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Have You Been Cleaning All Wrong?

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Which Cleaner Do I Need?
How many times have you asked yourself this question as you walk up and down the aisle at the store…which cleaner do I need? There is no denying that choosing the right household cleaner can be a tricky task. Choosing a cleaner that satisfies your cleaning needs is essential to keep you and your family happy and healthy. Keep in mind, though, that not all cleaners are created equal and they do not all clean the same way.
 What Does “Kills 99.9% of germs” Really Mean?
Although there is some truth to this statement, the popular implication of a near-perfect clean is not always as advertised. The one-product-cleans-all approach is no guarantee that you’ll eliminate all the germs you’re after. Instead, take control of your clean by spending an extra minute to actually read the label on the product. By law, disinfectants are required to list the microorganisms they have been tested for and found effective against; so knowing what you are trying to eliminate will be u…

Delivering Your Baby: Fact vs. Fiction

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The time has finally come. After 9 months of anticipation and excitement as you waited to deliver your little bundle of joy. And while you’ve done the research and prepared yourself for this magical moment, it’s nearly impossible to plan for everything you’ll encounter once it’s actually time to deliver your baby.
From horror stories, to unbelievably serene childbirths, expecting moms hear it all. With so much information out there, whether its books written by experts or the personal experiences of friends and family, it can be difficult to know what childbirth is actually like.
The bottom line is, even with so many helpful resources out there, not everything you’ve heard about delivering a baby is true. So to help you navigate this life-changing experience, let’s take a closer look at and debunk some of the most common delivery myths to ease your pre-baby mind.
You can induce labor on your own.
Fiction. Between bumpy car rides, eating spicy food and drinking castor oil, there are nu…

8 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Doctor's Appointment

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While many people may not realize it, your relationship with your primary care provider is one of the most important for your overall health. You should be able to trust your primary care provider with your most private health issues and concerns, and you should feel certain he or she is your partner in good health.
Because your primary care provider is the health expert that knows you best, it’s essential to find the right one for you. This doesn’t just mean finding a provider that accepts your insurance; instead, you should consider additional qualities, like their specialty, their experience and your comfort level with them.
How to find Dr. Right
Look for a health care provider when you're healthy. If you aren’t feeling well, you won't have the time or energy to carefully gather information about the qualifications or qualities of a new health care provider.
Consider what’s important to you. Don’t be shy about asking questions related to your care, including things like:
How ca…

Do You Enjoy Walking & Running Outside?

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Is This PMS Symptom Normal? Signs It May Be Something More

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For a lot of women, the only thing more miserable than having their period is having the bloating, cramping, mood swings, back pain and pure exhaustion that often accompany it. In addition to being uncomfortable, premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, can be downright stressful and confusing when you don’t fully understand your body’s symptoms.
Because PMS varies month by month and woman by woman, how do you actually know what’s normal? On top of that, could some of your symptoms be an indication of other health conditions? GMC’s Women’s Health Navigator, Sheila Warren, RN, shares her expertise on what some of the most common PMS symptoms, and what symptoms may be cause for concern. 
Spotting PMS Symptoms: Normal vs. Abnormal
Acne. During menstruation, estrogen levels decrease while progesterone levels increase which ramps up your body’s production of sebum, an oily substance on your skin. While menstruation may increase the likelihood of acne, once your hormone levels balance out again, your a…

Meet Your Trauma Team

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When hearing the words traumatic injury, first responders, like EMS, and emergency room specialists are the usually the first medical providers to come to mind. And while these experts are essential to the overall trauma care process, at GMC there’s actually an entire trauma team that works together to evaluate and care for patients with traumatic injuries.
In the event of a traumatic injury, the trauma team coordinates with a wide array of experienced specialists to ensure the most thorough and customized care possible.  Here’s a quick look at some of the experts you can expect to be a part of your trauma team:
Trauma Specialists:
Trauma surgeons receive specialized training to be able to effectively evaluate, diagnose, stabilize and manage trauma patients. As soon as a trauma patient arrives at the emergency room, the trauma surgeon is actively involved in the care process. Starting with an assessment of the patient, the trauma surgeon is able to identify the seriousness of injuries,…

Easy Ways To De-Stress At Lunch

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For a lot of people, stress is a built-in part of the workday. And lunchtime offers a valuable break and time to relax and unwind. But if you're forcing yourself to socialize at lunch, you may be robbing yourself of the downtime you need.
When it comes to reducing stress and fatigue at work, research has shown that it's important to feel you're in control of how you spend your lunchtime and who you spend it with.
So, if you're sharing a pizza with co-workers because that's what you want to do, you'll be giving yourself a much-needed break. But if you feel pressured into eating with co-workers or your boss, your lunch break may feel more like work.
In fact, it can be less stressful to eat in your own space, if that's what you want to do. Researchers have found that people who spend their lunchtime doing something relaxing that they've chosen to do have the least fatigue at the end of the day.
But even working through lunch can reduce stress and fatigue if pe…

4 Surprising Reasons Women Suffer More Strokes Than Men

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Chances are you’ve heard the common facts about stroke. For instance, maybe you know that a stroke occurs as a result of stopped blood flow to your brain. Or that the most frequent stroke symptoms include facial drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. But did you know that each year women suffer more strokes than men?
Not only will nearly 452,500 women suffer a stroke this year, it is believed that women will also have a worse recovery after stroke. With staggering statistics like these, it’s important for every woman to know the specific stroke risk factors women face and some of the stroke symptoms that are unique to women.
4 surprising risk factors
When it comes to stroke prevention, simple lifestyle changes like routinely exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and managing high blood pressure and/or cholesterol can make a big difference. However, for women stroke prevention doesn’t stop there. Here are 4 unique risk factors women are faced with:
Taking oral contra…

Cough CPR: Is It Really A Lifesaver?

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When you’re alone and suffering a heart attack, what should you do? According to some, cough CPR. Many of you have likely heard about this new practice when it took the social media world by storm a few months ago.
Cough CPR quickly gained popularity because of its simplicity and its surprising ability to keep the heart functioning during a heart attack, or so they say. Unfortunately, this technique may not be all that it’s coughed up to be.
Let’s take a closer look at what cough CPR is, why it’s believed to be helpful and why many clinical experts are debunking its effectiveness and safety.
What is cough CPR?
In theory, cough CPR is a technique that keeps the heart beating and keeps individuals conscious in the event of a heart attack. This technique uses coughing as a way to maintain blood flow to the brain by creating pressure in the chest.
Why is cough CPR helpful?
In the event of a heart attack, every second counts. That’s why experts recommend calling an ambulance at the first sig…

Which Is Better: Walking Or Running?

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When it comes to getting a good workout, running and walking are two of the best options. But is a brisk walk really as good an exercise as a sweaty, heart-pounding run?
While most people assume that running offers the better workout, recent research reported by the American Heart Association finds that walking is just as good as running when it comes to lowering your risk for heart disease. During this study, researchers analyzed the health of some 48,000 runners and walkers mainly in their 40s and 50s. Surprisingly, they found that, mile for mile, brisk walking lowers the risk for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure as much as running does.
So, what’s the difference?
You'll have to spend more time walking than you do running to get the same health benefits simply because it takes longer to walk than to run the same distance. For instance, a 15-minute jog burns about the same number of calories as a half-hour brisk walk.
Keep in mind, though, that the chance of being