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Washing hands

It seems smart to wash your hands and body with soap that claims to be antibacterial. Kills the bad bugs, right?

Maybe not.

Rather than cleansing you of germs, such products might be harming your body. That is the concern of U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which says that the health claims of antibacterial soaps are not supported by current scientific data.

FDA cites two problems with antibacterial soaps:

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Water Bottle

Water is a Habit of Health

We all know water matters....but just how much and why? Your body is made up of 50 to 65 percent water, so as you use your body, you use the water you put in and therefore need to replenish it daily. How much you may wonder....half of your body weight in ounces. Yes! Half!

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Zesty Pork Stir-Fry

Ingredients

  • 15 oz raw pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat (should yield two 5-oz cooked servings)
  • 4 cups (1 medium head) bok choy stalks, leaves removed, chopped
  • 2 cups (18 medium) mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger root, grated
  • 2 tsp olive oil Non-stick cooking spray

Directions

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Innovative treatment may restore normal life.

After decades of treating asthma sufferers with inhalers, pills, shots and even hospitalization, an innovative new technique promises long-term relief. Bronchial thermoplasty helps patients breathe easier by lessening the severity of asthma attacks and preventing future attacks. 
 
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Doctor Visit

How to be prepared for your doctor appointment

Your time is tight, and so is your doctor's. But medical care is too important to cut short. To get the most out of every doctor office visit, use these tips from Dr. Hannah Chow, Loyola University Health System pediatrician. These smart suggestions apply to everyone, and include extra tips when the patient is a child.

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Hot sun

Our risk of hyperthermia problems increases with age

Summertime, and the living is...hot -- TOO HOT. Alas, we are less able to handle hot days as we age. The wonderful summertime of youth can become a serious problem for a Senior. Heat-related illnesses, known as hyperthermia, can include heat stroke, heat fatigue, heat syncope (sudden dizziness after exercising in the heat), heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Here's advice to help older people avoid these problems.

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Your medical results

When your colonoscopy discovers polyps, what should you do?

You know it's important to have a colonoscopy periodically. You hope the doctor finds nothing -- but what if the doctor finds "something"? 

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Eating breakfast

Invert your daily meals, say scientists.

Everyone who is trying to eat for weight control knows what's for breakfast and what's for dinner. But scientists say we have it all wrong. And it's making us fat.

The problem we face is metabolic syndrome, which shows up as abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease-risk factors. What scientists have learned can flip your dining schedule upside down -- literally.

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Ambulance and Emergency Room

Don't assume the ER knows best.

You'd think a hospital would be very good at being very careful. Maybe so -- but not necessarily when Boomers and Seniors visit the Emergency Room (ER).

In fact, it is common for older patients to receive potentially inappropriate medications when treated in an emergency room or clinic.

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Head x-ray

Use your head to learn the risks, take precautions, and avoid a horrible outcome.

We sometimes joke about our heads: Knock your head against the wall ... Head bashing ... Dropped on your head ... and more. Funny -- except it's no laughing matter.

Even a head injuriy that appears to be mild can have serious, long-term effects, especially when there are repeated injuries.

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