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How to Cope with the Effects of Arthritis on Your Mental Health

If you’re living with arthritis, you probably already know that there’s so much more to this disease than inflammation and stiff, painful joints. Arthritis can take a toll on your mental health, as well. You may feel like this condition has stolen some of the physical activities you once enjoyed. Some people with arthritis even [...]

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Among kids and teens age 10 to 17, type 2 diabetes rose 35% between 2001 and 2009

Are Parents Driving the Childhood Obesity Epidemic?

How many obese kids are in the average middle school or high school school classroom in the US? Between 1976 and 1980, that number would have been about 1 in 20. Today, nearly 1 in 5 adolescents and teens are obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Childhood obesity is an [...]

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Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Weight Gain During Pregnancy: How Much Is Healthy?

For some women, pregnancy and pig out are synonyms. But when it comes to weight gain during pregnancy, aim for the Goldilocks rule: not too much, not too little. Gaining too much weight or not gaining enough could have health risks for you and your baby. Here’s what you should know about weight gain during [...]

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5 Keys to a Healthy Heart | St. Mark's Hospital

5 Keys to a Healthy Heart

Do you know which organ is the body’s strongest? How about which muscle does the most work over the course of a lifetime? If you guessed the heart, you are correct. Tipping the scale at a mere 11 ounces (on average), this little muscle has got some serious work cut out for itself. Typically, a [...]

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How Has the Standard American Diet Changed? | St. Mark's Hospital

How Has the Standard American Diet Changed Over Time?

You’re probably already aware that obesity is on the rise, and with it comes an increase in other diet-related health issues—like diabetes and heart disease. But do you know why this is happening? A lot of it has to do with changes in the Standard American Diet (SAD), according to a December 2010 article in [...]

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