July 18, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Heat stroke: A doctor offers tips to stay safe as temperatures soar

Staying hydrated is key to avoiding heat stroke and other heat-related health problems. FocusStocker/Shutterstock.com I easily remember laughing at Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Road Runner while watching Saturday morning cartoons as a child. I can still see the Coyote walking slowly through the sweltering desert, sun high

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July 18, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Home birth may start babies off with health-promoting microbes

What are the differences between planned assisted childbirth with midwife at home versus delivery with obstetrician at a hospital? M-SUR/Shutterstock.com For all of human history, babies have been born where their mothers lived – whether in a house, hut or cave. Only in the last century has birth moved out

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July 12, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Trump’s order for more action on kidney disease may shrink organ transplant waitlists

Every year, thousands of Americans with kidney failure who could benefit from life-saving transplants can’t get the organs they need. A record number of people are dying while waiting for an organ to become available that might have saved their lives. An executive order President Donald Trump signed on July

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July 10, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Selecting groceries ahead of time helps some shoppers make healthier choices

Yeah, right Shutterstock.com/Davizro Photography I often toss items into my grocery cart that I have vowed to never buy again. Maybe I cave into my 3-year-old’s demands for sugary cereal and cookies. Or perhaps I fail to resist my own urge to snack on chocolate-covered raisins. I’m not alone. Most

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July 09, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Physician burnout: Why legal and regulatory systems may need to step in

Physician burnout can have an impact on both the doctors and their patients. Jamesboy Nuchaikong/shutterstock.com A career as a physician has traditionally been considered to be among the best vocations that talented students can pursue. That may no longer be the case. All too many doctors report that they are

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July 08, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Counterfeit alcohol, sometimes containing jet fuel or embalming fluid, is a growing concern for tourists abroad

Health experts advise that people drink unadulterated alcohol only in moderation, or not at all. Counterfeit alcohol, they warn, is especially dangerous. Olga Sapegina/shutterstock.com The news about the tragic deaths of several American tourists in the Dominican Republic in May 2019 has created an outcry and a media frenzy. As

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