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Early childhood is a critical time for obesity prevention. Children are developing taste preferences, learning to walk and play, and learning both healthy and unhealthy behaviors of their caregivers. Yet for many children, we as caregivers are those who are there more than their parents. In …

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Have you ever forgotten the name of someone you know? It happens to all of us at times, but what if you frequently find that you have trouble finding the right word or you forget to pay your bills or get lost easily? Your kids will tell say you had a “brain fart” or “senior moment” but hones…

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AVON PARK — South Florida State College’s Dental Hygiene program will hold oral cancer screenings on Thursday, Oct. 19, 3:30 – 6 p.m., in Building T, SFSC Highlands Campus. The screening is by appointment only, open to the public, and free.

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SEBRING — Join Florida Hospital Sebring for a free “Oh My Achy Joints: Exploring Surgery and Other Treatment for Joint Pain” seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. If you’ve ever wondered if your next step should be an appointment with an orthopedic physician, this seminar will help answer…

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Headaches are a pain in the neck! Headaches are caused by a variety of maladies: Tension, eye strain, smoking, illness, sitting in a poor posture for hours and food allergies. Headaches can also result in depression, lack of energy, constricted breathing which lessens the flow of the healing…

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People are living decades more than previous generations. With these exciting bonus years come many questions and concerns about future planning and long-term care. AARP’s Navigating Your Later Years For Dummies helps readers and their families navigate this unfamiliar and evolving terrain.

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In the business world, we all know that what gets measured gets improved. This is also true with every aspect of our life. We measure for diabetes, cholesterol, and weight. We know we should keep our brains active by doing word search games, crossword puzzles and cards.

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If you’ve struggled with your weight, you know that fat can be a bad three-letter word. You’ve warded against it, tried to reduce it and agonized over what fat can do to your self-esteem and your waist line. But how much do you really know about fat? And how much could you improve your life …

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SEMINOLE — My Hope Chest’s first annual “Bling A Bra for Breast Cancer — Decorating Cups to Fill Cups!” is a national bra decorating contest combining fun with fundraising while celebrating healing and closure for breast cancer survivors. This online fundraiser is aimed to rally individuals …

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CHICAGO — Men and women with high blood pressure reduced the need for antihypertensive medications within 16 weeks after making lifestyle changes, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions, an annual conference focused on r…

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Tucked away in the back room of a Johns Hopkins research building, a computer hums quietly at a seemingly modest setup of a desktop and a pair of goggles.

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The first stage in a Yoga practice at home is called “Awakening the Body.” It is important to awaken the muscles/breath in the body when we first initiate our Yoga practice of various postures. Awakening the body introduces rhythmic deep breathing (slowly inhaling and exhaling through the no…

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SEBRING — Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has promoted Highlands County resident Linsey Pratts, RN to Clinical Manager. In this role, Pratts oversees all aspects of patient care in Hardee and Highlands counties.

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Every month, nearly 19 million Americans take an “omega-3,” or “fish oil” dietary supplement1 that may include a mixture of DHA, EPA, saturated fats and other ingredients. In fact, omega-3s are the most-used dietary supplement in the U.S. Since many users are looking for heart health and oth…

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UGH! It’s that time again... We are here...the PEAK OF HURRICANE SEASON! Personally, if I never experience another hurricane it will be fine with me. Nine days of hot “no power” days and six days of clean up was enough for me. With the different activity that has been popping up off the coas…

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The most expensive care is given in Emergency Rooms (ER). For some people without insurance they are the only access into the health care system. When I was a medical student, the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) looked at why there were a lot of children showing up in the ER at night. Why?…

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There is a great deal of confusion about carbs, and whether they are good or bad for us. Carbs, (short for carbohydrates), fats, and protein, are the three primary large groups of nutrients we need in order to maintain good health. They cannot be manufactured by the body and must come from t…

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VenaSeal is the latest minimally invasive procedure proven to safely and effectively treat venous reflux disease. Dr. Lackey and his staff are dedicated to improving our patient’s health. VenaSeal was approved by FDA late in 2015 and is the only procedure that uses medical adhesive to close …

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According to probiotic entrepreneur Heather Holmes, the human body naturally contains trillions of good and bad bacteria that must stay in balance for optimal health.

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Bugs are not my favorite thing. Even after living in Florida for 35 years, I never grew accustomed to them. If you’re like me and would rather not admit defeat in the summer by staying indoors, then go ahead and enjoy the outdoors. You can always soothe your bug bites with my tips below.

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So excited! My family has been in the hearing field for 50 years and personally I have been helping patients to hear better for over 38 years ... and the new technology just keeps getting better.

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There’s a lot you risk when you hop on your motorcycle for a joyride. This is why you wear a helmet, to protect your head, as well as jeans and a long-sleeved jacket, to protect your skin.

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