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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.
Protecting Older Family Members from Financial Abuse
Friday, February 01, 2013
It can be hard to discuss money matters with older family members. Many of us may prefer to avoid such a sticky subject entirely. This reluctance can make it easy to overlook a potentially serious problem: financial abuse. It’s a type of elder abuse, which affects more than 5 million older adults each year. And experts believe it’s becoming more common.
Americans Need to Learn More about Antibiotics
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Do antibiotics cure the common cold? If you answered yes, you’ve got good company. A recent poll found that many Americans don’t know enough about antibiotics and their proper use.