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Monitoring Your Heart Rhythm With A Smartphone: A Good Call?

A typical ECG uses 12 electrodes placed on the chest, arms, and legs to record the heart's electrical activity. But a simpler version, known as a single-lead ECG (like that used in the Kardia system), is sufficient to detect an irregular pulse, which raises the suspicion of afib. You can share the...

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FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel

I have found that sticking fairly close to the allowed foods on the FODMAP diet for IBS sufferers has made a dramatic change in my health. I always thought IBS was cramps and diarrhea but reading an article here on SP made me realize that I have suffered from IBS my entire life (and I am now 68!) My...

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Know the Signs of B12 Deficiency and Top B12 Benefits

Know the Signs of B12 Deficiency and Top B12 Benefits


Pregnant women were recently given new information in regard to optimizing their child's health: Make sure you're getting enough vitamin B12.

A recent study revealed that babies whose moms had a B12 deficiency during pregnancy m...

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Monitoring Your Heart Rhythm With A Smartphone: A Good Call?

An app that detects an irregular heart rhythm could be reassuring for people worried about afib.

Just over two years ago, the FDA approved the AliveCor Heart Monitor, which consists of a smartphone app plus a phone case with special sensors on the back. Touching the sensors with your fingers...

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Doctor's Visits: Why Checkups Are Vital

Doctor's Visits: Why Checkups Are Vital

Remember that old saying about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure? It more than applies to the regular doctor's visit.



When you were little, your parents probably made sure you had an annual checkup with your doctor. But a...

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Heart Disease and Brain Health: Looking At The Links

Heart and Brain

More subtle injuries are caused by tiny blockages in the small vessels deep within the brain. These silent strokes are 10 to 20 times more common than overt strokes. The microscopic damage they leave behind also raises the risk that dementia will emerge at a later date.
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Heart Disease and Brain Health: Looking At The Links

Poor blood flow in the brain can chip away at thinking skills. Keeping your blood vessels healthy can help protect both your heart and your brain.

Just like in the rest of your body, advancing years can take a toll on your brain function. Much of this slowing down is predictable and can be ...

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Pancreatitis Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

Pancreatitis Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

What is the pancreas, and what is its purpose in our body? Most people are familiar with the name, but may not be familiar about what this organ does. Essentially, your pancreas plays an important role in your digestive system by producing enzymes ...

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6 Ways to Boost Women's Health

6 Ways to Boost Women's Health

Women's health concerns are a little different from those of men. If you're a woman, these tips will soon have you feeling fit and energetic.

To look and feel your best at every age, itís important to make smart lifestyle and health choices. Here are six ...

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Is Risk For Depression Heredity & Brain Training for Paralyzed People

Participants with both a parent and a grandparent who developed major depression faced three times the normal risk for the illness, according to a report published online August 10, 2016 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The findings suggest that people with a family history of depression should be a...

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