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Healthy Aging Series: 5 Tips for Healthy Living after 50

Healthy Aging Series: 5 Tips for Healthy Living after 50

September is Healthy Aging Month, so we’ve created a Healthy Aging Series to help older members of our community stay fit, healthy, and happy. It’s never too early or too late to start taking control of your mental and physical health. To kick off this series, here

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5 Unusual Smoking Cessation Tips to Try

5 Unusual Smoking Cessation Tips to Try

Smoking cessation can be difficult, but once you overcome this obstacle, your health, wellness, and quality of life can skyrocket. While you’re probably familiar with some of the most common ways to quit smoking, these five lesser-known tips might be new tools you can try to help

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know about Social Media and Your Mental Health

10 Facts You Didn’t Know about Social Media and Your Mental Health

Social media has become a fact of life for the 81% of the U.S. population who has at least one social media account. While this networking technology can be beneficial for a number of reasons, including helping long-distance family members and friends stay in touch, there are

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Tennis Elbow: What Is It and How Do You Relieve It?

Tennis Elbow: What Is It and How Do You Relieve It?

If you’ve ever experienced a dull or shooting pain near your elbow that seems to radiate down your forearm and into your wrist and hand, you might have had what’s known as tennis elbow. This condition is primarily caused by strain and overuse, so it can be

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Health Food Spotlight: Walnuts

Health Food Spotlight: Walnuts

You’re probably used to seeing walnuts listed as healthy foods to add to your diet, whether you’re searching for ways to boost your heart health, lower your blood pressure, or lose weight. But what is it about these little nuts that make them so jam-packed with benefits?

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5 Natural Remedies for Poison Ivy Rashes

5 Natural Remedies for Poison Ivy Rashes

Whether you’re hiking through the woods or weeding your front yard, coming into contact with poison ivy can happen just about anywhere, and often when you least expect it. Along with poison sumac and poison oak, poison ivy is a type of plant that produces an irritant

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Are You Guilty of These Lawn Mower Safety Issues?

Are You Guilty of These Lawn Mower Safety Issues?

Grass-cutting season is still in full swing, making this month as good as any to brush up on some basic lawn mower safety tips, especially where children are involved. Each year, a surprising number of lawn mowing injuries are reported, many of which involve young children and

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Backyard BBQ Tips for a Healthy, Happy Summer

Backyard BBQ Tips for a Healthy, Happy Summer

Summer’s not over yet, and if you’re like us, you probably want to pack as much outdoor summer fun into August as you can! But before you host your next backyard barbecue, read through these six important tips to keep everyone safe, happy, and healthy at your

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Tick-Borne Illnesses on the Rise in Pittsburgh: Here’s How to Prevent Infection

Tick-Borne Illnesses on the Rise in Pittsburgh: Here’s How to Prevent Infection

With rising tick populations and warm weather conditions, the Pittsburgh region has seen an increase in the number of tick-related illnesses within the past several years, and this summer has been no exception. Ticks can carry a number of diseases, with Lyme Disease accounting for more than

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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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