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When to intervene in a conflict between children

We all have children in the family, be it our own children, nephews or nieces, or even grandchildren. There is something we as adults need to learn: Do not get involved in children’s disputes until there is blood. Kids, particularly only children, need to learn to: *Communicate *Negotiate *Share *Cooperate *Be friends *Fight with other kids Challenges of an only …

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How to avoid gaining weight during the holiday season

Commentary by Chara Holiday season has arrived. Chances are, that means you will be invited to lots of parties that offer lots of food. That also means you should start watching what you eat and do. Unfortunately, the holiday season also is the time of year when many people want to avoid exercising at all costs. But that is a …

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Stress can lead to memory loss and brain shrinkage, study reveals

By Angie Baldelomar People who live a high-stress lifestyle could have memory loss and brain shrinkage before age 50, revealed a new study published on Oct. 24 in the journal Neurology. Study author Dr. Sudha Seshadri, a neurology professor at University of Texas Health San Antonio, said that higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, seem to predict brain function, …

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Veterans frequently suffering from PTSD

By Chara As Veterans Day (Nov. 11) approaches, millions of Americans will be honored for their military service. And many of those veterans will find themselves fighting battles in their hearts and minds because of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As the American Psychiatric Association reported in May, PTSD is a frequent illness among military personnel. Veterans who have been in …

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Smart-technology for diabetes self-care is available

By Tere Siqueira According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million American adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes. However, as the illness continues to affect Americans, the technology and devices available to help patients manage their diabetes continues to grow. Some of the most common smart-technology for managing diabetes includes the following: *Wearable …

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Opioid use during pregnancy might cause learning disabilities, study reveals

By Angie Baldelomar Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, a recent study revealed. The study found that about 1 in 7 affected children required special classroom services for problems including developmental delays in speech or language difficulties, compared to 1 in 10 of those …

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Seniors: Don’t forget to sign up for Medicare drug coverage this fall

By Peter J. Pitts Fall has arrived, which means it’s time for flannels, football, and finding the perfect health insurance plan. That’s right — nestled amidst all the seasonal festivities is Medicare’s open enrollment season, which kicks off October 15. Seniors will have until December 7 to select their Medicare plans for the coming year.   Seniors have a cornucopia …

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Cold and flu myths debunked

Commentary by Yanis De Palma It is cold and flu season again Thus, it is important to make sure you know the truth about the viruses and what you can do to reduce the risk of catching them. Some of the most common cold and flu myths include the following: *A cold turns into the flu: A cold and the …

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Vaccinations are vital before, during pregnancy

Commentary by Chara A woman should take care of herself during pregnancy. One way a woman should take care of herself during pregnancy is to get vaccinated. Vaccines are important because they provide protection against various diseases, which can harm the mother and/or the baby. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are guidelines women …

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Dra. Nancy Álvarez: Why do we lose the desire in a relationship?

I always remember a patient who used to tell me, “I want the orgasms I had at the beginning of the relationship. I refuse to lose them and it’s not the same anymore.” Every day, more women tell me the same. However, we almost never are facing a sexual problem, but a communication problem. Sex is communication. If we don’t …

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