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Aug. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Tips for preventing sports-related eye injuries

The National Eye Institute (NEI) says that eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children and that every 13 minutes, an ER in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. Most of the eye injuries among kids aged 11 to 14 occur while playing sports. The NEI says baseball is the leading cause of eye injuries in children 14 and under. Basketball is the leading cause of eye injuries among 15- to 24-year-olds. Here are the sports with the highest rates of eye injuries according to the NEI:


Aug. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Three things you need to know about concussions

Sydney Crosby, Merrill Hodge, Mike Matheny, Junior Seau... Do these names sound familiar? These professional athletes have all suffered from the effects of numerous concussions. Sydney Crosby (Penguins) is still trying to play NHL hockey but Hodge (Steelers/current ESPN analyst) and Matheny (SF Giants/current ST. Louis Cardinals mgr.) were medically retired from their respective sports. Junior Seau (San Diego and New England Patriots) died in an accident that many have linked to his post-concussion issues. The media has placed much focus on concussion in recent years. Sports programs from the youth level to the pros have made it a point of emphasis. If you are an athlete or are around athletes, here are some things you need to know.


Aug. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Healthy Classes, Programs & 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:


Aug. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

St. Mary's celebrates School of Nursing alumni

HUNTINGTON -- The St. Mary's School of Nursing welcomed back past graduates Saturday, Aug. 17 during its Alumni Homecoming at the St. Marya's Center for Education.


Aug. 19, 2013 @ 12:15 AM

Increasing your life expectancy

In the 1992 movie "Death Becomes Her," Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep opt for immortality, but forget about one thing -- youthfulness. They end up eternally unhealthy. Have we learned from that cautionary tale? Doesn't look like it.


Aug. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Black Beans, Grape Tomatoes and Lime

Enjoy this delicious salsa at your next barbecue. Recipe courtesy of the American Diabetes Association.


Aug. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Summer heat making you sweat? Try these foods that cool you

When Sly and the Family Stone sang "Hot Fun in the Summertime," we don't think they were talking about eating habanero peppers on a steamy July afternoon. But there are many places (most near the equator) where folks use spicy foods to cool down.


Aug. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

How to find an eye care provider that's right for you

Finding a health care provider to take care of your eyes is important. Convenience and insurance coverage are two points to consider along with whether the eye care professional meets your health needs.


Aug. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Weekend runs help get area in shape

Since 2009, when Jamie Oliver came to West Virginia and classified Huntington as the unhealthiest city in the United States, the city of Huntington has been in motion to change the community's unhealthy lifestyles.


Aug. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Don't be deceived -- learn to savor some true sweetness

Boxing has been called the "Sweet Science," but if you've ever tried your hand (or glove) at it, you know the word "sweet" is meant ironically. And boxing's pretend sweetness can deliver the same kind of nasty shock to your system as today's artificial sweeteners seem to do!