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10 Health Lessons Men Can Learn From Women

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Catch More ZZZsWomen usually get more sleep than men. Many log at least 8 hours of shut-eye on weeknights. Both genders need between 7 and 9 hours a night. To help you nod off, make sure your room is dark and cool, and leave devices like phones, tablets, and TVs in another part of the house. Keep Up With Your BuddiesLooking for a reason to get a group of guys together for poker night? How about this? It could add years to your life. Women tend to have more friends. Having a group of pals you can have fun with and trust can be quite healthy. Kick the HabitAbout 20 out of every 100 adult men smoke, while only 15 of 100 adult women light up. Whether you go through a couple of packs a day or only smoke every once in a while, it’s time to talk to your doctor about how to stop. Back Away From the BarLadies know when to say no better than guys do. They’re only half as likely to abuse alcohol as men. That’s not the only bad news -- dudes are also more likely to binge and to stay drunk longer. Pla…

These Habits Could Be Wrecking Your Health

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‘Crack’ Your KnucklesIt doesn’t just annoy your friends and co-workers -- it may not be very good for you, either. A substance called synovial fluid keeps your joints moving easily. The sound your knuckles make when they “crack” comes when you pop tiny bubbles in that fluid. If you do it all the time, you’re more likely to have swollen hands and a weaker grip over time. It doesn’t seem to raise your chances of arthritis, though. Bite Your NailsThis can damage your teeth as well as the skin around your nail bed, which can lead to infection. You also may get more colds and other illnesses when you put your fingers, which often carry germs, into your mouth. It can help to keep your nails neatly trimmed or manicured. If stress could be the reason for your habit, you might try things like exercise to manage it. Talk to your doctor if you want help stopping. Cheat Yourself on SleepIf you don’t get enough sleep, you’re not just turning yourself into a daytime zombie -- you also could be more l…

16 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Joints

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Carry Extra WeightYour joints, which link your bones together, are sensitive to heavy loads. Every pound on your frame puts 4 pounds of stress on your knees. It also strains your back, hips, and feet. That causes wear and tear that can lead to damage, aches, and pain. Being overweight also triggers inflammation. That can make all your joints, including in your hands, stiff, painful, and swollen. Text Too Much‘Texting thumb’ is a real thing. Your tendons can get irritated and lock your thumb in a curled position. All that looking down at your phone is just as bad for your neck and shoulders, too. Every inch your head drops forward raises the load on your muscles. If you bend your neck so far that your chin touches your chest, it’s as if your neck has to support the weight of 5 heads instead of just one. Steep Price of High HeelsThey might look fab, but the higher they rise, the more your weight tips forward. Your thigh muscles have to work harder to keep your knee straight, which can cau…

Inspirational Quote – December 31, 2017

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“Our greatest battles are those with our own minds.”

Okay, I confess, I cannot make a decision! Being asked to decide between two, or several options, puts me in total panic and I usually seek the opinion of those nearest to me. There is so much goes on in our minds every day, not only while we are awake but also while we sleep. Continual battles rage in our heads daily. Having to make decisions, both minor and major, absorbing information, understanding it, dissecting it, and perhaps filing it away for future reference. This is the “hub” where everything is processed so there are bound to be times when our mind is a battleground, at odds with itself. However, we also possess the ability to bring the battle to an end to our own satisfaction if and when we choose, so all is not lost, is it?

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Confronting Death with Pets, Music and Good Hair

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What can you do for someone who has less than three months to live? Those who volunteer with Dover Park Hospice (DPH) come face to face with this question on a regular basis. Sounds grim, but it's not. The volunteers provide music, massage services, food and playdates with pets for the patients to enjoy, spreading happiness with a smile, a song, a touch. It doesn't take much, and yet it means a lot to the patients.
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Sudden Symptoms to Watch for After 50

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One Minute You’re Fine …When you’re past 50, some ailments can announce themselves suddenly and painfully. And aches and ouches you might not worry much about when you’re younger could be a sign of bigger problems in middle age. Heart AttackThis is the big one: 735,000 people have one every year. A 50-year-old man has a 1 in 2 chance of getting heart disease at some point. The most common signs are chest pain, shortness of breath, and pain in your back, shoulders, or neck. You might also feel sweaty, dizzy, or like you’re going to throw up. Your risk is lower if you’re at a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and get regular exercise. StrokeThis is when blood doesn’t get to parts of your brain like it should, and those brain cells start to die. Get help right away if you have sudden weakness or numbness in your face, arms, or legs, you lose your bearings or get confused, and have trouble speaking. You can lower your odds if you keep your blood pressure in check, eat a low-cholesterol diet, man…