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Healthy Living Package
Help readers stay informed on health and fitness with this lively collection of features, briefs, Q&As, photos and graphics. Pick and choose content from the Premium Health News Service (weekly), Mayo Clinic Medical Edge (two Q&As per week), The Medicine Cabinet: Ask the Harvard Experts (one Q&A per week), and the Harvard Health Letters (five letters per month).
Healthy Living Package Samples
HARVARD HEALTH LETTERS
HEAT WAVE: PROTECT YOURSELF WHEN TEMPERATURES SOAR
Global warming is on everyone’s mind, as it should be. But even before climate changes kicked in, summers were hot. And whatever the future holds for our environment, summers will be hot.
Summer’s heat is more than a hardship, it’s a killer. In an average year, about 200 Americans die from heat-related illnesses, and in hot summers the toll can double. Many more people suffer less severe heat-related illnesses.
Summer’s heat is as predictable as winter’s chill. But if heat is inevitable, illness is not. In fact, a few simple precautions can protect you from becoming a seasonal statistic.
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HARVARD HEALTH LETTERS Q&A
ASK THE DOCTOR: ARE COMMUNITY HEART CHECK-UPS WORTH DOING?
By Thomas Lee, M.D.
Q. I often get mail from companies like Life Line Screening about having tests to look for “hidden” heart risks. The events are usually held at a local church and cost about $130. Are these tests valid? Are they worth the money?
A. Valid and worth the money are two different issues. The tests these companies offer are quite valid, and doctors often do them precisely for the reason you listed. The big difference is that doctors usually do them when they suspect a patient has a particular condition or is at high risk for it. Doing these tests in seemingly healthy people often causes more problems than it prevents.
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KIPLINGER PERSONAL FINANCE
SAVE THOUSANDS ON YOUR MEDICAL BILLS
By Elizabeth Ody
Kellie Brown had rarely suffered from an ailment worse than a runny nose when she let her health insurance lapse last August. Brown, 23, had always been covered by her father’s plan. But when he retired in July 2007, she lost her coverage, and “it just seemed like an expense that I didn’t really need.”
Big mistake. Less than two months later, Brown ended up making two financially devastating trips to the hospital: one to have her appendix removed and another, a few days later, to be treated at a different hospital for an infection resulting from the surgery. Altogether, her tab came to $40,000.
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MAYO CLINIC MEDICAL EDGE
SAVE THOUSANDS ON YOUR MEDICAL BILLS
By Gary Schwartz, M.D.
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Are there blood pressure medications available that don’t have troubling side effects?
ANSWER: All medications used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) can cause side effects. But because many different drugs are available for this condition, a doctor usually can find one that both lowers blood pressure and results in minimal side effects.
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THE MEDICINE CABINET-ASK THE HARVARD EXPERTS
TREATING ECZEMA AT HOME
By Rebecca Campen, M.D., J.D.
Tribune Media Services
Q: Are there any home remedies that I can use for eczema?
A: Eczema, the most common type of skin inflammation (dermatitis), refers to several conditions that share a pattern of changes in the surface of the skin. Eczema first appears as an episode of itching and redness of the skin. You also may have tiny bumps or blisters.
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NEW SCIENTIST FEATURE
By Jo Whelan
Infant formula is a poor substitute for breast milk, but some want to make it more like the real thing.
Breast is best. There’s no doubt about it. The list of proven benefits grows longer every year. Breastfed babies are not only protected against a huge range of infections, they also enjoy lifelong benefits, from higher intelligence to a lower risk of obesity and diabetes.
The reason, we are discovering, is that breast milk is the ultimate functional food.
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U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
MUSIC AS MEDICINE FOR THE BRAIN
By Matthew Shulman
Rande Davis Gedaliah’s 2003 diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease was followed by leg spasms, balance problems, difficulty walking, and ultimately a serious fall in the shower. But something remarkable happened when the 60-year-old public speaking coach turned to an oldies station on her shower radio: She could move her leg with ease, her balance improved, and, she couldn’t stop dancing. Now, she puts on her iPod and pumps in Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” when she wants to walk quickly; for a slower pace, Queen’s “We Are the Champions” does the trick.
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PSYCHOLOGY TODAY MAGAZINE
WHEN DIETING, SUCCESS IS IN THE DETAILS
By Kimberly Mickenburg
We all know that dieting is no picnic. But focusing on the positive details like flavor and texture can be a surefire way to prevent big-time dieting failures.
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