November 22-30, 2014 - Original Health Articles

Protect Yourself From Unexpected Medical Fees: Expert Advice on Keeping Surgery Costs in Check

Surgery can be scary. Not only are there risks associated with going under the knife, but recent news reports have called attention to another cause for concern: the large fees charged by out-of-network health care providers who have provided surgical assistance without a patient’s prior knowledge or approval.

Potassium for Stroke Prevention?

Do you get enough potassium? You need this mineral for various functions, including the building of proteins and muscle, and, according to a new study published in Stroke, high potassium intake may lower the risk of ischemic stroke in older women. Ischemic stroke, the most common form of stoke, is the result of an obstruction, or clot, in a blood vessel that leads to the brain.

Flu and Cold Forecast 2014-15: 6 Tips for Staying Healthy

It’s one thing to have a runny nose in winter, quite another to be battling an assortment of unpleasant symptoms and contagious germs for weeks on end. Here’s what to look out for this during this cold and flu season, and what you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

7 Ways to Keep Diabetes in Check This Thanksgiving

Many people view Thanksgiving as an opportunity to enjoy lots of heavy foods and rich treats. But if you have diabetes, you know that it’s essential to make healthy choices when it comes to planning your holiday feast. "Thanksgiving kicks off what can easily become a nonstop food indulgence," says Michael S.

What the Health Experts Are Eating This Thanksgiving

With the holidays in full swing, many people worry they’ll gain weight or fall off the diet wagon if they indulge in the bounty of the season. With all the stuffing, pie, and potatoes we see in our futures, we asked a few leading health professionals what they’d be eating on Thanksgiving and for their favorite tips for keeping the holidays healthy.

How Much Protein Do You Need?

Protein is having a moment. From Atkins to Paleo, it seems like everyone is eating a high protein diet. Even JetBlue is offering cricket—yes, cricket!—protein bars to airline passengers. Whether or not you eat a high-protein diet (or an insect snack mid-flight), chances are you’re concerned about your intake of this important nutrient.

6 Healthy (and Simple) Supermarket Food Finds

You may equate eating healthy with lots of preparation and fuss. But Janet Brill, PhD, RDN, CSSD, FAND, a Pennsylvania-based nutritionist and author, says the latest array of foods on your grocery store shelves and in the produce section make it easier than ever to get lots of great nutrients in single-portioned foods and snacks.

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