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Does choking, coughing or snoring keep you or your spouse up at night? It could be sleep apnea

You’ve just drifted off to sleep and suddenly, you’re awakened by your spouse’s loud gasping. They settle right back into slumber, but you’re left awake, listening to them snore. Your sleep partner’s nighttime habits are not only annoying—they could also be dangerous if they are suffering from sleep apnea. What are the risks of sleep …

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The truth about artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners, also called non-nutritive sweeteners or sugar substitutes, have been a controversial topic for decades. Do they cause cancer? Will they make me gain weight? Can they raise my blood sugar? To help alleviate the confusion, here are answers to common questions about artificial sweeteners. But first, let’s review some of the basics. What …

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How to decode food labels to boost your nutrition

The updated Nutrition Facts label reflects the latest nutrition research scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases, such as obesity and heart disease. But what do we do with these facts? Interpreting the label, which tells you what’s in the food and drinks you consume, can help you make healthier food choices. …

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Preventing suicidal depression: How to get help for thoughts of self-harm

Depression is considered the most common mental health disorder. It’s important to understand that when people experience depression, it’s more than just feeling sad or having a bad day. Suicide, the most serious consequence of depression, is a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2020, nearly 46,000 people died by suicide—roughly one …

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Sugar and your health: The truth is not so sweet

A little sugar never hurt anyone, right? Research suggests otherwise, as added sugar in the American diet accumulates at an alarming rate. Growing scientific evidence shows added sugar is linked to chronic diseases and obesity, notes SugarScience, an authoritative source for scientific evidence on sugar and its impact on health, developed by health scientists from …

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4 myths about lifting weights for women

There are loads of misconceptions that make women wary about lifting weights. But whether you call it weight training, resistance training or strength training, the facts are the same: working out with weights can help you get leaner, stronger and maintain bone density as you age—and there’s more. Recent studies, highlighted by 2019 research published …

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Choosing the best sleep position for you: Back, stomach or side?

Do you wake up with a backache? Do others complain that you snore? Does heartburn give you fits at night? You might try simply changing the way you sleep. “It is best to sleep in a position that maintains normal curves of the back,” said Kimberly English, MSN, RN, FNP, a nurse practitioner at Baylor …

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