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Healthy Lifestyle Decreases Chance of Stroke
Among cardiovascular disease, stroke is a leading cause of illness and death worldwide. In 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 5.7 million deaths were due to stroke. WHO states that at least 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided through healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoiding tobacco smoke.
Face it. You don't have the time to cultivate a rich, deep tan - and even if you did, you'd end up looking like a bronzed raisin. Thank you, global warming!
Start getting Ready for Summer Now
[spring]
to come into being by growth
[clean]
gracefully spare; forceful and simple
The Heart of the Matter of Exercise
The most important benefit of exercising is the strength and health of the most vital muscle in your body - your heart. Cardiovascular exercise is any type of exercise that increases the work of the heart and lungs.
Painless Laser Hair Removal is Possible
Electrolysis, once a popular procedure for permanent hair removal, is invasive, tedious, partially effective and can result in scarring or post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. Although laser hair removal has been widely practiced for over a decade, most physicians offer outdated laser equipment and treatments are painful and results are only marginally effective; but there is an alternative.
Is this "your" year? The year you finally drop those pounds you put on during your pregnancy/her pregnancy/Christmas '06? The year you decide to bite the bullet and see a chiropractor/laser eye doctor/acupuncturist/hair colorist? If your 2009 looks anything like ours, this will be a time of looking inwards and making personal care a higher priority. And if that maintenance just happens to result in a finer looking exterior, well, that's OK by us, too. No matter what self improvement's on your list for '09, chances are that there's a Santa Clarita pro who can help you achieve it.
Groom Your Glutes
It is crucial to include activities that work the gluteus maximus (butt) muscles into your exercise routine. This muscle burns fat, increases testosterone and releases growth hormone.
Acupuncture for Prevention
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can prevent colds and flu by building up the immune system. Specific points along the energy pathways, or meridians, are known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy and for consolidating the outer defense layers of the skin (Wei Qi) so that germs and viruses cannot enter through them.
Footwear Technology makes Walking a Safer, more Effective Workout
Today's footwear designs can help your entire body look and feel better by improving posture, absorbing shock, correcting faulty gait patterns and enhancing athletic performance. Some footwear can help burn more calories while walking and strengthen core muscles.
Walking Off the Weight Starts with the First Step
The right footwear can be your first step toward total body fitness. Walking 30 minutes a day has tremendous health benefits including: reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke; type-2 diabetes, osteoporosis, reducing feelings of stress and depression; weight loss.
10 Commandments of Healthy Eating: Beware of Saturated Fats
Not all fats are created equal. Although some fats positively affect our health, it is also important to remember that other fats, like saturated fats, can raise cholesterol in your blood and increase your risk of heart disease.
Everyone loves the idea of having clear, unblemished skin. But in reality, few people get through life without realizing their fair share of pimples. While an occasional break-out may seem like a crisis, it's a relatively small problem compared to the often unrelenting anguish of acne.
Sedation Dentistry "Great News" for Millions of Americans
Nearly 30 percent of Americans are afraid of the dentist. Now, dentistry can be a positive experience. Sedation dentistry, sometimes referred to as "relaxation dentistry" or "sleep dentistry" (which is inaccurate, as sedated patients remain conscious) is achieved by a pill, not a needle.
Hindsight is 20/20 when it comes to the Sun
Regarding aging skin, nearly 83 percent of men and women surveyed over the age of 55 stated that if they had to do it all over again, they would either stay out of the sun or seriously limit their sunning/tanning from previous years gone by.
Q: Can my child still exercise if he has asthma?

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There are many different triggers of asthma. The most common triggers of asthma are upper-respiratory infections - also known as colds - and exercise. Because vigorous exercise is a common trigger of asthma, it is important to understand symptoms of the problem and some simple treatment plans.
Contrary to what many first-time parents think, bedtime blues are not just a newborn phenomenon. The key to figuring out what's causing the bedtime problem is to know yourself, your child and your specific situation.
Pre-sun Care
Apply your sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun. Also, make sure any facial or body moisturizer is applied first and completely dry before adding your sunscreen on top.
Resource: Carol Donnelly, LE Dermal Solutions Esthetic Center
295-0027
Q: I've read that dental hygiene is important during pregnancy. Is that true?

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Everyone wants a healthy baby. Prematurity and low birth weight can get baby off to a rough start. As pediatricians, we are focused on the health and well-being of children. Getting children off to a good start is key to that mission.
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