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It's Physical Fitness Month!

May is National Physical Fitness Month!   There are, of course, tons of reasons why being active and physically fit are beneficial to your health.   Benefits -Lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers -Weight management -Lowered cholesterol and blood pressure -Strengthened muscles, bones, and joints -Increased longevity   When we were kids, odds are we were much more active than we are today. We’d run around outside and play games at recess. Many of us now...

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Spring Cleaning Your Medicine Cabinet

It’s Spring, and you know what that means… It’s Spring cleaning time!   While you’re going about your Spring cleaning, don’t forget to clean out your medicine cabinet. It’s recommended that once a year, you toss out your expired medications. The expiration date refers to an unopened container, not opened ones. Opened containers of medicine should be tossed after a year, or sooner if it begins to smell or look strange.   Do some research and see if any local places are doing a prescription...

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Looking a Bit Spotty- Skin Cancer Awareness

We don’t often think of our skin as an organ, but it is just as much one as your stomach or brain. The skin is tough and has many different layers of defense to keep off harmful invaders that can harm the rest of the body. But with that in mind, it’s important to know that the skin isn’t infallible. It’s just as susceptible to illnesses and diseases as your other organs. Sadly, one of those diseases is cancer. There are three types of skin cancer: basal and squamous cell, and melanoma. These...

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It's Snot What You Think!

One of the most underappreciated functions of the body is mucus production. Yes, it’s pretty nasty, but mucus helps keep your sensitive nasal cavities flushed out of foreign— and possibly harmful—  materials. It also keeps your nose from drying out while you’re breathing which saves you from some aches and pains.    Mucus is mostly composed of water, but it contains helpful things like proteins and antibodies. These antibodies are part of the front line of your body’s defense against diseas...

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Not All Fun and Games- Sports Injuries

Sports. They’re all fun and games until someone gets hurt. And people get hurt all the time. Sometimes it’s a simple injury, just a sprained ankle, but it can be something severe, like tearing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). There are different types of sports injuries, including acute (sudden injuries) and chronic (injuries developed over a person’s athletic career) sports injuries. Injuries such as strains and sprains fall under the acute injury category, while tendonitis is a chron...

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Safety Tips to Prevent Lacerations

Some of the most mundane tasks can be surprisingly dangerous. We hear a lot about people injuring themselves while cooking, gardening, or fishing because of some slip up with a sharp object. Maybe you’ve even dealt with one of these injuries. A cut that’s too deep for just some antibacterial ointment and a bandage, one that requires a little more medical attention. These deep cuts or scratches are called lacerations. They come in all shapes and sizes, but the ones needing medical attention ar...

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It's All In Your Head- Sinus Locations

The front of your skull is composed of a series of hollow connecting areas that make up your sinuses. Just about the whole upper portion of your face has some sort of sinus cavity behind it. There are a pair in your forehead, a pair in your cheeks, and several along your nose between your eyes No matter their location, they all branch off to join your nasal passages. The system is delicate and becomes easily blocked. These blockages are what often cause sinus infections.     Frontal Sinuses...

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Give Your Immune System a Boost!

It’s a sad fact of life: Everyone gets sick. Although, the frequency and severity of the sickness depends on the strength (or weakness) of your immune system. The immune system, more specifically known as the lymphatic system, is the system made up of the organs such as your lymph nodes, tonsils, spleen, and others. The system’s main purpose in the body is to store and distribute white blood cells, which are the cells in your body responsible for fighting off infection. While this system is ...

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What a Pain! Sinus Headaches Vs. Migraines

Headaches come in all different horrible shapes and sizes, but it can be hard to tell them apart and determine their cause. Is it stress triggered? Is it too loud or too bright? Is it caused by sinus pressure? It’s easy to confuse one type of headache for another, one of the most common mix ups being between sinus headaches and migraines. The symptoms between the two are quite similar, though their causes are quite different. Sinus headaches usually only occur in people dealing with a sinus ...

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More Than Just the Sniffles

Sinusitis is an infection that is a little hard to pin down as it has symptoms that are similar to other illnesses. As you may have gathered from its name, sinusitis is an infection in the sinuses. Irritation in the sinuses can cause them to become inflamed, which can lead to the infection. This infection causes an increased mucus production in the sinuses, but the swelling in these cavities prevents the mucus from properly draining and escaping from the body. This means that a lot of pressur...

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