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    9 Healthy Tailgating Trade-Offs [Infographic]

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    It’s hard to get through football season without packing on the pounds. When you’re not spending your weekend in a tailgating lot, you’re enjoying a watch party at home or a bar. “On average, studies have shown that tailgaters consume up to 3 times the recommended daily caloric allowance – with the extra calories stored as … Continued

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    3 Things You Can Do Now to Lower Your Blood Pressure

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    High blood pressure typically doesn’t come with warning signs, but it can lead to dangerous health issues like heart disease and stroke if left unchecked. “West Virginia is the No. 1 state for incidence of hypertension,” said Dr. Wissam Gharib, a cardiologist at the Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center. “And only about half of … Continued

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    4 Ways to Help Stop Menopause Weight Gain

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      If you think weight gain during menopause is inevitable, think again. Menopause often leads to weight gain, specifically stubborn belly fat.  But research shows that gaining weight during menopause can be avoided. “Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic pill that can stop or reverse weight gain during and after menopause, but a few simple lifestyle … Continued

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    4 Common Chemotherapy Side Effects, And How to Navigate Them

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    As breast cancer patients prepare for chemotherapy, Mon Health Zelda Stein Weiss Cancer Center Nurse Navigator Heather Colebank, RN, wants her patients to know what to expect – and when to expect it. While not all breast cancer patients receive chemotherapy, the treatment is commonly used before or after surgery  ̶  or as the main … Continued

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    6 Early Warning Signs of a Heart Attack You Should Never Ignore

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    That winded, run-down feeling you’re having could be the first sign of a heart attack. While some heart attacks are sudden and intense, many heart attacks start slowly and the earliest symptoms are often very subtle. In fact, about 1 in 4 heart attacks are silent, without chest pain or new symptoms, especially among women … Continued

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    Testing for HPV Virus May Decrease Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations

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    Adding a human papillomavirus (HPV) test to your regular Pap smear could change how often you need to be screened for cervical cancer. During a routine Pap smear, which checks the cervix for abnormal cell growth, you can choose to be tested for HPV. If the HPV test is negative, research shows that it’s safe … Continued

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    I’m Pregnant! What Now?

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    Seeing a positive pregnancy test for the first time is a moment you’ll remember forever. But what happens now that you’re pregnant? Dr. Candi McCullough, of Mon Health Obstetrics & Gynecology, encourages women to schedule their first prenatal appointment following a positive test. “By the time a woman has a positive pregnancy test, she is … Continued

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    Wet Summer Leads to Uptick in Fall Allergies

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    If you’re hacking, sniffling and sneezing more this fall, you’re not alone. There’s an uptick in fall allergies this year due to the region’s very wet summer. “Wet summers contribute to the growth of ragweed and mold, which means a harsher fall allergy season,” said Jennifer Morris, a nurse practitioner for Mon Health Pulmonary Care. … Continued

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    Spotting and Treating Lice: What Your Pediatrician Wants You to Know [Infographic]

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      Returning to school can leave children and parents with tiny unwelcome guests: head lice. The CDC reports that 6 to 12 million children age 3 to 11 are infested with head lice each year. “It never fails. When the school year begins, parents start calling and asking us what to do when their child … Continued

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    How to Fuel Your Workout for Maximum Performance

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    Whether you’ve just started a workout routine or have been sticking to a consistent routine for a while, you know that you need to eat to fuel your workout. But figuring out what to eat and when can be confusing. There are a lot of myths out there – such as doing empty-stomach cardio burns … Continued