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Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:59:15 GMT

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Why science says you should take more rest days

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:59:15 GMT

Without recovering properly, you could stall your progress — or worse, reverse it.Taking a rest day doesn't mean lounging on the couch — take it easy with a walk or yoga class.

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The leading causes of cancer have changed

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:52:46 GMT

Smoking and obesity are the leading causes of cancer in the U.S., a new American Cancer Society analysis finds. Drinking is also a major cause.

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New blood pressure guidelines: Is yours high now?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:29:28 GMT

New hypertension guidelines mean high blood pressure starts at a reading of 130/80, lower than previous guidelines.A doctor checks the blood pressure of a patient (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY)A doctor speaks to a patient as a sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure meter, lies on his desk.

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'Skinny' health plans confuse consumers

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:16:22 GMT

Limited benefit health plans, aka skinny plans, may be cheap but they don't cover much, are not real health insurance and they're confusing consumers.The website is seen on a computer screen Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Washington.The website is seen on a computer screen Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Washington.

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$500B: Opioid crisis far more expensive than previously thought

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:00:00 GMT

The White House Council of Economic Advisers pegs the true cost of the crisis in 2015 at $504 billion, a figure that is more than six times the most recent estimate.FILE: A pharmacist holds prescription painkiller OxyContin, 40mg pills, made by Purdue Pharma L.D. at a local pharmacy, in Provo, Utah, on April 25, 2017.

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How to avoid holiday anxiety

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:14:00 GMT

If you're withdrawing or micromanaging, there's a strong chance you're under stress this season.Savoring the little moments — like decorating your house — is a great way to stay focused on what you love about the holiday season.

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How traveling alone transformed my self confidence

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:51:00 GMT

Stepping outside of your comfort zone can have a huge impact on the person you are when you're back in it."There is a really wonderful circular relationship between self-esteem and traveling," says Dr. Chloe Carmichael Peet.

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The weird science behind why we love pumpkin spice

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:28:00 GMT

The smell and taste of the fall favorite elicit a strong reaction in our brains and bodies.If you've noticed an extra long line in your local Starbucks lately, it's probably thanks to the seasonal treat.

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Staying with family? Here's how to get a better night's sleep

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:50:01 GMT

Hack the pull-out couch with these expert tips.If you're traveling through time zones but not staying more than a few days, you may fare better to stay on your own time zone.

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Politics is ruining Thanksgiving. Here's how to avoid it.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:03:00 GMT

If the first Thanksgiving after the election was tense, experts say this year's holiday will be even worse. Here's how to navigate your family's gathering.Last year, in the aftermath of the 2016 election, families shortened their turkey dinners by 20-30 minutes.

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CTE sent ex-NFL star into disastrous decline

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:04:30 GMT

Brain scan technology offers hope deadly CTE can be diagnosed in time to help living NFL veterans, and their families, cope with the diagnosis.Trisha and Nick Bell; Fred and Tia McNeillRecent brain scans of NFL hall of famer Joe DeLamielleure, who was diagnosed with CTE, the brain injury that is affecting so many former football players.Postmortem Autopsy-Confirmation of Antemortem [F-18]FDDNP-PET Scans in a Football Player With Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

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3 simple ways to go on a Facebook diet — starting today

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:54:00 GMT

According to research, the average time spent on Facebook is 55 minutes. How much time are you spending?

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7 steps for getting through a panic attack

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:49:00 GMT

A blueprint for managing a panic attack as it's happening.If you're experiencing a full-blown panic attack, consciously make an effort to breathe slowly and deeply.

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Baby died from marijuana overdose, doctors claim

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:55:56 GMT

Two poison control doctors from Colorado claim that a patient they treated, an 11-month-old baby boy, died from an overdose of marijuana.Leaves of a mature marijuana plant are seen in a display at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California.

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Scan showed CTE in NFL player while still alive

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:13:06 GMT

A brain scan showed CTE in ex-NFL player Fred McNeill before he diedSecond-year linebacker Fred McNeill is shown speaking at the Vikings training camp in Mankato, Minnesota on Aug. 19, 1975.Second-year linebacker Fred McNeill is shown speaking at the Vikings training camp in Mankato, Minnesota on Aug. 19, 1975.PET scans of NFL linebacker Fred McNeill's brain, showing signs of damage from chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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Millions of kids at risk of losing health insurance

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:23:00 GMT

The deadline for renewing CHIP, the federal health insurance program for low-income children, passed while legislators were busy squabbling over Obamacare.Roland Williams, 11, makes Christmas ornaments with his mother, Myra Gregory, at their home in St. Louis on Nov. 16, 2017. The two made similar ornaments last year when Roland was in the hospital.Roland Williams, 11, makes Christmas ornaments with his mother, Myra Gregory, at their home in St. Louis.A snapshot of the federal Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP).Roland is covered under the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a federal health insurance program that provides inexpensive coverage to nearly 9 million children in low-income families.

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What a bartender wants you to know about work stress

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:35:00 GMT

Think you're stressed out on the job? Try being behind a bar.Bartending is one of the twenty-two professions that made the U.S. News & World Reports' list of most stressful jobs.

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North Korea soldier's 10-inch parasite hints at desperate diet

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:45:00 GMT

Huge parasites and corn kernels in the stomach of a North Korean defector confirm fears about the country's desperate food and hygiene situation.South Korean doctor Lee Cook-Jong speaks about the condition of the defecting soldier.South Korean doctor Lee Cook-Jong speaks about the condition of the defecting soldier.

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Are you switching up your workouts too much?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:33:01 GMT

If you want to make headway towards a fitness goal, consistency is key.While taking different classes every week can increase the enjoyment factor of exercise, it's not always the most efficient way to get results.If your workout schedule consists of just one yoga class week, your unlikely to master that crow pose.

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How the 80/20 rule helped this woman lose weight

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:51:00 GMT

Try this mental shift to eat better and lose weight.Meal prepping is an important way to ensure you always have healthy options available, and will prevent you from making excuses when hungry.Talia Koren lost 10 pounds by changing up how she eats.

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Medicare leaves seniors behind, study finds

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:38:00 GMT

Medicare may be the best the U.S. has to offer, but it still falls behind health systems in other countries, a Commonwealth Fund survey finds.June MitchellJune Mitchell, 79, says Medicare can be confusing

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What makes a good apology? These four things.

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:05:00 GMT

First rule: The apology isn't about you.A good apology isn't a statement from one person to another; it's a dialogue between both parties.

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FDA Cracks Down on Kratom, Angering Fans

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:49:11 GMT

Kratom can kill you and doesn't belong on the market, the FDA says.

3 snacking myths that are hurting your health

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:56:00 GMT

Snacking is often seen as a diet sin, but the habit can actually support your health goals.Snacking has the reputation of being a late-night vice — but it's actually an important part of a healthy diet.

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African-Americans face more pollution-related health hazards, report

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:57:00 GMT

African-Americans face a disproportionate risk of pollution-related health problems caused by the location of oil and gas refineries, according to a new study.An oil refinery blow off stack is shown, September 16, 2008 in Texas City, Texas.Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, attends a demonstration on the East Front of the Capitol after the House Democrats' sit-in ended on the floor, June 23, 2016.

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