New USDA Dietary Guidelines: Understanding a Complex Puzzle

By Tim Beery
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This month the USDA released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans eighth edition. What this means is that the Department of Agriculture has determined what they believe to be the best path for a healthy diet. Dietary Guidelines are updated in 5-year-intervals, meaning the next set of guidelines will not be released until the year 2020.


Is it a Cold Sore or a Fever Blister?

By Nicholas Dragon
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Imagine this: You and your mother are having a heated discussion about whether the sudden appearance of a sore on your lip is a fever blister or a cold sore. You know you can win this battle, and you respond with an I’ll-show-you retort: "Let's ask Mr. Google," you say. Both of you whip out your smart phones, and ...a family crisis is averted. It turns out you’re both right, according to John Hopkins Medicine. Case in point, this annoying sore is known by both names, and is caused by the virus "herpes simplex," or oral herpes (HSV-1).

9 Tips To Help you Make the Healthy Changes You Want to Make

By Kellie Dye, RD
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During this time of the year we find our lives and social circles infiltrated with resolutions and crash diets or the latest fad diets, all aimed at helping us drop a few pounds. The problem: Many of those fad diets don’t emphasize the importance of healthy diet and proper amounts of exercise.

Staying Safe This Winter Requires Preparation and Common Sense

By Rob Bryant, MD
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As an emergency medicine physician, I see a vast array of injuries throughout the year, and the creative ways people find to hurt themselves never cease to amaze me. When I was an emergency medicine resident in Milwaukee, one of my attending physicians would regularly observe that “common sense isn’t very common!”

3 Gadgets to Help You Live Well

By Intermountain Healthcare
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CES 2016 offers a wealth of health gadgets - some new entrants, and many established companies. It doesn't matter your activity of choice there is a performance activity monitor for you. This year we looked at gadgets to improve running form, cycling safety, and even windsurfing. We love to see this breadth of activities because we believe it doesn't matter how you're active as long as you're active.