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Overcoming Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) - A Hope-Inspiring Story of Courage & Determination

Contributed By Jackie Barber EDITOR’S NOTE: Our dear friend Jackie Barber tells the moving story of how she is overcoming the dreaded Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) that one year ago left her completely paralyzed from neck to toe. This . . . → Read More: Overcoming Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) – A Hope-Inspiring Story of Courage & Determination

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Study Discovers Hormone Produced by Exercise that Helps Burn Fat and Prevent Diabetes

A new Harvard Health Letter reports that a recent study by scientists at Harvard Medical School has discovered a previously unknown natural hormone in muscle cells that is produced by exercise. The new hormone, which the scientists called “Irisin,” . . . → Read More: Study Discovers Hormone Produced by Exercise that Helps Burn Fat and Prevent Diabetes

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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law - Individual Mandate Upheld as a Tax; Medicaid Expansion Made Voluntary to States

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued its much awaited decision on President Obama’s signature health care law (the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act or “Affordable Care Act”). In its majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law – Individual Mandate Upheld as a Tax; Medicaid Expansion Made Voluntary to States

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What is the Greatest Health Risk?

Which of the following presents the greatest risk to your health? Pesticides on apple skin, drinking hot beverages from a styrofoam cup, microwaves from a cell phone, or sitting 6 hours a day? View this video from ABC News, . . . → Read More: What is the Greatest Health Risk?

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Compound in Apples May Help Build Muscles & Fight Obesity and Diabetes, New Study Suggests

A new study conducted on mice by researchers at the University of Iowa, found that ursolic acid, a compound found in apple peels, may help build muscle and fight obesity, glucose intolerance (characteristic of diabetes), and fatty liver disease. . . . → Read More: Compound in Apples May Help Build Muscles & Fight Obesity and Diabetes, New Study Suggests

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HHS Announces $128.6 Million of New Grants to Expand Community Health Centers Under Affordable Care Act -- Will Serve 1.2 Million More Patients & Create Over 5,000 Jobs

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday that it has awarded $128.6 million of new grants to expand Community Health Centers in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. . . . → Read More: HHS Announces $128.6 Million of New Grants to Expand Community Health Centers Under Affordable Care Act — Will Serve 1.2 Million More Patients & Create Over 5,000 Jobs

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2012 Future of Medicine Summit to Focus on Mental Health, Heart Disease and Diabetes

The Palm Beach County Medical Society announced that it will hold its sixth annual Future of Medicine Summit on September 27-28, 2012. A number of notable national and regional health care experts will speak at the Summit, which will . . . → Read More: 2012 Future of Medicine Summit to Focus on Mental Health, Heart Disease and Diabetes

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Consumers to Receive $1.1 Billion of Premium Rebates from Health Insurers under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday that due to the Affordable Care Act (which some call “Obamacare”), 12.8 million Americans will receive rebates from insurance companies this Summer, totaling $1.1 Billion. The insurance companies . . . → Read More: Consumers to Receive $1.1 Billion of Premium Rebates from Health Insurers under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

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Govt News Bulletin Gives Preparation & Safety Tips for Summer Weather Emergencies

The U.S. Government today circulated a news bulletin from its official website, USA.gov, advising of a number of new or expanded resources on how to prepare for and stay safe in a Summer weather emergency. Today is the first . . . → Read More: Govt News Bulletin Gives Preparation & Safety Tips for Summer Weather Emergencies

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Harvard Guide to Women's Health Fifty and Forward Focuses on Prevention

The Harvard Medical School Special Health Report, A Guide to Women’s Health: Fifty and Forward, presents a basic overview of the changes in major health risks that women face as they age, and focuses particularly on lifestyle changes that . . . → Read More: Harvard Guide to Women’s Health Fifty and Forward Focuses on Prevention

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Vitamin D & Calcium Supplements

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation on June 12, 2012, in which, based on its review of the scientific literature, it declined to recommend Vitamin D and Calcium supplements for prevention of cancer or bone . . . → Read More: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Vitamin D & Calcium Supplements

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Health Affairs Conference Focused on the Care Span for Elderly & Disabled

At a June 5 conference sponsored by the journal Health Affairs, in Washington D.C., experts in care for the elderly and disabled presented findings on how better coordination of care across the “Care Span” for the elderly and disabled . . . → Read More: Health Affairs Conference Focused on the Care Span for Elderly & Disabled

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Natl Parkinson Foundation Invites Father's Day Donations In Memory or Honor of Your Father

The National Parkinson Foundation invites the public to “Honor the Important Fathers in Your Life” by making a Father’s Day donation to help fund Parkinson’s research, care, and community outreach. After making a Father’s Day donation online at the . . . → Read More: Natl Parkinson Foundation Invites Father’s Day Donations In Memory or Honor of Your Father

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Watch Free Live Webcasts from the Young Onset Parkinson's Conference

The National Parkinson Foundation invites the public to Watch Free Live Webcasts from the Young Onset Parkinson’s Conference on June 16, 2012, starting at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time). For more information, see the . . . → Read More: Watch Free Live Webcasts from the Young Onset Parkinson’s Conference

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New Studies Focus on Preventing Muscle Loss, as Key to Healthy Aging

The National Institutes of Health last week awarded a $5.2 million grant to the University of Florida’s Institute on Aging, for continued studies of what causes age-related muscle loss (Sarcopenia) and how to prevent it. According to a recent . . . → Read More: New Studies Focus on Preventing Muscle Loss, as Key to Healthy Aging

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Insufficient Sleep Increases Stroke Risk, New Study Finds

A large new study presented on Monday at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston has found that healthy people age 45 and older who routinely get less than six hours of sleep per night . . . → Read More: Insufficient Sleep Increases Stroke Risk, New Study Finds

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Eating More Fruits & Vegetables May Help Quit Smoking, New Study Finds

A new study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research has found that if you’re trying to quit smoking, eating more fruits and vegetables may help you quit and stay tobacco-free for longer. The study, by researchers from . . . → Read More: Eating More Fruits & Vegetables May Help Quit Smoking, New Study Finds

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Craving for Unhealthy Foods Increases with Loss of Sleep, New Study Finds

New research by scientists at Columbia University has found that the sight of unhealthy junk foods activated reward centers (which trigger craving) in the brains of study volunteers who were sleep-deprived, but the same images did not activate reward . . . → Read More: Craving for Unhealthy Foods Increases with Loss of Sleep, New Study Finds

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World's Oldest Ballerina/Guiness World Record

Charin Yuthasastrkosol began ballet at age 47. She is now over 80 and in the Guiness Book World Record for Oldest Ballerina. Watch . . . → Read More: World’s Oldest Ballerina/Guiness World Record

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Men's Health Week and Men's Health Month Focus on Prevention & Wellness

“On average, men are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than women,” but “more than half of premature deaths among men are preventable,” according to a book, Blueprint for Men’s Health: A Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle, . . . → Read More: Men’s Health Week and Men’s Health Month Focus on Prevention & Wellness

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Some Thought For Food: Healthy Restaurant Salads

Some healthy food choice tips when eating out. Watch Consumer Reports check out salads from popular restaurants. »

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A Diet to Extend Life

Former President Bill Clinton, on the David Letterman Show, credits his vegan diet for saving and extending his life. Watch »

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National Safety Month Focuses on Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls among Older Adults

June has been designated “National Safety Month,” an annual observance sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), a non-profit organization, “to increase awareness of the top causes of preventable injuries and deaths and to encourage safe behaviors.” Each week . . . → Read More: National Safety Month Focuses on Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls among Older Adults

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Parkinson's Wellness Symposium, Webcast and Young Onset Parkinson's Conference - June 15-16

The National Parkinson’s Foundation has announced that it will sponsor a national Wellness Symposium and Young Onset Parkinson’s Conference, on June 15-16, 2012 in Orange County, California, along with a free online webcast of the events. “These two events . . . → Read More: Parkinson’s Wellness Symposium, Webcast and Young Onset Parkinson’s Conference – June 15-16

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Resources on Cataracts Presented for Cataract Awareness Month - June 1-30

June has been designated as Cataract Awareness Month by Preventing Blindness America (PBA), a non-profit organization. As part of Cataract Awareness Month, each June, PBA and other organizations present information and resources to educate the public on the risk . . . → Read More: Resources on Cataracts Presented for Cataract Awareness Month – June 1-30

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