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The Galveston County Daily News: Health & Wellness

September 26, 2016

Health & Wellness

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Make a World of Difference on Halloween

(Family Features) This year, Halloween will bring tricks and treats, and teachable moments, too, thanks to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Under the guidance of teachers across the nation, thousands of students can learn positive global citizenship values and be empowered to make a difference.

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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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Monday 09/26/2016
Why Sleep Apnea is Bad for Your Health
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A poor night’s sleep can leave you feeling exhausted and cranky, but long-term sleep disruption can actually lead to serious health conditions. Not only is sleep apnea a leading cause of disrupted sleep and daytime sleepiness, but this disease is also a contributing factor to a host of medical problems.

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Get Picky About Pet Food
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When a beloved family pet experiences health problems, it can take a toll on the whole family. In some cases, it can take weeks or even months to identify the problem, and more importantly, where the solution lies. In some cases, the answer is as simple as changing what your pet eats.

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Fashionably Fall
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When fall comes on quick and brings cool weather with it, you can’t afford to be caught with an unprepared wardrobe. With every season change, there comes an opportunity to make sure your closet reflects your unique style.

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Giving Back
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) America’s farmers have a unique opportunity to support and give back to their local community.

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Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Remember taking off for a day of adventure on your bike, returning home only for dinner? Kids these days don't have the same incredible experience of exploratory, unstructured play. According to a new survey commissioned by Nature's Path, 54 percent of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside.

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4 Important STEM Education Innovations
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For the past 25 years, there has been an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, but that’s just the beginning. According to the Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008-2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations. Not only has this trend led to increased job opportunities, but it has also produced numerous technological advances that have drastically changed the world.

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7 Health Concerns That Can Result from Sleep Apnea
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Sleep is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but sleep problems – such as sleep apnea – can hinder sleep quality and lead to other severe health complications. Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes you to snore loudly and stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from 10 seconds to more than a minute. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine(AADSM), approximately 25 million adults in the United States suffer from this disease. What many people don’t realize is that in addition to being a nuisance at night, sleep apnea also is a contributing factor to several other health problems.

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Friday 09/23/2016
5 ways to make a difference for kids with childhood cancer
Posted: September 23, 2016

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Football legend makes healthy living a priority
Updated: September 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Former Washington Redskins great Ron Saul has been a part of some storied football teams and was a crucial member of the Redskins’ most famous offensive line unit.  Ron attributes a key part of his career success to the support of the fans. Now, Ron has partnered with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in order to return this support to the community and his fans by sharing his 18-year health journey living with type 2 diabetes.

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Thursday 09/22/2016
Cystic Fibrosis Breakthrough for Patients With Fungal Infections in Lungs
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Up to half of all cystic fibrosis patients have fungal infections in their lungs caused by a spore-forming mold named Aspergillus fumigatus. Many of those patients, particularly children and young adults, will develop an allergic reaction to the fungus, Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA), according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Coughing, wheezing and other symptoms can be severe.

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Save Time and Money With a Mail-Order Pharmacy
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:30 pm

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Millennials and Health Care
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Growing up in the digital age, most millennials (adults ages 18 to 36) have grown dependent on using technology to educate themselves about everything from current fashion trends to the latest rankings for their favorite football team. However, one important aspect of life that can't be as easily explained by a smartphone is health care. Since having comprehensive benefits is a major workplace perk, it's important that millennials understand key insurance terms so they can make the best health care decisions. Learn more at aflac.com.

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Get a garden program growing at your school with these tips
Updated: September 26, 2016 - 2:31 am

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Technology helps people with diabetes worry less about lows
Updated: September 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Diabetes is a complex disease to manage, and it can be extremely challenging for people with diabetes to keep their blood sugar levels within an ideal target range. While reducing high blood sugar – or hyperglycemia – is important since high blood sugar can lead to long-term complications like cardiovascular disease and nerve damage, reducing low blood sugar – or hypoglycemia – can be a matter of life or death.

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Monday 09/19/2016
Finding balance: 3 approaches for managing ADHD behaviors in children
Updated: September 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published new recommendations for helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to reduce associated behaviors, which can include hyperactivity, restlessness, and emotional dysregulation. The leading public health institute’s recommendation is behavior therapy before starting a prescription drug regimen, which often includes stimulant-based medications. Behavior therapy provides tools for parents to help their child with ADHD learn self-control and boost their self-esteem. The CDC’s recommendations come at a time when more than 60 percent of children aged 4-17 who are diagnosed with ADHD are taking prescription medication.

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How well do you know your heart? [Infographic]
Posted: September 19, 2016

(BPT) - - This Sept. 29 is World Heart Day and to honor their commitment to heart health, Culturelle Probiotic, maker of the new Pro-Well 3-in-1 Complete Formula with Omega-3s to support heart health, has created an infographic to help you learn more about the muscle that keeps you going strong. Get started on your health journey by visiting www.culturelle.com/thehealthiestyouever.

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Tackling a Touchdown Tailgate
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) As fall settles in, the air gets crisper and the kids head back to school, many Americans eagerly anticipate one thing: football season.

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5 Ways to Find Inspiration
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When a significant goal or challenge stands before you, it may be tough to envision the finish line. Finding and drawing on what motivates and inspires you will make the journey toward that successful finish line more pleasant, and your ultimate victory that much sweeter.

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Better Bus Safety
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) For millions of school-age children, each day begins and ends with a bus ride. While parents entrust their children’s safety to the capable hands of bus drivers, these tips from the National Association for Pupil Transportation provide some measures parents can take and lessons they can teach to increase safety going to and from the bus, and even during the ride.

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5 Smart Strategies to Settle an Estate 
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When a parent passes away, it’s usually left to their offspring to manage and disperse the remaining estate. In the wake of such a loss, emotions can run high, and the sheer amount of paperwork can quickly become overwhelming.

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4 Hacks to Increase Productivity
Updated: September 19, 2016 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) With appointments and meetings to remember, tasks to complete and jobs to finish, life can get crazy in the business world. That’s why busy professionals need to stay on top of their game with simple tricks to help take care of work and life, day in and day out.

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Friday 09/16/2016
Have Chronic Pain? Here's a Safer Alternative to Opioids
Updated: September 16, 2016 - 2:30 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Looking for a safer, more effective, and less costly alternative for treating chronic pain now that the Centers for Disease and Prevention has pegged the number of deaths from opioid abuse at more than 28,000 in 2014 alone? One of the most popular choices: drug-free chiropractic care.

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6 fast and fun after-school snack ideas
Updated: September 24, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Reading, writing, arithmetic and so much more — school days are busy for kids. Lunch period provides a welcome break, but some schools schedule lunch as early as 10:30. By the end of the day, kids are famished.

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Make Head Checks A Weekly Habit At Home
Updated: September 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—While school days can mean an influx of head lice cases as children are together in close quarters, you can help protect your family.

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Proactive Steps To Reduce Your Fall Risk
Updated: September 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for seniors. Fortunately, through a combination of technology solutions and lifestyle choices, seniors can be prepared for the event of a fall, as well as take proactive measures to decrease the likelihood during Fall Prevention Awareness Week (September 22 to 28) and all through the year.

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Cancer is More Than Just One Disease
Posted: September 15, 2016

(BPT) - When someone hears the word cancer, they more often think of solid tumor cancers, such as breast and lung cancer. However, one of the more rare cancers, affecting only 10 percent of those estimated to be diagnosed in 2016,[i] are cancers of the blood.

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Five-Time Olympic Swimmer and Author Dara Torres Shares Personal Story With Psoriasis
Posted: September 15, 2016

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How You Can Manage Knee Osteoarthritis Pain
Updated: September 16, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Do you or someone you know suffer from knee pain? Let’s face it, we’re all getting older and with that comes the associated aches and pains your parents warned you about. One of the most common diseases associated within joint pain in nearly 27 million Americans is osteoarthritis.1

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Don't let sports injuries sideline young athletes: Physician anesthesiologists specializing in pain medicine can help
Updated: September 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether a child chooses baseball, swimming, soccer or gymnastics, playing sports is as American as apple pie. More than 60 million American kids age 6 to 18 participate in organized athletics. But along with playing sports often come injuries — and pain.

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Are You At Risk of Having a Fatal Brain Aneurysm?
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - - It should have been a day like any other for Lisa Colagrossi, a New York City journalist for WABCChannel 7. She should have reported the news and returned home to her family. Instead, on March 20, 2015, the 49-year-old mother of two, died from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

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Are you at risk for an OTC pain medicine overdose?
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from pain and turn to over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines to get relief, you may be at risk of overdose. Taking too much OTC pain medicine can lead to serious side effects, such as stomach bleeding, ulcers, liver damage and even death.

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National Program Helping Survivors of Domestic Violence Smile Again
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Did you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime? Maybe you or someone you know has already experienced this violence at the hand of a loved one.

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Tuesday 09/13/2016
Back to work: Ease your baby into bottle feeding
Updated: September 21, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - During your first few weeks with baby, your lives were intimately entwined: eating, sleeping and eating some more. All occurring at erratic, irregular times, and around the clock, might we add.  

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ABCs of Medicare for Caregivers
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - By Dr. Efrem Castillo, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge Of Organ Donation
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Over 125 million Americans have signed up to be organ donors. That’s more than half of all adults, but there are still many people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. That’s why it’s important for all of us to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor. Have you registered yet? Take this quiz and see how much you know about organ donation.

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Four Ways To Keep The Flu From You And Yours
Updated: September 14, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—It’s never convenient to be sick with the flu, but preventing it can be. Here’s how.

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Monday 09/12/2016
Nutrient-rich ingredients, simple prep are keys to easy, healthy family meal times
Updated: September 20, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - With summer in the rearview mirror, many Americans will now be pressed for time: Fall (when kids go back to school) and winter (dominated by the holidays) are jam-packed seasons. It may be difficult to find time for everything you need to do, including eating regular meals together as a family.

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5 Easy I Do's: How to Look Your Best on Your Wedding Day
Updated: September 13, 2016 - 2:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Every bride-to-be wants to look and feel her best on her wedding day. For nearly one-third of adults in the United States, looking and feeling their best means losing weight -- an average of 39 pounds, according to a recent survey. In addition, 1 in 5 adults surveyed say they would resort to "extreme measures" to achieve their desired weight loss.

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How to Manage a Common, but Embarrassing Health Problem
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(StatePoint) If you have experienced hemorrhoids, you know just how uncomfortable this condition can be. On top of the pain, you may have experienced feelings of embarrassment when discussing or addressing the symptoms with your doctor. But remember, an estimated 10 to 23 million individuals in the United States suffer from the same condition, and it is particularly common among pregnant women.

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Make Marketing Manageable
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) It may seem that anyone with the guts to run their own small business should be able to master marketing with ease. And yet marketing strikes many small business owners with dread.  

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Understanding a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s October or not, breast cancer is one of the most recognized cancers in the world. Thanks to massive public awareness campaigns, nearly everyone understands the significance behind a pink ribbon, but how many can say they have breast cancer knowledge beyond pink?

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Take a Stand and Unite Against Bullying
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Today's students are increasingly at risk of being bullied, and the effects of bullying can be devastating.

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5 Tips for Building a Better Lunch
Updated: September 12, 2016 - 3:00 am

(Family Features) Keeping lunch ideas inventive and exciting can become challenging over time. Lunchbox envy may start in grade school, but when you open yet another uninspired sack lunch, you may find yourself wishing you could trade with a friend or co-worker, if only for the change of pace.

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Kidney Disease: What Hispanics Need to Know
Updated: September 13, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Kidney disease is known as the “silent killer,” as there are often no visible symptoms, and it kills more people than breast or prostate cancer. While there are many risk factors, the Hispanic population is particularly vulnerable to this progressive loss of kidney function.

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Friday 09/09/2016
Grain Bin Safety Week Awards First Responders
Posted: September 09, 2016

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Agricultural accidents remain a crucial issue for farmers in the United States. However, Nationwide, a top farm insurer, is taking action to help prevent tragedy in the event of an accident. The company supports Grain Bin Safety Week, which calls attention to the importance of specialized training for first responders to aid farmers and other agricultural workers who may become trapped in a grain bin.

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Easy tips for smart snacking
Updated: September 17, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s hard to remember when the norm was three square meals a day, and snacks were relegated to nibbles at parties or as an afterschool bite to eat for kids. Today, whether young or old, snacks are a big part of our regular eating habits. In fact, a whopping 92 percent of us snack sometime during the day or evening, according to research by the Hartman Group. Even more surprising? We’re no longer using snacks just once or twice a day to quell hunger between meals. Snacks have moved into meal territory, and now make up half of all our eating occasions.

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Keep Seniors With Alzheimer's Safe From Wandering
Updated: September 10, 2016 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—One of the most frightening scenarios for families caring for seniors living with Alzheimer’s is a loved one wandering or getting lost. It can understandably cause immediate panic and concern and, unfortunately, happens all too often. In fact, nearly 50 percent of surveyed family members have experienced a loved one with Alzheimer’s wandering or getting lost, according to a new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care franchise network.

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Thursday 09/08/2016
Worried about BPA? 5 things you may not know about this common chemical
Updated: September 09, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is primarily used to make polycarbonate plastic, which is a clear, highly shatter-resistant material used in consumer products you may use every day.  It is also used to make epoxy resins, which are used in many tough protective coatings. 

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Fall into these 4 healthy habits
Posted: September 08, 2016

(BPT) - With fall arriving and winter quickly approaching, we tend to jump back into busy schedules and our priorities can get lost in the shuffle. This autumn season, take some time for you and your family to fall back into these four healthy habits, brought to you by Emergen-C (R), a leading health and wellness brand.

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