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Helmets for Skateboarders are a No-Brainer

Skateboarding is an exciting sport that attracts daredevils, young and old, with a rebellious spirit. It can be a fun form of exercise and a great way to encourage kids to get outside and stop looking at their phones. On the flip side, skateboarding without proper safety measures can lead to far more than scraped…

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You Are What You Breathe

You are what you eat is a favorite maxim among those who strive for a healthy lifestyle. Now we’re also learning that we may be what we breathe, especially as we grow older – and air pollution could harm your brain health. This year, at least three studies have added to the long-held theory that…

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Can COVID-19 Cause Brain Fog?

As if lingering physical effects from COVID-19 were not worrisome enough, elderly adults who have survived are reporting issues with “brain fog.” Though not a medical term, neurologists say it accurately labels the confusion and lack of concentration experienced by patients after a severe bout with the virus. “It’s a lay term to capture and…

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Your Family Health History: Let’s Talk Turkey

Knowledge is power when it comes to your family health history. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that we have no control over many aspects of life. One of the best ways to manage stress is to control the things you can and let go of the rest. You may not have any say over…

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Parkinson’s Disease: Where it Starts – and Why That Matters

Typically, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is thought of as one condition with many symptoms. But a new study concludes that it is actually two diseases — a theory that could ultimately alter treatment for the progressive neurogenerative disease. Researchers, who published their findings in the neurology journal Brain, used advanced scanning techniques to show that Parkinson’s can…

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The Rise of Eating Disorders During the Pandemic

Living with the symptoms of an eating disorder is tough at any time. And the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made the challenge even greater for many people. “According to the National Eating Disorders Association, hotline calls related to eating disorders are up 70-80% in the last several months,” says Michelle Pearlman, M.D., a gastroenterologist at…

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The Growing Danger of Pancreatic Cancer

Rates of pancreatic cancer are rising. When people list their specific cancer fears, most think of lung, skin, and breast cancers.  According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), pancreatic cancer makes up about 3% of all cancer cases in the United States or about 57,000 new cases in 2020 – but account for about 7%…

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¿Puedo volver a contraer COVID-19?

Algunos casos confirmados en todo el mundo han demostrado que volver a contraer COVID-19 es posible. En este sentido, nuestra principal preocupación es tomar las precauciones adecuadas para evitar la infección y la propagación. Sin embargo, algunos informes de noticias recientemente han planteado otra inquietante idea: el riesgo de volver a contraer el virus después…

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¿Por qué volví a despertarme para ir al baño?

A nadie le gusta tener que levantarse a mitad de la noche. Encima, si la vejiga nos despierta constantemente, es posible que estemos somnolientos e irritables durante el día. Si uno se despierta para orinar más de dos veces durante la noche, es posible que tenga una afección llamada nocturia. Es más común entre las…

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Advocate for Yourself During the Pandemic

Navigate the new normal with grace and grit. In Florida, most schools have reopened for in-person instruction, restaurants and bars serve customers, and sporting events carry on. Soon enough, the holidays will arrive with their own set of social expectations.  And yet, the pandemic continues.  Reopening society is a dicey dance, moving one step forward,…

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