Time to Check Up on Your Checkups

By Jonathan Burnett, MD
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During the first 2-3 years of your child’s life, you become very familiar with her doctor’s office. You stop in every few months to see how your child is growing, developing and learning and to make sure she’s caught up on her vaccines to help protect against many nasty diseases. But as she grows, are you keeping up with the well-child check-ups?

Do you know the warning signs of early-onset Alzheimer's disease? Plus, three simple ways to improve your cognitive ability

By Brady White
Alzheimers

Alzheimer’s disease involves changes in the brain that cause neurons to die. Early symptoms include short-term memory loss and difficulty with language, but it can eventually lead to complete loss of bodily function and death.

For patients over the age of 65, the decline typically is relatively slow — often taking a decade or more before death. Unfortunately for early-onset Alzheimer’s patients — who are under age 65 — the decline can be much more rapid, with death typically occurring less than five years after diagnosis.

Pros and Cons of the 7 Minute Workout

By Spencer Richards

This New York Times article reports on a seven-minute workout designed for significant health benefits through high-intensity circuit training (HICT) workouts. This is not the first time we’ve read about such a workout, so we decided to share some thoughts on this one—both our own thoughts and those of the original authors in the American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Journal. ​

Guide to Choosing Heart-healthy Snacks

By Kary Woodruff
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Earlier today I had the opportunity to host a webcast on heart-healthy grocery shopping and dining out. One of the questions submitted by one of the MyHeart Challenge: Play at Home Edition contestants was, "During the week I often grab granola bars, crackers, pretzels for snacks. I'm realizing that I'm eating too many carbs. What are some healthy alternatives I can buy to grab when I'm on the go?" Here are some great tips for snacking on the go.