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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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What Are You Thinking? Tips for Sticking To Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy 2016, from the staff of Medac! Something about turning a calendar page on a new year causes us to see—and seize—the opportunities for positive changes in our lives. Whether you’re vowing to watch your diet, increase your exercise routine, save more money, or do something completely original, we’re here to offer you encouragement andMORE

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Deck The Halls… With Caution and Common Sense

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For most of us, the holiday season is the time for keeping spirits bright. While decorating our homes is part of the fun and festivities, the Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that thousands of people seek treatment for injuries resulting from holiday decorations every year— more than 13,000, in fact, during November and December ofMORE

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Practice ‘Less Is More’ In The Months Ahead

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Too much of a good thing… is not a good thing. Beginning with Halloween, rolling into Thanksgiving, progressing from holiday party to holiday party, until finally ringing in the new year… it’s not only exhausting; it tends to be unhealthy. With some planning and mindfulness, however, you can mitigate the damage to your health andMORE

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The Time, It Is A-Changing—And So Might Your Sleep Habits

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With Daylight Savings Time (DST) ending on November 1 this year, you’ll need to reset your clocks— including your internal one. Time changes on both ends of DST can affect sleep, which is a health concern for many. Sliding time forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall temporarily upsetsMORE

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Halloween Is In The Air, Which Means So Is Flu Season

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It’s time to be alert to things that can catch you off guard. So while you’re dodging dark corners, spooky sounds and practical pranksters, take up protection against another seasonal menace: the flu. Most flu cases occur between October and May, so the sooner you and your loved ones are protected, the better. Here’s aMORE

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Carving A Halloween Jack-O-Lantern? Fear Not!

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Halloween is on the horizon, which means pumpkins will soon be plucked from their patches and plopped onto porches throughout the area. While some will be left intact, many will be transformed into scary, funny or even elaborate works of art. According to Consumer Reports, pumpkin carving is the culprit for the significant spike inMORE

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When The Dog Bites

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Twenty-year-old Ellie was home from college and showed her mother Claire a sore on her hand. It was a puncture wound that had a greenish yellow center, and the skin around it was red, swollen and radiated heat. Ellie told her mom that the neighbor’s dog had nipped at her playfully, but it had piercedMORE

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