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Vaccines You Never Thought Possible!

It can be said that the most important public health achievement of the past century has been vaccines. There can be no way to overemphasize the importance vaccines have had in preventing child mortality, improving quality of life, and lengthening life span. Diseases that killed millions are now a distant memory: smallpox has been completed eradicated and polio is close on its way. And now we even have vaccines that help prevent cancer! So what does the future hold for vaccines? Would you believe us if we said that one day, the flu, HIV, and

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The Shocking New Name for an Old Disease

By all measures and estimates, the world has been gripped by a terrifying epidemic. One that sneaks up on us and kills slowly and silently. It happens without us knowing, and by 2020, nearly half of the U.S. population could be affected. But this isn’t a terrifying virus like bird flu or measles or HIV. It’s diabetes. Over 3 million people die from diabetes every year, and worldwide, more than 170 million people are affected. In the U.S. alone, around 2 millions cases are diagnosed every year. As most people know, there are two types

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Proven Alternative Treatments for COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common causes of death in America and affects at least 13 million people. Even worse, nearly 125,000 people die from COPD each year. And the damage done to the lungs is largely irreversible. Proven Alternative Treatments for COPD The most common treatments target smokers who developed emphysema and bronchitis. Medication, oxygen therapy, and even surgery are usually prescribed. But what if you aren’t a smoker or you prefer a more natural approach? Luckily, several alternative treatments for COPD seem to do exactly what they promise!

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Go Yoga!

Om…. The sound of peace and relaxation. Or do you find yourself saying “umm” instead? For many people, the thought of doing yoga brings to mind hippies and hipsters, artsy folks and spiritual types. Yoga doesn’t feel like real exercise, and compared to traditional workouts, it just looks silly. Even the names of poses sound ridiculous: the lizard, the downward dog, the camel, the sugarcane. While many yoga practitioners claim to leader healthier, calmer lives, it can be hard to believe that just stretches and poses can confer any benefits. But skeptics may be swayed

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COPD – What You May Not Know

In America, chronic respiratory diseases are third only to heart disease and cancer in the top causes of death. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) most commonly arises as a reaction to environmental particles, particularly from smoking. But because of COPD’s close relationship to tobacco use, emphysema, and related illnesses, most people know nothing about the non-smoking causes. Surprising COPD Sources Nearly one quarter of all COPD cases in the United States are not caused by smoking. Some of these cases stem from pre-existing asthma. Indoor and outdoor air pollution also often triggers. But you may

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10 Facts for World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. Over the past few decades, we have seen an unprecedented increase in the number of new diabetes patients, especially with type 2 diabetes in children. In 2011, 25.8 million Americans (children and adults) had diabetes. That’s 8.3% of the entire population. Another 79 million are prediabetic. And the worst part, 1 in every 400 children has diabetes. The International Diabetes Foundation, in collaboration with several other health organizations, established World Diabetes Day in honor of the birthday of Frederick Banting, who helped to discover insulin. Across the world, people

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Less Meat, Longer Life: New Study Reveals Drastic Benefits of Vegetarianism

In America, vegetarianism has never been seen as something to aspire to. Vegetarians often find themselves having to defend their choices and fend off health concerns. “Where do you get your protein?” “Aren’t you hungry all the time?” Over the years, we’ve painted a picture of vegetarians and vegans as being weak, anemic, and lacking in proper nutrition. But the latest research indicates exactly the opposite: Vegetarians are healthier and live longer than their meat-eating counterparts. On average, eight years longer! The best evidence comes from decades-long studies of over 100,000 Seventh Day Adventists, who

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