July 20, 2018
6 Healthy Habits That Are Contagious

6 Healthy Habits That Are Contagious

by Deborah Pike Olsen  

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There are many reasons to adopt a healthy lifestyle, but here’s one you may not have thought of: It can help people you care about to be healthier, too. Here are six research-backed ways to use your own health behavior to inspire change in others.

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Cancer and Heart Disease: Charting Our Progress

by Berkeley Wellness  

older couple and newborn grandchild

The latest 30-year data from the CDC suggest that we're winning the battle against heart disease—and deaths due to cancer have declined too, though not as much.

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Wellness Tip

Hypertension: More Awareness, Better Treatment

by Berkeley Wellness  

older woman receiving pressure check

Of the roughly one-third of American adults who have hypertension, 82 percent are now aware of it and 75 percent are treating it, significant increases from a decade ago, according to a study by federal researchers.

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Ask the Experts

Exercise and Varicose Veins

by Berkeley Wellness  

runners in a foot race

Does exercise cause varicose veins, or help prevent them? And if you already have varicose veins, what types of activity can ease (or worsen) the problem? Our experts have the facts you need.

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Long Live Hispanics

by Berkeley Wellness  

happy latino family

Hispanic Americans live longer on average than non-Hispanic white and black Americans, have lower rates of many diseases, and survive longer when they do develop them. What's their secret? We examine the reasons behind the "Hispanic paradox."

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Wellness Tip

Eye Vitamins Don't Prevent AMD or Cataracts

by Berkeley Wellness  

red pills spilling out of bottle

There's no evidence that dietary supplements can prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or cataracts, despite what the labels and ads may imply.

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Wellness Tip

Protect Children from This Poisoning Risk

by Berkeley Wellness  

mother with child hanging laundry

Laundry detergent pods are small, colorful, and frighteningly enticing to young children—thousands of whom are poisoned every year by swallowing or biting into the pods, a study in the journal Pediatrics has found.

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Can Vision Training Improve Your Sports Game?

by Berkeley Wellness  

man sighting a golf ball before a putt

Many professional athletes undergo special training to improve their vision skills. Can such training benefit recreational players too? We take a look at the science.

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Making Sense of Smell

by Berkeley Wellness  

girl smelling flowering weed

The least understood of the senses, smell and taste are essential to our interactions with the world, the pleasures we derive from it—even our safety. Here, a look at the olfactory system and how to compensate for its natural decline with age.

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How to Dispose of Old Medications

by Berkeley Wellness  

pile of empty pill boxes

Are any of the medications in your home old or expired? If so, you should probably throw them out—but that doesn't mean flushing them down the toilet (except in a few cases). Here's what you need to know about safely discarding meds.

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