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PREVENTION & FITNESS
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They look good, but are those heels worth it?

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Women should think twice before buying their next pair of high-heels or pumps, according to researchers at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew Senior Life in a new study of older adults and foot problems. The researchers found that the types of shoes women wear, specifically high-heels, pumps and sandals, may cause future hind-foot (heel and ankle) pain. Nearly 64 percent of women who reported hind-foot pain regularly wore these types of shoes at some point in their life. “We found an increased risk of hind-foot pain among women who wore shoes, such as high-heels or pumps, that lack…

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Signs that you are burnt out from nursing a loved one

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Taking care of a loved one can be a 24hour, 7 days a week arrangement. Not only is it physically gruelling, it can be emotionally taxing. In fact research shows that caregivers are more likely than the general public to have a chronic illness; 82 percent versus 61 percent. When nursing a frail or needy loved you can get so busy giving, that you forget about yourself until you are too stressed or burnt-out to carry on Are you in trouble?  If you have any of the following symptoms, you should seek professional help: Anxiety, depression, irritability Feeling tired and…

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Is the HPV vaccine necessary for your teen?

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Many parents wonder if their child should receive the HPV vaccine, which is recommend for girls ages 11-26 and boys 11-21. There are a lot of questions and controversy around this vaccine, but many pediatricians say it comes down to protecting people from a leading cause of death. “I often have parents ask me if their child should get the HPV vaccine and what are my thoughts about giving it. Some parents are concerned it will promote sexual activity, others think it is unnecessary and others think their child is too young. If the child falls between the recommended ages…

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Sitting too long is dangerous, even if you exercise

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The amount of time a person sits during the day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, regardless of regular exercise, according to a review study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “More than one half of an average person’s day is spent being sedentary — sitting, watching television, or working at a computer,” said Dr. David Alter, Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehab, University Health Network (UHN), and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. “Our study finds that despite the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk for…

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What your child’s teacher should know about their allergies

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If your child suffers from allergies you may be nervous about how it will be managed at school in your absence. Your concerns may be around the fact that they can’t yet self-manage their allergies, know how to distinguish (in the case of food allergies) or perhaps that there won’t be a knowledgeable adult nearby in case of an emergency. With proper communication and a management plan, you can put your mind at ease and ensure that your child’s allergy can be controlled and overseen when you’re not there. Start off by arranging a meeting with your child’s teacher and,…

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Doing this simple thing could save your child’s life

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Nine out of ten children are seriously or fatally injured in traffic accidents because they are incorrectly restrained or because of loose objects in cars. Correct use of safety equipment will save more lives, according to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). By investigating traffic accidents in Norway, Skjerven-Martinsen and her colleagues documented that incorrect restraint and loose objects in cars play a significant role in the number of deaths and injuries among children. The results show that: Accidents where children are seriously injured mainly occur on high speed roads, in weekend traffic and most…

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The Hidden Danger of your kids having a TV in their room

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Previous studies have shown that TV viewing time during childhood and adolescence continues into adulthood, resulting in overweight and elevated total cholesterol. An investigative team from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA reports new study findings, establishing the relationship between having and watching TV in the bedroom and childhood obesity, specifically high waist circumference.  Between 2010 and 2011, 369 children and adolescents aged 5-18 in Baton Rouge, representing a balance between gender, ethnicity, age, and BMI status, were evaluated for a variety of factors, such as waist circumference, resting blood pressure, fasting triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and…

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Could your commute be making you miserable?

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The more time you spend getting to and from work, the less likely you are to be satisfied with life, says a new study. The research reveals exactly why commuting is such a contentment killer — and surprisingly, traffic isn’t the only reason to blame. “We found that the longer it takes someone to get to work, the lower their satisfaction with life in general,” says Margo Hilbrecht, a professor in Applied Health Sciences and the associate director of research for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. While commuting has long been thought to have some upsides, like providing time to…

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Why people who wear health trackers are healthier

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Most of us really don’t know how healthy we are. As long as we’re feeling fine, we assume that we are doing everything right. This is where people who wear trackers are ahead of the game, they have the data to show them what they do, giving them an objective view of their habits. Here is how trackers can help improve your health Somewhere to start and keep going Most of us have no idea what shape we are really in until our waistline is too big or we fall ill Research shows that far too many of us lead…

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New digital health innovations that will improve the lives of senior citizens

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Staff writer According to the World Health Organization, in 1900, global life expectancy was just 31 years old; fast forward to 2015 and it sits at just over 70 years old. The trend of living longer means that healthcare needs to meet the needs of a growing number of active and vibrant senior citizens. Here are a few innovations which could help the elderly: Home Sensors Various types of sensors can be installed throughout the home and track patterns of motion to detect falls, wandering and missed medication. Contact sensors can be placed on doors and windows to monitor if…

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