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Stress Savvy Steps to Help You Chill
Mar 28, 2018

 You were in a minor fender bender on the way to work. You’ve gained five more pounds instead of dropping the five you gained during the holidays. The presentation you’re supposed to give next week got moved up—to tomorrow. Yep, stress is part of our daily lives. It not only makes us feel bad, it […]

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Protect Yourself During This Nasty Flu Season
Mar 9, 2018

So far, the 2017-2018 flu season has been a nasty one. Like much of the country, Texas has been hard hit. At last count, 4,159 adults and six children have died of complication due to flu-related complications (including pneumonia) in the Lone Star State. In Dallas-Fort Worth alone, 110 deaths have been reported. “And the […]

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Is Mountain Cedar Making You Miserable?
Mar 6, 2018

Spring is still weeks away, but grass and pollen are already floating through the air and making plenty of people miserable—including Nana Mireku, MD, with the USMD Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Clinic in Las Colinas. “I’ve suffered from severe allergies since I was five years old,” she admits. “That’s why I have a passion for […]

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Why Fiber Might Just Be the Cure to What Ails You
Mar 2, 2018

Dr. Anna Toker with the USMD Arlington South Colon Rectal Clinic remembers her first day of medical school.  “The chief of surgery opened our very first lecture with one sentence. ‘Hippocrates once said no manner of brains is worth a good set of bowels,’ he said and then he walked out of the classroom leaving […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Gut: Bacteria Plays a Big Role in Good Health
Feb 22, 2018

You use anti-bacterial soap and creams. You may have anti-bacterial surfaces in your kitchen. And chances are you’ve taken antibiotics at one time or another to battle a bacterial infection. They all minimize contact with disease-causing bacteria. “Better hygiene and modern medicine have definitely increased our life-expectancy and minimized unnecessary deaths due to severe infection,” […]

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New Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean More Americans Have High Blood Pressure
Feb 9, 2018

If you struggle to keep your blood pressure under control, you’re not alone. Millions of American adults do. After smoking, high blood pressure (also called hypertension) is the second leading cause of preventable heart disease and stroke. “There’s a good reason it’s called the silent killer,” says Joby James, MD, a board certified internal medicine […]

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Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Whooping Cough
Feb 1, 2018

Tdap Vaccine Provides Protection Coughing is a common part of cold and flu season. Most of the time coughs clear up on their own and certainly aren’t life-threatening. But pertussis (commonly known as “whooping cough”) is another story. It can be hard to diagnose at first because it has the same symptoms as the common […]

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Even Busy People Have Time for These Healthy Changes
Jan 24, 2018

For many of us, it’s one of our favorite mantras: I’m busy, I don’t have time to go to the gym today. I’m busy, I’ll just go through the drive-thru and grab a quick bite. I’m busy, I need more caffeine to keep going. Is the “B” word getting in the way of you being […]

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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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