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Trim the Fat, Become a Smart Snacker
Jan 12, 2018

Americans are snackers. We consume more snacks than any other country in the world—nearly $30 billion worth of chips, pretzels, nuts, crackers and popcorn every year. And that doesn’t even include cookies and candy! We’re bombarded with ads for crunchy this and gooey that. Colorful displays in grocery stores, zip-in-and-zip-out convenience stores, and fast-food chains […]

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Getting to the Bottom of Constipation
Jan 5, 2018

Constipation is a pain in the you-know-what, but nearly everyone has experienced trouble going at some point. Most of the time constipation goes away on its own. “Making a few lifestyle changes can help,” says Anna Toker, MD, a board-certified colorectal surgeon. “Simply drinking more fluids (especially water), eating more fiber, and working exercise into […]

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The Power of Resilience During Breast Cancer
Dec 27, 2017

Sheila Carwile thought graduating from Navy boot camp was the biggest physical accomplishment of her life. “I was amazed how my body could be pushed to do things I never thought were humanely possible. Run further than I ever thought was possible. Do more sit-ups and pushups than I ever thought was possible. It was […]

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As Wonderful as They Are, Antibiotics Aren’t a Cure-All
Dec 8, 2017

You’ve got a sore throat, fever, a nasty cough and awful congestion. In other words, you feel miserable. So, you go to your doctor thinking you know just what you need—a tried-and-true prescription for antibiotics to get you back to your old self fast. While antibiotics may seem like the cure for what ails you, […]

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Food for Thought. Feed Your Head to Reduce Your Risk for Dementia
Dec 7, 2017

The word “diet” can trigger lots of emotions, a sense of dread, even angst. Too often we think of “diet” as a killjoy that not only restricts what we eat, but takes away our ability to enjoy what we eat. Wouldn’t it be better to think of food as empowering? In many ways, maybe it […]

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Worried About Memory Loss? Dementia? Alzheimer’s Disease?
Nov 29, 2017

It happens to everybody. You can’t remember where you put your car keys. You run into an old friend, but can’t remember their name. You go to your closet, but don’t know why? You wonder, “Did I take my medication today?” None of the incidents may seem like a big deal—in fact, you probably brushed […]

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New High-Risk Breast Clinic Helps Protect Women
Nov 19, 2017

USMD Health System is providing women with a powerful new ally in the fight against breast cancer—the High-Risk Breast Clinic. Women who have a greater risk for breast cancer due to a family history, genetic mutation, atypical hyperplasia or other breast conditions are placed in a special category for close monitoring. “By keeping a close […]

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Preventing Lymphedema Following Breast Cancer Surgery
Nov 15, 2017

Thanks to major strides in awareness and early detection, breast cancer surgery has come a long way. For many women with early stage breast cancer, a lumpectomy—a procedure that only removes the suspicious tumor and a small portion of breast tissue surrounding the lump—is now the standard of care rather than a more invasive mastectomy. […]

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Flu Viruses are Lurking. Fight ‘Em Off with the Flu Vaccine.
Nov 7, 2017

October kicked off the beginning of flu season. But before it had even started, Stephanie Hiraki, DO, an internal medicine physician with the USMD Fort Worth Southwest Clinic, had already seen one of her patients hospitalized for the flu in September. “She’s a young woman and suffers from an autoimmune disease,” Dr. Hiraki explains. “She […]

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Want to be active and independent throughout your senior years? Keep up with these health checks
Nov 3, 2017

Be good to yourself. It may seem like simple advice, but it isn’t always easy to do. With life moving at warp speed and so many demands on our time, caring for ourselves often gets put on the back burner. If you want to live a long, healthy life making time to care for your […]

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