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Archive for August, 2010
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By Jenilee Matz, M.P.H., Staff Writer, myOptumHealthContent provided by  The annual physical exam used to mean a yearly head-to-toe exam from the doctor. A physical included height and weight checks, a listen to the lungs and heart, reflex tests… Read more

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By Lila Havens, Staff Writer, myOptumHealthContent provided by  Having type 2 diabetes means either your body doesn’t make enough insulin or your cells don’t use insulin properly. Insulin helps sugar (glucose) move from the blood into the cells,… Read more

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By Louis Neipris, M.D., Staff Writer, myOptumHealth Content provided by  A stroke can happen to anyone at any time. But it’s more likely to happen if you’re African American. Compared to Caucasians, African Americans: Have nearly double the risk… Read more

A new twist on an old favorite. Preparation time: 20 minutes Servings: 3 ( 2 wraps each) 5 A Day servings: 3. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons lemon juice1 teaspoon curry powder½ cup lowfat lemon yogurt1 12-oz can solid white tuna in water,… Read more

By Lisa Spodak (ResultsNotTypical@worldnow.com)Provided by WorldNow Year without a scale:  Week 3 It’s been three weeks since I publicly gave up weighing myself for a year.  And I’m a little embarrassed, though not devastatingly so, to admit that… Read more

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By Louis Neipris, M.D., Staff Writer, myOptumHealth Content provided by  Whether you exercise for fun and fitness or compete professionally, exercise-induced asthma doesn’t have to be an obstacle. You can often still run, bike, row or do whatever… Read more

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By Karen Tina Harrison for Bright Smile Beautiful You  These days, we’re all making do with less. But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to recycle last season’s beauty trends. We chatted with some of the best pros in the… Read more

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By Lila HavensContent provided by  Been walking for exercise and want more challenge? Try jogging. It’s a slower form of running that’s a good next step up the fitness ladder. Jogging has all the health benefits of walking. It: Strengthens the… Read more

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By Martha Jablow, Contributing Writer, myOptumHealth Content provided by  Summertime means more time to play outdoors. It also means parents should be extra careful keeping kids healthy in the sun and heat. Children will have a much happier… Read more

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  By Ela Schwartz       If you’re in the market to buy a high-efficiency (HE) washer, join the crowd: These models are popular with environmentalists and price-conscious consumers alike. That’s because they use less detergent and about 70… Read more

By By John TroskoBy John Trosko Q: I want to improve my on-the-job productivity — but I think I need to organize my work space. How can I better set up my station to accomplish this? Are there any must-haves (in/out baskets, staplers)? Is there a… Read more

By By Luigi Fraschini By Luigi Fraschini   Do you have your hair cut by the first barber you see? Do you let just any doctor give you your annual physical or deliver your family’s babies? Do you choose the first contractor who walks in the door… Read more

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By Carol Harding  Around the time of my son Christopher’s first birthday, he and I would sit together watching the sparkling colors in our aquarium. Chris would touch the glass, saying “fish, fish” over and over again. I remember him looking at… Read more

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By Angela Gaimari for Bright Smile Beautiful You  Whether you’re headed off to the beach, into the mountains or over to the big city, let our handy cheat sheet help you pack for any weekend getaway. By the Sea Soaking up a little mood-boosting… Read more

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By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple Using less electricity at home is a win-win: You reduce your environmental impact and your monthly bill. But it can be especially hard to cut back on your energy usage during the dog days of summer, when… Read more