Healthy Habits to Avoid Overeating, Weight Gain
When eating one cupcake turns into devouring five more, overeating may feel a lot like an addiction. Research has shown that high-calorie foods, like addictive drugs, can trigger your brain to release dopamine, a chemical which makes you feel good. Some people also eat more when they’re stressed, bored or angry. Over time, it’s easy to start gaining weight when these…
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Simple Steps Help Prevent Falling, Injuries
The fear of falling for older Americans is a legitimate one. Falls are the leading case of fatal and non-fatal injuries among them. Every second, every day, an older adult falls - making falls the No. 1 cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In just one year,…
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Millions of Older Americans Not Getting Enough Exercise
More than 25 percent of Americans who are 50 or older do not exercise regularly and are physically inactive, according to a new federal health report. As a result, millions of people are missing out on many health-related benefits linked to staying active. Not only can physical activity reduce the risk of premature death, but it also can delay or…
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Doctors Say Kids Need Flu Shot This Year, Not Nasal Spray
Parents, get ready to roll up some sleeves for this year’s flu vaccination. Health officials are not recommending the nasal spray flu vaccine for children. Studies show the nasal spray offered little protection the past three flu seasons. Instead, all children ages 6 months and older should receive a seasonal flu shot for the 2016-17 season, according to the American Academy of…
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More Women Breastfeeding But Need for Support Continues
Although 80 percent of women in the United States begin breastfeeding their babies at birth, many stop earlier than recommended by health authorities. Breastmilk, which contains cells, hormones and antibodies, protects babies from several illnesses and diseases. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of asthma, childhood leukemia and obesity, ear infections, eczema, diarrhea, lower respiratory infections, type 2 diabetes and…
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Managing Your High Blood Pressure

Dr. Susan Szulc, of Bon Secours Medical Associates at Virginia Beach, discusses strategies that can help those suffering from or at risk for high blood pressure control and manage their condition - beyond the doctor's office.