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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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Cold Weather Checklist to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

Cold Weather Checklist to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

Just as you wouldn’t want to leave a dog or cat locked in a hot car in the middle of summer, you don’t want to leave your pets to fend for themselves outside in the dead of winter, either. In fact, a new law was just passed

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Health & Wellness Now Trendier than Material Goods, Survey Says

Health & Wellness Now Trendier than Material Goods, Survey Says

In case you haven’t noticed the latest social media fads and hashtags, the Millennial generation has made being physically and mentally fit a new trend. According to a recent survey, an astounding 72 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 37 prefer to spend their

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Holiday Health Tips to Stay Safe This Season

Holiday Health Tips to Stay Safe This Season

‘Tis the season for tree-trimming, meal prepping, and holiday gatherings. Make sure you and your family stay safe and healthy this holiday season with these helpful tips. Wash Your Hands Frequently Unfortunately, it is also the prime time of year for coming down with a cold or the flu.

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Healthy Eating tips for the Holiday Season

Healthy Eating tips for the Holiday Season

If you’re on a mission to eat healthier, exercise more, and say “no” to sweets, big holiday meals can be your enemy. At the same time, you don’t want to miss out on spending time with friends and family in the name of watching your waistline. By

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What Is the Difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

What Is the Difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a national health initiative to help the general public better understand what diabetes is, what its symptoms are, and how they can better manage and even prevent symptoms. One of the most common questions that people ask about diabetes is, “What

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Common Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder & How to Manage Them

Common Signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder & How to Manage Them

If you notice that you tend to get a case of the “winter blues” as soon as the seasons begin to change, you may have a specific type of mood disorder known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Although SAD most commonly occurs at the onset of

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Pittsburgh Area Opioid Addiction Still on the Rise

Pittsburgh Area Opioid Addiction Still on the Rise

Opioid addiction in the Pittsburgh area has been a growing public health concern in recent years. According to experts at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, Southwestern Pennsylvania, including Allegheny and its surrounding counties, has seen one of the largest spikes in opioid use and overdoses in

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4 Early Warning Signs of Dementia to Look For

4 Early Warning Signs of Dementia to Look For

Sometimes in the flurry and frustration of looking for lost keys, the thought of dementia and Alzheimer’s can creep into your head. While occasionally misplacing keys or not being able to recall the name of a book are not necessarily signs of a memory-degenerative disease, it is

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How to Boost Your Brain Health

How to Boost Your Brain Health

Most of us understand that eating right and getting enough exercise are integral parts of staying healthy physically, but many people often overlook the importance of their mental health when it comes to their overall wellness. Whether you’re looking for ways to boost your brain’s sharpness or

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7 Foods to Avoid for a Healthier You

7 Foods to Avoid for a Healthier You

Some of the most popular health and wellness trends involve DIY recipes for fruit and vegetable smoothies, overnight oatmeal, and other similar health-conscious foods. Equally important as knowing which foods to pile on your plate, though, is also knowing which foods to steer clear of when trying

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Kick the Habit: 3 Quick Tips to Quit Smoking

Kick the Habit: 3 Quick Tips to Quit Smoking

No matter how long you’ve smoked or used smokeless tobacco products, there’s no reason why you can’t be successful at kicking the habit for good and reaping the countless health benefits of living tobacco-free. To help you get started, here are three tips to keep in mind

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4 Fall Safety Tips to Keep in Mind This Season

4 Fall Safety Tips to Keep in Mind This Season

As the cooler, crisp fall air moves in and the days slowly get shorter, you might be looking forward to curling up by the fireplace or lighting a few pumpkin-scented candles. But before you jump right into pumpkin season, take a look at these four fall safety

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Heroin Use Prevention Resources

Heroin Use Prevention Resources

Heroin use has become an epidemic, not only in our community, but across the country. In fact, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in Americans under the age of 50, with an estimated 59,000 to 65,000 deaths caused by drug overdose in 2016 alone

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6 Tips for Better Stress Management

6 Tips for Better Stress Management

Acute bouts of stress are a normal part of life. This is your body’s way of alerting you to a potential danger, threat, or difficult situation. But according to the American Psychological Association, most Americans are experiencing a high level of chronic stress, which can be detrimental

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5 Smartphone Apps That Are Great for Your Health

5 Smartphone Apps That Are Great for Your Health

  No matter your health and fitness needs, there’s an app for that! Why not optimize the time you already spend on your smartphone and other devices and try a few of these excellent apps to help you boost your physical and mental health? 1. Couch to

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3 Reasons to Get a Flu Shot This Fall

3 Reasons to Get a Flu Shot This Fall

As cooler weather begins to move in, many people are beginning to consider getting their annual flu shot to help them stay healthy and flu-free all year long. But if you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should get a flu shot this fall,

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4 Back-to-School Safety Tips to Share with Your Kids

4 Back-to-School Safety Tips to Share with Your Kids

It’s that time of year again, when the mornings are starting to get a little chilly and the kids are off to school again. To help make sure they arrive safely both to and from school, take a look at these four back-to-school safety tips to go

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