And for Jorge Sedano, it’s a return to the fond memories of childhood and the unity everyone feels.

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Wellness Program Rewards Healthy New Year's Goals
Updated: January 12, 2017 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - As we start the New Year, we have thoughts and make plans about resolutions. Many people with health-focused resolutions will head to the gym for a workout, turn to a weight-loss program or swap soda for water.

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New Medical Supplement Offers Advance in Bladder Control
Updated: January 12, 2017 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Bladder control is something few people want to talk about, but urinary incontinence is a huge and underreported problem. Studies show that 50 to 84 percent of elderly people in long-term care facilities suffer from unwanted urine leakage. In addition, younger people, especially women, are affected too. Seven to 37 percent of women aged 29 to 39 report some degree of urinary incontinence.

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One Man's Journey to Chart His Course in Treating His Advanced Parkinson's Disease
Posted: January 12, 2017

(BPT) - Russ, who owns a small farm in Iowa, was in his 40’s when he was loading grain onto one of his trucks and noticed something strange. His right hand was “kind of sticking” to his side, as he describes it. This loss of movement control continued and Russ knew he needed to see a doctor.

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Cover your employees with a plan that fits your business
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - There has never been a better time to explore health insurance options for your employees through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace at HealthCare.gov.

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5 surprising benefits of U.S. farm-raised seafood
Updated: January 20, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You're shopping for tonight's dinner and decide fish sounds delicious. You visit the seafood section of your local market and are suddenly overwhelmed with choices. Salmon, tilapia, clams or shrimp? Imported or U.S. farm raised?

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5 Ways to Protect Your Family in 2017
Updated: January 13, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Welcoming a Puppy Home
Updated: January 13, 2017 - 2:31 am

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5 Tips to Stop Waking Up Exhausted
Updated: January 15, 2017 - 2:30 am

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Noodles to the Rescue: Make Dinner In a Snap
Updated: January 12, 2017 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - It used to be that families sat down at the dinner table and ate their evening meal together. These days, parents are juggling work and home, while running kids to and from various activities. Because of all of these demands, it can be a struggle to find a recipe solution that meets your needs.

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Student Athletes Emulate the Pros in Abusing Prescription Painkillers
Updated: January 11, 2017 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sometimes we're so caught up in all the pro sports stars whose lives have been wrecked by misusing prescription painkillers that we forget the problem extends down to the amateur level.

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Tips to make goodbyes better for both parent and child
Updated: January 19, 2017 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As a parent, you’ve probably experienced the clinging, clutching and crying that often accompany a goodbye when your child returns to day care or preschool after a long holiday break. Separation can be difficult for both children and their parents. Remember, separation anxiety is perfectly normal and can start at any time during the first three years.

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Pushed to the brink: How suicide is taking our heroes
Updated: January 17, 2017 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - The Purple Heart Foundation recognizes that suicide among U.S. veterans is taking place at an alarming rate. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every single day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These twenty-two heroes fought to protect the American homeland. These twenty-two heroes volunteered for a life away from home and from their loved ones. These twenty-two heroes, who returned home, were failed by a riddled system and did not get proper treatment. Now, suicide becomes a means of dealing with or an attempt to control the pain. There is a strong and bitter stigma attached to those who have thought about it, tried it, or ultimately did commit suicide.

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Top 5 Ways to Build Confidence and Let Your Personality Shine
Posted: January 11, 2017

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3 Ways Seniors Can Control Prescription Costs
Updated: January 12, 2017 - 2:32 am

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Tuesday 01/10/2017
Expert tips to help spark a conversation about women's health issues
Updated: January 11, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Exercise, eating well and getting more sleep are all leading health goals for women. However, there are many health concerns that women overlook for numerous reasons. Some they feel aren't a priority and others are simply too difficult to talk about.

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Caring for those who care for others
Updated: January 11, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Caregivers come in many forms — full-time, part-time, family, friends and professionals. Many people will be a caregiver at some point in their lives, and a recent report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP showed that more than 43.5 million adults, or about 18 percent of the U.S. adult population surveyed, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 24 hours per week doing so.

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5 ways to put your best foot forward and prevent damaging ulcers
Posted: January 10, 2017

(BPT) - Thirty million Americans have diabetes, and nearly 15 percent of these patients will develop a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) in their lifetime, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.  

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Improve Your Sleep And Watch Your Life Get Better
Updated: January 11, 2017 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s eye-opening news: One simple lifestyle change can improve your cognitive functioning; decrease anxiety, depression, anger and irritability; and even improve your libido! Just one change and you’ll have more energy, be more productive and likely improve the quality of your personal relationships. You could even improve your immune system and decrease your risk for weight gain, obesity, diabetes and heart disease, doctor visits and hospitalizations, leading to lower medical bills. Seem like a lot of work? Relax! The way to get all these benefits is simple. You just need to get more sleep.

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Monday 01/09/2017
How a Busy Mom Chose Her Contraception
Updated: January 10, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Jasmine Clark, like many busy moms, describes her life as a “balancing act.” Whether she’s picking up her two children from school, teaching anatomy at her local college or practicing yoga, her full plate doesn’t leave room for the unexpected, especially when it comes to her birth control.

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Want Healthier Skin This Year? Learn the Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Facial Serum
Posted: January 09, 2017

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Saturday 01/07/2017
Manage Your Pet’s Diabetes with Home Care
Updated: January 08, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Overcoming the Opioid Epidemic
Updated: January 08, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Job-Hunting Students Unaware of a Top Hiring Sector
Updated: January 08, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Add Light with DIY Decor
Updated: January 08, 2017 - 2:31 am

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Thursday 01/05/2017
The benefits of probiotics for babies
Updated: January 13, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With the increasing number of products in the marketplace containing probiotics, many new parents might be wondering if their babies could benefit from probiotics. To answer that question, it is important to understand the role of the body’s microbiota, the living organisms that inhabit the gastrointestinal tract.

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5 new habits for New Year's resolution success
Updated: January 06, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s time again to make New Year’s resolutions. Whether or not you kept last year’s promise to exercise more, eat less, stop smoking or get your chronic disease under control, the new year is an opportunity to make new commitments that will stick. If you did not succeed at keeping last year’s resolutions, it’s easy for past failures to keep you from making progress. You may have failed to do better because of your lack of willpower or self-control, but there might be something deeper standing between you and your goals.

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Changing Your Mind About Resolutions
Updated: January 12, 2017 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—For many people, the start of a new year is a time to reflect on where they are, what they’ve accomplished—and what they still need to do. While nearly half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent report being successful in achieving their goals, according to a study by The University of Scranton. There is hope, however, for those who want to turn their good intentions into something they can be proud of, anytime of the year.

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New Year, New You: What to Know Before Taking Vitamins or Supplements
Updated: January 05, 2017 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) As Americans look to improve their health in the new year, many will turn to vitamins and supplements as part of their healthier routines. However, experts stress the importance of understanding the potential interactions supplements can have with medications and some brands of medical test results.

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Tuesday 01/03/2017
Mama's Mama knows best
Updated: January 11, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about prescription prenatal vitamins and what to do with the placenta after delivering.

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5 strategies to lose 48 pounds
Updated: January 11, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You’ve probably seen all the articles about weight loss, including those that explain how to count calories or what foods you should and shouldn’t eat. But if you’re still having trouble losing weight, then maybe you just need a better “strategic plan,” one you can put into action before you get that unwanted “wake-up call” from your doctor that your weight is affecting your health.

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10-minute healthy habits for 2017
Updated: January 11, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Healthy living is an admirable goal no matter what time of year. The problem is that many people shoot for the stars, resolving to lose a big amount of weight or completely give up foods they adore. A better approach is to make small changes that together can make a big impact. 

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