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Jan15Take Your Houseplant to Work Day

Take Your Houseplant to Work Day

Do you often feel grumpy at work? Sometimes a small change in your surroundings can have a big effect on your mood. According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, having some greenery in your office space can make you both happier and more productive. British and Dutch researchers decided to challenge […]

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Jan15Severe Bullying Tied to Mental Health Woes in Teens

Severe Bullying Tied to Mental Health Woes in Teens

Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study finds. The study included data on more than 1,300 children in the province of Quebec, from birth until age 15. About 59 percent of the children reported some bullying in their first years of […]

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Jan15Health Tip: 5 Ways to Increase Self-Confidence

Health Tip: 5 Ways to Increase Self-Confidence

(HealthDay News) — Do you have lingering feelings of self-doubt, insecurity and incompetence, despite evidence that you are skilled and successful? The American Psychological Association calls this “imposter syndrome.” Here are the organization’s suggestions for beating imposter syndrome: If all fingers point to your doing a great job at work, ignore any self-doubt. Stop feeling […]

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Jan15Health Tip: Perform Regular Skin Checks

Health Tip: Perform Regular Skin Checks

(HealthDay News) — Many skin cancers can be found early if you perform regular skin checks at home, the American Cancer Society says. The best time to do a monthly exam is right after a bath or shower. You should check for any new or changed moles, blemishes or birthmarks. Here are the Cancer Society’s […]

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Jan14Running in the Cold: How to Survive and Thrive

Running in the Cold: How to Survive and Thrive

Whether you’re training for a marathon or just logging miles, cold-weather running requires some special health and safety precautions, according to a sports medicine expert. That said, it also gives you a chance to get ahead of the competition because people often don’t train once serious cold sets in, Dr. Joshua Blomgren said in a […]

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Jan13Grandparents Help Shape Kids’ Views on Aging

Grandparents Help Shape Kids’ Views on Aging

Kids who have a good relationship with their grandparents are less likely to become prejudiced against old people, a new study has found. That prejudice, known as ageism, is fairly common in children, even in those as young as 3, according to researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium. However, their study found that […]

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Jan12Readjusting Calorie Consumption as You Lose Weight

Readjusting Calorie Consumption as You Lose Weight

If you find that your weekly weight loss is slowing down, maybe it’s time to readjust your calorie intake. First, some calorie math. Your calorie baseline is the number of calories you need to maintain your weight. Most diets are based on reducing that number by 1,000 calories a day for a two-pound-a-week loss. But […]

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Jan12Old Age Alone Not to Blame for Surgical Complications

Old Age Alone Not to Blame for Surgical Complications

Various factors can increase a senior’s chances of experiencing complications after surgery, but age apparently isn’t one of them. A review of 44 studies that included more than 12,000 people aged 60 and older found that frailty, mental impairment, depressive symptoms and smoking increased the risk for complications after surgery. Age did not. The researchers, […]

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Jan12Asthma in America Carries $82 Billion Price Tag

Asthma in America Carries $82 Billion Price Tag

The economic cost of asthma in the United States is nearly $82 billion a year, federal health officials report. That figure includes medical expenses and costs associated with work and school absences and deaths. However, the true cost of asthma is probably underestimated because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study did not […]

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Jan12Is It a Cold or Flu? Here’s How to Tell

Is It a Cold or Flu? Here’s How to Tell

With a severe flu season now widespread across 46 states, do symptoms you or a loved one have point to the dreaded illness? Amid the sniffles, coughing and fever, “it’s sometimes difficult to determine whether you have the common cold or the flu,” said Dr. Boris Khodorkovsky. He’s associate chair of emergency medicine at Staten […]

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