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  • What Is Congestive Heart Failure? Knowing the Symptoms Can Improve a Life

    JUN 29, 2017

    You thought the symptoms your loved one was exhibiting were simply signs of aging. Fatigue. Change in heart rate. Persistent coughing or wheezing. Occasional muddy thinking. Swelling in the ankles or legs. Age may have something to do with it, but these symptoms could be related to heart health. What is congestive heart failure and how can you accurately recognize its symptoms? Since many of the signs aren't obvious, it's important to talk about how your loved one is feeling or what you're seeing.

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  • How to Choose a Health Plan That's Right for Your Family

    MAY 09, 2017

    When faced with confusion over how to choose a health plan or selecting coverage from the options that are offered by your employer, should you base it on the doctors in the plan, your family's history of health issues, your children, or the cost? When considering how to choose a health plan, all those elements should be taken into account.

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  • How to Choose a Car Seat for Your Growing Child

    MAY 02, 2017

    Planning for a baby? Knowing how to choose a car seat for your infant is one of the most important steps you'll take as a prospective parent. Every state requires that an infant or child travel in a car safety seat, and as your child grows, you'll need to upgrade their seat as necessary. So if you're wondering how to choose a car seat, start by understanding that the right seat will depend on your child's age, weight, and height. You should also know that every car seat is different, so it's important to read the height and weight requirements. Here's a general guide to help you make smart, safe decisions.

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  • What Are Allergy Shots and Are They Right for You?

    APR 26, 2017

    From the nuisance of hay fever to a life-threatening sensitivity to bee stings or peanuts, your life can be dramatically altered by an allergy. Yet, whether it's you or your child, you can find hope in understanding allergy shots and how they can reduce your sensitivity to allergens.

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  • How to Regain Muscle Mass at Any Age

    APR 17, 2017

    Whether you just finished moving to a new house or you recently rearranged your living room furniture for a new sofa, the aches and pains you're feeling are worse than usual. You think to yourself, "What happened to my strength?" And as you gently ease yourself onto that new sofa, you recall hearing about a study that says you can regain muscle mass and slow this part of the aging process. But how do you go about it?

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  • Screen Time for Kids: How Much Is Too Much?

    MAR 27, 2017

    With televisions, computers, tablets, and smartphones everywhere you turn, kids today are spending a lot of time in front of screens. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP, children spend an average of seven hours per day on entertainment media. But too much time screen time for kids can have negative effects on their development. Here's what you should know, plus some creative ways to make the most of screen-free time.

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