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OMG! Too much social networking and texting could be dangerous

By Editorial Staff, To Your Health A startling new study suggests a disturbing association between excessive social networking and texting by teenagers and participation in a wide range of poor health behaviors including cigarette, alcohol and drug use, increased sexual activity and violence. The study defined “hypernetworking” as spending three-plus hours per school day on 

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The power of childhood routines

By Editorial Staff, To Your Health You may be able to get away with inconsistent sleep and meal routines / times on a regular basis as an adult – although eventually, it will catch up with you, too … for some sooner than others. But for young children, consistency and structure are even more important, 

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Need an Energy Boost? Say no to caffeine, yes to exercise

By Dr. George I. Traitses How many of us can honestly say we don’t need a little energy boost now and then? In fact, for many people, that boost is needed throughout the day, every day. The solution is often caffeinated beverages such as energy drinks and coffee, but there’s a safer, simpler, healthier definitely 

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Dealing with symptoms of menopause? Think naturally

By Dr. George I. Traitses Menopause is a natural biological process, but that doesn’t mean women have to endure the distressing emotional and physiological symptoms if they can help it. Hormone replacement therapy is the common prescription, but what about a natural option without the potential side effects associated with HRT? Enter fennel, an herb 

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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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