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Dietary Supplements: What Are They and What Are They Used For?

by Editorial Team July 31st, 2018 | Common Conditions
You hear a good deal about “supplements” these days and the first thing that pops into many minds is athletes. It’s for the people who want to make themselves faster and stronger, right? Not necessarily. The FDA defines them as “products taken by mouth that contain a ‘dietary ingredient,’” which includes, among others, vitamins, minerals and herbs. That covers a lot of territory. Keep in mind, the following are not endorsements of any product nor guarantees of any relief. Always ask your doctor and/or pharmacist before using any supplement or over-the-counter product.

Physical ailments

As we age, we all become afflicted with aches, pains
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Simple Ways to Stay Healthy

by Editorial Team July 23rd, 2018 | Common Conditions
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. If only it were that simple.

While eating a single apple may not do the trick, there are a number of easy things you can do to keep yourself healthy. Really. Read on to learn how to take good care of yourself.

Eat a healthy diet

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's true. Yes, it's ok to splurge once in a while and eat fried food and decadent desserts, but for the majority of the time, try to eat a sensible diet. You know, like you were taught in school. Eat a
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Why Determination Alone Isn’t Enough to Overcome Addiction

by Editorial Team July 20th, 2018 | Common Conditions

Those who struggle with addiction often don’t realize there’s a problem until something happens or someone brings it to their attention. Once a person reaches the level of a full-blown addiction, the “decision” to use is no longer their own. Their brain essentially sends mixed signals to the body that this substance or behavior is a requirement, therefore, becoming a “natural” part of a person’s day. So, when a person hits rock bottom, realizes the error of their ways, or hears concerns from those they love, they may feel determined to release the grip addiction has over their

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Lower Back Pain: Common Problem

by Kimberly Hays June 22nd, 2018 | Common Conditions
Lower back pain is a common condition. It affects 90% of adults in the U.S. at some point in their lives. It is also a symptom, and not a disease, and most often, actually 80% of the time, a physical examination cannot determine the cause. Usually when no specific cause is found, the pain usually dissipates over time on its own. Lower back pain is second in causes of loss of work, following the common cold. Because lower back pain usually goes away on its own within a month, medical professionals diagnose accordingly. If the pain has been ongoing
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The Flu Shot Flopped for Seniors

by Kimberly Hays March 2nd, 2018 | Common Conditions
A study released on February 22 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that the elderly were only protected by 9% with the flu shot this year. This statistic reflects on those who are 65 and over. Seniors were hardest hit, as their immune systems are weaker than those of other age groups. This year's strain of flu was also more intense than previous years, which makes for a harmful combination. The belief is that the vaccine failed in protecting everyone from the H3N2 strain, and this may be the reason why seniors were hit the hardest.

The H3N2
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All health and medical information is provided for educational purposes and is not meant to replace the medical advice or treatment of your healthcare professional.