Eye Health

Eye disease becomes more common as you age, but getting early treatment can reduce your chance of permanent vision loss. “Many of the diseases are actually without symptoms so the patients may not necessarily know that they have a problem or a disease until they get to that stage (of…

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Dehydration

As summer temperatures soar, so does your risk of dehydration. Thirst is often your body’s first cue that you’re low on water. “You’re already dehydrated by the time you’re thirsty, at least mildly, if not more,” says Matthew Ganio, Ph.D., director of the Human Performance Lab at the University of…

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Concierge Med

Imagine leisurely, same-day appointments and 24/7 access to your doctor, even on weekends and holidays. A growing trend in concierge-style medicine makes this a reality. “I give my cell phone number out to my patients, so there’s no answering service,” says Dr. Kirk Lee of Personal Physicians of Sugarland in…

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Compulsive Collecting

Many people like to collect items – from stuffed toys and stamps to antiques. But how do you know if your habit of collecting items has crossed the line from hobby to hoarding? A major warning sign is when your stuff starts to spill into the main areas of your…

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Chia Seeds

Cha Cha Cha Chia You may recognize them from the Chia Pet plant novelties of the ‘70s, but today chia seeds have developed a new reputation as a superfood. Packed inside the little chia seed is a nutritional powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber and protein. The use of…

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Best Foot Forward

It’s that time of the year again when you’re racing around town shopping and running errands, with little time to rest and kick up your feet. Buying properly fitting shoes and practicing good foot hygiene can help keep your feet healthy and pain-free. The first step is finding a shoe…

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Beating Winter Blues

As winter approaches, the dwindling sunlight and cold, dreary weather can give you the “winter blues.” If your feelings of sadness and fatigue follow a predictable seasonal pattern, you may have a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. “We start seeing it at the end of fall…

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Backup Plan

If you’re going on a long road trip this holiday, you know the importance of planning ahead: checking the tires and brakes, changing the oil and filling up the gas tank before you get on the road. Like your car, your spine requires regular maintenance to function properly. “People don’t realize…

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Animal, Mineral or Vegetable

Minerals play a critical role in maintaining a healthy body and help reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. When you are deficient in minerals, it can cause a wide range of symptoms from muscle spasms and abdominal bloating to catching colds more frequently. “Minerals and vitamins are…

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