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    5 Things to Know About Knee Pain

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    Knee pain is a common complaint. In fact, 1 in 3 Americans report having knee pain at some time or another. While a number of factors can increase your risk of knee problems – such as excess weight, lack of flexibility or strength, certain sports and previous injury – osteoarthritis is the leading cause of … Continued

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    When to Consider Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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    Hand and wrist pain can be pesky at first, but if left untreated, it can become unbearable. “Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling, weakness and sometimes pain up the arm,” said Dr. Chad Micucci at Mountainstate Orthopedic Assoc. “Patients may notice it when they’re sleeping, driving and using a computer or device.” Symptoms are caused … Continued

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    Breaking Down Osteoporosis: 3 Tips for Better Bone Health

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    Did you know that 1 in 2 postmenopausal women and 1 in 4 men age 50 and older will break bones due to osteoporosis? “Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become thin, weak and fragile,” said Dr. Jacob Conjeski at Mountainstate Orthopedic Assoc. “A simple fall or mild stress like bending over can … Continued

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    5 Things You Can Do Today to Reduce Medications

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    When you have high blood pressure, taking medication often becomes a normal part of daily life. But instead of counting pills, experts say counting steps and calories may be a better, long-term solution to reducing medication intake. “Data shows us time and time again that eating right, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight can … Continued

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    Prevent type 2 diabetes – one calorie at a time

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    More than 1 in 7 West Virginians have diabetes, and 1 in 3 adults are living with prediabetes and don’t know it. “Prediabetes means your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Brian Arthurs at Mon Health Wedgewood Primary Care in Morgantown.  “If … Continued

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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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    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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    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

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    Small Changes Can Lead to Big Health Rewards

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    We all want to live longer and look and feel better. But it can be difficult to know where to start, and changing your lifestyle habits can feel overwhelming. The key is to start small. Walk 15 minutes a day. Eat an extra piece of fruit and vegetable every day. Switch from creamer to skim … Continued