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What is radon, and how does it get into your house? Radon is a gas that occurs naturally in nature. It's odorless,
colorless, and tasteless, and produced by decaying uranium that's found in the rock and soil all over the nation. The problem comes in
when it escapes from the earth into the atmosphere. ...
What is your ideal weight? Today there are many charts and tables provided by the insurance industry that tell you
what you should weigh. Some of these charts list statistics on the relationship between height, weight and longevity. While such
information can be useful, it does have some problems. ...
What are some of the causes of sore feet? Our feet are probably the most abused parts of our bodies. In addition to
having to support all of our weight, they often are forced into poor fitting shoes or forced to perform acrobatics like walking on high
heels. It's no wonder sore feet are such a ...
How can a person tell if he's an alcoholic? Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States. It's a major
cause of death, not only from the physical diseases it causes, but from car crashes, falls, burns, drownings, homicides, and suicides.
And tragically, often the person who dies ...
Can you get in shape just by walking? Today, I'd like to share with you some of the benefits of an exercise program
consisting of regular walks. A daily brisk walk can burn off calories almost as effectively as a good run, and can do it with a lot less
pain and sweat. By the way, a "brisk walk" ...
Are there certain limitations or precautions for athletes with diabetes? Seven percent of the American population has
diabetes -- that's almost 26 million Americans. And about six million people don't even realize that they have the disease. There are
two kinds of diabetes, but both involve high ...
Is exercise good medicine? Exercise has been shown to treat and prevent hypertension, diabetes, obesity, high
cholesterol, high blood pressure and dozens of other diseases. In fact, if the health benefits of exercise could be sold in pill form, it
would likely be the most prescribed medicine in history. ...
Are there less-invasive alternatives to traditional open-heart surgery? There may be a new, minimally invasive heart
valve surgery on the horizon. A new procedure called transcatheter aortic valve implantation (or TAVI) replaces faulty heart valves
by snaking the valve through an artery or by making ...
Does diabetes increase the risk for cancer? If you suffer from diabetes, you're probably already aware that the disease
increases your chances of developing a host of other serious problems, including heart disease and stroke. But does having diabetes
put you at a greater risk for cancer? Script ...
Can prayer actually help reduce stress? Saying a prayer for other people may help tame a bad mood. A series of recent
studies showed that people who were intentionally provoked by researchers calmed down more quickly when they were then asked
to pray for someone less fortunate. It seems that praying ...
A listener asks, what is cellulite? If you believe the TV shopping channels and the magazine ads, cellulite is a type of fat
that accumulates on women's thighs and buttocks and is resistant to diets and exercise. The word was made popular in 1973, when
a book about it by a French woman sold over ...
What is mountain sickness and what can be done about it? Have you ever traveled to see a breathtaking view from a
high place and found you really couldn't catch your breath? You were probably suffering from mountain sickness, a common ailment
that affects many people at high altitudes. Script Number: ...
What causes acne and how is it treated? There are many myths surrounding acne. Despite the beliefs of some people,
acne is not caused by eating sweets or using the wrong soap. Of course, eating a good diet and practicing good hygiene are
important for your overall health, but it's unlikely one ...
What are placebos and how do they work? The word "placebo" comes from the Latin term for "to please" or "to serve."
A placebo is a drug that contains no active ingredients. But as a report in the Mayo Clinic Health Letter explains, sugar pills and other
placebos can sometimes serve patients just ...
What causes bladder incontinence? Bladder or urinary incontinence is most common among the elderly. Women are
more likely than men to have this problem. Infants and children are not considered incontinent, but merely untrained, up to the time of
toilet training. Occasional accidents are not unusual ...
How can you prevent melanoma? Melanoma is the most dangerous kind of skin cancer, and it's also highly preventable.
The best way to prevent it? Use sunscreen. But our culture tends to throw caution to the wind, along with sunscreen. As a family
physician, I can assure you that the majority of melanoma ...
Are there painless ways for people with diabetes to measure their blood sugar levels? Diabetes is a problem of too
much sugar. People with diabetes don't produce enough insulin, which the body needs to process sugar. So their levels grow out of
control unless they get replacement insulin treatment. ...
Do people with diabetes always get serious health complications later in life? A new study, conducted by researchers
at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and published in Diabetes Care, showed surprising results. It seems that people who have
lived for many years with type 1 diabetes may have ...
How serious are sports-related concussions? For kids, summer is the time for casual football matches, bicycle races
and other spontaneous sports. This is healthy. By all means, I encourage you to get your kids outside and active -- far away from
video games and computers. But bear in mind that there ...
Are there health benefits to meditation? Reducing stress and calming your thoughts have many benefits. One method of
achieving this calm is by mindfulness meditation. This relaxation method cues into our breathing and makes us more conscious of the
present moment. Script Number: 31221 For archived ...
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