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Picking Scabs: Why We Do It and How to Stop

Picking Scabs: Why We Do It and How to Stop

Ever enjoyed popping a pimple? How about poking a blister? It can feel gratifying to watch the grossness ooze out, right? Almost 90 percent of us are guilty of picking scabs and between 20 to 35 percent of us eat them afterwards. Um, yuck! (More on that in the sidebar

Improving Balance: Start By Working with Your Doctor

Improving Balance: Start By Working with Your Doctor

Balance—or your sense of equilibrium—is something you may take for granted. It helps you stay upright when standing, know where you are in relation to gravity, and walk and move without falling. Balance is controlled by the vestibular system in the inner ear: essentially, this system tells you how your

Skin Cancer Symptoms That You Shouldn’t Ignore

Skin Cancer Symptoms That You Shouldn’t Ignore

You’ve heard the warnings about the dangers of skin cancer over and over again, and you know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun using sunscreen and clothing, but do you know what skin cancer symptoms to look for? Depending on your medical and family history, you may

TMJ Pain: 9 At-Home Treatments to Ease Jaw Discomfort

TMJ Pain: 9 At-Home Treatments to Ease Jaw Discomfort

Ever been stopped short by a stabbing pain in your jaw? Have you struggled to eat a crunchy piece of bread, or corn on the cob? You could be suffering from a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). According to The TMJ Association, Ltd., 35 million Americans (roughly 12 percent

2. Dietary Patterns for Healthy Aging

By now, you may be thinking: Okay, so eating right can help protect my health, but I’ve been eating this way my whole life. Is it really going to make a difference if I make changes now? Results of one study suggest that the answer is a definite “yes.”
In the

Binge Eating Disorder: What It Is and How It’s Treated

Binge Eating Disorder: What It Is and How It’s Treated

Remember that time you cleared your second plate and then went whole hog at the Thanksgiving dessert table? You may not recall the exact foods you ate, but the bloating, nausea, and discomfort that ensued are likely etched into your brain. Now imagine suffering these feelings multiple times a week,

Low-Sodium Diet: Your Path to a Healthier Blood Pressure

Low-Sodium Diet: Your Path to a Healthier Blood Pressure

As the old adage goes, you are what you eat, and when it comes to hypertension, your diet is a major driver of your blood pressure. If salty foods have a familiar place on your dinner plate, chances are you’ll see your blood pressure numbers rise. Conversely, a low-sodium diet

6 Ways to Avoid Pinkeye

6 Ways to Avoid Pinkeye

Oh pinkeye, you always choose the best times to visit. Your attractive symptoms (crusty, pink, itchy, and watery eyes) are so easy to disguise—if eye patches were in fashion, that is! Since they’re not, it’s time to learn what pinkeye is, what causes it and how to treat it, or—better

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