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Eating healthy and exercising is a great start, but does not guarantee health.

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Ever wonder what makes some people more at risk for colds than others? Maybe you’ve questioned why you catch colds so easily while your best friend does not. Or perhaps your young child continues to harbor a cold and you wonder what you can do to stop the symptoms.

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If your mother or grandmother had a knee or hip replacement, the odds are good she was in her late 60s or 70s when she opted for the surgery, and it was a “last resort” decision — either get a new knee or start using a cane or a wheelchair. That’s not today’s joint replacement surgery.

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Ever wonder if you’re using an asthma inhaler properly? Do you puff and breathe, or breathe and puff with an asthma inhaler? Don’t worry! Many people are confused when first using an asthma inhaler. Yet asthma inhalers are the most effective way of delivering lifesaving medications to those with asthma and other lung diseases.

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For something as well-known and commonplace as the flu, it’s subject to an awful lot of silly myths. And like the flu itself, flu myths are hard to contain and hard to fight.

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Snoozing in for more than an hour can disrupt your sleep-wake cycle, and anything that tinkers with your body’s natural rhythms may prime you for pain, says Lisa Mannix, M.D., a spokeswoman for the National Headache Foundation in Chicago.

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It’s every mother’s mantra: Cover your mouth when you cough. During flu season, it’s the best advice you can give any child — or adult – who wants to avoid the flu. The flu virus is passed from one person to the other through fluids from mouth and nose secretions. When we cough and sneeze, those droplets go into the air.

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You eat a big meal out, late at night. You indulge in seconds and then thirds, have a few too many glasses of wine or cups of coffee, and then go to bed on a full stomach. Wake up a few hours later, and the pain is screaming upward from your chest into your throat. You groan: Sleep is impossible.

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People with asthma experience symptoms when the airways tighten, inflame, or fill with mucus. Common symptoms of asthma include: * Coughing, especially at night * Wheezing * Shortness of breath * Chest tightness, pain, or pressure Still, not every person with asthma has the same symptoms in the same way.

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Everyone experiences pain at one point or another. It often is an indication that something is wrong. Each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant.

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