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Flu ramps up as 2019 winds down

The Centers for Disease Control [CDC] has warned that cases of influenza are on the upswing in many states, pointing to an earlier and potentially harsher flu season than the nation experienced in 2018-2019.

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Redefining COPD

Medical researchers at dozens of leading institutions around the nation have proposed updating the criteria for diagnosing early-stage disease which, if adopted, could increase the number of COPD patients by 2 to 5 million.

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Rate of U.S. twin births trending down

The number of twins being born to American mothers is falling after three decades of increases, according to a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics. Since 2014, the twin birth rate has declined by 4% to its lowest level in more than a decade, to a rate of 32.6 twins per 1,000 births in 2018.

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‘Tis the season … to limit excess sugar

Before digging into that plate of tasty Christmas cookies, consider this: According to the American Heart Association [AHA], the average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day – far exceeding its recommendation of about 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 for men.

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Gift card scams

Far beyond their usefulness as last-minute Christmas presents, gift cards now often serve a more sinister purpose: enabling scammers to steal money from consumers – to the tune of $74 million during the first nine months of 2019 alone, according to the Federal Trade Commission [FTC].

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Home alone for the holidays

Although the holidays bring thoughts of celebrations and togetherness with friends and family, many seniors face an entirely different type of holiday season: a lonely one.

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Your holiday mood: “Joy to the World” or “Bah Humbug?”

In addition to visits from family and friends, the holiday season can often bring unwelcome guests: anxiety, fatigue and depression. The holidays come with a long list of demands, and keeping up with them along with the realities of daily life – all while trying to make things “perfect” – can become overwhelming.

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Study points to downside of Daylight Savings Time

After “falling back” nearly a month ago, most of us probably believe our bodies have fully adjusted to the reduced amount of sunlight that comes with the end of Daylight Savings Time [DST]. Not so, says researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who claim that setting the clocks back an hour has a harmful long-term impact on many peoples’ brains.

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