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Check your neck: The diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer

Here’s an example of how the internet and social media are changing healthcare: There’s a small subset of viral social media posts in which a person recently diagnosed with a disease posts before and after diagnosis photos. And in that photo, a signature symptom is obvious for all to see — just...

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  • How to burn the same calories as running -- without the impact

    How to burn the same calories as running -- without the impact

    In-line skating probably is an activity you remember fondly from childhood. However, there’s a resurgence in in-line skating among adults who recognize it as a great workout — particularly for those who can’t run anymore but still seek high-intensity, inexpensive exercise. People may be unaware...

  • The Ultimate Guide: Weight training for beginners

    The Ultimate Guide: Weight training for beginners

    If you think weight training is just for gym rats and professional athletes, think again. You probably don’t give your muscles much thought, but you use them all day, every day. Now there’s no need to be intimidated by giant gym machines and making choices about reps and weights. Here are a few...

  • How to break out of your fast food rut?

    How to break out of your fast food rut?

    If your family’s meals are weighed down with too many fast-food and high-calorie packaged dinners, add some new healthful eating hacks to your arsenal so you use the drive-thru less often, and eat better when you do. Fast-food doesn’t have to mean a bacon cheeseburger and fries. Today, most drive-thrus...

  • What you need to know before going to a dog park

    What you need to know before going to a dog park

    Most dogs get along pretty well at a dog park and create few problems. However, one badly behaved dog can cause physical and psychological harm to other dogs or their people. And one badly behaved owner can make a happy place pretty doggone upsetting. So keep these do’s and don’ts in mind when...

  • How to tell if horseback riding is good therapy for you

    How to tell if horseback riding is good therapy for you

    From young children with autism to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to seniors with Alzheimer's disease — and just typical families going through a rough patch — many are benefitting from horseback riding and horse interaction. Equestrians know that horses are magical. Horses are both...

  • How to get your kids away from that screen

    How to get your kids away from that screen

    You probably already know that screen time interferes with vital physical activity. American children ages 8-18 spend 7 1/2 hours a day — over 50 hours a week — watching TV or plugged into online games or social media, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. And 17 percent of kids ages 2-19...

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  • Bad day? 11 pick-me-ups to turn it around

    Bad day? 11 pick-me-ups to turn it around

    Whether it brings feelings of loneliness, sadness or just a general sense of malaise, a bad day is as inevitable as spilt milk and cookies that crumble. Of course if you think you are suffering from chronic anxiety or depression, be sure to see a professional. But if you’re just trying to escape...

  • Why Type 2 diabetes is no longer a death sentence

    Why Type 2 diabetes is no longer a death sentence

    Type 2 diabetes, though a serious disease, is not the death sentence it once was thanks to a better understanding of causes as well as advances in health care. Yet, diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the number of those newly diagnosed is expected to rise, according...

  • Killer stress: How to manage it and change your life

    Killer stress: How to manage it and change your life

    We all deal with stress. Deadlines. Bills. Job changes. Relationship challenges. The list goes on. Yet, untreated chronic stress can be deadly. “Chronic stress can overload the body’s systems increasing the risk of hypertension, cardiac diseases such as heart attack and stroke, and compromise the...

  • Quiz: Do I have arthritis?

    Quiz: Do I have arthritis?

  • How to use your smartphone to improve your health

    How to use your smartphone to improve your health

    Technology is allowing Americans to get more hands-on than ever with their healthcare. Literally. According to a PwC health study, about half of Americans own a smartphone, and among those, the number with at least one medical-, health- or fitness-related application on their mobile device doubled...

  • Why we're so fat: A health crisis

    Why we're so fat: A health crisis

    Maybe you’ve noticed it when you watch TV shows and movies from a few decades ago. Or when you look at old photographs. Or when you go to a public beach or swimming pool. If you think people are a lot fatter today, you’re right. The average American is 15 pounds heavier than his or her 1990 counterpart,...

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