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You and Your Health

The Soothing Power of Plants

The Soothing Power of Plants

Find out how a flower really can make your day. Flowers have always been associated with cheering someone up, showing you care or making an environment feel more inviting. But research shows that this isn’t just a short-term reaction or random association continue reading »

Managing Halloween Treats

Managing Halloween Treats

It's almost Halloween! Everyone is talking about costumes, parties and plans. It's a very fun, festive time of the year. As with most other holidays, however, what else always seems to be a focus of Halloween? Food! Treats, mostly, in the form of delicious chocolate, caramel, peanut butter or just plain old flavored sugar. It's everywhere. continue reading »

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month focuses our attention on the burden of breast cancer in our society and reminds us that there are things women can do to help detect this disease earlier, when it may be m continue reading »

Detecting Diabetes and Caring For It

Detecting Diabetes and Caring For It

One of the best things you can do for your health is to know how to detect diabetes before it becomes an even bigger problem in your life by not taking care of it. Believe it or not there are quite a few people out there who don't exactly know what diabetes is. continue reading »

Coffee: A Healthy Perk or a Risky Indulgence

Coffee: A Healthy Perk or a Risky Indulgence

More than half the U.S. population drinks coffee every day, and another 25 percent drinks it occasionally. Some of us can’t leave the house without our daily cup of joe. But is coffee good for you? If you gulp down a daily dose of caffeine, are you hurting or helping your health? Scientists have been studying coffee for years, and there are currently about 20,000 studies on coffee’s effects. continue reading »

Wines of the future: An antioxidant overload?

Wines of the future: An antioxidant overload?

For years we have heard that red wine is good for our health and have seen antioxidant-enhanced products, like red wine supplements and pills, appear on the market. continue reading »

Back To School, Back Packs and Back Health

Back To School, Back Packs and Back Health

Quick tips for helping prevent back pain and damage As recent studies have found, and parents have long suspected, school backpacks — which are often overloaded and improperly carried — can cause back pain in kids, teenagers and college students. This back pain could lead to some long-term damage, according to Dr. Jerrel Boyer, a neurological surgeon at the Chicago Back Institute. “Young people are typically strong and healthy, and they heal quickly, so back pain is usually not a concern. However, it is important to be aware of your back health even at a young age because stress on the spine is cumulative over time,” Boyer said. “Wear and tear on your back at a young age can accelerate injuries or the degenerative process later in life.” continue reading »

Eating on the Run: Healthy Snack Options When There’s No Time to Cook

Eating on the Run: Healthy Snack Options When There’s No Time to Cook

You've been at work all day without a minute to spare for a lunch break. Now, before heading home, you've got to stop at the bank and drop clothes off at the cleaners. Starving, you grab a bag of chips and a soda from the convenience store to munch on while riding the "L." When you're constantly on the go, it can be hard to find time to eat, let alone continue reading »

Chocolate Lovers, Rejoice!

Chocolate Lovers, Rejoice!

For years, admits Deborah Gregory-Voss, chocolate was considered a “bad” food — too fattening with no redeeming qualities beyond a sugar quick-fix. But that’s changed over the past decade, and Gregory-Voss, who owns Andersonville’s Let Them Eat Chocolate, considers the shop a natural outgrowth of her passion for healthy eating. continue reading »

Sunglasses: A Fashion Necessity

Sunglasses: A Fashion Necessity

In the 1950s, actor James Dean made Wayfarer sunglasses famous, and in the 1960s, Jackie O’s dark, oversized shades were incredibly chic and still endure today. But sunglasses aren’t just a fabulous accessory; they’re a necessity for children and adults to avoid impaired vision in the future. continue reading »