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5 ways to prevent falls at home: An orthopedic surgeon’s advice to his own mom

This year, approximately a third of elderly Americans will experience a fall at home. Most of you will read this and ask, “Am I considered elderly?” or think “It’s a good thing I’m not elderly!” My mother, who is strong in her reign as octogenarian matriarch, has a litmus test for determining whether someone has …

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Beating cancer before 30: My shocking 17-pound tumor discovery

“You have cancer.” It’s a phrase we hope to never hear in our lifetime. If we do, we assume we’ll hear it when we’re middle aged or older, right? I was only 29. Nine months before my diagnosis, I began noticing I was putting on some weight, specifically in my abdomen. I credited those extra …

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Afraid to eat white foods? Not so fast

When it comes to healthy foods, you hear this all the time: eat the rainbow, avoid white foods. There’s even a “No White Foods Diet.” Sure, eating rainbow foods is a healthy habit, as the color in fruits, vegetables and legumes typically means they are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. But contrary to what …

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A simple lung cancer screening could save your life. Here’s how.

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death—more than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. Fortunately, there is a screening test available for people at the highest risk of developing lung cancer.  Let’s dive into what causes lung cancer in the first place and how to know …

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Are you at risk for stroke? And what you can do to lower your odds

Although stroke is known as the “silent killer,” there are some things you can do to reduce your risk and even prevent strokes before they happen. Thomas Madaelil, MD, a neurointerventional surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano, tells us how. Ischemic strokes (aka the most common type) …

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COVID-19 vaccine for children? What every parent needs to know

Please note: Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 vaccine situation, information may change frequently—please refer to the CDC for the most up-to-date vaccine information. The COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine is now authorized by the FDA under emergency use authorization and recommended by the CDC as safe and effective for children ages 5-11. This is …

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Why you’ve been feeling so “blah” lately

Most of us recall where we were when we heard the news: local governments across the country issue mandatory stay-at-home orders due to the emerging coronavirus pandemic. “Two weeks,” we were told. Two weeks of staying at home, social distancing and quarantining until things get back to normal. The problem is, the pandemic carried on …

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How exercise can improve your blood pressure

If you have it, this article concerns your least favorite subject. The ever-looming elephant in many of our rooms—high blood pressure. The medical condition known as high blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension, is simply when the long-term force of blood against one’s artery walls is consistently too high. Commonly referred to as the silent killer, …

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How to tell people about your cancer diagnosis

Telling those closest to you that you have been diagnosed with cancer is a hard conversation to start, especially when you’re still reeling from the diagnosis. Sometimes it’s tough to know what to do or say in that situation to ensure that you’re sharing the facts while being open and honest with your feelings. Here …

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Yes, you can lower your chances of osteoporosis (Here’s how)

One of the questions I hear most often is, “how can I prevent osteoporosis?” It’s a great question, because it shows that people want to sidestep—instead of just treat—this common problem. The good news is there are ways to do exactly that. Understand what osteoporosis is The first step is to know how this condition …

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