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A closer look at celiac disease and gluten sensitivity

What you need to know about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity If you and gluten just don’t “jive,” you can rRead Article >

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Deductible Plan Glossary

Here are some common terms that can help you understand your deductible plan.Read Article >

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Exercise & Weight Loss

Play it safe

Exercise is good for you and your family, but you can injure yourself, and more than half of all sports injuries occur…Read Article >

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    SEP 29, 2014

    Sharing Memories With Older Adults

    style="color: #000000;">Sharing memories (sometimes called life review or reminiscence) helps older adults relive past events in their lives. By sharing memories, older adults can explore their thoughts and feelings about the past. They can put their past experiences in perspective with what is happening to them in the present or what is expected to happen in the future. ... Learn more >

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    SEP 29, 2014

    Seasonal Affective Disorder: Using Light Therapy

    Place the light box on a desk or table, and sit in front of it at the specified distance. You can do this while you read, eat breakfast, or work at a computer. The light should reach your eyes, but don’t stare at the light box. Light therapy is usually prescribed for 30 minutes to 2 hours a day, depending on the intensity of the light used and on whether you are starting out or have been using it for a while. Most light therapy is prescribed at 10,000 lux to be used in the early morning. Studies vary as to whether light therapy at other times of the day is less effective. But some people with SAD (perhaps those who wake up normally in the early morning) should do their light therapy for 1 to 2 hours in the evening, ending 1 hour before bedtime. Your doctor can help you decide which light exposure schedule will work bes... Learn more >

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    SEP 29, 2014

    Quick Tips: Healthy Eating on a Budget

    style="color: #000000;">There are ways to make healthy eating fit your budget. You’ll be surprised by how spending just a little extra time can save you money. And the more time you spend—in planning, shopping, and cooking—the more money you’ll save. ... Learn more >

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    SEP 29, 2014

    Nut Allergies: After Your Visit

    In a nut allergy, the immune system overreacts when you eat nuts. Normally, the immune system helps keep you healthy by defending against harmful germs. But in a nut allergy, the immune system thinks something in the nuts is harmful. So it fights back with an allergic reaction. Sometimes this causes serious or dangerous symptoms. The best way to treat a nut allergy is to avoid any food that might have nuts. And make sure that you know what to do if you accidentally eat something with nuts in it. Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take. How can you care for yourself at home? Read food labels carefully. Check the ingredient list. Look for phrases like “may contain nuts” and “produced on equipment that also processes nuts.” Take an over-the-counter antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or loratadine (Claritin), to treat mild symptoms. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Your doctor may prescribe a shot of epinephrine (such as EpiPen) to carry with you in case you have a severe reaction. Learn how to give yourself the shot, and k... Learn more >

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    SEP 29, 2014

    Healthy Eating: Recognizing Your Hunger Signals

    One reason that many of us are not at a healthy weight is because, somewhere along the line, we stopped listening to our body signals that naturally tell us when we’re hungry and when we’re full. The signals are still there, but we’re out of practice when it comes to paying attention to them. Learning to recognize those signals again can hel... Learn more >

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