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How Spring Cleaning Is Good for Your Health

Temperatures are finally warming up, and you can feel it in your bones — the urge to throw open all the windows, “Marie Kondo” your wardrobe and start loading up boxes for donation. For many of us, the renewal of spring signals that it’s time to get into spring cleaning mode. And according to clinical…

What Should You Do if Someone Is Having a Heart Attack?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 40 seconds, someone has a heart attack in this country. Every year, about 805,000 people have a heart attack. Of that number, 605,000 are first heart attacks. And 1 in 5 heart attacks is a silent one, meaning the person isn’t aware that it’s even happening….

How You Can Ease Your Aches and Pain With Meditation

When everything hurts, the last things on your mind are mantras and deep breathing. But meditation can be a great tool for easing pain — and reducing stress overall. It’s also free, and the only side effects you’ll have to worry about are feeling blissed out or possibly dozing off. Contents1 How meditation can help manage pain 1.1…

8 Potential Warning Signs of Stomach Cancer

Though we all get stomachaches from time to time, pain isn’t typically an early symptom of stomach cancer. So, what should you be on the lookout for instead? General surgeon Daniel Joyce, MBBCh, shares what symptoms you might experience and when to see a doctor. Contents1 What is stomach cancer?2 Early warning signs2.1 Bloating2.2 Heartburn2.3…

Is High Cholesterol Hereditary?

Genetics paint the color of your eyes, assign your blood type and carve out those adorable dimples in your cheeks. But mom and dad may have passed along something else, too: high cholesterol. An inherited condition known as familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) can increase your risk of heart disease at an early age. For some, that…

How Long Should You Keep Your Child Rear-Facing in a Car Seat? 

As a parent, you celebrate each milestone your child achieves — sitting up, crawling, taking first steps and saying their first word. But graduating to a front-facing car seat? That’s one such milestone that shouldn’t be rushed, according to guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  For years, parents have learned that keeping their child rear-facing in…

How To Spot Relationship Red Flags

Navigating the ups and downs of a relationship can be a complicated — and maybe a little messy — process. We all move through the stages of love differently. Many of us go through a honeymoon phase that later makes us question whether things are working out the way we want. Sometimes, it’s easy to…

Do You Need Surgery To Remove Large Colorectal Polyps?

The results of your colonoscopy come back with some … well, big news. You have colorectal polyps — and they’re large. It turns out that some polyps can grow to the size of a person’s thumb. Sizeable polyps can be tough to remove. Often, these giants can’t be taken out during a colonoscopy. So, what…

How To Remove a Splinter — and When to Call Your Doctor

It’s a familiar situation for many parents: Your child is playing in the yard barefoot and comes in complaining that they stepped on something. You take a look at their foot. Sure enough, you see a tiny splinter. Should you grab the tweezers from the medicine cabinet, or take your child to urgent care to…

How To Check Yourself for Testicular Cancer

If you have testicles, setting aside two minutes a month could save your life. That’s how little time it takes to do a self-exam to check for testicular cancer. Here’s the reality, though: Most just don’t reach down to “check their berries” on a regular basis. In fact, only 4 in 10 men surveyed by…

Vomiting 101: Why You Throw Up and the Best Way To Recover

It’s that feeling you wish you’d never had. You’re suddenly queasy. Your digestive system shifts violently into reverse. And that meal you just ate comes back to see the light of day. Vomiting is definitely not fun. But it has a purpose. “Vomiting is a reflex that allows the body to rid itself of ingested…

How Long Does It Take Colon Polyps To Turn Cancerous?

Q: How long does it take for cancer to form on a colon polyp? A: Time is on your side when it comes to colorectal cancer forming in a polyp. The process is estimated to take 10 years — a period that leaves ample opportunity for early discovery and treatment. We’ll get to the detection…

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