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Could Your Immune System Be Deficient?

January 28, 2020

Your immune system is a security network working 24/7 to keep your body healthy. It protects you from bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even your own cells if they become dangerously damaged or mutated. This incredible defense system includes 'security specialists' like macrophages, t-cells, neutrophils, other specialized white blood cells and their antibodies, your lymphatic system, and memory B cells. Like any other system in your body, however, your immune system can be damaged or weakened. When your 'security guards' are understaffed or weak, it can be easy for disease-causing pathogens to...Continue Reading

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This Talk Could Save a Life

January 16, 2020

We have all had that person in our lives who resisted going to the doctor. We might brush it off at first, but what if a trip to the doctor could save his or her life? What if a conversation you have with your loved one was the difference between life and death? This task can be daunting, so we are giving you some pointers on how to approach having this conversation with your loved one. Don't Guilt Them into It It is easy to try and guilt trip our loved ones into going to the doctor. Make sure you avoid saying things like, "You're being selfish." Guilt is not a good motivator and will...Continue Reading

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The Safety Hazard Lurking in Your Medicine Cabinet

December 31, 2019

Open any medicine cabinet, and you'll find common health supplies like toothpaste, Q-tips, ointment, and of course, medicine. Having medicine in the home requires steps to make sure it's stored and properly accounted for. According to the National Poison Control Center, recent data shows that over 2 million calls are made annually because of poison exposure. Medications are the most common substance associated with poisoning for adults. Medication poisoning is also the leading cause of pediatric fatalities reported to Poison Control. There are steps that everyone that stores medicine in their...Continue Reading

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Yes! You Can Age Gracefully- Here’s How

December 19, 2019

Aging gracefully isn't just about trying to look younger—it's about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. You can even get better with age, with the right care. Aging gracefully is more about being healthy than keeping the wrinkles at bay. Here are a few tips on how you can age gracefully! Exercise Exercising regularly can significantly lower your risk of diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, and can help you retain your mobility longer. Exercise also lowers stress and improves sleep, skin and bone health, and your mood. The Department of Health...Continue Reading

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Annual Check-up

December 5, 2019

We know we need them, and we know they're important, but getting the most out of your annual checkup can be challenging. It's easy to forget about your annual checkup until it arrives, and then leave your appointment feeling like you left out some of your health concerns or didn't get all the information you wanted. With a little forethought, though, you can get more out of your time at the doctor's office! Come Prepared Chances are, waiting until you're in the doctor's office to think of questions will make you forget something important. Have you been having a hard time sleeping? Feeling a...Continue Reading

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Tips to Maintain Healthy Skin

November 12, 2019

The human body is an amazing collection of systems working together to keep you healthy. The largest and most prominent organ is your skin. It's easy to take for granted the hard work our skin does on a daily basis to keep our bodies functioning properly. While we often worry about cosmetic features like wrinkles and blemishes, the skin plays a much more vital role than keeping up our appearance. Just like we take care of other organs like our heart and lungs—the skin deserves the same attention. Often the health of our skin is a clue to underlying conditions. It's essential to get in the...Continue Reading