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A smart diet starts before pregnancy

By Editorial Staff According to the American Pregnancy Association, an appropriate pregnancy “diet” involves “fine-tuning your eating habits to ensure you a receiving adequate nutrition for the health of you and your baby. … typically, you will need to consume an extra 300 calories a day.” But what’s adequate nutrition? The type and source of 

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A diet to prevent breast Cancer

By Editorial Staff We’ve talked before about the potential benefits of the Mediterranean diet for cardiovascular , bone and brain health. Now, research points to the diet’s value in reducing the risk of developing estrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer, a variant of the disease that strikes postmenopausal women and often has a poor prognosis. In the study, 

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A book a day keeps the doctor away?

By Ryan Keel If you read a book today, you may live longer. Scientists have found that by simply reading every day, you can tack on almost a full two years to your life. The good news is, you don’t have to read an entire book every day to reap the health benefits, either. Further 

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Backpack 101

By Dr. George I. Traitses Kids think it’s “cool” to strap on their backpacks and head out to school. But if they don’t know how to choose, load, lift and wear a pack properly – these all-important accessories can be a pain in the back. Teaching children the importance of properly using their backpacks is 

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Pack it light, wear it right

By Dr. George I. Traitses Kids and backpacks just seem to go together. Whether you are heading out on holiday with the kids or sending them off to school, chances are they’ll be packing a backpack. You have your own load too, whether it’s a fashionable new purse or a suitcase packed to bursting.  Knowing 

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‘No junk food, only a junk diet’

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman “THERE’S no junk food, only a junk diet,” said Divorah V. Aguila, Food and Nutrition Research Institute specialist and senior science research, at a media round-table discussion on June 28 about the Filipino diet. She said even “junk food” like chips and chocolates have calories, which the body needs. 

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7 Camping tips that will save your back

Summer weather is here! This means there are more opportunities to go outdoors and have fun. One activity that many of us look forward to in the summer months is camping. The fresh air, a well-lit campfire and a dip in the lake are difficult to resist. But preparing for camping is just as important 

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Pain is a roadblock to your vacation

For many families, a road trip is an essential part of any summer vacation. Unfortunately, muscle and joint pain doesn’t take days off, quickly turning this joyful time into a painful one. Whether you’re lifting heavy luggage or simply sitting in the car for extended periods of time, it’s very common to experience back, neck, 

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Behind the wheel: Posture check!


We discussed the stresses that driving can place on the musculoskeletal system. In fact, studies have been conducted, particularly with bus and truck drivers, that show a higher risk of developing MSK conditions associated with these occupations. Vehicle vibrations, bumpy roads and sitting in a constrained position with improper lumbar support may contribute to neck, 

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How to lift your luggage

In the flurry of packing for a vacation or business trip, it’s easy to get carried away and pack every­thing but the kitchen sink into your suitcase and carry-on. But over-packed luggage and improper lifting and carrying techniques are common causes of injury to the back, neck and shoulders. The good news is many of 

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