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THE winter season is a time for holiday toasts and feasts, marking the gathering of families and the close of another year, as well as a time when the world endures cold temperatures and snowy driveways...factors which cardiologists can attest mark a period when one’s heart is at considerable risk, says the November 2010 issue of the Cleveland Clinic’s Heart Advisor.

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ALTHOUGH the jury is still out when it comes to a lot of foods...as to which foods are good for you and which ones are not...most experts agree on some foods you should definitely eat more of, says the October 2010 issue of the UCLA Division of Geriatrics’ Healthy/Years.

Nov. 19, 2010

 

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By MEG SIBAL, M.D.

ALTHOUGH, by watching commercials for retirement planners...an idyllic scene of a man, fresh from retirement, boarding a sailboat and heading out over the waves, his smiling wife by his side, as the sun descends below the horizon...one might think the sole secret to retirement bliss is a beautiful bank account, is quite misleading.

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By MEG SIBAL, M.D.

FOR most individuals, the holiday season serves a hefty helping of stress right along with the turkey and eggnog which can negatively affect one’s health, but finding ways to relax can help one cope with the increased demands and high expectations associated with the season and reduce an individual’s risk for stress-related problems, such as depression, high blood pressure, muscle tension, poor sleep or headaches, according to the November 2010 issue of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Mind, Mood  & Memory.

ACCORDING to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between five and 20 percent of the U.S. population develops influenza each year leading to more than 200,000 hospitalizations for related complications and about 36,000 deaths, says the November 2010 issue of the UCLA Division of Geriatrics’ Healthy / Years.

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