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Vaccines for children are important: Five reasons why

By Chara Vaccines are important to keep families healthy – particularly children. Vaccines help people to build up antibodies. They work because the weakened forms of diseases are injected into a person’s body. Once the body identifies the germs, it starts producing antibodies to fight those diseases. Understandably, some people cannot get vaccinated because of allergic medical reactions. But it …

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FDA approves drug to treat postpartum depression

By Chara The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zulresso (brexanolone) as a new drug to help treat postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is a type of depression that usually happens to women after having a baby. The symptoms include mood swings, appetite issues and difficulty sleeping, and can last from a few days to weeks. Zulresso, which is …

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3 Ways to Make Your Heart Healthier

Family Features, photo cortesy  Getty Images Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? One in four people die from it each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and millions more have it or are at risk of developing the disease. Smoking, being overweight or having diabetes, high …

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Hug More, Stress Less

(Family Features) Whether circumstances are good or bad, exciting or stressful, there are several simple ways to improve emotional and mental fitness. As one example, sharing a hug with a loved one has been found to boost immune system responses, help fight disease and increase overall health, according to an article published by The Guardian. Hugs increase serotonin, which is …

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Cancer death rates reach a 25-year low, ACS findings show

The latest American Cancer Society (ACS) statistics show the cancer death rate has dropped about 1.5 percent per year over approximately the past 25 years. According to the organization’s latest annual statistics report, the decrease means that about 2.6 million people did not die from cancer. Specifically, breast cancer deaths dropped over a 27-year period by 40 percent among women, …

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The key to ending Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS? Animal Research.

By Matthew R. Bailey A vaccine for Alzheimer’s could be within reach. In November, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center announced that their experimental vaccine had prevented the development of substances associated with Alzheimer’s in mice. The scientists hope to start clinical trials in humans soon. If the vaccine lives up to its promise, it could prevent …

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Stats show 10 percent of U.S. teens have eating disorders

By Chara According to statistics from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 10 in 100 American teens have an eating disorder. Eating disorders involve changes and disturbances in eating behavior. They can affect men and women. Common eating disorders among teens include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, purging disorder, rumination syndrome, pica, orthorexia nervosa and restrictive food intake. Usually, …

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Heart disease affects women

Commentary by Chara Heart disease is not just a man’s disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women. About 1 in 5 female deaths are linked to heart disease. Because Friday (March 8) is International Women’s Day, this seems as appropriate a time as any …

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Tomorrow’s life-saving treatments depend on today’s investments

By Sandip Shah Scientists just discovered a potentially revolutionary treatment for Parkinson’s disease. The experimental medicine, which is currently in clinical trials, boosts dopamine production in patients’ brain to reduce tremors and improve motor skills. The drug is one of several “gene therapies” developed in recent years. These medications have the potential to treat – or even cure – the …

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How to take care of yourself

Commentary by Chara Do not underestimate the importance of taking care of yourself. Many people, unfortunately, forget about themselves and put other people’s priorities ahead of their own, such as those of their bosses or loved ones. But self-care makes it easier to meet their needs and yours because it boosts your self-esteem and strengthens your relationships with yourself and …

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