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    The latest findings from a landmark oral health study by United Concordia and Highmark Inc. show that annual medical costs are lower by $2,956 and $1,029 for individuals with heart disease or cerebrovascular disease (stroke), respectively, who are treated for gum disease. "Once again, our UCWellness study...
     
  • A global chance to celebrate the wonderful green nut
    Going nuts for World Pistachio Day on February 26th?  Let's celebrate the day and reflect on the amazing history and modern day health benefits of this wonderful nut. Did you know the word pistachio comes from a mix of Persian and Latin? Originating in western Asia, pistachios are one of the oldest flowering...
     
  • New report says fewer women dieting
    Fewer women are dieting, according to a new study from NPD Group and featured in the February issue of Food Nutrition & Science. NPD's most recent study finds dieting to be on the decline, with women leading the trend. In 1992, 34 percent of women were on a diet; today that number drops to 23 percent. "...
     
  • Forty percent of all patient visits to free clinics – two out of every five visits – are for cardiovascular disease, according to clinics surveyed by the global health and disaster relief organization AmeriCares. Free clinic officials also reported 50 percent of their patients have high blood pressure...
     
  • February is National Pet Dental Health Month, which helps us remember the importance of providing good oral and dental care for our pets throughout the year. A professional dental cleaning performed by your veterinarian is a routine, safe procedure that is administered under general anesthesia to create less stress...
     
  • Published today online by the New England Journal of Medicine, findings from the landmark Spanish PREDIMED (PREvención con DIeta MEDiterranea) trial, report that a Mediterranean diet including nuts, primarily walnuts, reduced the risk of cardiovascular diseases (myocardial infarction, stroke or cardiovascular...
     
  • Many adults begin the early weeks and months of a new year trying to launch and maintain a rigorous exercise program. And yet, these overly ambitious and strenuous efforts often result in injury, and ultimately, discouragement and the return to sedentary habits.  In 2011, more than 800,000 Americans received...
     
  • To elevate the importance of enhanced vision and kick-off its 2013 campaign – Transitions adaptive lenses as the “Official Sponsor of Sightseeing” – Transitions Optical, Inc. will unveil the “Feast Your Eyes Enhanced Vision Experience” at the Food Network South Beach Wine...
     
  • Transforming the health care experience for patients is the inspiration behind the new Franciscan Medical Building at St. Joseph that opened on Feb. 19. The new 120,000 square-foot destination care center, located at 1608 South J Street in Tacoma, was developed by Franciscan Health System and Frauenshuh HealthCare...
     
  • "While winter is on the wane, our viruses of winter are still not finished with us yet. With a few more months of the cold and flu season left, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is trying to rear its all too ugly head. As the CDC reports, wintertime brings a host of respiratory infections including...