health

Preparing for the worst

No one likes to think about it, but winter is upon us and the chance of being involved in an accident increases tenfold with bad weather and slick roads. Preparing for the worst-case scenario is not only smart, it could save your life.

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POLL: Will you buy health insurance on the exchanges this year?

The health-insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," are back open for a three-month period. What are your plans for health-insurance coverage this year?

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You get what you pay for

Or 'Attack of the kidney stone, part 2.' George & Wendy choose the more expensive procedure to pulverize a kidney stone. Wait till you hear the alternative...

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Attack of the kidney stone, part 1

George laid up with an 8-mm kidney stone proclaims such stones "adultney stones" -- it "takes a real man to pass them." Wendy: "We're both a little stressed and worried about how this is all going to come out (sorry – couldn't resist)..."

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Health-insurance exchange enrollment open through Feb. 15

Now is the time those purchasing health insurance on the exchange to browse and/or enroll or update prior purchased plans. For the coming tax year, penalties for not carrying health insurance are roughly double those in effect for 2014,

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Breast cancer awareness guide for – that’s right – men

Lack of awareness is one contributing factor to late detection. A number of men don't think they can get breast cancer, and because of the rarity, there is unlikely to be any benefit in screening them in the general population for it with preventive mammograms or other tests.

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Is it really depression?

The most important thing to remember about depression is that “it's not all in your head.” If you are having feelings of overpowering sadness that persist for long periods of time, get a tune-up and add some vital nutrients or medications to your daily routine. Don't be afraid to talk about it.

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Diagnosis on the road

George gets an in-grown toenail: After Wendy advises that he smell his sock...: "Sometimes, medical advice goes unheeded on the road."

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A silent killer: Pancreatitis

Eat a balanced diet, avoid excessive animal fats, drink plenty of water, get plenty of exercise, don't smoke, and drink alcohol only in moderation to keep your pancreas happy.

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Feeding the mind and body with color

Eating a variety of colorful food provides vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to nourish your body. Here find a breakdown of colorful foods and the nutrients therein.

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