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  • Black Henna: Temporary Tattoos that Scar

    By Michelle Alford on December 13, 2011 in Articles
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    Dangerous chemicals added to henna tattoos to make them stain the skin a pure black can cause allergic reactions and permanent scarring in as much as 1.5% of the population, or 1 in every 75 people. Natural henna tattoos are created from the Lawsonia Inermis shrub. They leave a...

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  • A Healthy School Year for Children with Diabetes

    By Michelle Alford on November 21, 2011 in Articles
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    Children with diabetes face more challenges entering a new school year than their peers. Use the following tips to help your kids start the new school year with confidence while protecting their health. Work with your child and his or her doctor to create a Diabetes Medical Management Plan...

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  • The Dos and Don’ts of Online Health Research

    By Michelle Alford on September 30, 2011 in Articles
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    The internet is an amazing tool that has allowed patients to become more informed about their conditions and involved in their treatments than ever before; however, there are many pitfalls to online research as well. Media outlets, websites, and forums offer an abundance of information, and not all of...

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  • Removing Tattoos Without Scars

    By Michelle Alford on September 25, 2011 in Articles
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    Once a sign of rebellion, tattoos have become a common sight. According to a 2006 survey, more than 1 in every 3 Americans between the ages of 18 and 40 has gotten at least one tattoo. However, tattoo remorse is also on the rise. Recent studies show that 17 to...

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  • Treating Acid Reflux with Diet

    By Michelle Alford on August 31, 2011 in Articles
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    The incidence of acid reflux has increased dramatically over the past two generations. Recent research shows that as many as four out of every ten Americans are suffering from acid reflux. Once considered a disease of middle age, acid reflux also affects 37% of Americans between the ages of...

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  • 10 Things You May Not Know About Brushing

    By Michelle Alford on August 30, 2011 in Articles
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    It’s common knowledge that regular brushing is essential to dental health, but here are ten brushing facts that you may not know. It’s possible to brush too much. While brushing two or three times a day is ideal, brushing more than that could damage your teeth and gums. Brushing too...

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  • Five Things Women Should Know About Heart Disease

    By Michelle Alford on August 29, 2011 in Articles
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    When many consider heart disease, they see a man clutching his chest as he suffers from a major heart attack, but heart disease is just as prevalent among women. Because most of the earliest heart disease studies were focused on men, the differences in symptoms and treatments for women...

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  • Floss Your Way to Full Body Health

    By Michelle Alford on July 31, 2011 in Articles
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    Since a young age, we’re taught that regular brushing and flossing fights tooth decay and gum disease, but good dental hygiene promotes more than just a healthy mouth. Poor oral health can lead to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, reproduction dysfunction, and pneumonia. Daily brushing and flossing is the most effective...

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  • Healthy Gums for a Healthy Heart

    By Michelle Alford on July 31, 2011 in Articles
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    Gum disease affects more than just your mouth. Recent studies show that gum disease is a major component in the development of circulatory system diseases, including heart disease and stroke. By regularly brushing and flossing, you can decrease your likelihood of having a heart attack and prolong your life....

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  • Traveling with Diabetes

    By Michelle Alford on July 31, 2011 in Articles
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    Traveling can be stressful for anyone, but those with diabetes have to deal with a variety of additional hassles and potential health hazards. It’s important to take note of how changes in your routine can affect your blood glucose, to always have medication, supplies, and snacks available when needed,...

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