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Turning back the clock with anti-aging treatments

These days, there are so many options for consumers who want to reduce the signs of aging, it can be hard to choose. The available facial products and procedures — ranging from drug store creams to plastic surgery — are NOT one size fits all!  In fact, depending on factors like general health, age, income, skin type, and desired effect, the “best” option will vary from person to person.

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Trends in medicine: What is evidence-based medicine?

News accounts of the latest medical research are hard to miss with coverage in magazines, newspaper health sections, radio, and television. While some of these studies may seem arcane, many are the basis for knowing which medical treatments are effective for patients and which are not. To actively participate in health care decision making, consumers need to understand how healthcare professionals are making treatment decisions.

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Dealing with stress

Stress is a normal part of everyday life, and it can be both good and bad. It can help a person survive threatening situations by preparing the body for defensive action. The resulting biological changes — a quickened pulse, sharpened senses, tensed muscles — are “fight-or-flight” responses shared by all humans. “Good” stress can stimulate creativity, endurance, and productivity. But prolonged stress can increase the risk of personal injury or disease.

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