5 Things Caregivers Need to Know About Glaucoma

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When caring for a loved one with a disease, signs and symptoms of other health issues can be easily overlooked. If you’re caring for someone -- especially someone who is elderly -- glaucoma is one of which to be aware. Often referred to as the “the sneak thief of sight," glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness; the key word ... Read More...

What HPV Means for Your Fertility

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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and the cause of most cervical cancers. A diagnosis comes with all sorts of questions and fears, but perhaps none quite as concerning as what it means for your fertility. Could your sexual past affect your future ability to have children? The ... Read More...

Living Better With Arthritis: 6 Tips for Sufferers

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Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It affects more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children and can cause symptoms including swelling, pain, stiffness in the joints as well as trouble moving. It’s not a single disease, rather, it’s a “collection of more than 100 different types of arthritis and related ... Read More...

Stroke and A-Fib: A Deadly Connection

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Guest post by Healthcare.com About 15 strokes every hour are caused by atrial fibrillation (A-fib), but most people don’t know what A-fib is – much less know if they have it. A-fib occurs in an estimated 2.7 million Americans and is the most common type of irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). A-fib dramatically increases the risk of stroke ... Read More...

Summer Camp Preparation Checklist (Are You Actually Ready for the Good Times?)

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“Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the good times?” If you're a fan of Bill Murray and the 1979 comedy classic Meatballs, you'll associate this musical question with the hi-jinks of the 'North Star' summer camp crew. But being "ready" for summer camp isn't just about mentally preparing your children to be away from ... Read More...

SEO Tips For Doctors: Managing Your Online Reputation

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What I am about to tell you about search engine optimization for doctors may shock you: you don’t actually need to pay anyone to get your profile highlighted in the Google results. In fact, your best opportunity for search engine success is simply to update your profile on trusted directories like Vitals.com and Google+. Ask yourself how ... Read More...

Betchya Don’t Know: Health Care Quiz

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Two out of every five people failed this basic health care quiz. What about you?     See what else Americans don't know about their own health care system by viewing the full results from our "What's Your Medical IQ?" survey.  (If the quiz is taking a long time to load, click here.) ... Read More...

Can policy reverse the heart disease epidemic?

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Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. And while most people know the basics of how to keep their heart healthy – exercise regularly, don’t smoke, eat healthy, have an annual physical – most people simply can’t. To be sure, this isn’t a blame game. Many people live in food deserts and don’t have access to healthy ... Read More...

Paula Chavez: A True Story of Transformation

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No more guilt. No more excuses.  Those two phrases have become the mantra that Paula Chavez lives by when it comes to her health. It started after her second child was born in 2010. Chavez was extremely overweight and her cholesterol was high. In fact, she was ashamed by her appearance and how bad her health had slipped. And she was only 32 ... Read More...

Start a Smart Heart Exercise Program

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Nearly 70 percent of Americans don't get enough exercise, says the American Heart Association. Yet, inactivity remains one of the major risk factors for heart disease. Exercise is essential to heart health, but getting motivated is hard. Need some reasons to make exercise a regular habit? Exercise, along with good nutrition, can help ... Read More...