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Melanie Cole, MS, covers health news and trends with expert analysis and guests, Mon-Fri 12-1 pm ET... Show More

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July 8, 2016
Why aren't dental and vision covered by medical insurance? Do you really need dental and vision insurance?People are used to major medical insurance covering most of the cost of services.

Vision and dental insurance don't work that way.

Dentistry is not considered as a branch of medicine by the federal government. Dentists don't go to medical school, only to dental school. Dental insurance is a bit more expensive because...
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Learn how to manage pain by using the Alexander Technique.What are you doing to get in the way of how your body should be moving? Are you sitting in a way that's painful? Do you slouch? Crane your neck to look at your cell phone?

The Alexander Technique helps undo the acquired tension that prevents the innate system of movement.

The neck, head and back are coordinated via Alexander Technique. It's best to see a practitioner t...
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Ayurvedic medicine may be the answer to heal what ails you.Ayurvedic medicine dates back 5,000 years in India and can easily be integrated into your health care.

Ayurveda views everyone as one of three body types or doshas. These predominant types determine what you should eat and natural medicines that work for you. Finding out your type is a good place to start with Ayurveda.

As a step into Ayurveda, you might want to explore how f...
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Recovery expectations can help you plan your plastic surgery procedure.What sort of recovery should you expect after a cosmetic surgery procedure?

First, ask your doctor how long you should expect to be in pain. Most procedures take a few days to a week for pain to subside. This is a general guideline. Every person experiences pain and recovers a bit differently.

Second, you will want to know how soon you can get back to life respons...
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Are you exhausted all the time? You might need to get your adrenals checked.Stressful situations activate the "fight or flight" impulses. Your adrenals get kicked into high gear so your body is ready for action.

But, if you're constantly under stress, your adrenal glands become taxed. The adrenals are very tiny glands and can get overworked.

Living a busy lifestyle can be stressful. You may not be sleeping enough. You may...
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Train your brain to better handle stress.Some stress is good for your brain. It teaches you how to problem solve under pressure and develops your stress management skills.

The problem is that stress can kill memory if you don't work on brain response. Anxiety and stress top the reasons for poor academic performance. You know that stress can mess you up at work.

If you feel overloaded and start thinking about stress management, it...
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Working hard takes a toll on your body. Learn how to take control of your health and boost productivity.The work world takes a toll on your body. 

We all sit far too much when we work at desks and suffer through long commutes, leading to blood clots and terrible posture. Our schedules are overloaded as we try to balance work life with home life. The incomplete to-do list and unresolved problems keep us up at night, leading to poor s...
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What's the deal with hormone replacement therapy?Eighty percent of women will have menopause symptoms that affect health and quality of life.

If you fall in that group, you may want to talk to your doctor about hormone replacement therapy. When symptoms become cyclical, it's probably time to start. Typical symptoms include weight gain that doesn't make sense, night sweats, forgetfulness, and difficulty sleeping.

If you st...
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Learn how to navigate summer heat with minimal breathing issues.We're seeing some of the hottest temperatures on record across the United States. All this heat stirs up ozone and pollutants, irritating your lungs.

You can track current air quality with the State of the Air app or by visiting www.airnow.gov. Find out the air quality in your neighborhood and use that information to plan your day. Those with allergies, asthma and C...
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Keep your child healthy and safe this summer.Summer is underway and the kids are out of school.

Without the rigors of school scheduling, it’s easy for kids to get lazy and raid the pantry. How can you keep your kids' health on track over the summer?

Physical Activity
Your kid may need motivation to go outside. Encourage him to learn a new sport or practice a new activity outside. Childhood habits become healthy behavior in adults...
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You can still stay fit while enjoying your vacation.Your vacation plans probably don't include gaining back the weight you lost.

How do you navigate the overwhelming dinner buffets and cozy beaches to keep that weight off?

First, work out first thing in the day. Earn that bloody mary. A simple walk or some time in the hotel gym can jump start your day. If you work out all the time, don't drop all activity during your vacatio...
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 Parkinson's disease has no cure. But, new developments can help those with Parkinson's lead a quality life.
Parkinson's disease is a motor system disorder. Some symptoms are trembling, stiffness, slowness and impaired coordination. There is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease.

However, new developments are making symptom management easier. For example, there are now patches and nasal sprays for those who have d...
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Talk to your kids about the dangers of binge drinking before they engage.As a parent, you may worry about your kids and their exposure to alcohol.

But, you can't watch everything they do.

Have an honest conversation with your child before he may go out drinking. Be open and discuss the effects of alcohol on the body. Talk about alcohol poisoning and death. Bringing up the topic doesn't mean your child will go out and get drun...
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Fathers play an important role in the lives of children. But, sometimes dads aren't available.A father or father figure is important in developing a child's confidence. Daddies encourage risk-taking and help kids sort out how adult relationships should work.

But, fathers aren't always available. Divorce, imprisonment, abandonment and death could mean pop isn't there.

Fatherless daughters feel isolated. How a man treat...
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Dental health is linked to overall health. Biologic dentistry considers treating the whole patient.Your oral health affects your entire body. 

A biologic or holistic dentist considers how dental health contributes to overall health. 

Cardiac conditions, diabetes and certain cancers are exacerbated by gum disease. It's important to get regular dental cleanings to prevent development of gum disease.

Biologic dentists try to avoid us...
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National HIV Testing Day is June 27th. Get yourself tested for free at Walgreens.June 27, 2016 is National HIV Testing Day. Walgreens is teaming up with local health departments to offer free HIV testing from June 23rd to June 25th.

About 200 Walgreens stores are offering free HIV testing, assisted by employees of local health departments. Testing is anonymous. Some tests take one minute for results, while others take 20 minutes. To...
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Dr. Andrew Ordon of Emmy-nominated The Doctors shares his do-it-yourself alternatives to plastic surgery.Plastic surgery can be a great confidence booster.

Permanently fixing a cosmetic issue that bothers you does wonders for your self-esteem. But, there are alternatives to adjusting your appearance that don’t require going under the knife.

For perkier and larger breasts, you can exercise your pectoral muscles. This tones the muscle...
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Discussing end of life options with a terminally ill loved one is important.When a loved one has a terminal illness, it is painful to watch them slowly deteriorate. Currently, five states allow the terminally ill to choose when and how they will die.

It's important to be able to participate in your loved one's decision, supporting the choices made for end of life. Be available for your loved one to discuss the issue. Keep in...
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The first step after getting a breast cancer diagnosis is finding out how to proceed. Decoding the diagnosis will advise what happens next.It is tough to face a breast cancer diagnosis.

But, it's important to navigate treatment as soon as possible.

The medical oncologist will go through the terminology, size of tumor and lymph node status. "Infiltrating" or "invasive" mean the breast cancer cells have grown beyon...
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You've decided to get breast augmentation. What implants are best for you?When deciding to get breast implants, it’s important to consider all options so you get the breasts you want. A skilled plastic surgeon can talk you through so you can understand what’s best for you.

The first major choice is between saline or silicone. Saline is less expensive and is filled with salt water. Saline also tends to ripple more and doesn't...
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