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On Your Health 2019

  • If you take prescription medications, you need to be careful about what you eat, because some foods can affect the way medications work.

    Some food and prescription medications don’t mix

    People who are dieting or have sensitivities to certain foods will often comment that they are being “careful” about what they eat. But, if you take prescription medications, you also need to be careful because some foods can affect the way medications work.

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  • Shoulder pain is a common springtime complaint, particularly among those who golf or play tennis, baseball or softball.

    Shoulder pain is common as warm weather outdoor activities start

    It was only a few weeks ago that plummeting temperatures made it seem that spring would never arrive. But, if now warmer days have you dusting off your bats, rackets or clubs in anticipation of outdoor exercise, a bit of caution will help keep your warm weather months injury free.

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  • Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem, but they can pack a punch with their stinger.

    As the weather warms up, be prepared for outdoor hazards

    Ah, spring! After the long winter months is there anything as inviting as the blooms and buds bursting forth in the outdoors? In springtime, there are so many wonderful things waiting in the natural world. But there are others, too. And some of them can bite, sting and itch. 

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  • “Depression during pregnancy or in the year following childbirth is a significant health issue that affects as many as one out of every seven pregnant women in America,” said Dr. Michael Ricardo of Rowan Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    Perinatal depression is a medical condition with potentially dire consequences

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released new guidelines that encourage health care providers to recommend counseling to pregnant or postpartum women who are at increased risk of depression.

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  • You may be tempted to overlook occasional dizzy spells, but letting your doctor know about them could uncover an easily treated health issue or help protect you from a serious injury.

    Feeling dizzy? Talk to your doctor

    You may be tempted to overlook occasional dizzy spells, but letting your doctor know about them could uncover an easily treated health issue or help protect you from a serious injury. Your physician will probably first check your blood pressure as a potential cause.

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  • When injured or stressed, the muscles of the lower back can pull the pelvis, tailbone or the vertebrae of the spine out of place, causing pain.

    Don’t let winter become a pain in the back

    So far, winter has been relatively mild, but it is only a matter of time until a storm dumps several inches of snow between your front door and the rest of the world. Unless staying in bed until everything melts is an option, you’re going to have to do battle with the wonderful white stuff nature has dropped on your world.

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  • The annual flu season is upon us and New Jersey is experiencing high levels of influenza activity.

    New Jersey has high flu levels, so be prepared if you get sick

    The annual flu season is upon us and New Jersey is experiencing high levels of influenza activity. According to preliminary CDC statistics, by December 1, 2018, nearly 1.2 million Americans had already contracted the flu.

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  • Here are some resolutions that will help you on your personal path to successful aging.

    10 New Year’s resolutions for successful aging in 2019

    Growing older doesn’t have to mean becoming less healthy. You can continue to have a vibrant, independent life as long as you commit to successful aging by doing the things that add life to your years and years to your life.

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