Healthy Living: Study finds rise in drug overdose deaths contributing to more organ transplants

    (CNN)    As the opioid epidemic has skyrocketed in the United States, a rise in the number of drug overdose deaths has contributed to a rise in organ transplants, made possible by overdose-death donors, across the country. A study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday now reveals just how much of an increase there has been in the number of overdose-death donors, from being only 1.1% of all donors in 2000 to 13.4% in 2017. The study […]

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Healthy Living: Allergies in kids linked to medications given to babies for Acid Reflux, study finds

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics found babies who take acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics are more likely to develop allergic diseases like asthma and hives.  Furthermore, babies given those medications before six months of age are 52% more likely to develop a food allergy.  Acid-suppressive drugs and antibiotics are usually prescribed to babies with Acid Reflux or babies who can’t keep food down. Researchers are concerned these medications can disrupt the natural microbes in […]

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Healthy Living: Your partner or your pet may be preventing you from getting a good night sleep

  There are several things doctors say you should NOT do before bed in order to get a good night’s sleep. According to Dr. Tavis Taylor with Pacific Medical Centers, they include drinking alcohol, watching television, exercising or having caffeine. All these habits can interfere with your REM sleep and will get in the way of a good night sleep. In addition Dr. Taylor says keep the room dark, and if your partner is a restless sleeper, he says consider […]

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Healthy Living: The 2 diets studies show are good for your heart

  A new study published the American Heart Associations journal “Circulation” highlights two diets they say are proven to be good for the heart. The first is the Lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet and the second is the Mediterranean diet. The Lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet includes eggs and dairy, but no meat or fish.  The Mediterranean diet includes lots of plant based foods, olive oil, chicken and fish. According to the research, both of these diets are equally effective in reducing heart disease risk factors.  […]

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Healthy Living: ‘The flu ended up in my heart’: Local woman shares message to take care of your health

Tash Haynes has been taking pictures for the American Heart Association for years, documenting other women’s stories of surviving heart disease and strokes. Little did she know, heart disease would be part of her story. Last year, after a bout with the flu, Tash says something just felt off.  Tash was having trouble catching her breath, so she went to see her chiropractor who told her to go to the emergency room. Doctors immediately checked her blood pressure and heart […]

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Healthy Living: Flu remedies from icy socks to nasal washes. Do they really work?

  If you have the flu, you’ll do about anything to feel better faster.  While the rest of us are looking for ways to prevent getting the flu in the first place. Doctors say the best thing you can do if you’re sick is stay home, rest and keep hydrated.  As for flu prevention, experts say it’s important to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, avoid touching your face, and stay away from people who are sick. However, […]

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Healthy Living: Dark chocolate, in moderation, is good for your heart

  We’re heard for years, chocolate has health benefits, and there are a few reasons why this is. A study from the German Institute of Human Nutrition found that a quarter of an ounce a day of dark chocolate may lower a person’s risk of heart attack or stroke.  Other studies have shown dark chocolate can improve a person’s mood.  Dark chocolate also has antioxidants and can help with inflammation. Tamara Melton and registered dietitian says chocolate is more that […]

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