March 12, 2024

Allergies and immune system function: Are they connected?

Ever wonder why colds and allergies present many of the same symptoms, such as runny nose and sneezing? Allergic reactions begin in the immune system, which triggers your body’s response to protect you from a perceived or actual invader. This means allergies and immune system function are inherently linked. Allergic reactions cause inflammation throughout your […]

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March 12, 2024

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Debunking 8 colorectal cancer myths

Colorectal cancer is a combined term for colon and rectal cancers. According to the National Cancer Institute, 153,020 new cases of colorectal cancer were estimated for 2023. In light of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, we reached out to Dr. John Whitfield, a colorectal surgeon at Mission Health, to learn some of the most […]

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March 12, 2024

What to know about weight loss surgery and other options

In the United States, nearly 1 in 3 adults is overweight, and more than 2 in 5 are obese. For some, weight loss can be a lifelong challenge. If you or a loved one has struggled to lose significant weight and keep it off through diet and exercise, you should look into other options such […]

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February 6, 2024

Living with POTS: Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome self-care

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, between 1 and 3 million people in the United States live with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). POTS is characterized by a group of symptoms that occur when you change positions, such as from sitting to standing. While there’s no cure, understanding postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome self-care can help you […]

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February 6, 2024

Is dark chocolate good for your heart?

Valentine’s Day is a day to show love for the people in your life that make it special, and what better way to do that than with a box of chocolates? Despite the rising costs of just about everything, Americans planned to spend nearly $26 billion on the romantic holiday in 2023, with more than […]

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February 6, 2024

5 potential health benefits of owning a pet

In 2023, 66% of all households in the U.S. included a pet. If you’re part of this majority, you already know your pet enriches your life in many ways. A poll by the American Psychiatric Association found that, overwhelmingly, people who have pets consider them members of the family and report that they have a […]

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January 9, 2024

5 resolutions for a healthy new year

Thinking about making resolutions for a healthy new year? You’re not alone. Based on a study that conducted polls for three consecutive years, 44% of U.S. adults said they were likely to make New Year’s resolutions. And while New Year’s resolutions are sometimes viewed as unsustainable, they can lead to lasting positive changes a year […]

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January 9, 2024

Donating blood benefits both recipients and donors

The American Red Cross recently made news when it announced a national blood shortage. The organization, which distributes about 40% of blood donations in the U.S., said it has a shortfall of about 30,000 blood and platelet donations due to a busy travel season and back-to-back months of climate disasters in certain parts of the […]

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December 12, 2023

What is the best time for exercise?

When considering the best time for exercise, there’s no magic fitness hour. The most important thing is that you make exercise part of your weekly routine. Timing can make small differences, but the big difference comes from moving your body, getting your heart rate up and building your strength on a consistent basis. For optimal […]

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December 12, 2023

Which sleep aid products can help you sleep better?

Getting enough sleep is critical for good health — but, for many people, a good night’s rest is hard to come by. Between 50 and 70 million Americans have ongoing sleep disorders, such as insomnia or sleep apnea. As a result, the global sleep aids market was valued at $67 billion in 2022 and is […]

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