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Be Smart About Sleep Aids
Monday, July 01, 2013
Sleep can be elusive. On some nights, we easily cozy up with it. On others, it may linger frustratingly out of reach. Struggling for some shuteye may entice you to try a sleep aid. Used properly, sleep aids can help. But they aren’t without risks.
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Saturday, June 01, 2013
Many people detest bugs, especially when they find them in their homes. Keeping bugs at bay may prompt you to try just about anything—maybe even ultrasonic bug repellent devices. But do they work? Simple steps to prevent insects indoors in the first place may be far more effective.
Are Multivitamins Worth the Cost?
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
A pill packed with lots of nutrients—a multivitamin—may seem like the perfect shortcut to healthy living. Chances are, though, you’re already getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from the foods you eat. So unless you have a nutritional deficiency, multivitamins may not provide much health benefit.
The Total-Body Toll of Obesity
Monday, April 01, 2013
Many Americans realize that obesity is more than a cosmetic concern. A recent poll found that 78 percent knew that obesity can raise the risk for heart disease. Seventy percent recognized a link with diabetes. But what about high blood pressure? Cancer? Arthritis? When asked about obesity’s effects on the body, fewer people mentioned such consequences.
E-Cigarettes: A Safer Source of Nicotine?
Friday, March 01, 2013
Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows it can entail herculean efforts. Withdrawal symptoms from nicotine and constant cravings for a cigarette cause many smokers to quit on quitting. Some smokers may be tempted to try electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes. They may sound like a healthier option. But these devices may be no safer than traditional cigarettes.