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    The Caregivers’ Guide to Summer Travel

     Marki Flannery President, Partners in Care   Lily Avelon used to travel the world, but she hadn't left the country in 10 years as her Parkinson's disease advanced. It took a simple question from her occupational therapist to get her back in the air. "She told me she loved to travel, and I said, 'Well, why can't you?'" recalls Gerard Muncic, an occupational therapist with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. He helped her talk through — and create solutions for — the many obstacles she feared. One by one, Gerard broke down those barriers. Surely she could get to and from the airport, and once there, she could…

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    Healthy eating without the hassle

    Healthy eating without the hassle May 31, 2011  The latest nutritional science points toward a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, paired with healthy sources of protein and fats. A largely plant-based diet with protein from fish, skinless poultry, nuts, legumes, and small amounts of lean meats opens the door to good health. Equally important is to choose foods in forms that are as close as possible to the way they came from nature. A cherry, for example, is a better choice than a cherry fruit bar. Whole-grain bread trumps white bread.

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    How to Burn Calories Without Going to The Gym

      Finding time to exercise can be challenging. Many of us place time for ourselves at the bottom of the list, making others our priorities despite the fact that we also understand, “If you canʼt take care of yourself, youʼll have a harder time taking care of others.” That being said, if you understand the benefits of making time for even 10 minutes of exercise a day, you will not only feel the results, but start to see them as well!. And for those of you who still tell me you donʼt even have 10 minutes, I am telling you that multitasking might be your answer. We talk on the…

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    To Feel Better, Exercise Harder: Study

    Mood improves more after vigorous exercise, researchers find WEDNESDAY, May 4  — Vigorous exercise offers more of a mood boost than less strenuous exercise, a new study finds. U.K. researchers compared 11 sedentary people who did moderate and high-intensity exercise. Their mood was assessed before, during, immediately following, and 20 minutes after they did the workouts. The participants’ moods were more negative during and immediately after high-intensity exercise, compared to when they did the less strenuous exercise or no exercise. However, their mood 20 minutes after doing the vigorous workout was much better compared to before the workout.

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    Why Japan’s crisis causes worry, fear of radiation risk in the U.S.

      radiation risk in the U.S.  If the thought of a “nuclear meltdown” scares you more than the thought of undergoing a medical test that involves radiation, there’s a reason for that – and it involves more than just the amount of radiation involved in one versus the other. It has to do with the way you (and all of us) perceive risks.

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    Cell Phones Affect Brain Activity

        By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today February 22, 2011                     MedPage Today Action Points     * Note that in this study, in healthy participants and compared with no exposure, 50-minute cell phone exposure was associated with increased brain glucose metabolism in the regions closest to the antenna.      * Point out, however, that the physiologic or clinical significance of these findings as well as the cause is unclear and it is not known if there are any harmful or long-term consequences. Review Holding a cell phone to the ear for an extended period of time increases activity in regions of the brain…

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    Yoga: Tap into the many health benefits

    Chronic stress can lead to a variety of health and emotional problems. Yoga can be an effective method to reduce stress and anxiety. See how to get started. By Mayo Clinic staff Your kids are demanding the latest video game, your boss wants that report done yesterday, and your partner wants to know what’s for dinner. Stress and anxiety are everywhere. If they’re getting the best of you, you might want to make like a cobra or a mountain and try yoga.