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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...

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    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...

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    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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    Sarcoidosis: What you should know about this young person’s disease

    Imagine a disease that can strike any joint or organ at any time, with no known cause or cure. Sarcoidosis is just that — an elusive disease that is seldom fatal, sometimes painful, sometimes not. It may plague an individual throughout his or her lifetime, or strike once and never return. Treatment...

  • New cancer drugs promise better outcomes, fewer side effects

    New cancer drugs promise better outcomes, fewer side effects

    A new wave of recently approved treatments is expected to significantly alter the fight against cancer. “We now have many more tools — and more effective tools — to help our patients with certain types of cancers,” says Robert B. Donegan, M.D., chief of the division of medical oncology at Greater...

  • How to grow a healthier gut garden

    How to grow a healthier gut garden

    Want to make your digestive tract happy and the rest of your body strong and healthy? Get busy tending your garden — the one in your gut. Yes, there’s a massive garden filled with beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms from top to bottom in your gastrointestinal system. Maintaining this flora...

  • Cancer treatment breakthrough: A new machine in the fight

    Cancer treatment breakthrough: A new machine in the fight

    When it comes to cancer radiation therapy, the goals are the safe destruction of cancer cells and tumors with minimal side effects, the shortest possible treatment time and negligible damage to healthy surrounding tissue — no more, no less. The newest advances in radiation technology are making...

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    Spotlight on Dr. Harold J. Tucker: A life spent caring for others

    Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s new employed physicians group president brings vision, experience and good humor to one of the region’s preeminent healthcare systems. Before taking the helm of the physicians group owned by GBMC, Harold J. Tucker, M.D., served as chief of staff and had an impressive...

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    Care teams: A new strategy is revolutionizing healthcare

    Everyone is grateful that urgent care facilities are available for medical emergencies. But Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) aims to reduce urgent care visits through a new team-based approach that helps patients stay healthy and medically on track. “With urgent care, you are seen for an...

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