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Cold and Flu Facts

Jan 07 2014

It is that time of year again, when the temperatures drop and the cold and flu count rises.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at whether the “weather” affects your risk for catching a cold.  Click on over to CNN to read the facts.

Next, raise your health knowledge even more by reading 12 Cold and Flu Myths on Parents.com.  This provides useful information about flu shots, fever, and more. 

Finally, visit Health.com to learn 14 Ways to Avoid Colds and Flus. Discover ways to lower your risk for illness.

Stay well!

Latest Alzheimer’s News

Oct 17 2013

Alzheimer’s Disease continues to be a mystery.  There is still so much to learn about diagnosing and treating, but researchers continue to work towards finding answers and a cure.  Recently, two separate studies researched blood and spinal fluid levels in search of early detection.  You can read more about both of these studies on Time Magazine’s Healthland website in the article, Early Warning: Detecting Alzheimer’s in the Blood and Brain Before Memory Loss.

Be sure to also check out on Huffington Post the article, Mediterranean Diet Boosts Brain Functioning, Lowers Alzheimer’s Risk.  Once again, the Mediterranean Diet provides amazing health benefits.  Previous research links this diet to a lower diabetes risk, better heart health, weight loss, and more!  With that said, be sure that your shopping cart always has plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, olive oil, and fish rich in omega-3’s.

Ways to Live Longer

Aug 26 2013

A long life isn’t guaranteed, but you can certainly take steps to improve your health and help your chances.  One fabulous way to live longer is by volunteering.  A recent review found that people who volunteer their time and services to others can reduce their mortality rate.  They believe that a large part of this is related to socializing, which brings several health benefits including a lower dementia riskRead more about these fantastic findings on Time Magazine’s Healthland website at this link.

Next, click on over to MSN Healthy Living to learn the Superfoods for a Long and Healthy Life.  This collection, provided by Health.com, reminds us of many of the things we should already be eating, plus you may even learn of a few more items to include in your diet.

Finally, remember that it is important to take care of your outer body to keep you looking younger as you age.  Health.com shares 8 Steps to Healthy Skin at Every Age, so find out how to prevent wrinkles, dryness, and more.

Back-to-School Savings

Aug 08 2013

It is that time of year when children start heading back-to-school and it is almost certain that also means extra spending for parents.  A new school year comes with the need for new school supplies, shoes, and clothes, so today we want to link you up with a few websites that offer money saving ideas for parents. 

First, click over to the Woman’s Day website and check out their Secrets of Back-to-School Savings.  Next, the Real Simple website provides their own tips for How to Save on Back-to-School Shopping.  Finally, About.com offers their helpful two cents on How to Save on Back-to-School Supplies

With all of these resources, we hope you keep more cash in your pocket and we wish your family a great school year!

A Link Between Anemia and Dementia?

Aug 01 2013

A new study published in the journal Neurology, reveals that anemia may be an indicator of an increased risk for dementia. Click over to CNN Health to read about this study which followed 2500 participants, all in their 70‘s, beginning in 1997. Over time, the researchers found that the participants who already had anemia when the study began, had a 41% higher risk of developing dementia.  There is still a lot more to research about this link, but if you are worried about anemia, be sure to talk to your doctor.  To help prevent anemia, a diet in iron-rich foods may reduce your risk, and you can read more about prevention on the Mayo Clinic’s website at this link.

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