Lung Cancer Awareness

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. If lung cancer is found at an earlier stage when it is small and before it has spread, people have a better chance of living longer. However, lung cancer can be harder to detect at an early stage because it may not be accompanied by common symptoms such as coughing, trouble breathing, and wheezing. If you are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to talk with your doctor immediately.

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It's Your Life. Treat Your Diabetes Well.

November is National Diabetes Month. Here’s to managing your diabetes for a longer, healthier life.

There isn’t a cure yet for diabetes, but a healthy lifestyle can really reduce its impact on your life. What you do every day makes the difference: eating a healthy diet, being physically active, taking medicines if prescribed, and keeping health care appointments to stay on track.

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Adding up the cost of caregiving

Serving as a caregiver means understanding the financial implications for you.

This year, approximately 34.2 million Americans will provide unpaid care to an adult 50 years old or older, according to a June 2015 report by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving.

Caregiving isn’t just emotional — it’s financial. If you are taking care of an aging parent, spouse, or close relative, you’ll likely make a number of wealth-related decisions.

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Common Illnesses Kids Pick Up in School

Does it ever seem like your school-age child brings home a new infection every few weeks? Kids get a lot of wonderful things in school—math and reading skills, development of social skills to make friends and cooperate with others, learning how to be disciplined and independent—to name just a few. But the unfortunate reality is that school can be a hotspot for bacteria and viruses and a source for lots of common kid illnesses, especially for younger school-age kids whose immune systems are still maturing.

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Aging in place – the top 5 benefits of seniors staying in their homes

Life can be though, and growing old is no exception. As we age, lots of seniors prefer to stay right where they are — in their homes. Certainly the aging process is complex, and there’s no one size fits all option when it comes to what’s best. Still if you ask us, as long as a senior is competent to care for themselves or living with a competent spouse they should have full control over their living situation. And for many, that means staying in their home. Because of advances in medicine, technology, and professional caregivers, this may be a safer option than ever before. Here are our top 5 benefits of again in place.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

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How to Reduce Screen Time in the Digital Age

Smartphones have transformed modern life in more ways than anyone could have imagined. They enable 24/7 access to infinite information and tools that help us stay organized, track our fitness, express ourselves and be entertained. However, easy access to these digital devices and their habit-forming qualities has led to high screen time for both children and adults and emerging research suggests that such high screen use can have a negative impact on mental health.

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Avoid weekend migraine “triggers”

Dear Chris, I seem to get migraine headaches on the weekends, but I can’t tell why that would happen to me so regularly? What do you say? - Lisa in Libertyville,

Dear Lisa, Depending on which research you believe (I always believe the research that supports what I always thought and ignore the rest), some people do experience weekend migraines. Experts theorize this might be due in part to changes in sleep and diet patterns, stress levels, and caffeine.

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Burnout

6 psychological signs it’s time for a new start

No, work isn't meant to be a "walk in the park," but it certainly shouldn't be an unpleasant, draining undertaking, either.

As an entrepreneur, there are seemingly countless demands keeping you busy throughout the work day. Even the mundane task of checking emails can turn into a major time burden.

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