All posts by HealthCast

  • Workplace Workouts … and Why They Work

    Workplace wellness programs are great ways to get in shape, but what if your employer doesn’t offer one? Here’s how to get the (exercise) ball rolling. First, talk to your human resources manager and make the case...

    • Posted January 16, 2018
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  • Early Periods, Higher Heart Risks?

    Women whose periods started before age 12 may face an increased risk for heart disease and stroke, a new British study suggests. Early menopause, pregnancy complications and hysterectomy are also associated with a higher risk for heart...

    • Posted January 16, 2018
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  • Hold That Sneeze? Maybe Not

    Holding your nose and closing your mouth when you feel a sneeze coming on just might lead to serious trouble. The journal BMJ Case Reports includes the story of a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat after...

    • Posted January 16, 2018
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  • Sauna Sessions May Be as Good as Exercise for the Heart

    Relaxing in a hot sauna may not only feel good — it might affect your heart and blood vessels in ways that are similar to moderate exercise. That’s the finding of a new study that tested the...

    • Posted January 16, 2018
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  • Health Tip: Talk to Your Youngster About Adoption

    (HealthDay News) — If you are a parent of a young adopted child, it may be time to talk about the child’s birth story. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Be honest, and make your explanation simple...

    • Posted January 16, 2018
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  • Health Tip: Using Anti-Lock Brakes

    (HealthDay News) — Anti-lock brakes are designed to restore traction to your vehicle’s tires during icy or slick road conditions. They’re meant to help prevent wheels from locking up, but they won’t shorten stopping distance, the University...

    • Posted January 16, 2018
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  • Take Your Houseplant to Work Day

    Do you often feel grumpy at work? Sometimes a small change in your surroundings can have a big effect on your mood. According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, having some greenery in...

    • Posted January 15, 2018
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  • Severe Bullying Tied to Mental Health Woes in Teens

    Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study finds. The study included data on more than 1,300 children in the province of Quebec, from...

    • Posted January 15, 2018
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  • Health Tip: 5 Ways to Increase Self-Confidence

    (HealthDay News) — Do you have lingering feelings of self-doubt, insecurity and incompetence, despite evidence that you are skilled and successful? The American Psychological Association calls this “imposter syndrome.” Here are the organization’s suggestions for beating imposter...

    • Posted January 15, 2018
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  • Health Tip: Perform Regular Skin Checks

    (HealthDay News) — Many skin cancers can be found early if you perform regular skin checks at home, the American Cancer Society says. The best time to do a monthly exam is right after a bath or...

    • Posted January 15, 2018
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  • Running in the Cold: How to Survive and Thrive

    Whether you’re training for a marathon or just logging miles, cold-weather running requires some special health and safety precautions, according to a sports medicine expert. That said, it also gives you a chance to get ahead of...

    • Posted January 14, 2018
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  • Grandparents Help Shape Kids’ Views on Aging

    Kids who have a good relationship with their grandparents are less likely to become prejudiced against old people, a new study has found. That prejudice, known as ageism, is fairly common in children, even in those as...

    • Posted January 13, 2018
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  • Readjusting Calorie Consumption as You Lose Weight

    If you find that your weekly weight loss is slowing down, maybe it’s time to readjust your calorie intake. First, some calorie math. Your calorie baseline is the number of calories you need to maintain your weight....

    • Posted January 12, 2018
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  • Old Age Alone Not to Blame for Surgical Complications

    Various factors can increase a senior’s chances of experiencing complications after surgery, but age apparently isn’t one of them. A review of 44 studies that included more than 12,000 people aged 60 and older found that frailty,...

    • Posted January 12, 2018
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