Health & Wellness

 

 

 

 

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Looking closer at Whooping Cough

Whoop­ing cough (also known as per­tus­sis) is a res­pi­ra­tory tract infec­tion that affects mostly chil­dren, but can affect adults as well. Accord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, there were 48,277 cases of whoop­ing cough in the United States in 2012. Each year, there are 16 mil­lion cases world­wide, and the num­ber of […]

 

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Metabolism and the Thyroid

You’ve heard about that part of your body called the thy­roid, right? Well, if you haven’t then it’s time you did. The thy­roid is a butterfly-shaped organ that is below your Adam’s apple. The thy­roid helps reg­u­late your metab­o­lism, helps your body grow and develop, and also helps your body’s tem­per­a­ture stay con­sis­tent. Your thyroid […]

 

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About PTSD

When peo­ple usu­ally think of PTSD (Post Trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der), they might think of sol­diers hav­ing men­tal prob­lems when they return from war. While there is truth in that idea, PTSD affects more than just sol­diers. Here is some infor­ma­tion about it. PTSD can hap­pen to any­one that has a trau­matic expe­ri­ence, such as rape, abuse, […]

 

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A Guide to Eating Disorders

You see the mes­sages all the time about weigh­ing the right amount, and look­ing the way soci­ety demands. “Use our prod­uct to look beau­ti­ful!” “Look fab­u­lous by eat­ing this one ingre­di­ent!” We are con­stantly bom­barded with images and mes­sages that tell us that we need to change our weight, even if we already are a […]

 

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Down with the Blues: 5 Things You May Not Have Known About Depression

Depres­sion is a men­tal ill­ness that affects mil­lions of peo­ple each year. Accord­ing to the Anx­i­ety and Depres­sion Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica, depres­sion is “a con­di­tion in which a per­son feels dis­cour­aged, sad, hope­less, unmo­ti­vated, or dis­in­ter­ested in life in gen­eral.” These symp­toms can last from two weeks to two years. Here are 5 facts about […]

 

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Switch or Stabilize: 4 Benefits of Working Out Using Cross Training

Accord­ing to acefitness.org, cross train­ing is “an exer­cise reg­i­men that uses sev­eral modes of train­ing to develop a spe­cific com­po­nent of fit­ness.” Exer­cis­ing the same way all of the time doesn’t work out for every­one. Some­times you have to change things up, and cross train­ing is a good way to do it. Here are 4 […]

 

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Metabolic Syndrome: The Silent Killer

Meta­bolic syn­drome is a group of risk fac­tors that increase the prob­a­bil­ity of heart prob­lems, such as stroke or heart dis­ease. It is also known as Syn­drome X, insulin-resistant syn­drome, obe­sity syn­drome, and the silent killer. Know­ing about this par­tic­u­lar group of risk fac­tors can help you pre­vent prob­lems later on in life. Although researchers have […]

 

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Dropping That Baby Weight

Hav­ing a baby can be a very reward­ing, deeply mov­ing expe­ri­ence. But it can also wreak havoc on your body. Most women put on between 22 and 26 lbs. over the course of a preg­nancy. The body under­goes other changes to facil­i­tate birthing a baby, and that can make it a chore to drop those […]