Living Well Blog

Call it what you want—soda, tonic, soft drinks, pop or Coke—it’s one of the most popular beverages in the United States. Consumers drink 40 million gallons of soda in the U.S. Even though consumption is falling in the U.S., 50 percent of Americans drink soda every day, according to Gallup. Soda… See more
Hate getting a flu shot every year? Good news: The future of flu shots may be a painless patch. Researchers from Emory University and Georgia Tech have developed and tested a bandage-strip sized patch; results were published in a recent edition of The Lancet. The patch is designed to… See more
To put it mildly, skin cancer statistics are scary. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than new cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon combined. One in every five Americans will develop skin cancer during… See more
At age 61, Oscar Mestas didn’t have any obvious symptoms of cardiovascular disease. His cholesterol and blood pressure were normal. And he was physically active—he spent his career as an urban forester for the Texas Forest Service. Hiking and backpacking were part of his job. In his spare time, he… See more
Have you ever had a prescription claim denied by Medicare? It can be stressful and scary. You need your medicine – but it’s too expensive to pay for all of it out-of-pocket — which is why you have coverage to begin with. It can be frustrating too because the denial… See more
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, by the end of 2015, there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer among women and 2,350 new cases of invasive breast cancer among men.  Although breast cancer is not considered preventable, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), you… See more
Experts are predicting a longer, more severe tick season this summer, which may trigger an outbreak of tick-borne illnesses. In particular, researchers are worried about an uptick in Lyme disease and Powassan virus, a rare condition that  can cause brain inflammation. 

While Lyme… See more
Until a few years ago, millennials were the driving force behind sales of Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar and other so-called energy drinks. But that trend has been changing. In fact, Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers are now significant consumers of the highly caffeinated beverages.

While energy… See more
Zika may be public enemy number one when it comes to mosquito-borne viruses, but it’s not the only threat these insects pose. Other mosquito-borne viruses such as West Nile virus, dengue fever, malaria and Chikungunya also worry public health officials. Why are mosquitoes suddenly such a public… See more
For years, people have been forgoing an ingredient found in many breads because they believe it to unhealthy. But gluten, the umbrella term for proteins in found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale (a wheat-rye hybrid) isn’t necessarily unhealthy, unless you fall into the small percentage of people… See more
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