Challenge accepted: Learn more about ALS

Ice bucket challenges have been happening across the country. Maybe you’ve been challenged by a friend or relative. But how much do you know about ALS, the disease in which this fundraising phenomenon is helping to bring attention? According to the ALS Association, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells…
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Diminish back pain from backpacks with these strategies

School is in session. Between homework, that extra pair of shoes for athletic practice and school supplies, have you seen your child’s backpack grow a little more each day? According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., more than 79 million students in the U.S. carry backpacks. Students whose bags are not properly packed or…
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It’s true – you can be allergic to your iPad

An iPad can do lots of useful things, from giving directions to turning off the lights to helping children learn. Doctors recently discovered one more thing it can do, though this one not so useful: It can give you a rash. A variety of personal electronic devices, including cellphones and laptops, contain nickel, a metal…
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Knowledge is key when it comes to ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer affects one in 70 women in the general population. Symptoms of ovarian cancer unfortunately are very vague and can include bloating, nausea, feeling full after only eating a small amount, abdominal pain, and change in bowel or bladder function. In fact, these symptoms are more likely to be other medical issues such as…
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Summer air quality and your health

While summertime can bring fun in the sun, the heat can also usher in poor air quality. Air pollution can have real effects on your health, especially if you have chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease, asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis). The 2014 State of the Air report…
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