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Treating Varicose Veins

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More than 25 million Americans suffer from unsightly veinsNearly 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men suffer from uncomfortable and unsightly varicose veins. Symptoms include leg heaviness and fatigue, swollen limbs, skin changes and skin ulcers. Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth offers treatment options for spider veins and varicose veins that are more precise and less invasive, so there is no need to worry about those unsightly, uncomfortable veins.

Family Matters: Know Your Family History

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The U.S. Surgeon General’s Office wants you to sit down and have a chat with your family—about their health history. The Surgeon General’s Family History Initiative aims to educate people about the importance of knowing their family’s medical history.

Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases and conditions tend to run in families, and knowing your family’s health history can steer you toward important lifestyle choices that may help keep you from developing these diseases. But even though 96 percent of Americans recognize that their family’s health history is an important factor in predicting their future health, only one in three has actually taken the time to research and document it.

Identifying the diseases and conditions prevalent in your family will help you make decisions to change your behaviors, environment and lifestyle, and give you the best possible chance for a long and healthy life. Here’s how you can get started.

Seasonal Allergy Sufferer?

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Spring is right here. If you’re among the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you’ll be greeting it with an itchy nose and watery eyes. The good news is you can find relief from your symptoms.

Sleep Matters

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Do you pride yourself on being able to “get by” on just a few hours of sleep a night? In fact, it’s nothing to crow about. Lack of sleep can lead to health issues both large and small.

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), sleeping too little can cause you to put on weight because sleep deprivation increases appetite. It can also raise your risk for diabetes, heart problems and depression. Not getting enough rest can impair your attention and retention skills, too, and lead to an increased chance of car accidents.

Adults who sleep less than seven hours a night even have greater odds of getting a cold compared to people who sleep eight hours or more a night, says a study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. So here are a few tips to help with your sleep life.

Habits To Break: Unhealthy Behaviors For Your Bones

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Be good to your bones and they’ll be good to go for years to come. Sounds easy enough, right? Actually, you could be damaging your bones without even knowing it. Here are five harmful behaviors—from super-bad to not-so-terrible—along with tips for doing the right thing.

Home Is Where The Heart Health Is

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Your heart keeps you going all day, every day—and it deserves your loving attention just as often. Fortunately, it’s easy to make caring for this vital organ part of your daily routine. Almost every corner of your house offers opportunities to improve your heart’s health. From breakfast to bedtime, here’s a room-by-room guide.