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School counselors’ duties expanding with growth of social media

By Kellie B. Gormly
When Jennifer DiVittis was in high school, she went to her guidance counselor for help scheduling classes and applying for college. Now that she’s a …

Ways to avoid colds and other viruses

By Erie Times-news
September is typically a prime season for colds and other respiratory illnesses. Children are back in school, spending lots of time in close contact — perfect conditions for spreading germs. Now comes Enterovirus-D68, a respiratory illness that looks a lot …

How to treat migraines

By The Washington Post
People who suffer migraines know that not even the best medicines may get rid of all the pain all the time. “Preventive medications help 50 percent of patients by about 50 percent,” says Sheena Aurora, an associate professor of neurology …

Pittsburgh event uses humor to get the word out on stroke prevention

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Strokes are no laughing matter. But the prescription of a large dose of comedy can be the best medicine to get the message across when …

How to be healthy with home cooking

By Environmental Nutrition Newsletter
If you stay out of the kitchen, chances are your diet — and health — will suffer. Several studies show that dining out often is …

How to help keep your vision

By The Washington Post
Our eyes provide us with a window on the world, but that window gets a little foggy and fragile as we age. Close-up vision blurs, and cataracts lie ahead for many. Tear ducts function less well, and eyes can get …

The buzz on caffeine in coffee: A genetic quirk

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee - and analyzed its DNA. They found that what we love about coffee - the caffeine - is a genetic quirk, not related to the caffeine in chocolate or tea. …

How to find the right workout gear for you

By Chicago Tribune
When you’re shopping for an upcoming workout, experts say to consider a few things alongside comfort. Material. Sonya Ramgotra, head of design for MPG Sport, suggests looking on the tag for materials that will benefit your workout. Keep an eye …

How to keep seniors safe from falls at home

By The Washington Post
Falls are a significant danger as we age. They cause serious injuries that can limit mobility, diminish quality of life and increase risk of premature death. They also are eminently preventable. The ease with which you can decrease someone’s risk …

No caddy needed in FootGolf

By Michael Machosky
Have you ever gone golfing, only to realize that you forgot your clubs? “Oh, well, no problem,” you might say. “I’ll just kick this soccer …

Tips to make growing old take a little longer

By The Monterey County Herald
Growing older isn’t for sissies. Case in point: Starting as early as age 45, muscle mass begins to decline at a rate of about 1 percent per year, according to researchers at Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on …

Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

By The Associated Press
Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven’t decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly half of parents said they’re not comfortable …

Kayaks overtake canoes as paddlers’ choice in Western Pa.

By Bob Karlovits
Call it the Kingdom of Kayaks. From the calm waters in Moraine State Park, Butler County, to the varying rapids of the Youghiogheny River in …

Are our chairs killing us? Get up and get moving, scientist urges

By The Los Angeles Times
There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. …

How to keep feet healthy during pedicure season

By The Washington Post
It’s sandal season, which means that nail salons are busy clipping, buffing and polishing toes galore. Tending those colorful toes, though, poses some health risks that should be considered, doctors say. Fungus, viruses and bacterial infections are a few of …

How to immunize yourself from contagious stress

By San Jose Mercury News
Stress has been identified as one of the major scourges of our modern age. Seventy-eight percent of American adults say their stress levels increased or stayed the same over the past five years, according to a 2013 American Psychological Association …

New workout craze Piloxing combines mix of disciplines

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
You most likely won’t find these individuals in a boxing ring anytime soon, but you might see them working on their punches — a left hook …

How to set and stick to fitness goals

By Philadelphia Daily News
Although some people agree that goal-setting is necessary, the real problem is not setting the goal, but sticking with it. Talk is cheap, and if you want to achieve your goals this summer — fitness or otherwise — you need …

How strong is that drink? Calculator helps figure

By The Associated Press
How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it’s made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine. The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: Take a look at its online alcohol …

Maritime merriment easy with boat-rental options around Western Pa.

By Emma Deihle
It’s summertime, and rather than stay on land, we prefer to take to the water. But don’t worry; you don’t need your own boat. Fortunately, …