Shingles

1 Feb
If you’ve ever had chickenpox, the virus that caused it, the varicella-zoster virus, is probably lying inactive in nerve tissue somewhere in your body. Factors such as illness, immune-suppressing medications or stress can permit the virus to reactivate, especially in...
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Measuring the Burn

29 Jan
The energy you burn to maintain your body’s basic processes is called Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) or Resting Energy Expenditure (REE). BMR or REE comprise approximately 60 to 70 percent of the calories you burn. The rest are expended during...
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Colon Conundrum

22 Jan
In 1999, researchers found the calcium supplements lowered the risk of precancerous colon polyps. Not so, says a new trial by some of the same researchers. Scientists randomly assigned 2,259 people with a history of polyps to take calcium (1,200...
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Dry Eyes

18 Jan
How to keep them moist:  Set up a humidifier in the home if the air is dry, try over-the-counter, preservative-free artificial tears; and ask your doctor about alternatives to eye-drying drugs such as antihistamines and certain blood pressure drugs. Use...
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Urinary Trouble

11 Jan
The bottom Line: Lose (or don’t gain excess weight) Shoot for 30 to 60 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous exercise Strengthen your pelvic muscles (men as well as women) with Kegel exercises. (See www.nutritionaction.com/kegels.) Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter December...
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