Smoking Responsible for 1 in 10 Deaths Worldwide

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A new study funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that even with ongoing global efforts to prevent tobacco use, tobacco-related deaths accounted for 11.5 percent of all deaths in 2015. The countries among the highest tobacco users? The United States, China, India and Russia, accounting for over 52 percent of smoking-related ... Read More...

10 Things to Know About Seasonal Allergies

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The sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes are aspects of allergies many know all too well. However, there’s much more to them. Here are 10 things everyone should know about seasonal allergies: Seasonal allergies also referred to as hay fever, is one of two forms of allergic rhinitis. It differs from the other form, perennial allergies, in that they ... Read More...

Heart Disease & Depression: What You Need to Know

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When facing heart disease, the immediate concerns are often physical. One important issue, however, that’s often overlooked is how the disease affects one’s mental health. People who suffer from heart disease may feel overwhelmed and anxious about the future, perhaps feel guilty about the lifestyle they lead previously and can lack ... Read More...

5 Important Things We’ve Learned About Autism

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While there are many reasons autism feels like a “new” disease, such as increased awareness and new classifications, it has actually been documented in medical history since the 1900s. Today, the CDC says that about 1 in 68 children fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. With the increased focus on the disease, we have learned a lot, and ... Read More...

The Eating Disorder You Have Likely Never Heard of

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While most people think of bulimia or anorexia when they think of eating disorders, there are other lesser-known food disorders that affect children and adults alike. Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (AFRID) is one of them. “AFRID is an eating disorder that could be described as extreme picky eating or the extreme fear of trying new ... Read More...

Depression Leading Cause of Disability Worldwide

Last week, the World Health Organization announced that more than 300 million people are living with depression, making it the leading cause of poor health and disability worldwide. Depression is a disorder of the brain that leads to constant feelings of sadness, hopelessness and low energy that are so strong that you can have trouble with daily ... Read More...

Physical Activity Key to Managing Arthritis

Over 54 million adults live with arthritis, a condition that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joints that can significantly impact even minor daily activities. The most common form, osteoarthritis, occurs when cartilage at the end of bones wears down, impacting joints in the shoulder, elbow, hand, foot and ankle, hip, spine, and ... Read More...

Supporting Healthy Communities

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We know health is influenced by diet and exercise. But, it's just as important to recognize the factors that can impact the collective health of our communities -- everything from water quality, to well-maintained sidewalks and streets, to access to health care providers. County Health Ratings: How to Improve the Health of Communities Today, the ... Read More...

Know Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

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Today is Diabetes Alert Day, a call to action to understand and lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. Over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes and type 2 diabetes is the most common form. It occurs when the body does not use insulin properly. The good news is it can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle choices. Visit ... Read More...

Positive Thinking and Your Health

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When faced with a serious or life-threatening diagnosis, what’s one thing you can do to help bolster the immune system? Take a look on the bright side. Research has long shown the link between positivity and health benefits like lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control and healthier blood sugar levels. Now, ... Read More...