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How to stay safe during the winter

Commentary by Chara The cold weather, it appears, will be here for a few months. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most Americans are not ready for wintertime, which can be hazardous. To make sure you are ready for winter, try the following tips: *Winterize your home: This includes installing insulation materials, so you can …

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Dra. Nancy Álvarez: Why does our partner’s behavior hurt us so much?

We were not programmed to have a successful relationship; nobody teaches us that. Who taught you to love? You learned to love through the romantic relationship between your mother and father. Would you like your romantic relationship to be like theirs? If they had problems, those are the same you are going to have in your own relationship because mom …

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How to resume a healthy lifestyle after the holidays

Commentary by Tere Siqueira  The holidays can be filled with temptation and indulgence, making us gain weight and leaving us with unhealthy eating habits. Some tips for the post-Christmas period to help you lose those extra pounds and get back to a healthy lifestyle include the following: *Do not feel disheartened: Instead, focus on getting back on track with a …

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Chiropractic medicine a popular form of alternative therapy

Part of a series on alternative medicine Of the forms of alternative medicine people try, one of the most popular might be chiropractic medicine. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health defines chiropractic medicine as “a profession that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure – mainly the spine – and its functioning.” In chiropractic medicine, healthcare professionals …

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Sleeping too much can be bad for your health, study shows

By Chara According to a study from McMaster and Peking Union Medical College, sleeping more than between six and eight hours can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and death. The study gathered data from more than 116,000 people in 21 countries. The researchers followed the subjects for more than seven years to see if their sleeping patterns …

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Part II of a series on alternative medicine: Naturopathy: A way of self-treatment

Interest in alternative medicine has grown within the past few years. And one form of alternative therapy that is drawing attention is naturopathy. WebMD.com defines naturopathy as medicine “that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself.” According to WebMD, treatment methods include acupuncture, nutritional counseling and herbs. According to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the growing use …

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Dra. Nancy Álvarez: Masculinity is in crisis

Masculinity is in crisis and, paradoxically, many think this is a social problem while others think it’s psychological or a gender issue. I’m certain it is all of this that also terribly affects the sexual relationship of the couple. For years, we have thought that being a man is exercising the famous three “p’s”: *Provider *“Preñador” (man who impregnates a …

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Heart Failure . . . and Success

Heart failure is becoming more and more common. Nearly 6 million Americans are suffering from it today. That figure will grow to more than 8 million by 2030. The condition exerts an enormous toll on patients, their families, and the economy. Fortunately, medical research has yielded new technology that can help people with heart failure live healthier, fuller lives — …

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CDC creating awareness about antibiotic resistance

By Chara The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that one of the biggest health challenges is to create awareness about antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance happens when germs such as bacteria become resistant to drugs designed to kill them, causing the germs to continue to grow. Antibiotic resistant infections result in more doctor’s office visits, costly treatments …

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Substance abuse: Types and treatment options

Substance abuse continues to be a problem in many countries, including the United States. The World Health Organization defines substance abuse as “the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs.” The most commonly abused substances include the following: *Alcohol: For women, alcohol abuse is typically defined by the consumption of more than three drinks a …

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