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Could You Be At Risk For Lupus?


6 Reassuring Facts About Lice That Every Parent Needs

It’s time we say the two little words that no parent wants to hear—flu season. The time of year when temperatures go down and the germ count goes up. Together, this dangerous duo makes nearly impossible for your child to avoid getting sick.
Now, for all those parents out there who know the flu-season drill, you’ve probably already stocked up on vitamin C, cough drops and tissues. Unfortunately, though, you may be overlooking one tiny thing—head lice.
Just thinking about lice can make the most level-headed parent feel overwhelmed—and itchy. Just remember, if your head starts to feel itchy while reading this, it doesn’t mean you have lice.
So, what is it about lice that makes it so revolting? Well, the many myths, stigmas and misinformation out there may have something to do with it. That isn’t to say that having lice is easy or fun, but it may not be quite as bad as what you’re imagining.
Let’s get the record straight with lice. Here are 6 reassuring facts about lice that you need in y…

Cheat Days: Yay Or Nay?

Most of us do what we can to be healthy. For some this means exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet, for others it means getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep and drinking water. Whatever form your healthy habits take, one thing remains the same—it’s all about making it work long term.
So, what’s the secret to making it last? Enjoying all of your favorite treats—cookies, candy and ice cream—oh my! While you wouldn’t normally think of these foods as diet-friendly, they can be if you enjoy them during designated nutritional splurges. That’s right; we’re talking about cheat days.
The concept is simple enough; you follow your healthful diet for a majority of the week. Then, for one day only, you cut lose and let yourself indulge in all of your favorite foods. That can’t be healthy, though, can it?
Because there’s still a fair amount of debate about the potential benefits and drawbacks of cheat days, there’s no clear answer. So, to help you decide if cheat days are right for you, here’s a …

5 Common Breast Conditions That Aren't Cancer

If you hear the dreaded news that you have a breast abnormality, it’s hard to stop yourself from jumping to conclusion that it’s cancer. After all, what else could it be?
Well, chances are, your abnormality is actually the result of a common benign breast condition. And you aren’t alone. In fact, experts believe that most women will experience a non-cancerous breast condition at some point. While these conditions aren’t life-threatening on their own, some of them can increase your risk of breast cancer over time.
So, just because they aren’t dangerous conditions doesn’t mean that you don’t need to worry about them. Unfortunately, because many of these conditions share the same symptoms, or may not show any symptoms at all, it’s essential to have the help of a specialist to detect it and treat it.
Here are several deceiving conditions that your mammogram may detect:
Hyperplasia is a condition in which there is an overgrowth of cells in the ducts or lobules of the breast. Thi…

Don't Be A Rookie Tailgater, Try These Healthy Tips

Every week, millions of Americans tune in to watch one thing—football. Whether you’re a fan of the pros or college (falcons or bulldogs, of course) there’s only one right way to spend your weekends—cheering on your team. Of course, it isn’t quite as simple as dawning your red and black and plopping down in front of the TV, though.
What football game would be complete without the rituals that accompany it, right? Don’t forget your lucky jersey, your alma mater’s fight song and most importantly, tasty tailgating snacks.
While there’s no denying that tailgating is fun, it isn’t exactly a touchdown for your health. All those chicken wings, nachos and brats add up in a big way—just like extra points. So instead of reaching for another slice of pizza, channel your inner football player and reach for something healthy(ish) instead. Just think, what would your quarterback do?
This football season, tailgate like a veteran by keeping it fun and healthy. Try these tips:
Stay hydrated. Let’s face i…

6 Facts That'll Totally Convince You To Get A Flu Shot

If given the choice between having a quick prick in the arm and battling severe flu symptoms for a week or more, which would you choose? While it may seem like a no-brainer, it’s estimated that less than 50% of Americans 6 months or older will opt for the flu shot. Perhaps this due to common myths about the vaccine—that it can give you the flu or that the vaccine will weaken your immune system.
Unfortunately, it seems that these common misconceptions about the flu vaccine are better known than these very real facts about the flu.
For instance, did you know that up to 20% of the U.S. population will get the flu any given year? Or that more than 200,000 people will be hospitalized as a result of flu-related complications?
The response that most experts have to these scary statistics is to recommend getting a flu shot, but does it really reduce your risk? Absolutely! In fact, it has been found to reduce your risk of flu illness by 40 – 60%.
For those still not convinced that getting a flu…

6 Fitness Faux Pas That Lead To Muscle Loss (Not Fat Loss)

When it comes to weight loss, most of us know the drill. All you have to do is ramp up your exercise routine and tone down your calorie intake. But that’s actually just the beginning.
The truth is, not all pounds are created equal. While you know that muscle is more beneficial for your body than fat, your body  doesn't necessarily differentiate between the two when it’s in weight-loss mode. And because fat requires less energy to maintain than muscle mass, your body isn't quick to let go of it. So, what does this mean for you? It’s important to recognize that some of your healthy habits may actually be backfiring.
To help your body hold onto that valuable, calorie-building muscle and shed stubborn fat, make sure you steer clear of these fitness faux pas: 
   1. Cutting too many calories
Your body requires a baseline level of calories to maintain essential bodily operations, including breathing and proper organ function. If you’re consuming less than this amount, known as your bas…

Here's How To Tell If Your Headache Is Actually A Migraine

If you’re human, chances are you’ve probably experienced a headache or two—or three or four. Whether your headaches are caused by hormones, tension or sinus pressure—they’re all bad news. Between the pounding, pressure and pain, there’s no denying that headaches are just downright miserable. This is especially true when the mother of all headaches strikes. Is it really just a plain old headache, or could it be a migraine?
Headaches vs. Migraines: What’s the difference?
Headaches: Headaches are complicated. You may think that they’re all the same—just pressure and aching. But it’s not quite that simple. There are actually 10 different kinds, with the most common being tension headaches. Each type of headache varies in pain location, intensity, frequency of occurrence and cause. Here’s a closer look at some of the most common types:
·Tension headaches (dull aching all over your head (forehead, neck, scalp and neck) like you’re wearing a hat that’s too tight) ·Cluster headaches (severe pain …

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6 Things Every Sweet-Potato Lover Should Know

Move over pumpkins, squash and apples, there’s a new fall favorite—sweet potatoes. These delicious, starchy root veggies have taken the culinary world by storm making their way onto nearly every menu. And while sweet potatoes are certainly delicious, especially when they’re made into fries, tater tots or covered in brown sugar, they may lose their nutritional edge with these popular preparations.
So, with the fall season upon us, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at this scrumptious starch. Here are 6 things you should know before going sweet-potato crazy:
   1. They really are healthy. It’s hard to find a food that strikes the perfect balance between delectable and healthy, but sweet potatoes manage to pull it off. They have healthy amounts of fiber and protein, but that’s nothing compared to huge amount of vitamin A (over 400% of your recommended daily intake) that each potato offers. You’ll also stock up on 37% of your daily vitamin C intake—you lucky duck. Oh, and don’t f…

5 Surprising Reasons You May Get A Mammogram Call Back

While there may be differing opinions on the best ways to prevent breast cancer—not smoking, being active, avoiding certain deodorants and limiting alcohol—there is one thing that experts can agree on—getting routine mammograms is important. Unfortunately, though, only half of women over 40 get a mammogram screening at least once every 2 years (which is the minimum recommended).
So, why is it that so many women seem to avoid this life-saving screening? Perhaps it’s due to some of the most common mammogram myths; that you don’t need one unless you have an increased risk of breast cancer or that they’re painful and scary. Even though these misconceptions are mostly inaccurate, there may be a shred of truth—mammograms can be scary.
Well, it’s not actually the mammogram that’s scary; it’s what may come after—the dreaded call back. There’s no denying that it can be an anxiety-inducing experience. But surprisingly, only 10% of women who get a mammogram call back are later diagnosed with brea…

6 Heart Disease Symptoms You May Only Notice In The Bedroom

Shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain and fatigue—with symptoms like these, you think you’d be able to tell if you had heart disease, right? Well, according to a recent study, half of people who have had a heart attack don’t even know that they’ve experienced one. So, while more than two-thirds of Americans admit to being concerned about heart disease, most don’t know how to actually boost their heart health.
There’s no doubt that eating a nutritious diet and getting regular exercise can go a long way in supporting heart health, but that’s only part of it. Knowing your heart’s numbers and sneaky signs of heart disease are important, too. For instance, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugarare all key indicators of good heart health.
Now that you know your key numbers, you’re ready to keep a watchful eye out for any symptoms of heart disease. This doesn’t just mean monitoring for the most well-known symptoms, though. You’ll want to pay close attention to sneaky sympt…