Weight Loss and Knee Arthritis

A study that included over 9,000 middle-aged and older adults found that losing excess weight not only reduces the risk for developing knee arthritis, but it can also slow the progression of individuals who have already developed the condition. Arthritis & Rheumatology, September 2022

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Helping Your Overweight Child Lose Weight

To help an overweight or obese child lose weight, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders recommends looking for the following characteristics in a weight-management program: has many experts on staff, such as doctors, psychologists, and dietitians; monitors a child’s health and weight before and during the program; offers different options based…

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Tackling Itchy Skin.

The American Academy of Dermatology offers the following tips to relieve itchy skin: apply a cold, wet cloth or ice pack to the itchy area for five to ten minutes or until the itch stops; take an oatmeal bath to help provide relief; use skin moisturizers that contain no additives, fragrances, or perfumes; apply topical…

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Can You Slow Hair Loss?

The American Academy of Dermatology offers the following tips for slowing hair loss: use caution when washing, drying, and styling your hair; be aware that some medications can trigger hair loss, so consult your healthcare provider for alternative choices; and keep in mind that hair loss can be temporary due to factors such as just…

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How to Floss Properly

The American Dental Association offers the following instructions on how to floss: use a piece of floss about 18 inches long; wrapped at each end around a finger; hold the floss taut between your fingers; gently and slowly slide the floss between each tooth; carefully shape the floss into a C at the gum line,…

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Safe, Healthy Habits for Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents help their children adopt these habits to stay both safe and healthy as they grow up: put away their toys and clean up their messes; allow parents to help them brush their teeth twice daily; wash their hands after using the bathroom and before and after they…

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Know the Signs of Sport-Related Concussion

Each year, more than 173,000 children and teens receive treatment for concussions or other traumatic brain injuries, often related to sports collisions. If a player is suspected to have sustained a concussion, it’s imperative to remove them from play and other activities and to have them evaluated by a healthcare professional as soon as possible.…

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Make Health a Family Affair

Because eating and exercising together during the week can help family members get and stay healthy, the American Heart Association recommends the following: keep a family schedule, and find 30-minute periods during the week that the entire family can exercise; choose a time that the entire family can decide on the upcoming week’s menu; find…

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Tongue and Lip Piercings Can Harm Teeth and Gums

An analysis of data from eight studies identified the following potential consequences of oral piercings: deeper pockets around teeth next to tongue piercings, receding gums, wider gaps between teeth, and bleeding gums. European Federation of Periodontology, June 2022

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How to Manage Pet Allergies

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends the following for individuals with a pet allergy: limit time spent around pets; use a nasal spray, an antihistamine, or bronchodilator, as directed by your allergist; talk to your doctor about additional treatment options; avoid letting pets into your bedroom; wash your hands immediately after touching…

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