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Toy Gun Popular With Kids Can Cause Serious Eye Injury, Warn Doctors

Article Featured on Science Daily

The warning comes after three people were presented to hospital on separate occasions with serious eye injury after being shot at by a Nerf gun.

All three were in pain and had blurred vision. And they all had internal bleeding in the eye (hyphema). Read more

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Simple Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Article by Paige Waehner | Found on VeryWell

The phrase ‘healthy lifestyle’ has been bandied about for years, an abbreviated definition of how we should live if we want to get the healthiest body we can. One that both looks good and feels good.

But what does having a healthy lifestyle mean? You know the obvious behaviors that describe someone who’s healthy and takes care of themselves. A healthy person doesn’t smoke, tries to maintain a healthy weight, eats healthy foods with plenty of fruits, vegetables and fiber and, of course, exercises on a regular basis.

Then there are other elements to add to the list Read more

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Seven Steps to Keep Your Brain Healthy From Childhood to Old Age

A healthy lifestyle benefits your brain as much as the rest of your body — and may lessen the risk of cognitive decline (a loss of the ability to think well) as you age, according to a new advisory from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Read more

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5 Common Illnesses Kids Pick Up in School

Article by Katherine Lee | Found on VeryWell

Does it ever seem like your school-age child brings home a new infection every few weeks? Kids get a lot of wonderful things in school—math and reading skills, development of social skills to make friends and cooperate with others, learning how to be disciplined and independent—to name just a few. But the unfortunate reality is that school can be a hotspot for bacteria and viruses and a source for lots of common kid illnesses, especially for younger school-age kids whose immune systems are still maturing. Read more

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5 Ways Being Tall Affects Your Health

Article by Amanda MacMillan | Found on Time

Being tall might get you a spot on the basketball team, and it may even be good for your self-esteem and your paycheck. But recent research has also found that towering over your peers may affect various aspects of your physical health, as well—and not all for the better.

Some of these health risks have to do with the physiology of being an especially small or large person, and what that means for the body’s organs. Here are a few ways height has recently been linked to health. Read more

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Yawning: Why is it So Contagious and Why Should it Matter?

Article Found on ScienceDaily

Feeling tired? Even if we aren’t tired, why do we yawn if someone else does? Experts at the University of Nottingham have published research that suggests the human propensity for contagious yawning is triggered automatically by primitive reflexes in the primary motor cortex — an area of the brain responsible for motor function. Read more

Calcium in Arteries May Best Predict Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Calcium in Arteries May Best Predict Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure might be less of a concern, study contends

By Robert Preidt | Featured on WebMD

People with no calcium buildup in their arteries seem to have a significantly lower risk of heart attack and stroke, a new study finds.

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Young Adults May Be Ignoring High Blood Pressure

Article by Randy Dotinga | Featured on MedLinePlus

High blood pressure doesn’t seem to be as much of a concern for young American adults as it is for their 40 and older counterparts, a new study finds.

And, that seems to be especially true for young adult men, the study authors said.

“While hypertension awareness, treatment and control have improved overall since the early 2000s, all three remain worse in young adults — those aged 18-39,” said senior study author Dr. Andrew Moran. An assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, he made his comments in a news release from the American Heart Association. Read more

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Buying and Eating Organic

Article by David Katz, MD | VeryWell

I have long thought of nutritious and organic as a Venn diagram. A food can be highly nutritious, but not organic. A food can be organic, but not at all nutritious. And, of course, foods can be both; that overlap tends to make for easy choices.

But often, we have harder choices to make. Which is more important: nutritious or organic? Does produce need to be organic to be good for us? What do we know about the health benefits of organic and/or the environmental benefits? Read more

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How to Measure and Understand Your Resting Heart Rate

Article by Paige Waehner | Featured on VeryWell.com

You probably already know how important working in your target heart rate zone is if you want to lose weight and a big part of calculating that involves your resting heart rate or RHR. Read more