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Walk like a penguin: 4 steps to prevent falls on ice

Tracy Evans, MD, FACS | 03/03/2015

Although spring is just around the corner, a few more blasts from old man winter are still in the forecast. Snow and ice on sidewalks, driveways and parking lots makes walking hazardous; causing an increase in falls. Falls can result in serious injuries and even death. Falls are also preventable.

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Live long and prosper: Leonard Nimoy’s death sheds light on ways to both prevent and live with COPD

Yaroslav Lando, MD | 03/02/2015

Live long and prosper. Actor Leonard Nimoy immortalized these words as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek television series and films. Nimoy also shared the phrase in tweets during the last year of his life, encouraging fans to learn from his mistakes and quit smoking, or better yet, never start. Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).   

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Are you at high risk for breast cancer? 8 risk factors you need to know

Daleela Dodge, MD | 03/02/2015

The timing, frequency and absolute impact of screening mammography for breast cancer have become subjects of intense debate and controversy. However, for women at high risk, there is no debate: Mammograms save lives. Learn if you may be at high risk.

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Too little sleep can hurt your heart: 8 ways to get more Zs

Christopher Hager, MD | 02/26/2015

Has sleep taken a back seat to burning the midnight oil, watching the late shows, or surfing the Internet? Not getting enough sleep could be hurting for your heart.

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Sugar replaces fat as the #1 enemy in American diets

Rolf L. Andersen, MD | 02/26/2015

New recommendations say Americans should focus less on the fat in their diets, and more on limiting sugar. Learn why the fat paradox makes sense.

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Your heart skips a beat: What does it mean?

Matthew Bernabei, MD | 02/25/2015

“Why does my heart skip a beat?” This is a common question from patients. The answer may be related to a disturbance in the heart's electrical system, or an arrhythmia.

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eXercise and atrial fibrillation: Is it safe?

Douglas Gohn, MD | 02/24/2015

Just because you have atrial fibrillation doesn’t mean you can’t lead an active, normal life. Exercise is safe—as long as you do it under your doctor’s supervision—and may benefit other conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol that contribute to heart disease.

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Cold weather stresses your heart: 5 tips to stay safe

Mark Etter, MD | 02/23/2015

If you have coronary heart disease, the recent cold can be especially challenging. You may suffer angina, or chest pain, and some research indicates there’s an increased risk of heart attack. But if you take a few precautions, you can have a safe and healthy winter. Read more

U.S. News & World Report says DASH diet is best for health and wellness

Christopher Hager, MD | 02/23/2015

If you’re searching for a diet that could improve your health and wellness, you may want to consider some recent findings from U.S. News & World Report. The publication evaluated 41 of the most popular diet plans, and for the fifth year in a row, rated the DASH diet #1 overall in its Best Diets of 2015 list.

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How to choose diabetic-friendly condiments

Stephanie Prestileo, RD, LDN | 02/23/2015

Condiments and sauces add spice to our menu, but what kinds are "allowed" in a diabetic diet? Does it have too much carb, too much sugar, or maybe too much salt? We'll take a look at some guidelines to help you decide, and offer some recipe comparisons and suggestions. 

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