Keep Your Spine in Shape

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Your spine is the backbone of your entire body – literally and figuratively. That means poor spine health can negatively impact you from head to toe. How can you keep your spine in shape? Let's learn more about this critical anatomical structure and take a look at some of the simple strategies you can employ to ensure a healthy spine and a healthy...

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Probiotics: The Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

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A calorie-controlled diet may help obese children lose weight, but the results can be even better with the addition of probiotics, suggests research. Probiotics or "good bacteria" help replenish the gut microbiome, which often displays depleted levels of healthy bacteria due to antibiotic use, diet and other factors. Research reported by the  European...

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The Sleep "Sweet Spot" to Avoid Cognitive Decline

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Cognitive decline, or the decline in memory, concentrating, learning and/or making everyday decisions, is on the one hand a natural consequence of aging. On the other hand, no one wants to experience any of the above "declines," much less more serious forms of cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's disease. That means we should all be paying attention...

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Heart Disease: Not Just for Men

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While almost as many women die annually from heart disease as do men, it is still often regarded as a "man's disease," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One reason may be that men suffer a first heart attack at the age of 65, on average, while women don't until they're seven years older – at an average age of 72.

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Baby on the Way? Get Your Vitamin D Levels Checked

With the COVID-19 pandemic putting immune health front and center, the health benefits of vitamin D are taking center stage, as they should be. Combine that with the growing body of research suggesting maternal health habits can dramatically impact children's short- and long-term health, and it makes sense that maternal vitamin D status could be a...

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Young Adults Need Anti-Smoking Messaging, Too

It's an ugly statistic: Nearly 9 out of 10 adults who smoke cigarettes daily first try smoking by age 18, and 99 percent first try smoking by age 26," according to the CDC. Now ask the average person which age group is the overwhelm focus of anti-smoking efforts: younger than age 18 or older? It seems reasonable to assume most would pick the younger...

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