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Q: Causes of sudden, persistent weight gain?

By Elizabeth Smoots, MD, FAAFP A: Fluid retention is the most common cause of sudden weight gain. It usually comes as quickly as it goes. Persistent fluid retention can signal heart, liver or kidney disease. Other conditions that may quickly

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Indulge in Time for YOU

If life-work balance seems elusive, maybe you’re trying too hard.  Tightly scheduling your work week can produce stress — but making room for unplanned leisure helps relieve stress. Give yourself time to recharge and even improve mental health. You’ll likely

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Growing Teens into Healthy Adults

By Cara Rosenbloom, RD Convincing teens to eat well, exercise and get enough sleep is not always easy, especially when parents are competing with junk food advertising and binge-worthy shows that keep kids on the sofa for hours. And there’s

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It’s Quitting Time for SITTING

The human body is designed to move. Yet, many Americans spend at least half their waking time sitting — in cars, on sofas and in front of phones, TVs and computers. Sitting too much is now a recognized health hazard. 

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How to Survive Family Road Trips

Whether you’re driving to a vacation destination or traveling cross-country to several locations, a summer road trip can be loaded with family fun and adventure. Planning ahead is key to ensuring a pleasant trip. Think safety first. Pack a first-aid

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Get in the Swim

Water exercise offers special rewards. First, no matter what the activity involves, doing it in chest-deep water takes added effort. And low-impact aqua workouts can leave you feeling calm and invigorated, not tired or achy. Fitness benefits? Even the simplest

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Get Savvy About Health Care

Understanding how your health care plan works is vital to protecting your well-being. Check your knowledge against these basic goals that help ensure quality coverage: I have read my benefit plan description and know what’s required for copayments, deductibles and

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Cancer Screening Guide for Guys

Busy men tend to put off checkups, especially if they feel fine. But that can be a serious mistake when it comes to health. Men’s Health Month in June is an opportunity to learn more about the prevention, detection and

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4 Tips for the Fourth

Fireworks can be dangerous, so it’s best to let the professionals handle the show. However, if you do plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your area and follow these safety tips: 1.Never allow young children to

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The Low-Tech Vacation

Yes, you can have a great vacation with minimal — or no — connection to smartphones, laptops or tablets. When traveling, carry a smartphone in case of an emergency or to check flights or weather information. But research shows taking

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