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Audio Dog ownership has its benefits

Oct 10, 2017 • By Doug Bennett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDogs are man’s best friend, but they can also be a good health partner for some people. Older dog owners who walked their dog at least once a day got 20 percent more exercise than those without dogs, according to recent findings by researchers in England. Those same dog […]

Audio Study shows little hard scientific evidence supporting many popular diets

Oct 9, 2017 • By Bill Levesque

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you cut your calorie intake and exercise regularly, you’re going to lose weight. That’s a no-brainer. But how effective are popular diets that say you can trim your waistline just by altering what you eat, such as taking in fewer carbohydrates, sticking with high-protein meals or eating like […]

Audio Millions are making mistakes with contact lens habits, CDC study says

Oct 6, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you wear contact lenses, you’re in good company. Roughly one in seven teens and one in six adults in the U.S. wear contacts — nearly 45 million people. And you’re likely doing it wrong. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found six of seven […]

Audio Coconut oil may not be a ‘superfood’ after all

Oct 5, 2017 • By Mina Radman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCoconut oil has developed a reputation as a superfood in recent years. Health blogs and diet gurus gush over its beneficial qualities, and those who follow the Paleo lifestyle praise its plant-based origins. People have been encouraged to use it in smoothies, as a coffee creamer and as a […]

Audio Patients reporting better quality of life after using medical marijuana

Oct 4, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhile a lot of attention is being focused on the passage and implementation of new laws legalizing marijuana for medical use, not much has been shared yet about the effectiveness of the drug for treating certain conditions. Now a new study finds medical marijuana users are reporting better health […]

Audio Blood pressure becoming a growing concern for kids

Oct 3, 2017 • By Greg Hamilton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou wouldn’t expect kids to have high blood pressure — that’s usually a problem that comes with being an adult. But high blood pressure in children is becoming increasingly common, so much so that the American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised their hypertension screening and treatment guidelines for physicians. […]

Audio Want to feel better in body and mind? Head to a beach

Oct 2, 2017 • By Isaac Heller

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s probably no surprise that spending time at the beach is thought to be good for your mind, body and soul. Now there is scientific evidence to support the notion. A study published in the journal Health & Place found those who live close to the coast enjoy better […]

Audio When cat meets pup

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen introducing a new puppy to your resident cat, you need a slow, steady game plan to make good impressions. First, set up your furry friends in separate rooms, each with canine or feline amenities. That way, each can hear and smell the other at a safe distance. Over […]

Audio Risks from raccoons

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’re a pooch parent, you probably know of the rabies risk to dogs from raccoon encounters. But there’s another, more unusual danger. A rare syndrome called coonhound paralysis can strike dogs within two weeks after being scratched or bitten by a raccoon. And while nobody knows the exact […]

Audio The canine opioid crisis

Oct 1, 2017 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe opioid crisis isn’t only killing tens of thousands of Americans each year, it’s claiming the lives of police dogs as well. Canine cops use their well-honed sense of smell to search out contraband, so they often inhale drug particles. And though dogs have been doing this for decades, […]

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