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The Healthy Side of Technology

Physical and mental health go hand in hand. In today’s world, technology, in one form or another, is rarely out of reach. Ways to put technology to work for you in helping maintain your own healthy balance are currently quite popular and diverse. With new gadgets constantly on the horizon, the possibilities are endless. 

Family History and Your Risk of Disease
Did you know that your family history might be one of the strongest influences on your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer? Even though you cannot change your genetic makeup, knowing your family history can help you reduce your risk of developing health problems.
Itching for Allergy Relief

Pollen grains from trees, grasses and weeds can float through the air in spring, summer or fall. But on their way to fertilize plants and tree flowers, pollen particles often end up in our noses, eyes, ears and mouths. The result can be sneezing spells, watery eyes, congestion and an itchy throat.


Exercising in Cold Weather

Cold weather doesn’t have to slow you down. Exercise has benefits all year, even during winter. But before you brave the cold, take a few extra steps to stay safe. Exposure to cold can cause health problems such as hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature.

Protect Your Child From Lead Hazards
Toys that have been made in other countries and then imported into the United States or antique toys and collectibles passed down through generations put children at risk for exposure to lead — a well-known health hazard. 
The Dangers of Indoor Tanning

Using a tanning bed, booth or sunlamp to get tan can cause skin cancers including melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation also can cause cataracts and cancers of the eye (ocular melanoma).

Think Before You Ink: The Safety of Tattoos

As the popularity of tattoos continues to grow, so does the concern about potential risks. Some risks, such as the spread of infections through the use of unsterilized needles, have long been known. But what isn't clear is the safety of tattoo inks.

Washing Food: Does It Really Work?

Historically, we equate washing to cleanliness. We wash clothes, linens, cars, dishes and ourselves. So, it is logical that many people believe meat and poultry can be made cleaner and safer by washing it. Is this true? Does washing meat, poultry, eggs, fruits and vegetables make them safer to eat?

Teens and Sleep: How to Help Them Get Enough

Does your teenager fall asleep over homework? Does he or she nod off during class or drive while drowsy? Almost 70 percent of high school students are not getting the recommended hours of sleep on school nights, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

GERD: More Than Just Heartburn

If you are taking antacids regularly, you could be suffering from more than just heartburn. In a recent national survey, 9 out of 10 people mistakenly assumed their gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD) was heartburn. 

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