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Sep. 09, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Attitude is important in controlling your stress

"Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one," said endocrinologist Hans Seyle, who in the late 1930s was one of the first scientists to explore the effect of chronic stress on the body. Turns out chronic stress leads to an impaired immune system, higher blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, kidney disease, allergic reactions, obesity, acne -- and a less-than-ho-hum love life. A new study also confirms that attitude has physical consequences. If you think your level of stress is hard on your heart, you're twice as likely to die from heart disease or have a non-fatal heart attack as folks who don't believe stress negatively affects their health.

Sep. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Cinnamon, apples lend fall mood to pork chops

This recipe from the American Diabetes Association will remind you of a crisp fall evening.

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Nutrition facts label can serve as a guide

When grocery shopping, we focus on creating meals that are tasty and nutritional. To help accomplish this goal, the Nutrition Facts Label provides shoppers with valuable information about each packaged food product. Located on almost every product that we can purchase from our grocery store, this label provides consumers with the amount of calories and nutrients found in the product as well as a comparison to the Percent Daily Value.

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Stand up for weight loss

Debrett's "A-Z of Modern Manners" claims to be the authority on "all matters of etiquette, social occasions ... and fine style." And it would be rude to disagree, or so they imply. About good posture, they say: It makes you appear taller and slimmer, and you will seem more confident and positive. (They've almost got it right.)

Sep. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Healthy classes, programs and screenings

HUNTINGTON -- A number of health-conscious classes, programs and screenings are scheduled in the Tri-State this week. Some of the activities offered in the area:

Sep. 01, 2013 @ 09:35 PM

The ABCs of hepatitis vaccines

If there were a vaccine against goofs, we (and our staff) would be the first ones in line. But, alas, there's no EEV (Edit Error Vaccine). So when an attentive reader pointed out that there's no hepatitis C vaccine either (in a feature last month on common infections, we said there was, even though we know perfectly well vaccines are available only for hep A and B), we wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks for catching the error and to pass along exciting news about the potential for a real hep C vaccine.

Sep. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Spaghetti Frittata

Here's a creative way to use leftover cooked spaghetti: try mixing it with eggs for a filling Italian omelet. If you don't want to buy separate bunches of fresh herbs, look for an Italian blend package that may contain some of each or use one-third the amount of dried. Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association.

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Help teens lose weight by focusing on choices

When Carole King wrote the song "Happy Being Fat," she nailed the attitude that many overweight teens have about being prodded to slim down: "Don't tell me to go on a diet. Don't give me no pills. Just leave me alone with my ice-cream cone, and let me eat my fill."

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Maintaining healthy vision: Talking to your doctor

Being diagnosed with an eye disease or disorder can be upsetting and you may leave the doctor's office without asking the questions you'll think of later. An important part of any patient/physician relationship is good communication. The National Eye Institute (NEI) recommends asking questions like the following if you're diagnosed with an eye problem:

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Old-school kettlebell workouts yield results

Change up your strength training routine and try out a kettlebell. A kettlebell is an ancient Russian exercise tool that is increasing in popularity for fitness enthusiasts. Shaped like a cannonball, it's a cast iron weight with a handle. The kettlebell allows for ballistic movements and swinging motions you can't do with traditional weights.