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The adult consequences of childhood heart risks

By Dr. George I. Traitses High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and smoking – three heart risk factors we can often modify by behavior changes such as better diet, stress reduction, regular exercise and smoking avoidance / cessation. That’s the good news; the bad news is that these risk factors can be present in children, 

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Healthy aging: A question of calories?

By Dr. George I. Traitses Calorie restriction can be an important component of a sensible weight-loss program, particularly if caloric binging has been a staple of your weight gain. But that’s not the only benefit of cutting down on the calories, suggests research that examined data gathered as part of the National Institute on Aging’s 

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Perfect your posture, improve your health

By Dr. George I. Traitses Ever try balancing a book on your head (for more than a second)? To do it, you need more than just patience; you need ideal posture. One hundred and thirty thousand years ago, when residents of the planet possessed complete Neanderthalic characteristics, posture wasn’t really that high on the list 

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Childhood obesity: A big risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes

By Dr. George I. Traitses Our cultural shift of late to embrace bodies of all shapes and sizes hasn’t erased the unfortunate fact that being overweight or obese can have a dramatic effect on your health. Obesity is associated with diabetes, heart disease and other conditions, and the statistics are getting worse, not better. What’s 

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Set the stage for sleep

By Dr. George I. Traitses We’re learning more and more every day about the power of a good night’s sleep, and yet too many of us still don’t achieve it on a regular basis. What can we do? Half the battle lies in how we prepare for sleep. Here are four ways to help ensure 

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Too much TV is bad news for your lungs?

By Dr. George I. Traitses You’ve probably heard that too much time spent watching television can contribute to obesity, and that too much time spent anywhere without moving (for example, on a plane) can elevate the risk of a blot clot – but what about too much television time leading to a potentially fatal blot 

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How to survive a heart attack

By Dr. George I. Traitses We know exercise is important when it comes to keeping your heart strong and healthy: if you’re not doing moderate physical activity for 30-60 minutes on most days of the week, you’re doing your heart a disservice, particularly over the long term. Now research suggests another key heart benefit of 

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Don’t let a fall bring you down

By Dr. George I. Traitses A senior who’s suffered an injury from a fall knows the dramatic impact it can have not just physically, but psychologically. Falls can swiftly take away the sense of independence and confidence that allows a senior to fully enjoy their life. Unfortunately, falls are all too common in our aging 

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Antibiotic use and childhood obesity

A clear connection By Dr. George I. Traitses While processed, empty-calorie foods and sedentary behavior usually take the blame for skyrocketing childhood obesity rates, a recent study suggests another culprit: antibiotics (AB). According to the study,  antibiotic use within the first two years of birth was associated with a significantly higher risk of obesity at 

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Don’t lose your cool

By Dr. George I. Traitses There are two aspects to stress: the event and the response. The latter may be the most pivotal in terms of your health. After all, stress rears its ugly head all the time in our hectic lives. What you do when it appears determines how it impacts your day. Think 

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