Stay Trim for Heart Health

Keeping your waistline is about more than vanity. It’s important for heart health. To cut your risk of heart disease, keep your BMI (body mass index) at 27. This is an estimate of body fat based on your weight and height. (See our chart below to find out if your BMI is in the right … Read More

Flu Shot for Babies, Boomers and Beyond

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, it’s not too late. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu season typically peaks in January or February (though flu activity can last as long as late May). Experts say that most of us should receive the flu vaccine, beginning as early as 6 months of … Read More

Diabetes: Know Your Risk (Infographic)

People can be at risk for type 2 diabetes without even realizing it. Know the  risk factors and work on what you can control. There is a lot you can do to prevent and if needed, control diabetes. For example, keeping your weight down and activity level up are worthy goals for good health and … Read More

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Men and the Breast Cancer Myth

People don’t expect men to get breast cancer, but about 2,100 men are diagnosed with it each year, with onset about five to ten years later than women. Some reports even suggest that over the last 25 years, the frequency of new male breast cancers has gone up by about 26 percent. With these male … Read More

Family Matters: Know Your Breast Cancer Risk

If you have a BRCA1 mutation, your lifetime risk for developing breast cancer is up to 80 percent. The risk really picks up after age 25, so women with this mutation should be screened with MRI and mammograms every single year starting at an early age. Read the full story Jolie’s Choice: Why Have a … Read More

Be a Good Keeper of Your Peepers

Today, we’re using our eyes more than ever before. We’re looking at computer screens, smart phones and tablets at all hours of the day — and this can cause dry eye and other irritation. But there are things you can do to minimize eye strain. Read the full story:  5 Fixes for Computer Vision Syndrome

Have Your Cake (Cone), Eat It Too

Choose the right ice cream cone, and you can have your cake and eat it too. On average, a cake cone has only 17 calories — less than half the calories of a sugar cone (50 calories) and 85 percent less calories than a waffle cone (115 calories).  You can enjoy your ice cream today in … Read More

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Commonly Undiagnosed Sleep Stealer: Sleep Apnea

If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not alone. There’s many reasons for tossing and turning. A common, often undiagnosed condition that can mask itself as fatigue, depression or something else is obstructive sleep apnea — when your airway gets blocked or obstructed when you sleep. This condition, associated with obesity, affects at  least 9 … Read More

Avoiding Poison Ivy: 3-leaved Pesky Rash-maker

“Leaves of three, let it be.” Maybe you recognize this easy phrase to keep away from poison ivy. Smaller kids may need to be taught this too, and given some other pointers, to keep them rash-free. Read the full story A Poison Ivy Primer for Parents