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Patriotism and happiness may be linked to overall health

The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many people. Unlike the stress that comes with Thanksgiving and other holidays, such as relatives and in-laws visiting, gift shopping and traveling, the Fourth of July is generally a three-day weekend that screams fun and relaxation.

It takes more than carrots to maintain healthy vision

Peter Cottontail may know where he hid the eggs, but I am not sure he could find them if he was the one hunting for them. Those carrots he was eating to improve his eyesight weren’t enough to make a difference, according to my favorite eye care doctor, Chris Coker, O.D. He offers some great advice for Peter Cottontail that you may also find useful.

Keeping teeth healthy can be a challenge with age

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth! Really? That's it? Two? What about 32? I prefer all my teeth. Is that too much to ask? Oral diseases and conditions are common among older adults for several reasons. Some grew up without the benefit...

Holidays can harbor food poisoning risks

It's just about time for the first big holiday of the season known for family, friends and food. And although you might want to consider safety tips when it comes to family and friends (ha ha), you definitely will need to where food is involved...

Consider risks before embracing caffeine hype

Have you heard all the buzz lately about caffeine being associated with a reduced risk or delayed onset of dementia? A recent study published by the University of South Florida and the University of Miami monitored the memory and thinking processes...

Supplements can't make up for color-free eating

Color matters! Just because your pickle spear used to be a cucumber doesn't mean you're eating all your vegetables. And just because your pies have fruit filling doesn't mean you have fulfilled your fruit servings for the day. If this comes as a...

Splash into swimming with stroke technique tips

Watching these Olympic swimmers from 115-degree heat in Las Vegas makes me want to head over to the community pool and jump in. Do you ever wonder how those athletes make it look so easy? Many of us feel like we just swam the English Channel after...

Sugar, salt detection decline with age

Taste and smell are closely linked. Delicious tastes help ensure that we eat and enjoy food, while unsavory tastes help us stay away from poisons. But did you know that our sense of smell is estimated to be about 10,000 times more sensitive than our...

Check up on your New Year's resolution

We are coming up on a six-month check-in (July 1) for our New Year's resolution adherence. How are you doing? Hoping maybe the thought would disappear until January 2013? Well, I've been informally polling people lately about why they are not...

As heat arrives, it's important to stay hydrated

If you love water, you must love me! Water is mostly what I am made of. Water, the liquid portion of our cells and tissues, makes up more than 60 percent of our body weight. It is the nutrient the body needs in the greatest amount. Every cell,...

Prevention is best way to minimize fall injuries

I read an old Chinese proverb recently. It said, "Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up." Really? Refusing to get up? Refusing? How about this? I can't get up! That's right. I've fallen and I can't get up! As the American population...

Resolve to take on a reasonable exercise plan

Yes, it's the new year, and I am guessing you have already declared your annual "I'm gonna lose weight and exercise" New Year's resolution. Oh, the promises we make. You are not alone. And you are especially not alone when you go to the gym because...

Dress in dry layers for outdoor winter exercise

Our coldest months are upon us. January and February are typically very cold days in Southern Nevada. But people exercise and work in many cold-weather environments even here in Las Vegas. There are numerous factors that determine whether exercising...

Keep stress at bay during holidays

Get ready, here it comes! Thanksgiving. Christmas. Hanukkah. New Year's. The most wonderful time of the year. Crowds of people everywhere. Traffic jams. Buying gifts and overspending. Traveling delays. Relatives. Argghh! While the death of a spouse...

Give yourself permission to go out and play

The association between physical activity and decreased risk of morbidity and mortality has been well-documented. Eighty-eight percent of Americans agree that exercise is good for their health, and 70 percent report that they exercise regularly. But...

Create your own experience as you age

I'm excited to share my expertise as well as my journey with you in this column as I begin the evolution into my prime years. Although I bring an enthusiastic attitude, a strong will and a youthful mind-set, with many years of competitive sports and active living, I also suffer from the physical aches and pains from old sports injuries and arthritis.