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What’s in Your Tap Water? Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

04/20/2016

The Flint, Michigan water crisis has set off alarm bells to any parent who has ever given his or her child a glass of water from the sink: up to 12,000 children in Flint may have been affected by alarmingly high levels of lead in their water. And while the water supply in the United States is generally one of the safest and cleanest in the world, you can’t help but wonder if the tap in your kitchen sink is making you sick. If you are concerned, says James Mowry, PharmD, manager of poison control…

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How Stress is Harming Women

04/20/2016

As women, we are expected to wear many hats. Like most, I’m a multi-tasker: someone who attempts to squeeze the most she can from every hour of the day. This can sometimes make my mind feel like a spinning wheel, ticking off tasks I need to complete as I accomplish things on the go. Admittedly, it’s a ritual that can run me down, spurring stress. As a psychologist and mother of two small children, I’ve never met anyone who claims to live a stress-free life. And as a clinical and…

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How Energy Drinks Can Harm Your Child

04/19/2016

For years, children’s health advocates have been ringing the alarm about “energy drinks”— soft drinks that can have double or triple the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee—and a new study presented at the American Heart Association makes the warnings even more dire. In this study, researchers found that after consuming energy drinks, young people experienced a significant increase in the risk for abnormal heart rhythms and a rise in blood pressure. “Caffeine…

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Can’t Sleep? 5 Surprising Reasons Why

04/19/2016

Adults should log at least seven hours of sleep each night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than a third of Americans between 18 and 60 aren’t getting adequate shut-eye. Among the sleep-deprived? One of these surprising factors may be why. Your street is too bright. A new study found people whose neighborhoods are well-lit — particularly in urban areas — have more trouble falling asleep and sleeping…

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Three Playgrounds That Can Hurt Kids: Avoid These Hidden Health Hazards

04/19/2016

Their surfaces may be soft, but their risk of injury and illness still exists. Read on to learn how to protect your child today. Trampolines The risk of injury from trampolines is so great that the American Academy of Pediatrics discourages their use. Even safety measures like padding and netting don’t help. “Most trampoline injuries happen on the trampoline itself, not from falling off it,” says Mary McAteer, M.D., a pediatrician at Indiana University Heath. That’s partly…

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Healthy Cooking Shortcuts: Fast and Easy Ways to Make Your Favorite Foods Healthier

04/19/2016

Cooking tonight? Try these quick and simple, slimming tips from Indiana University Health dietitian Amy VanDeWielle, RD, CNSC. Pour in a puree in place of butter. Try replacing full-fat butter in a recipe with heart-healthier light butter or a butter and oil blend (you’ll save 50 calories and up to 6 grams of fat per tablespoon). Don’t use margarine, which often contains trans-fats. You also can try replacing half the butter, shortening, or oil called for with pureed fruit, such as applesauce,…

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Handling a Hernia: Tips and Treatment

04/19/2016

You’ve probably heard the phrase when someone is carrying heavy packages: “You’re going to give yourself a hernia!” But what exactly is this mysterious condition? A hernia is when a part of an organ or fatty tissue pushes through a weak spot in the muscle wall surrounding it. Some hernias are barely noticeable, while others can cause severe pain and need to be treated right away. Here are three common hernia types adults might experience. Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia occurs…

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Breaking News: More Kids are Being Diagnosed with Adult Diseases

04/19/2016

Forget the measles and mumps, growing research reveals that more American children are developing diseases commonly seen in adults. Culprits include diabetes, elevated blood pressure and other ailments that typically emerge in middle-age. Here's what you need to know to protect your kids today. 

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The Truth About Sociopaths and Psychopaths

04/19/2016

They can be confident, charming, successful—and incredibly dangerous. Our expert reveals their true nature and how you can protect yourself. Sociopaths and psychopaths aren’t always easy to spot. When you hear the word “sociopath” or “psychopath,” you probably think of monstrous criminals such as Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, and Jeffrey Dahmer. But the reality is that many sociopaths and psychopaths—who are clinically diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder—aren’t…

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