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5 Ways to Support a Person with Autism

August 4, 2020

Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, and according to the latest Center for Disease Control research, 1 in 59 children in the United States (a 15% increase) are diagnosed with autism. Autism is also four times more common in boys than girls. It's challenging to acquire exact statistics about autism in children because many adults not diagnosed with autism in early childhood go undiagnosed into adulthood. It's estimated that there are about 3.5 million Americans living with a type of autism, but all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups worldwide are impacted. Given these...Continue Reading

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An Honest Conversation about Hepatitis

July 29, 2020

There are few viral infections with more misconceptions centered around them than the strains of viral hepatitis. This can largely be credited to the similarities in the three names. Today, we wanted to shed some light on the key differences between the three strains of viral hepatitis: A, B, and C. It's important to note that hepatitis on its own is the term to used to describe inflammation of the liver—and that can be caused by non-viral means as well. For the purposes of this post, we will only be looking at the viral strains of hepatitis. First, let us explore what they share in common...Continue Reading

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What Are the Facts About Vaping?

July 24, 2020

This relatively new industry is worth billions and deserves a second look into what it means for your health. Are these products safe to use? Are they better than cigarettes? Let’s take a look at some of the myths and facts. It’s just a harmless vapor False. Vaping might sound a lot like water vapor, but the similarity stops there. Vape pens, e-cigarettes, Juuls, and other similar products typically still contain nicotine along with other flavors and additives. E-cigarettes heat a liquid mix of flavorings and nicotine into an aerosol form for the user to inhale. It may not be smoke, but that...Continue Reading

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The Often Overlooked Warning Signs of Thyroid Cancer

July 22, 2020

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2020, approximately 52,890 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed and that there will be approximately 2,180 deaths from thyroid cancer. While most thyroid cancer is found by accident, there are warning signs you should be aware of for a better chance of early detection. Pay Attention to the Signs Thyroid cancer is commonly diagnosed at a younger age than most other adult cancers. Women are three times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than men. Below are several overlooked signs of thyroid cancer. Lump in the neck: About 90 percent of...Continue Reading

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5 Easy Habits to Incorporate Into a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

July 17, 2020

Heart disease is a leading cause of illness and death in the United States—but did you know that one American dies every 37 seconds in America from cardiovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)? The severity and prevalence of heart disease is something no one can afford to ignore. While the problem can seem overwhelming, there’s a lot you can do to stay heart healthy and decrease your risk of heart disease. Small, consistent steps over time can lead to big changes for your health. Incorporating the following five habits is a great place to start! Get Sneaky with...Continue Reading

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Keys to Maintaining Your Weight Loss

July 10, 2020

We've all felt the same way at least once–this is it, this is the time that I take off the pounds. We decide on a diet to follow, sign up for the gym, set our alarm clocks an hour earlier than we used to, and dust off the old yoga mat. The trick, as the experts will tell you, is how to keep the weight off for good. Here are some tips to help you keep those pounds off: Drink Plenty of Water A rare case of subtraction by addition, drinking water can help you maintain your weight well after you've hit your initial goals. Our body can have a hard time distinguishing hunger from thirst, so by...Continue Reading

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A Beginner’s Guide to Kidney Health

July 8, 2020

The kidneys play a critical role as trash collectors. Today we will give you a broad overview of what it is exactly that your kidneys do, as well as some quick tips on how you can make sure they are doing the best job they can. So what do my kidneys do? Every day, about 200 quarts of blood will travel through your kidneys. Most of those quarts are carrying oxygen and other vital nutrients to other organs in your body. Some of it, however, about 2 quarts of it, is considered to be waste. That waste is made up of extra water, as well as the byproducts that are produced during the breaking down...Continue Reading

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Stay Strong: 5 Ways to Maintain Bone Health as You Age

July 2, 2020

Your bones are fascinating structures that give your body their shape and protect your organs. Anyone that has broken a bone knows how essential they are for everyday functioning. However, after age 30, your body begins losing bone mass faster than it grows new bone mass, which can ultimately lead to conditions like osteoporosis. While bone loss is typically a gradual process, it’s important to start planning for good bone health early! Luckily, there are many easy ways to start taking good care of your bones. Let’s take a look at five of them and learn more about the risk factors that impact...Continue Reading

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Easy Steps to Improve Your Posture

June 26, 2020

If you’re one of the 16 million adults in America that suffers from chronic back pain, chances are your posture is part of the problem. Posture refers to the way your skeleton and muscles hold your body up. Good posture achieves what’s called a “neutral spine.” That means all three natural curves of the spine, including the cervical or neck curve, the thoracic curve of your middle spine, and the lumbar curve of your lower spine, are in alignment. Maintaining a neutral spine is a challenge for most of us, though. Here are the common mistakes that lead to bad posture and what you can do to...Continue Reading

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4 Easy Tips to Being a Healthier Man

June 19, 2020

This month is Men's Health Month. We've already covered some of the biggest risks to men's health —today we're going to give some tips on how you can reduce some of those risks. Here are some simple steps that you can take to minimize the chances that you might develop some serious issues later on. Get Moving Every Day Living an active lifestyle is more than just committing getting up and getting to the gym for 30 minutes a day—especially if you find yourself being sedentary the rest of the day. The Journal of American Medical Associations recommended adults get around 300 minutes of moderate...Continue Reading

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