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We've all been there: The hacking cough, pounding headache, sinus congestion cold combo — which has been plaguing the Berkshires and Southern Vermont for months — has finally worked it's way through the office and landed at your cubicle. … more
Q: A news report recently said that statins are under-used. I'm 50 with normal cholesterol. Should I take one just in case?A: Statins, which are a type of cholesterol-lowering medication, have consistently shown benefit in reducing the risk of heart … more
WASHINGTON — A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease.Geneticist Michael Snyder never … more
Q: My teenage daughter got the HPV shot. Should my son get it as well?A: The vaccine against HPV infection was initially created for females under the age of 26 to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Human papilloma virus, or HPV, has been shown to be the cause of virtually all cervical cancer cases in women. … more
There are several paths to facilitate wellness for those with mental illness. Seeing a psychiatrist for medication is often part of the process toward improved health and well being. You do better when you're prepared for the visit.Have you ever had … more
Q: My husband and I are trying to have a baby, but we're having problems conceiving. Could my stress be to blame? A: First, let's consider a couple of statistics, specifically as they relate to women. The federal Centers for Disease Control and … more
WASHINGTON — Most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthday, say guidelines released last week that aim to protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food … more
It's no secret. Life can be incredibly stressful, especially in this modern technological age, when we're surrounded by expectations of virtually immediate response to our daily challenges, whether it's work, family or other personal … more
CHICAGO — A decline in melanoma cases and deaths in Northeast states bucks a national trend for the deadliest skin cancer and may reflect benefits of strong prevention programs, a study suggests.In the years included in the study, the Melanoma … more
Q: We live near a freeway with a lot of traffic. Do I need to be worried about my kids developing asthma?A: This is a valid question. Cars release a number of small particles into the air that can irritate the lungs. This particulate matter, in … more
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