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Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Lose weight? Check. Start exercising? Check. Stop smoking? Check. It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late January may increase your anxiety. When your holiday decorations are packed up and …

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Don’t Pursue Your Passion

By Alex Anderson There is a danger in pursuing your passion… it assumes that you can only have one. This drove me nuts in a reversed kind of way. I knew what my passion or calling was…to be a minister. The only problem was…so was being an entrepreneur, musician, writer, father and husband. The pressure to excel and become the …

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Routine Screenings Prevent Cervical Cancer Death

Routine Screenings Prevent Cervical Cancer Death

Medical science has made some rapid advances in recent years and none more so than the ability to be able to prevent and treat cervical cancers in adult women. Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix (the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina). Cervical cancer usually forms slowly over many years, but occasionally it happens faster. …

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Strike before a stroke

Strike before a stroke

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a major cause of adult disability. It occurs when blood supply to the brain is disrupted, causing brain tissue to die. What many may not realize is that stroke and heart disease are two sides of the same coin – vascular disease. “Vascular disease isn’t selective … the …

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Body Weight and Joint Pain

Body Weight and Joint Pain

Laura C. Reese, D.O. Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgeon If you were to ask people to name a health problem related to obesity, odds are good they’d say “heart disease” or “diabetes.” And they’d be right; those two chronic diseases have a very strong relationship to excess weight. They are the safe bets. But if you like long odds, put your …

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Personalized Hormone Therapy via Pharmaceutical Compounding

Personalized Hormone Therapy

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the process of restoring and maintaining hormone balance with hormones that are biologically identical to hormones produced by the human body. BHRT is commonly used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sleep disorders, decreased libido, and an increased risk of fractures due to osteoporosis. The use of hormones …

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Boyd County Pharmacy: Because your health deserves the personal touch

Boyd County Pharmacy: Because your health deserves the personal touch

Does a trip to the “big box” pharmacy counter sometimes feel like taking a number and waiting at a government office … cold, impersonal, frustrating and never-ending? Then you should change pharmacies! Your health, and the medications you need to stay (or get) healthy are too important. At Boyd County Pharmacy, you will never feel like one of a crowd. We …

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‘Tis the Season to be Cautious

‘Tis the Season to be Cautious

The holidays are a time of joyous family gatherings, festive decorations and elaborate dinners. But it’s important to be extra careful careful while enjoying the most wonderful time of the year. While there is an increase in holiday cheer, there is also a sharp rise in injuries during the holiday season. Many common holiday activities can cause injuries that can make …

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When it’s More Than Just a Polyp

When it’s More Than Just a Polyp

Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in one or more layers of tissue of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). The majority of the time, it begins with the growth of  pre-malignant polyps known as adenomas. Colon Cancer Tumors Over several years, these polyps can grow larger and become malignant, developing into a …

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50 Ways to make it through the holidays fit, happy and healthy

50 Ways to make it through the holidays fit, happy and healthy

At the Ashland Area YMCA, we believe that every person is a unique individual, worthy of love and respect. We work hard every day to help our members and their families achieve health in the body, mind and spirit. December is perhaps one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year for most adults – and kids. In …

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Gift Giving for the Senior Who Wants Nothing

Gift Giving for the Senior Who Wants Nothing

In the world of gift-giving, there are two types of people who are virtually impossible to buy for: those who have everything and those who want nothing. Of the two, it is the second group that is the most difficult to shop for: They are the people for whom we most want to do something – our parents, grandparents and …

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Looking Back and Ahead: Cancer Screening and Prevention

Looking Back and Ahead: Cancer Screening and Prevention

As we close out 2016 and look forward to 2017,   King’s Daughters would like to remind you to get your preventive screenings and make healthy choices. The end of the year can be the perfect time to get preventive screenings you might have been putting off—many of the recommended preventive screenings are fully covered by insurance. Start with your primary care …

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Make Time for Your Heart this Holiday Season

Make Time for Your Heart this Holiday Season

By Alexander H. Hou MD, FACS, During this time of year, it is common practice to put others in front of our own needs. But we must be vigilant and keep in mind having a healthy body enables us to enjoy more life experiences that are important to us. Vascular screenings allow for patients to be proactive about their health. The …

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Tingling, numbness, burning in feet may be sign of Peripheral Neuropathy

Tingling, numbness, burning in feet may be sign of Peripheral Neuropathy

It’s estimated that 20 million people in the U.S. have some form of peripheral neuropathy, a condition caused by damage to the nervous system. The condition most commonly affects the long nerves and, thus, symptoms often begin in the hands and feet. Your peripheral nervous system connects the nerves from your brain and spinal cord, or central nervous system, to the …

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Vegetarian Protein Sources for Runners 

Whether you’re running 5Ks or marathons, you need the right fuel to get you to the finish line. And if you’ve given up meat, that means paying particular attention to the best vegetarian protein sources you can find. This key nutrient helps preserve lean mass and build new muscle tissue after a strenuous run, which can cause microscopic tears and damage …

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