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  • How Much Water Do We Really Need to Drink?

    How much water is enough?How much water is enough?by Sheryl Kraft

    It's summertime and that little voice in your head is telling you:
    It's hot out-I need to drink a LOT!
    By the time I'm thirsty, it's too late and I'm already dehydrated!
    I need to get my eight glasses today!
    Coffee and tea are diuretics and don't count toward my liquid consumption!

    Confusing? Sure is. Conventional wisdom vs. truth is sometimes a tough thing to conquer.

    MORE: Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Heat

    The plain truth-and something we all know-is that we all need water. It regulates the temperature of our body, lubricates and cushions our joints, protects our spinal cord and helps get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements. And some researchers have found that it might even help promote weight loss in overweight dieting women by speeding up metabolism-a real bonus! Skimp on fluids and you risk dehydration, which can lead to fatigue, headaches, impaired concentration and memory and mood

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  • Whooping Cough as We Haven’t Seen it Since 1959

    By Sally Jones

    Whooping Cough Is Vaccine-PreventableWhooping Cough Is Vaccine-PreventableA record 18,000 whooping cough cases have been reported to the CDC so far this year - that's twice the number compared to this time last year. If this mid-year trend continues we could be looking at rates of whooping cough the likes of which we haven't seen since 1959.

    Whooping Cough Epidemic?

    Like measles, whooping cough (also called pertussis) is highly contagious, with up to 90 percent of susceptible people developing the disease after exposure to the bacteria, Bordatella, which is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory mucus discharges of infected people. The illness begins like any common cold, with runny nose or congestion, sneezing, mild cough and perhaps fever. But after 1-2 weeks, prolonged coughing sets in and can last for many weeks, with spasms of severe coughing, whooping and vomiting. The cough is often described as "seal-like".

    Listen to Whooping Cough

    The disease is vaccine-preventable, however, the vaccine wears

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  • Should You Exercise Outdoors in the Summer?

    by Sheryl Kraft

    Exercising outdoors in the summer poses unique challengesExercising outdoors in the summer poses unique challengesExercise combined with hotter air temperatures increase your core body temperature. Working out in hot weather can stress your body in many ways. Stay safe with these tips.

    If you're anything like me, you let out a big "YAY!" when the warm temperatures finally arrive after a long, cold winter. (Didn't it feel like it would never end?) You revel in the hotter, longer days of summer. And you long to be outside for as long as possible, knowing that those glorious days will pass in a flash.

    You might be stuck indoors working all day, but taking a break for fitness can give you an opportunity (or an excuse!) to sneak some outdoor time into your schedule. But what about the heat? Can exercising in high temperatures put you in danger? Heat and humidity can wear you down, so it's important to take some precautions.

    MORE: How to Safely Sweat it Out in the Summer

    Know when to ease up. It's likely your intensity level will be lower outdoors in the heat,

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  • How We Automatically Lose Fat - Where We Don't Want To

    by Sheryl Kraft

    Our feet lose fat as we age.

    So many of us are trying to lose fat. The good news? With the proper diet and exercise it's possible to get rid of unwanted fat. The bad news? We lose some fat without even trying ... whether we like it or not.

    Wait-I said bad news. What's so bad about losing fat without even trying?

    The cruel irony is this: We lose it in a place that we need it - our feet - and age accelerates its departure.

    Just look down at those two things connected to your ankles, the things with ten toes. Your body's precious commodity that carries you the equivalent of three times around the Earth in your lifetime. The body parts that contain a whopping 26 bones, 33 joints and upward of 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. By the time most of us are 50, those feet have carried us about 75,000 miles!

    All that mileage is not without problems, unfortunately.


    National Public Radio reported that a study of over 3,000 adults sponsored by the National Institutes of

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  • One More Reason to Let Your Kids Roll Around in the Dirt with the Dog

    Can your family dog protect your baby's health?Can your family dog protect your baby's health?by Kristen Mucci-Mosier

    Are you concerned that the dirt your dog brings into your home will harm the health of your child? You may not have to worry about that anymore. A new study suggests that a dog in the home may actually help the health of your little one.

    Learn how to protect your kids from allergens

    A recent study of nearly 400 children in Finland found that babies who lived with dogs during their first year were about one-third more likely to be healthy during their first year, compared to those without a pet in the home. The pup-loving population was 44 percent less likely to develop an ear infection and 29 percent less likely to need antibiotics.

    Read more about the survey results

    According to the researchers, the reasons for the findings are not entirely clear. "One possible explanation might be that the dogs bring something inside the house-dirt, soil-that affects the immune maturation of the child, leading to more composed immunologic reactions to infectious agents

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  • This Just In: Low-Carb Diets DO Work Best

    By Sally Jones

    Low-Glycemic Index Meal: Soba Noodles & VeggiesLow-Glycemic Index Meal: Soba Noodles & Veggies

    A study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared low-fat, low-carb, and low-glycemic index eating and found the low-carb diet was the most efficient for weight loss.

    But, not so fast...

    The low-carb dieters showed increased cortisol levels (cortisol has been shown in other studies to increase belly fat) as well as increased inflammation (which experts believe is an underlying contributor to many conditions, from arthritis to cancer).

    Low-Carb Diets May Raise Risk of Heart Problems

    The low-glycemic index diet was almost as effective for weight loss as the low-carb diet, AND was considered the healthiest, with no increased cortisol or inflammation markers.

    More About the Glycemic Index

    The low-fat diet was not found to be effective for weight loss.

    Low-glycemic index eating -- long suggested for those with diabetes and pre-diabetes -- focuses on eating a balance of lean protein, good fats, and good

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  • Would You Take an At-Home HIV Test?

    Drugstore HIV test: Is it for everyone?Drugstore HIV test: Is it for everyone?by Kristen Mucci-Mosier

    More than 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and about 20 percent of them don't know they're infected.

    Today is National HIV Testing Day, as organized by the National Association of People with AIDS with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and AIDS.gov. The goal is to encourage people to know their status so, if diagnosed with HIV, they can get treatment to live longer, healthier lives.

    Learn more about National HIV Testing Day

    As part of routine health care, the CDC recommends that anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once. Those at high risk-such as gay and bisexual men, injection drug users and people with multiple sex partners-are encouraged to get tested once a year or more.

    HIV/AIDS: Prevention, diagnosis and treatment

    What's the latest in testing? Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended approval of the first at-home HIV

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  • Chemical-Free Power Drink

    A simple suggestion for better health.A simple suggestion for better health.by Kristen Mucci-Mosier

    Looking for one dietary addition to give you multiple health benefits? It's simple: add a squeeze of lemon to your glass of water. It will not only boost the taste, but the health benefits as well. A common recommendation in Traditional Chinese Medicine is to begin each day with a glass of water with fresh-squeezed lemon (extra bonus if it's lukewarm or room temperature). Lemon water is alkalizing for the body, ridding it of acidity that can have harmful affects on digestion, liver function and skin health.

    Learn more about how to boost your energy naturally.

    This simple power drink contains vitamin C, vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. It helps digestion, cleanses and stimulates the liver and kidneys, offers relief from a sore throat, diminishes acne symptoms and acts as a natural diuretic to flush toxins from the body and assist in weight loss.

    Get five sneaky tips for weight loss.

    Tips:
    - Slice lemon and

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  • Robin Roberts' Diagnosis & the Healing Power of Optimism

    Robin Roberts at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2010Robin Roberts at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2010

    By Sally Jones

    Robin Roberts, co-host of the TV show "Good Morning America," announced yesterday that she has been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder where the bone marrow loses its ability to produce enough mature blood cells, including white blood cells that help fight infection and red blood cells that transport oxygen to various parts of the body. Roberts points out that her condition may have been brought on by chemotherapy and radiation treatments she underwent after her breast cancer diagnosis five years ago. "Sometimes the treatment for cancer can cause other serious medical problems," she says.

    TV Anchor Robin Roberts Has Rare Bone Marrow Disorder

    Adding that marrow donors are scarce, particularly for African-American women, Roberts says, "I am very fortunate to have a sister who is an excellent match, and this greatly improves my chances for a cure."

    It is true that there are not enough donors of diverse racial and

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  • What’s on Your Sexual Menu?

    Kick boredom out of the bedroomKick boredom out of the bedroomby Kristen Mucci-Mosier

    Bored with the same old, same old between the sheets? Weary of tired tips suggesting you just need to "schedule sex" (despite being exhausted after a long day at work) or "light candles" to set the mood? One sex therapist has a new approach for expanding your "sexual menu."

    Firing Up Your Sexual Desire

    New York City-based psychotherapist and sex therapist Suzanne Iasenza, PhD, says that couples tend to have a "one-item sexual menu." In her article, "What is Queer About Sex?: Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice," for Family Process magazine, she compares sex to dining out. "Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering the same meal every time."

    Do you and your partner like to eat the same thing every time you go out? Probably not. "One (partner) may prefer fast food (a quickie) one day and a leisurely meal (making love) next time," says Iasenza. To add variety, she says you need to know what you want, express it clearly and work

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