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  • What Is the Difference Between a Cold Sore and a Canker Sore?

    Some use the terms “cold sore” and “canker sore” interchangeably, but they are not the same. While both are pesky and painful mouth sores and seem to appear spontaneously, this is where the similarities between the two end. What Are Cold Sores? Cold sores, also called fever blisters or the herpes simplex virus I (HSV-1), are a viral infection. Infections generally appear outside the mouth or on ...
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  • Good Nutrition: Why It’s More than Counting Calories and Carbs

    Most of us instantly recognize the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), but not everyone is aware it has been defunct since 2005 . In fact, those nutritional guidelines were later viewed as flawed, hard to follow, and lacking appropriate nutritional balance. Also, the chart made no differentiation between types of grains, proteins, dairy, fruits, and ...
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  • What Ever Happened to the Food Pyramid?

    Many of us who were of reading age in the year 1992 remember the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Guide Pyramid. The classic pyramid image of dividing grains, dairy, meats, fruits, vegetables, and items that should be eaten only sparingly at the tip-top of the pyramid became engrained in the American public’s minds. People complained about the fact that the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid ...
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  • What Is the Most Effective Form or Method of Birth Control?

    Primary Care Associates of Texas wants you to be healthy and strong, and that includes practicing safer sex and knowing your birth control options for optimum wellness. Whether you have never had a child, or you’ve conceived before but are not looking to grow your family at the moment, you have plenty of options for birth control. However, it’s worth noting that not all forms of birth control are ...
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  • How Often Should I Be Tested for STDs?

    It’s something everyone should take seriously: sexual health. In fact, the centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 20 million new sexually-transmitted diseases are diagnosed every year. This means you are at high risk of contracting an infection or virus if you have unsafe sex (sex without a condom), especially with multiple partners. If you are sexually active, ...
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  • The Importance of Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene

    Do you know about the profound impact sleep has on mental and physical health, as well as overall quality of life? By good sleeping habits, also called sleep hygiene, you can improve your health, mood, and daytime productivity. The term “sleep hygiene,” according to the National Sleep Foundation , is a variety of habits you can incorporate into your routine to achieve better sleep quality and ...
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  • Over-the-Counter Medications to Avoid While Pregnant

    As you prepare for the arrival of your new son or daughter, you are likely wondering whether you should change your medication regimen. Keep in mind that there are a wide variety of over-the-counter (OTC) medications that may increase your child’s risk of injury, birth defects, or developmental issues, and it is imperative to their wellbeing that you talk to your doctor about which medications to ...
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  • Signs You May Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Are your bowel movements a persistent source of discomfort, embarrassment, and pain? If so, you may be suffering from a condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is also commonly referred to as a spastic colon. Many people with IBS experience severe abdominal pain and other forms of gastric uneasiness so intense that they take a tolls on affected persons’ work, social lives, and ...
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  • Do I Have a Gluten Allergy?

    Potential Signs You May Have a Gluten Allergy Now more than ever, there is a heightened awareness of gluten intolerance, and there are many gluten-free alternatives for people who are allergic. However, many people aren’t able to enjoy the benefits of removing gluten from their diet because they simply don’t know they have an allergy, leaving them to suffer painful symptoms, which may include: ...
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  • The Difference Between Gluten Intolerance and Wheat Allergies

    If you suffer from gluten or wheat allergies, you know that the two conditions (though often confused) are fundamentally different. If you suspect you may have one or the other are know someone who does, it is critical to understand the distinctions between the two. Gluten-Related Disorders vs. Wheat Allergies For starters, one is a diagnosable medical issue, while the other is a catch-call term ...
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  • 6 Ways to Stick to Your Diet During the Holidays

    How to Stay Faithful to Your Diet This Holiday Season Sticking to a diet and exercise plan is hard, and the holidays make it that much harder. However, you can stay on the straight and narrow over the next few weeks and set yourself up for success by doing the following: Keep a written log of everything you eat. Knowing you’ll have to write it down forces you to consider every food choice you make ...
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  • 5 Holiday Drinks that Will Ruin Your Diet

    Steer Clear of These Fattening Drinks This Holiday Season Anyone who has tried to lose weight or stick to a long-term nutrition plan knows that the holidays are a minefield. From sugary cocktails to festive treats, there are hundreds if not thousands of opportunities to cheat, indulge, and undo months of hard work and self-discipline. Doing so is even more tempting when it comes to holiday drinks, ...
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  • Tips for Parenting Children with Type I Diabetes

    How Type 1 Diabetes Impacts Parents & Families If you have a child with Type 1 diabetes (T1D), you know how all-consuming it can be to manage their health, diet, insulin levels, etc. Many parents who are tasked with caring for children with T1D live in perpetual fear of their child experiencing a seizure, falling into a coma, or having an episode of hypoglycemia. T1D parents with small children ...
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  • 3 Tips for Managing Congestive Heart Failure

    What Is Congestive Heart Failure? Congestive heart failure (CHF) happens when the heart stops working as efficiently as it needs to in order to circulate blood throughout the body. This often leads to swelling and stretching of the heart chambers, which progressively makes the heart weaker and even less efficient. This may cause the kidneys to fail as well, resulting in an overall increase in ...
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  • Monitoring Your COPD

    What Is COPD? The abbreviation “COPD” refers to a condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, which is a blanket term that refers to a handful of progressive and incurable lung diseases, including: Chronic bronchitis Emphysema Refractory asthma As time goes on, people with COPD have increasing difficulty breathing and their airways become progressively thicker and less flexible due to ...
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