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National Mental Health Month

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May is national mental health month. Approximately one in five Americans will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post traumatic stress disorder are just a few illnesses that can affect us. Many people will suffer in silence, as they feel ashamed to admit that they have a problemMORE

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Brush Up On Boat Safety

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As the saying goes: If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, you’re lucky enough. That adage holds true for any of the bodies of water in our beautiful coastal region. While the opportunities for water-based recreation definitely place us in a fortunate position, don’t count on luck to keep you safe on theMORE

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Donʼt Worry; Be Happy—It Will Probably Make You Healthier, Too

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Are you an irrepressible optimist? Do you know someone whose mood tends to be low, and goes downhill from there? Research suggests that the cause of these personality differences is probably half genetics, half choice. And that the glass-half-full person is likely healthier in body, as well as mind. Studies of identical twins who wereMORE

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When The Bee Stings…

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April showers bring May flowers… and flowers bring bees and other stinging insects. Just as it’s common for humans to become more active with the onset of spring, so it is with insects. They typically stay active throughout the summer and early fall, going into overwinter mode as the cold weather sets in. For mostMORE

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For Many, The Joys of Spring Also Bring The Miseries of Allergies

Ah, spring. Days become longer and warmer. Flowers bloom. Birds sing. And allergies kick in. So far, the 2016 allergy season is shaping up to be especially active. Because of leap year, the spring equinox came a day early and during the first part of March, temperatures were 10 to 30 degrees higher than normalMORE

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Go Ahead… Sing Your Heart Out!

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Do you find yourself humming as you go through your day? Do you sing along with the radio, or while taking a shower? If so, good for you! Literally. Research shows that singing is not just fun and mood enhancing, it also has significant health benefits. Studies of the brain show that singing releases bothMORE

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Quitters Win: Stop Smoking To Reclaim Better Health

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The bad news is widely known: Smoking tobacco is an addictive habit that can lead to serious health problems and diseases, as well as an early death. The good news is not as well publicized: Quitting. Even in long-time smokers, quitting will greatly reduce the risks for developing smoking-related diseases, thereby positively impacting life span.MORE

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Red: The Traditional Valentine Color Is Also A Heart-Healthy Wine Choice

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Not only is February the month of Valentine hearts; it’s also Heart Health month. So if your romantic evening includes having a glass of wine or two, take heart. According to an article posted by the Mayo Clinic, “The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasingMORE

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Safety On Ice – Don’t Let This Advice Slip By

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In southeastern North Carolina’s moderate climate, icy weather is not a common problem. Which, ironically, might make dealing with it all the more difficult. Because many of us have relatively little experience navigating icy surfaces, we at Medac see a significant increase in injuries from slips and falls when the temperature dips below freezing. AtMORE

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Indoor Air Quality: Breathe Easier During The Coldest Months

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While winter weather has been slow getting started in southeastern North Carolina, we have experienced a couple of cold spells, with ample opportunity for more in the weeks and months to come. Chilly temperatures can cause us to seal up our homes to keep out the cold and make our home heating systems more energyMORE

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