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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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What Are Opioids?

What Are Opioids?

This past October, President Donald Trump officially declared the opioid epidemic in America a National Public Health Emergency. This rapidly growing health concern has also made the question, “What are opioids?” one of the most-searched terms in Google search engines in 2017 – a testament to the

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How to Prevent Falls at Home

How to Prevent Falls at Home

Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors, but they can also be easy to prevent. To help keep yourself and your loved ones safe from injuries caused by falls at home, keep these important fall prevention tips in mind. Make Sure Every Room Has Adequate

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What to Do If You Have the Flu

What to Do If You Have the Flu

This year, both strains of the flu virus are already widespread across country, including the Pittsburgh area. If you find yourself feeling under the weather and suspect that you have the flu, here’s what you can do at home to help you feel better more quickly. 1.

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Pittsburgh Health News Roundup January 2018

Pittsburgh Health News Roundup January 2018

To help you stay up-to-date on the latest health news in the Pittsburgh area, we’ve compiled some of the top news stories and current events for January 2018. You can also keep tabs on the Allegheny-Kiski Foundation’s News and Events pages for the latest information. PacMAT Program

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Is Sugar Addictive, and How Much Is Too Much?

Is Sugar Addictive, and How Much Is Too Much?

It can be all too easy to fall into the trap of eating one more piece of chocolate, then another, and another. Because sugary treats like chocolate, cookies, and pop can be so difficult to consume in moderation, many people wonder if sugar is addictive. Here is

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What Is Radon Gas, and Should Your Home Be Tested?

What Is Radon Gas, and Should Your Home Be Tested?

In preparation for National Radon Action Month in January, homeowners may want to do a little research as to what radon is, exactly, and whether their home should be tested for unsafe levels of this gas. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a guide of the

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These Lesser-Known Symptoms Could Be Signs of a Heart Attack

These Lesser-Known Symptoms Could Be Signs of a Heart Attack

When most people think of heart disease or heart attack symptoms, shortness of breath, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat often come to mind. However, these classic symptoms are not the only indicators of heart problems, especially for women. Take a look at these four lesser-known signs

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5 Simple Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Holiday Baking

5 Simple Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Holiday Baking

A big part of sticking to any healthy diet is not depriving yourself of treats that you crave. The key is to not only treat yourself in moderation, but to also slightly alter your baking habits whenever possible to help cut down on simple sugars and fat,

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What’s the Difference between “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol? (And How to Balance Them)

What’s the Difference between “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol? (And How to Balance Them)

Even though cholesterol often gets a bad rap, your body does need some of this fat-like substance to produce hormones, vitamin D, digestive acids, and other important substances. However, when the body has too much “bad” cholesterol and not enough “good” cholesterol, serious health problems including heart

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