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Health Connection: March 2017

Your Colonoscopy: Tips to Make Prep Day Easier Your doctor has told you it’s time to schedule a colonoscopy. To prepare, you will be modifying your diet and drinking a laxative preparation to clean out your colon to make it easy for the doctor to see any abnormalities. Actual prep instructions vary from doctor to…

Health Connection: February 2017

Understanding and Managing High Blood Pressure When your heart pumps blood, the blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels. This creates blood pressure. You need blood pressure to move blood throughout your body, so every part of your body can get the oxygen it needs. Healthy arteries (the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich…

Health Connection: January 2017

Strengthen Your Heart and Improve Your Life in Just 30 Minutes per Day It is hard to imagine a single practice with more health benefits than regular physical activity. To get benefits, you don’t have to run a marathon. Regular activity—something as simple as a brisk, 30-minute walk each day or almost every day—can help…

Health Connection: December 2016

Ease Winter Cold Symptoms Nothing (yet) can truly cure a cold, but there are some remedies that might help ease your symptoms and keep you from feeling so miserable. Here’s a look at some common cold remedies and what’s known about them. Drink to stay hydrated. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with…

Health Connection: November 2016

Take Steps to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes There are many ways to help reduce yourchances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Check out these easy-to-follow tips: Make Healthy Food Choices Choose to eat more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Cut back on high-fat foods like whole milk, cheeses and fried foods. This will help you…

Health Connection: September 2016

Is Your Medicine Cabinet Ready for Cold and Cough Season? Sneezing, sore throat, a stuffy nose, coughing… Everyone knows the symptoms of the common cold. In the course of a year, people in the U.S. suffer from approximately 1 billion colds, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. What can you do for your…

Health Connection: August 2016

Kids Heading Back to School?  Keep ‘Em Safe It’s almost that time again! As you buy school supplies and re-work the family schedule around a new school year, be sure to take some time to think through safety issues for your child, and to discuss these with him or her. These tips can get you…

Health Connection: July 2016

Medication Safety: Proper Drug Disposal If you have medications that you no longer need, be sure to follow the proper procedures when disposing of them. The following guidelines were developed to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse after medications are no longer needed: Follow any specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug…

Health Connection: June 2016

Is It Alzheimer’s Disease? More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases. That includes 11 percent of those ages 65 and older and one-third of those 85 and older. The disease also impacts more than 15 million family…

Health Connection: May 2016

Skin Cancer: They’re Not All Alike Skin cancers are named for the type of cells that become malignant (cancer). The three most common types are: Melanoma: Melanoma begins in melanocytes (pigment cells). Most melanocytes are in the skin. Melanoma can occur on any skin surface. In men, it’s often found on the skin on the…