Preventing Stress Fractures.

Stress fractures are small breaks in bones that typically result from overuse from repetitive activities, such as running. To reduce your risk for a stress fracture, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends the following: increase the intensity and duration of workouts slowly, diversify your workout by engaging in cross-training, consume a nutritious diet rich…

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Make Sure Kids Buckle Up.

To keep kids safe once they graduate to wearing a seatbelt restraint in the car, SafeKids recommends the following: establish a rule that your child always wears a seat belt during every car ride, have children ride only in the backseat until the age of 13, be a role model by always wearing your seat…

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Signs of Toenail Fungus.

The American Podiatric Medical Association lists the following signs and symptoms associated with toenail fungus: darker white or more yellow toenails than usual, a strong odor, accumulation of debris below the toenail, thick and difficult to cut toenails, and painful toenails. American Podiatric Medical Association, March 2022

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Get Your Eyes Checked.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seeing an eye doctor promptly if you are suffering from the following: difficulty seeing properly, redness of your eye(s), draining or eye pain, double vision, small specks that seem to “float” in front of your eyes, halos that appear to surround lights, and visions that appear to…

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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart.

Past studies have linked oral and cardiovascular health. A new study that looked at saliva samples from 1,200 women identified 15 types of mouth bacteria that were linked to either an elevated or reduced risk for hypertension. Senior author Dr. Michael LaMonte adds, “This is an interesting finding… and it tells us there may be…

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Steps to Prevent Colon Cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer in the United States, but steps can be taken to reduce one’s risk for this deadly condition, such as: attend screenings starting at age 45 or sooner if you have a family history; eat a healthy diet full of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, while limiting beef,…

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Signs of a Stroke.

The American Stroke Association notes the following are signs and symptoms of a stroke: sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body); sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech; sudden vision issues in one or both eyes; sudden difficulty walking or dizziness; loss of balance…

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep While on Vacation.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following to get a good night of sleep while out of town: avoid making changes to your sleep schedule, don’t eat a heavy dinner, avoid drinking too much alcohol, bring your own pillow, and consider using lavender spray or a white noise machine. National Sleep Foundation, January 2022

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Vitamin D May Protect the Eyes.

Uveitis is an inflammatory condition of the eye that affects around 50 of every 100,000 people each year. A review of data from 16 studies found evidence that poor vitamin D status may be associated with an elevated risk for the condition. Survey of Ophthalmology, March 2022

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Most Kids Don’t Wear a Helmet When Sledding.

Questionnaires completed by nearly 2,000 parents revealed that while 73% of children always wear a helmet when downhill skiing or snowboarding, 70% of kids never wear a helmet when sledding, which can also result in a serious head injury. University of Michigan, January 2022

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