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Be More Involved in Your Health Care

One way you can make sure you get the best possible health care is to be an active member of your health care team. Patients who talk with their doctors tend to be happier with their care and have better medical results.

Cold, Flu or Allergies? Know the Difference for the Best Treatment

You’re feeling pretty lousy. You’ve got sniffles, sneezing and a sore throat. Is it a cold, flu or allergies? It can be hard to tell them apart because they share so many symptoms. But understanding the differences will help you choose the best treatment.

Good Posture for a Healthy Back
Maintaining good posture involves training your body to move and function where the least strain is placed on bones, joints and soft tissues. 
How Many Beers Are Lurking in That Bottle?

Over the past few years, locally produced, small-batch craft beers have become increasingly popular. There are more breweries than ever before, but has the amount of alcohol in that bottle of beer remained the same?

Flu Shot Fact or Myth?

Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. It also keeps you from bringing the virus home or to work and infecting others. Here are some common misconceptions about flu shots.

The Perils of Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is one of the most frequent causes of skin rash among children and adults who spend time outdoors. The plant can be found throughout the United States, except in the Southwest, Alaska and Hawaii. It has three shiny green leaves and a red stem. Poison ivy typically grows in the form of a vine, often along riverbanks.


Mold and Your Health
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough and wheeze in otherwise healthy people and with asthma symptoms in people with asthma. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children. 
How Does Technology Affect Sleep?

Sleep and technology seem to have a love/hate relationship. On one hand, technology can enhance our sleep, but some electronics can inhibit our sleep and maybe even cause insomnia. Fitness trackers and their associated apps can provide us with information about the quality and duration of our sleep. 

Protecting Your Kids from the Sun

Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.


Should You Take Dietary Supplements?

When you reach for that bottle of vitamin C or fish oil pills, you might wonder how well they’ll work and if they’re safe. The first thing to ask yourself is whether you need them in the first place.

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