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Sun sick—all about heat illness

Many of us look forward to spending time outdoors in the summer. The seemingly endless activities the season offers can make us feel healthy and happy. However, too much of a good thing and too little attention to our bodies’ signals can result in serious consequences. Sometimes, during prolonged exposure to extreme heat, the body […]

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Buying a Bike Helmet 101

Answers to 6 Common Consumer Questions There are essentially two camps when it comes to opinions on bike helmets: You should wear one, or you don’t really need to bother. Those who don’t wear them offer many reasons: they don’t do much; they are ugly; they are uncomfortable; the list goes on. Yet, studies—many of […]

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Don’t Go It Alone: How to Find Mental Health Help When You Need It

In the United States, 1 in 5 people are affected by a mental health condition.[1] While people don’t get the help they need for mental health conditions, it is important to remember that there is hope and help. Sometimes it can be difficult to realize when you need help for a mental illness. Symptoms may […]

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Osteoporosis: Sorting Fact From Fiction, Focusing on Prevention

Osteoporosis. Your mother may have told you to drink more milk to prevent it. You may associate it with broken bones and, possibly, the actress Sally Field, who has made public her own diagnosis. Often called the silent disease because it often progresses without symptoms until a fracture occurs, osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million […]

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What is Lupus?

May is National Lupus Awareness Month, and the Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide have some form of lupus.[1] Yet, research shows that nearly two-thirds of the public knows little or nothing about this disease.[2] As such, in observance of Lupus Awareness month, we would like to […]

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The 8 Most Common Food Allergies and Signs You May Have One

If it seems like more people are being diagnosed with food allergies, it isn’t just your imagination. Food allergies are, indeed, on the rise—however, researchers have not yet discovered why.[1] Maybe you even suspect you might be among the estimated 15 million Americans who have one.[2] Experiencing allergic reactions to food can be frightening and […]

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Ready to Ride? How to Decide What Kind of Bike You Should Buy

About 53 percent of U.S. households have a bicycle.[1] Are you thinking about joining their ranks? If so, you could be making a smart move for your health, fitness and wellbeing. Riding a bike regularly can improve your physical and mental health in numerous ways. It can decrease your risk of coronary heart disease, reduce […]

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Don’t Skip This Screening. An Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening Could Save Your Life

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and April 10–16, 2016, is Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, which are sponsored by the Oral Cancer Foundation and Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, respectively. In 2016, about 48,250 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer—the largest group of cancers that fall […]

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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

In the United States, an estimated 1 in 68 children are born autistic, and the prevalence increased 119.4 percent from 2000 to 2010.[1] As of May 2013, autism spectrum disorder is the term used for all autism disorders, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder and Asperger syndrome.[2] ASD and its causes have […]

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What Is Type 2 Diabetes? Am I at Risk?

Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is a metabolic disorder in which the body doesn’t make enough insulin, is not able to use it effectively or both. [1],[2] (Produced by the pancreas, insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose.) Because of this pancreatic dysfunction, people with diabetes have high blood glucose levels—also known as […]

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5 Healthy, Green Foods That Can Do Your Body Good

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which means a lot of people are embracing the color green, even in what they consume. Because we at Best Health love a good theme, we want to help you think beyond seasonably available green shakes. Check out five shamrock-shaded fruits, vegetables, nuts and drinks working into your celebration. And, for […]

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What Do Your Kidneys Do?

We know about things that can go wrong with our kidneys—kidney infections, kidney disease, kidney failure—but have you ever wondered what kidneys actually do and how they work? March is National Kidney Month, and March 10 is World Kidney Day. Both of these observances serve to raise awareness about the importance of kidneys. Understanding how […]

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Which Type of Massage Should I Get? A Look at 5 Common Modalities

There’s nothing like a good massage to relieve mental and physical stress. But, if you’ve ever gone to book one, you have probably realized that there are several varieties to choose from. What’s the difference between a Swedish massage and a deep tissue massage—aren’t they the same thing? Are the benefits the same no matter […]

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4 Common Types of Yoga … And 4 of the More Unusual

If you are interested in trying yoga or practicing a new form of it, you have probably realized that the ancient discipline comes in many forms. Many types of yoga common in the United States are rooted in tradition, while others are very modern twists on the classic practice. Classic yoga styles Because these are […]

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14 Tips for a Heart-Healthy Diet

Culinary indulgences can be abundant in the winter months, especially in February when celebrating Valentine’s Day often means going out for rich meals. But February also happens to be American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart disease and how it can be prevented.[1] And, “a healthy diet and lifestyle are your best […]

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3 Cardio Workouts to Put the Passion Back Into Your Fitness Routine

At the end of the day, fitness really should be fun. But sometimes it isn’t. Life gets busy, and we squeeze in whatever we can, not necessarily what we love. Eventually, our go-to workouts can get stale … really, really stale. Who’s taken a run on the treadmill and wondered how a minute can suddenly […]

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14 Things You Can Do to Make Your Heart Happy

February is a month for the heart, but we’re not just talking about Valentine’s Day. It is also American Heart Month, a national health observance sponsored by the American Heart Association. Heart disease and stroke are the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, respectively.[1] Fortunately, there are many things we can do in our […]

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10 Fast Facts to Help You Get to Know You Thyroid

Do you know your thyroid? You may have heard about this part of your anatomy, but do you know where it is, what it does or why it sometimes acts out? January is Thyroid Awareness Month, a good time to learn about thyroid health and thyroid conditions. As such, we’d like to familiarize you with […]

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5 Fun Cold-Weather Activities That Will Help You Break a Sweat This Winter

Getting motivated to exercise in winter can be challenging, especially when you live in a cold climate. Even a quick jog around the neighborhood can sound unpleasant and potentially perilous (icy or un-shoveled sidewalks, anyone?). A marathon of the Netflix variety can sound far more appealing. And, by all means, indulge in one every now […]

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Bike Safety

10 Bike Tips for Safer Summer Bike Rides

Riding a bicycle can bring lots of joy to kids and adults alike. It’s also a great way to increase fitness and reduce stress. However, as with many activities, cycling has its risks. No matter your age or experience level, it can be helpful to review basic tips for safe bike riding. Read them over […]

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5 Top Resources for Cancer Survivors

Today, there are 14 million cancer survivors in the United States.1 As stated by the CDC, a cancer survivor is anyone “who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis throughout his or her life.”2 After diagnosis and treatment, survivors may face new challenges related to all aspects of life. As such, awareness, […]

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5 Fitness Trends Worth a Try in 2015

Working out should be at least a little fun. If you’re languishing in your current routine, maybe it’s time to explore some other options. Here are five workout trends that are hot right now. Maybe one of them will infuse new life into your fitness regimen. 1. Aerial yoga With its suspended silk slings and […]

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Women's Health

Hey, Ladies: It’s Time for A Wellness Exam—May Marks National Women’s Health Week, Checkup Day

See the doctor when you’re healthy. That’s part of the message behind National Women’s Health Week and National Women’s Checkup Day. With its annual health observance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health strives to “empower women to make their health a priority.”1 In 2015, National Women’s Health Week will […]

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Bike Ride

What to Bring on Every Bike Ride

A bike ride should be an enjoyable experience, but it doesn’t take new riders long to realize things happen. Flat tires, bike problems, loose dogs, injuries and hunger are more or less inevitable. A little preparation can make these situations less disastrous. You may not be heading out on a multi-day cycling tour, but you […]

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Coconut Oil

Is Coconut Oil Good for Your Health, Your Heart?

In recent years, it seems society’s gone crazy for coconut oil. You may have noticed everyone from celebrity doctors to your Facebook friends touting it as a life-changing superfood. Food marketers highlight this ingredient on packaging. Consumers purchase it by the jar for use as cooking oil, to consume raw and even to apply topically. […]

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How to Prepare for Your First 5K

Spring and summer tend to be 5K season. In some metropolitan areas, it seems there’s a 5K every weekend. The distance, which is equal to 3.1 miles, is probably the most popular for running races because it’s friendly to most individuals and can even be walked in a reasonable amount of time. As such, it […]

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What is Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurvedic medicine, which is also known as Ayurveda, is credited as being the world’s oldest comprehensive medical system. It originated in India thousands of years ago.1 Estimates vary on its age; some say it’s as much as 6,000 years old. This holistic approach to medicine is said to have been practiced “on the periphery” of […]

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Spring Time

8 Ways to Rehab Your Diet This Spring

In the winter months, whether it be due to the feast-filled holidays or cold-weather-induced cravings, may of us turn toward rich and often less-nutritious foods. They might offer comfort, but they also tend to come with a helping of extra weight and a dash of lethargy. Come spring, we tend to feel ready for a […]

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10 Top Benefits of Walking

If you are looking to get more active this season, consider adding daily walks to your routine. While it may seem less rigorous than sports like running, walking can be a great way to get exercise. You can do it most anywhere and fit it in when you don’t have much time. All it takes […]

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Water Safety, Drowning Prevention Basics for Swim Season

About 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day—of them, two are children age 14 or younger.1 Water safety matters all year long, but there’s no denying that pool time and beach time become more popular when summer nears. Help make it a safer, scare-free season of outdoor swimming by revisiting some basic water safety […]

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Fruits and Veggies

Need to Eat More Fruits, Veggies? Shop In-Season

Fruits and vegetables represent a big part of a healthy diet. These foods contain a number of nutrients under-consumed by Americans, including folate, magnesium, potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamins A, C and K.1 Furthermore, they’ve been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer prevention.2 Though we know it’s important, many of us […]

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5 Spring Recipes to Satisfy Your Health, Hunger

Springtime can be a great time to switch up your diet. A lot of us gravitate toward comfort food in the colder months, but our tastes often transition with the weather. There’s just something about the season that gets us in the mood for lighter, healthier fare. Here’s a quick round-up of recipes that take […]

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What to Do If Your Child Knocks Out, Chips a Tooth

More than 30 percent of children injure their primary teeth at some point in childhood.1 Kids most commonly sustain these injuries from falls, bike and car accidents, sports-related injuries, and violence.2 Teeth can be chipped or knocked-out any time of year. However, since many families become more active when warm weather arrives, springtime can be […]

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Dog Bites

What to Do If You or Your Child are Bit by a Dog

Each year 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs, and 20 percent of them require medical attention.1 Dogs bite for many reasons—protection, fear, and over-excitement, to name a few. Whether the animal bites a child or an adult and … contact involves a nip or a serious attack, it’s important to know what to do […]

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5 Things You May Not Know About Spring Allergies

Suddenly have the sneezes and sniffles? You may not be ill. Spring allergies often arrive with warmer weather. Allergens and allergy seasons vary across the country; however, for the most part, they start in February and last through early summer.1 No matter their form or timing, they make millions miserable. In 2012, 17.6 million adults […]

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What to Know About Ticks: 8 Tips for Preventing Bites, Illnesses

Springtime means a more active time for both people and nature, including ticks. The high season for these tiny arachnids tends to occur from April to September.1 According to The American Lyme Disease Foundation, 82 species of ticks live in the United States.2 Bites from several of these species can cause illnesses in humans. While Lyme […]

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Checking the Thyroid

Are You At Risk For Thyroid Disease?

How much do you appreciate your thyroid? Do you know what it is or what it does? If not, don’t worry. There is really no better time than the present to begin learning about your thyroid and the important roles it serves in the body; after all, January marks Thyroid Awareness Month. The thyroid is […]

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