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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health recently updated national guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma. Asthma is a chronic lung condition affecting about 25 million Americans, 5.5 million of whom are children. Th…

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Working or learning from home? It’s more important than ever to ensure you move throughout the day. Doing so will help keep your mind and body healthy and agile. Here are a few tips to move more throughout the day.

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This year alone, roughly 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. Nearly 1,700 lives are lost to cancer every day.

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Do you have a Fitbit activity tracker? If so, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a free program for you. The VA and Fitbit have hooked up to provide one year of free membership to eligible veterans who have the device. This couldn’t have come at a better time, when we need more exercise,…

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With every technological advancement comes a burst of innovation that can’t always be anticipated. For example, the leap to 4G led to innovations like ride-sharing, music streaming and contactless payments. Some aspects of the 4G move helped spur the U.S. economy to recovery after the 2008 r…

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You know it’s getting bad when local police chiefs go on the nightly news to warn against scams. That’s what is happening in my area, and possibly in yours. Scammers are going all out to steal your information, money and identity, and they’re using the COVID vaccine as their tool.

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Climate-related crises like rising sea levels, severe weather events and longer drought seasons are challenging the global economy. They’re also driving the launch of new clean technologies.

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It doesn’t matter if you’ve been out for years or are just now separating from the service, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a gift for you: the VA Welcome Kit. It’s something every veteran needs to have on hand for current information you need now or things that can come up over the years.

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Haven’t been able to visit New Mexico’s hot springs during the pandemic? Well, now you can enjoy the traditional New Mexico Ojo Caliente, Jemez or Truth or Consequences Hot Springs experience at home with a 15-minute detox for body, skin and soul. Clear Light Urban Farm Store at 123 Broadway…

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The blank slate of a new calendar year offers a sense of possibilities for making the next year great — and health goals usually top the list. If you’re looking to put health first, who better to turn to than a registered dietitian? Registered Dietitian Kelli McGrane, MS (@HealthyToast_RD), …

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Loving where you live can be such a great investment, especially as home prices across the metro area have increased by more than 15 percent over the past year, according to the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors. And whether you intend to keep your residence for the long-haul or ar…

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Michael Rhodus of NationServe® is your go-to garage door answer. Known as America’s garage door specialists from coast to coast, NationServe® proudly carries high quality products, such as Wayne Dalton® garage doors and Genie® garage door openers. “Our purpose is creating safe and secure acc…

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During the cold and flu season and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be more medicines in homes being used to treat all kinds of symptoms. It is important to keep curious kids safe by keeping medicine up and away and out of reach.

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A few years ago, Dr. Mehmet Oz asked me to create a recipe containing foods that help to naturally reduce stress and to do a cooking demo on “The Dr. Oz Show.” I found that the following ingredients have stress-reducing properties: red, orange and yellow peppers; turkey; spinach; quinoa and …

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Whether or not you stayed up to mark the new year, an expensive reality hits many Americans on Jan. 1: medical insurance deductibles reset to zero and out-of-pocket costs go up. Along with co-pays and coinsurance, those out-of-pocket costs can put essential medications out of reach. Many peo…

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Plummeting temperatures and whipping winds are here for much of the country, and no matter where you live, cooler and drier winter air can really wreak havoc on your skin. When humidity is lower and indoor heat is on full blast, your skin gets stripped of the moisture it needs, causing dryne…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of life,  and all of us have put activities on hold to reduce the spread of the virus. But one activity that you should not put on hold is a child’s annual doctor visit.

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The pandemic has us all trying new things from home. Here’s a new one to add to your bucket list of things to learn. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and acc…

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We’ve all seen people reading the labels of food, beverage and supplement packaging to look at the ingredients and nutrition facts — chances are you have, too. More than ever, shoppers are looking at labels to make sure products match up with their values, whether it’s protecting people or t…

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With all the changes that have occurred this year, it’s not surprising that women everywhere have been reassessing their skincare routines. A new poll from RoC Skincare and Poshly surveyed 1,000 beauty shoppers to understand if women have shifted skincare habits since the pandemic. Results s…

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As the pandemic continues, health experts and physicians are concerned that with home and online schooling replacing in-person curricula — including PE classes — our children may not be getting the physical activity they need to promote their health. And that may be a bigger deal than parent…

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Pomegranates are known as a superfood with tons of wonderful health benefits, including fighting cancer and heart disease, as well as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. They’re also loaded with B vitamins, potassium and folic acid.

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Whether due to illness, altered work schedules, home-schooling or social distancing, COVID-19 has impacted us all personally. Stress levels are high, and the resulting anxiety makes it much harder to get a good night’s rest. Unfortunately, sleeping pills are the dominant treatment strategy f…

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If you have a plant cutting you are trying to root in water, here’s a tip to keep the end from resting on the bottom of your container: Use a twist tie wrapped around the stem on one side and hooked over the edge of the container on the other.

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It’s a make-it-your-own cycling event, Bike MS style. We can’t ride together in-person this year but people with MS can’t wait. Join the New Mexico Multiple Sclerosis Society September 26 for Bike MS: Inside Out, the first-ever nationwide Bike MS event that lets you build your own adventure.…

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With aging, we lose muscle. With all the staying home we’re doing now, we’re losing more muscle. We have to fight against that.

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Spending time in the hospital can be a challenge, and the last thing you need is another setback on your road to recovery. This is why it is so important to know that being in the hospital — particularly if you are dealing with surgery, a physical trauma, or a serious illness like cancer — p…

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It’s always the right time to commit to healthy habits, behaviors and steps to improve your physical and mental health. With the COVID-19 pandemic creating so much uncertainty and upending so many routines, experts say that focusing on the things within your control is particularly important.

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These are stressful days. Some of us were living under tough circumstances in the best of times, and nowadays the daily news just ratchets it up.

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The New Mexico Heart Association Virtual Heart Walk is set to take place on Saturday, June 13. The annual fundraising walk generates resources for critical heart health awareness and education in New Mexico. Upwards of 2,500 people usually participate in the three-mile walk in Albuquerque. T…

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With social distancing orders in place in many areas across the country, you may be doing your grocery shopping with shelf stability in mind. But this factor should not be your only priority. Right now, it’s especially important that the foods you eat also support your health and longevity.

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Rising unemployment, mandatory stay-at-home orders, and an overburdened health care system are causing a perfect storm for breast cancer patients who have concerns or need care, according to the experts at Susan G. Komen.

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Chances are you’ve heard of the keto diet. Its popularity has soared in recent years, adding it to the list of diets many people try. The keto diet is founded on the belief that when your body is in a state of nutritional ketosis — a metabolic state in which fat provides most of the fuel for…

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Surely our world will be back to normal this summer ... right? Surely we’ll be able to get out of the house without fearing every person who comes near us. We’ll be able to leisurely wander through the grocery store, which will be stocked as it used to be. We’ll stop to talk to friends on th…

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Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in men and in women in the U.S., making screening one of the most important preventive health measures to take as an adult. While no one relishes cancer screenings, new recommendations can help those of average risk for co…

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has trained 8,300 employees to serve as patient advocates. The Patient Advocate Tracking System Replacement (PATS-R) program is now up and running in all facilities around the country. It replaces the old Patient Representative System that had patient reps …

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Stuck inside, but don’t want to miss out on your regular yoga sessions? Several local yoga studios have you covered. For example, YogaZo, which typically operates a mobile studio, is now offering online classes, and is regularly releasing new content. The cost is $10 for two classes, and the…

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Every parent knows the struggle of convincing their little ones to eat more nutritious foods. Luckily, by encouraging your kids to get involved in the kitchen, you’re helping them build a solid foundation for healthier food choices. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner …

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If someone in your home is sick, be diligent in disinfecting your home to prevent the spread of virus. As part of your everyday actions, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. Also, wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.

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More than one in three Americans — over 84 million people — have pre-diabetes, which is a serious condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes and other significant health problems, such as heart disease and stroke. Despite its prevalence, nearly 90 percent of people with the condition don’…

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Were you stationed in Uzbekistan shortly after 9/11 until 2005? The place, Karshi-Khanabad, was called K2 and the ground was covered in black goo. Signs warned of radiation hazard, and the area frequently flooded. Pond water glowed green.

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The health benefits of regular exercise are undeniable, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 30 minutes of exercise at least five times per week. However, high-impact exercises like running and weight training can lead to joint pain, especially if you have a joint …

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ep-deprived, which can have unpleasant and even dangerous effects. And while a nap can alleviate fatigue, increase alertness and improve mood, for years napping was considered to be a pastime more appropriate for little children and the sick than healthy adults.

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The pain and symptoms that accompany migraines can be debilitating. For children and teens, it can mean missed school days, absence from social or sporting events and activities at home.

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Weight-loss tips, fad diets and more — these days, they’re everywhere you look. And most of it is false information. In fact, the average American wrongly assumes a daily workout must be 95 minutes or more to be impactful, according to a new study conducted by Planet Fitness.