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Important Health Information To Sleep On

By far, the most prevalent sleep problem for women is lack of sleep or sleep deprivation, which may prevent many women from performing and feeling their best.

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Potentially Fatal Heart Disorder Linked To More Than 50 Common Prescription Medications

A new survey reveals that a danger in medicine chests may not be getting enough attention. As a result, patients may be at risk from more than 50 prescription medications that can cause a heart rhythm problem. Known as Long QT Syndrome, the condition can lead to fainting and sudden death. These symptoms usually happen without warning.

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Move Over Grapes: Cranberries Have Heart Too

Grapes may be rich in antioxidants and play a role in maintaining cardiovascular health, but recent research suggests that the cranberry may have even more to offer.

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Losing Weight Safely

Americans trying to lose weight have plenty of company. According to a 1995 report from the Institute of Medicine, tens of millions of Americans are dieting at any given time, spending more than $33 billion yearly on weight-reduction products, such as diet foods and drinks.

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Increased Heart Rate: Good or Bad?

Discussions of cardiovascular fitness inevitably include discussions of heart rate and the need for individuals to increase theirs to the all-important “training zone”. However, while experts encourage us to increase our heart rates during aerobic exercise, they are also quick to warn of the dangers associated with a resting heart rate that is too high.

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Thwarting Skin Cancer with Sun Sense

Viewed as an undeclared epidemic by dermatologists, skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers, and it’s increasingly common. About a million Americans will develop skin cancer this year.

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Safer Sunning

Put away the baby oil. Toss out that old metal sun reflector. Cancel your next appointment to the local tanning salon. These are new days with new ways of sunning, and the practices that traditionally have gone into obtaining the so-called healthy-tanned look are on the verge of fading into history.

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How to Cope With Food Allergies

What do you do if you suspect you have a food allergy? The Food Allergy Network’s Anne Munoz-Furlong suggests keeping a food diary as a first step, writing down everything you eat or drink for a one- or two-week period. Note any symptoms and how long it took for such symptoms to develop.

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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Baby?

Most expectant mothers will do whatever they can to safeguard the health of their unborn child. For example, many will stop drinking caffeinated beverages and alcohol and quit smoking. But these women may be surprised to find that something as simple as brushing and flossing their teeth can help reduce the risk of delivering a baby of low birth weight.

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Powerhouse Greens Take On A Touch Of Class

Once forgotten by cooks in the rush to go gourmet, common greens like kale, chard and collard greens are now back in vogue and on the menus of upscale restaurants. Their new popularity is an outgrowth of two changes on the American scene – greater interest in how foods affect our health, and new farming techniques that get more varieties to market with greater frequency.

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Barbecue Season? Then Do It Right

Warm weather is the ideal time to cook out: more people cook outdoors in summer than any other time of the year. But warm temperatures are also ideal for bacteria and other pathogens to multiply and cause foodborne illness. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely.

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What Every Woman Should Know

Women do not often talk about it, but it is the most common reason they see their health care providers. Vaginal infections account for more than ten million office visits each year. Did you know that some vaginal infections can lead to more serious health complications?

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Relieving PMS

Cramps aren’t the only problem women suffer in their monthly cycles. For many, premenstrual syndrome -PMS- can be just as bothersome. The time at which these symptoms occur is very important because it’s what allows doctors to track their cyclic nature and make a diagnosis.

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In Daycare Centers, Cleanliness Is a Must

Daycare centers have become a way of life in America. More than half of all mothers of children too young to care for themselves hold jobs outside the home. For them–indeed for millions of American families–day-care centers provide a service that is a necessity. If both parents work, a solo parent caring for a child must work, or other family support systems are inadequate, child day care answers a critical need. Unfortunately, though, it often provides something else.

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Probing the Pancreas

The human pancreas, an elongated, flattened gland behind the stomach, is involved in or affected by a number of diseases, including diabetes mellitus, cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer. These conditions are diagnosed and treated with products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Facts About Lead in Ceramicware

Are your ceramicware favorites, the cups and plates you use everyday, a potential lead hazard for you and your children? Probably not, because the really dangerous pieces of china are fairly rare. However, with a few helpful hints you can minimize the danger to you and your family.

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Why is Folic Acid Important for Women?

Folic acid is one of the B vitamins. Folic acid is found in oranges, grapefruits, lemons, dark green leafy vegetables, beans, peas, and lentils. You also can get folic acid by eating cereals, breads and other grain products that have folic acid added to them. These products are called enriched or fortified. Look at the food label to find the amount of folic acid in the food.

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