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Calories and BMI Aren’t the Best Measures of Healthy Living, Experts Say

Calories and BMI Aren’t the Best Measures of Healthy Living, Experts Say

Lots of us have health and fitness goals that involve losing weight, fitting into a smaller clothing size, and eating less. But health experts say that obsessing over the number of calories you’re eating in a day or dropping your BMI number aren’t the best ways to

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What to Do If Your Dog Is Stung by a Bee

What to Do If Your Dog Is Stung by a Bee

If your pet likes to romp around outside and enjoy the summer weather, there is a chance he could have a run-in with a bee, wasp, or hornet. But if he’s never been stung before and you’re not sure how he might react, follow these three important

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Natural Remedies for Anxiety

Natural Remedies for Anxiety

Anxiety disorders affect an estimated 40 million Americans over the age of 18, yet the vast majority of anxiety sufferers do not receive treatment. If you often experience signs of anxiety, which include feelings of nervousness, panic, or impending doom, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and stomach

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What Is the Keto Diet, and Should You Try It?

What Is the Keto Diet, and Should You Try It?

Short for “ketogenic,” the keto diet has become one of the most popular weight loss methods among many Americans who are looking to turn a new leaf and make healthy lifestyle changes. However, as with most fad diets, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of

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How Do You Know When a Wound Needs Medical Attention?

How Do You Know When a Wound Needs Medical Attention?

When you get a minor cut or scrape, you probably don’t think twice about going to the doctor. But when a wound is larger or more serious, how do you know when it might be necessary to seek medical attention? Here are five telltale signs that you

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Cataract Awareness Month: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

Cataract Awareness Month: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S., affecting roughly 24 million Americans over the age of 40. As you may know, June is National Cataract Awareness Month, so what better time than now to discuss some of the most frequently asked questions about

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“Gaming Disorder” Is Now a Recognized Mental Health Condition

“Gaming Disorder” Is Now a Recognized Mental Health Condition

As of June 18, 2018, video game addiction is now considered a recognized mental health disorder by the World Health Organization (WHO). Read on to learn more about what habits and actions classify “gaming disorder” and where to find mental health resources in our community. How Gaming

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Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer: 6 Essential Tips

Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer: 6 Essential Tips

Here in Pittsburgh, the weather seems to have jumped right from a cold, snowy winter to a warm, sunny summer. If you have pets, this probably means you’ll be heading outdoors for lots more walks, picnics, and other summer adventures. But no matter what your summer has

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Could a Smell Test Be the Answer to Early Detection of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?

Could a Smell Test Be the Answer to Early Detection of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?

Although there’s still no cure for degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, researchers have found that delaying the onset of symptoms by just five years could have a substantial impact on the severity and progression of these diseases. Thus, new early detection methods are a crucial aspect

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The Egg and Heart Disease Debate: Is It Okay to Eat Eggs Every Day?

The Egg and Heart Disease Debate: Is It Okay to Eat Eggs Every Day?

It wasn’t long ago that dietary experts recommended that everyone stay away from eating too many eggs, given their relatively high levels of dietary cholesterol, which was believed to be linked with an increased risk of heart disease. However, the latest research shows that the cholesterol found

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5 Must-Know Sunscreen Tips for Skin Cancer Awareness Month

5 Must-Know Sunscreen Tips for Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness month, and also the time of year when Pittsburghers can finally start to get out and enjoy some sunshine. But before you head out to do yard work or open up your pool for Memorial Day, read up on these very

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Third-Hand Smoke: What Is It and Can It Affect Your Health?

Third-Hand Smoke: What Is It and Can It Affect Your Health?

You’ve probably heard of second-hand smoke — exposure to tobacco smoke by being near a person who is smoking — but new research shows that third-hand smoke could potentially be just as harmful to your health. Read on to learn what third-hand smoke is and why it

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Waist-to-Height Ratio vs. BMI: Which Is the Better Indicator of Health Risks

Waist-to-Height Ratio vs. BMI: Which Is the Better Indicator of Health Risks

For years, Americans have been relying on BMI (body mass index) as an indicator of obesity and the health risks associated with obesity, like heart disease and diabetes. However, according to Dr. Margaret Ashwell of the UK, a consultant in nutrition science, specializing in obesity, BMI is

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E. coli Contamination and Prevention: What You Need to Know

E. coli Contamination and Prevention: What You Need to Know

With so much in the news lately about the widespread E. coli outbreak across multiple states — with Pennsylvania leading in the number of confirmed cases — you might have some questions about what this bacteria is and how you can avoid infection. Here, we provide the

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Spending Time in Nature Changes Your Brain, Studies Say

Spending Time in Nature Changes Your Brain, Studies Say

It’s no secret that we don’t get outside nearly as much as our grandparents and great-grandparents did, and studies have shown that this lack of natural surroundings is putting a damper on our health and wellbeing. But the good news is that the inverse is also true

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Are You and Your Family Prepared in Case of an Emergency?

Are You and Your Family Prepared in Case of an Emergency?

Although no one expects a disaster to happen to them, the fact of the matter is that natural disasters such as fires, earthquakes, and severe weather do happen. Thus, it is better to be prepared and never need to use your emergency strategy than to have something

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Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder

Since April of 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month every April. Whether you or a close friend or family member is struggling with alcoholism, understanding the devastation it can cause to both individuals and their families, as well

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What Is the DASH Diet and Could It Help with Depression?

What Is the DASH Diet and Could It Help with Depression?

Originally developed as a way to lower blood pressure without medication, the DASH diet has become increasingly popular for a variety of other health benefits, including weight loss. The latest research now shows that there could be a link between the DASH diet and a lowered risk

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3 Important Diet Tips for Healthy Weight Loss

3 Important Diet Tips for Healthy Weight Loss

Since March is National Nutrition Month, you might be planning a fresh start to your diet and weight loss efforts for a healthier body. But many of the so-called “quick and easy” dieting options out there are far from healthy for your body, nor do they result

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5 Common Nutrition Myths Busted

5 Common Nutrition Myths Busted

Eating a healthy, nutritious diet is one of the best things we can do for our bodies, but with the countless nutrition myths out there, it can be difficult to figure out what’s really healthy and what’s not. To help you separate nutrition fact from fiction, here

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6 Important Nutrients and Why Your Body Needs Them

6 Important Nutrients and Why Your Body Needs Them

As the saying goes, “you are what you eat,” so you want to make sure you’re fueling your body with enough of the right nutrients to stay happy, healthy, and active. However, there is a lot of misinformation out there about which healthy foods to eat more

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6 Essential Oils and Their Health Benefits [Infographic]

6 Essential Oils and Their Health Benefits [Infographic]
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4 Popular Health Myths Busted

4 Popular Health Myths Busted

The internet is a useful tool to find the information you need quickly, but it can also easily circulate myths. If you’ve been following these all-too-common health myths, you may want to rethink your routine. Myth #1: You Need to Clean Your Ears Although your mother may

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5 of the Best Stretches for Back Pain

5 of the Best Stretches for Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the United States, affecting 8 out of every 10 Americans at some point in their lives. Although it might seem counterintuitive, staying active is one of the best ways to help alleviate symptoms of back pain. Try

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How to Prevent Elder Abuse

How to Prevent Elder Abuse

Studies show that one in ten Americans aged 60 and over will experience some type of elder abuse while being cared for at home or in nursing or residential facilities. Until this past year, there have been no federal regulations that cover home-health workers, which has only

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