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Holiday Scents Can Set Off Your Asthma

Avoid asthma triggers at the holidays

Could Ibuprofen Help You Live Longer? Maybe

Could Ibuprofen Help You to Live Longer? Maybe

Tags: ibuprofen, inflammation, NSAIDs

You take ibuprofen to relieve pain and reduce fevers or headaches. But could this common, over-the-counter drug also hold the keys to a longer, healthier life? Authors of a new study suggest it’s possible.


Recipe: Holiday Trail Mix

Recipe: Healthy Almond and Coconut Trail Mix

Tags: fruits and vegetables, Recipes, snacks, whole grains

This trail mix fits easily in a pocket or purse, and can help you avoid spur-of-the-moment fast food or other unhealthy choices. The protein, fiber, and whole grains will keep you satisfied.


Holiday Treats

10 Holiday Survival Tips If You Have Diabetes

Tags: blood sugar, diabetes, glucose, healthy diet, holiday season, holidays, obesity, snacking, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

The holidays tempt us with sugary, rich foods. Is it OK to indulge a little, even though you have diabetes? Marwan Hamaty, MD, talks about holiday challenges for those with diabetes.


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7 Benefits of Skipping Periods With Birth Control

Tags: birth control, contraception, menstrual cramps, menstrual flow, menstruation, ovarian cancer, periods, sex, uterine cancer

Taking your birth control pill continuously to avoid your period is safe and offers other benefits as well.


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That Cozy Fire Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Tags: asthma, bronchitis, eyes, fireplaces, lung disease, lung disorders

When the weather outside turns frightful, there’s nothing cozier than a warm, crackling blaze in the hearth. But a wood-burning fire in your fireplace can cause health problems.


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Recipe: Ensalada de Noche Buena (Christmas Eve Salad)

Tags: diet, foods from around the world, healthy diet, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, nutrition, Recipes

Today, our series on delicious heart-healthy holiday foods takes us to Mexico with a tangy and colorful ensalada de Noche Buena—or Christmas Eve salad.


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Are E-cigarettes Safe for Pregnant Women?

Tags: bad habits, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, nicotine, pregnancy, quit smoking, smoking

Some consider e-cigarettes “safer” for pregnant women, but no medical studies prove they are safe. Experts say it’s best to avoid them and offer tips to help you quit.


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How Genetics Affect Head Size and Brain Development in Autism

Tags: ASD, autism, autism spectrum disorder, Cowden Syndrome, PTEN

A study related to children with autism, large head size and a genetic mutation sheds light on brain development — and offers a road map for future therapy and research.


Krista with husband

How to Handle Sciatica During Your Pregnancy

Tags: pregnancy, sciatica, sciatica during pregnancy

Sciatica is a common pregnancy ailment. Get tips on how to manage the pain. Learn what other pregnant women do to deal with sciatica, from physical therapy to prenatal yoga.


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Try These 3 Mediterranean Dishes for Your Holiday Dinner

Tags: diet, foods from around the world, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, nutrition, Recipes

The Mediterranean diet is not only delicious, it’s healthy. Give these heart-healthy recipes a try for the holidays.