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Can Chocolate Prevent Heart Attacks and Stroke?

Posted 06-25-2014 at 04:27 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
Updated 06-26-2014 at 04:41 PM by ChristaIB

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If you were to ask your friends and family what their favorite desserts are, most likely you would hear a list of treats that contain “chocolate." From candy bars to cake, people enjoy eating chocolate. And researchers say that's not all: It may prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Dark chocolate has been a recent topic of study in the medical industry, as it may support cardiovascular health and ward off strokes. With an increased number of people suffering from...
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5 Tips to Improve Men's Health

Posted 06-09-2014 at 06:00 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
Updated 06-09-2014 at 06:34 PM by ChristaIB

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On average, men in the U.S. are more affected than women by common diseases like heart disease, cancer and strokes. In fact, of the 15 leading causes of death, men far outpace women. The exception is Alzheimer’s disease, because many men don’t live long enough to either develop the disease, or for the disease to reach the terminal stage.

Why do men have comparatively shorter lifespans than women? One possibility is the genetic differences between the sexes. Testosterone,...
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4 Indoor Pollutants You Should Watch Out For

Posted 04-28-2014 at 06:03 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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We are all aware that when we step outside of our front doors we expose ourselves to a variety of air pollutants, including ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and lead. These pollutants may come from car exhaust, factories, power plants or other man-made sources. As they sweep through the air and enter our throat, nose and mouth, a variety of health conditions can arise--some immediate, others developed over the long-run like...
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Are Electronics Making You Fat?

Posted 03-31-2014 at 07:06 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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As we become more engrossed in technology, our waistlines expand? It is true that the nation is facing an obesity epidemic—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of the American population is overweight—but are electronics to blame?

The Skinny on Electronics

Studies, including one conducted by Yale University, found that those who watched an excessive amount of television were more likely to consume fatty foods, regardless...
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Red Cross Month: Do You Know First Aid?

Posted 03-03-2014 at 05:39 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
Updated 03-04-2014 at 03:30 PM by ChristaIB

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March is American Red Cross Month. With the nonprofit celebrating over 130 years of saving lives, there’s no better time to ask yourself this very important question: Do you know first aid?

First aid is one of the most important skills that you will ever learn. When someone is sick or injured, professional medical help is not always available right away. Even after you dial 911, you may have to wait 10 minutes or more before the ambulance arrives.

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