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5 Symptoms That May Not Be What They Seem

These symptoms may look like one thing but could be the result of an unrelated diagnosis. Some symptoms—like sneezing, coughing, congestion—are pretty obvious signs of allergies or the common cold. But sometimes even the most familiar symptoms can actually be caused by something completely unexpected. Below are five common symptoms that may look like one thing but could be the result of an unrelated diagnosis.

All About Meditation

An introduction to this popular mind-body practice and its many benefits. All of a sudden, everyone seems to be meditating. Whether it’s for greater health and wellbeing, improved productivity or deeper spirituality, meditation has something to offer everybody—including you. Some people think that they can’t meditate because they don’t have time, they can’t clear their minds, or they don’t want to sit on the floor.

The Benefits of Aspirin

This old-school pain reliever is often passed up in favor of ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Here are a few reasons why aspirin may still have a valuable place in your medicine cabinet. Although aspirin has been around for more than 100 years, chances are your doctor or pediatrician tends to recommend ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain and fever relief. And while those remedies do a great job, aspirin, also known as acetylsalicylic acid, may still have a valuable place in your medicine cabinet.

How to Fight an Insurance Claim Denial

Been denied by your health insurance provider? Strategic ways to appeal a denial and get the insurer to reconsider. If your health insurance company denies a claim for a needed treatment or medication, you may feel helpless and wonder if there’s anything you can do to fight the decision. Don't be discouraged: Experts say that there are strategic ways to appeal a denial and get the insurer to reconsider.

Why Patients Stop Taking Medications

Approximately 50% of Americans do not take medications as directed. We look at some of the reasons why and offer tips for staying on track. Have you ever stopped taking an antibiotic a few days earlier than directed because your symptoms had resolved and you figured you no longer needed it? Not following directions when it comes to taking medications can result in their failure to completely cure your illness, and it may get worse or reoccur.

7 Contagious Skin Conditions

The symptoms may sound scary, but most of these conditions can be successfully treated with simple medications. Ouch! The skin you’re in can be plagued by a variety of conditions that itch, ooze, sting, and burn. To help keep your skin healthy, it’s important to take good care of it. "The skin is designed to be your wall against the outside environment," say Doris Day, MD, a dermatologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

How to Treat a Gunshot Wound

Eight tips for helping out in a very serious emergency. More than 67,000 Americans show up in emergency rooms each year with injuries from handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Most are nonfatal and many are accidents, but all require proper care. The extent of damage, and the outcome, varies, depending on which part of the body is hit and the circumstances of the shooting.

Can Your Mood Predict Your Risk of Dying?

Are happiness and health related? Don’t worry, be unhappy: Your bad mood won’t increase your chances of getting sick and dying, according to a study in The Lancet. Happiness is often thought to affect wellbeing, and in a decade-long study of a million British women ages 50-69, researchers asked participants about how often they felt happy, stressed, or relaxed; they also studied official records of deaths and hospital admissions.

The Top Health Trends of 2016

A fitness instructor and dietician takes a look at four new trends in food and exercise, and explains why it is important to try new things. A healthy lifestyle requires an ongoing commitment, but there's no reason you can't explore different ways to stay the course. After all, "New and trendy ways of eating and staying active prevent healthy habits from becoming stale, and that helps you stay motivated over time," says Jessica Crandall, RDN, CDE, AFFA, certified group fitness instructor and dietitian at Denver Wellness and Nutrition.

The 7 Most Toxic Products in Your Home

Replace some of these common household products with safer alternatives. Home, sweet, home…or home, sick, home? Everyday products in your home may be posing serious threats to your health. Here are seven common household items that may be doing more harm than good and what you can use instead. 1. Dryer Sheets Why they’re bad: "Dryer sheets contain a slew of chemicals," says Robert Weitz, a certified microbial investigator and founder of RTK Environmental Group in Stamford, CT.

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