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14 Foods to Never Feed Your Pet

14 Foods to Never Feed Your Pet

Almost everyone with a pet has been guilty one time or another of feeding their pet table scraps. When you’re eating dinner and your beloved pet gives you ‘the eyes’, it can be nearly impossible to resist, and who doesn’t like spoiling their pet? Unfortunately, an occasional table scrap may be more harmful than you think.

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Dealing with Chronic Insomnia

Dealing with Chronic Insomnia

Insomnia is defined as a disorder which makes it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both.1 This disorder not only affects your sleep, it can also have harmful effects on your mood, motivation, health, work performance, and overall quality of life. With all these problems associated with insomnia, it’s easy to see why this disorder should be addressed.

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The Harmful effects of Inactivity

The Harmful effects of Inactivity

Ancient physicians such as Hippocrates believed and understood the benefits of physical exercise. However, during the 20th century, an opposite view began to form. In fact, patients of heart attack were prescribed bed rest!

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Fireworks Safety for the Fourth of July

Fireworks Safety for the Fourth of July

Each year, Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with food, family, friends, and of course, fireworks. This holiday can leave many lifelong memories; however, with all the fun and celebration comes some very serious dangers.

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The Causes of ADHD

The Causes of ADHD

We all know ADHD is characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. However, not much focus is put on the cause. Unfortunately, a simple, definitive answer is not fully known or understood. While no one truly knows, evidence strongly points to genetic factors.

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Spring Health for your pet

Spring Health for your pet

Spring is here, the weather is warmer and days are longer. Just like you, your pet wants to go outside and enjoy to beautiful weather. So what does this mean for your pet? For starters, ticks, fleas, allergies, and a greater risk of injury. You and your pet will be spending much more time outside so it is only natural that more troubles will occur.

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Heat Stroke in Pets

Heat Stroke in Pets

Heat stroke is a life threatening issue for both humans and pets. As humans we can shed layers of clothes to stay warm this is not the case for pets. Imagine not being able to shed your winter clothes on a hot summer day, and you could only cool yourself by panting, to say the least it would be difficult to stay cool. Recognizing the signs of heat stroke in your pet is crucial. Dogs with short noses, heavy coats and heart or respiratory problems have a higher heat stroke risk so make sure to watch them with extra caution. Some pets are more suited for the heat, so make sure to know what weather your pet is bred for.

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Immaturity and ADHD Diagnosis

Immaturity and ADHD Diagnosis

ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral condition diagnosed to our children. According to the CDC, 9.5% of children age 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD since 2007 – that’s 5.4 million children! On average, there is a 3% increase in children diagnosed each year. That is an alarming number, and what is leading to this drastic increase? A recent study published in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) found that the youngest children in the classroom are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

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Bloating and Water Retention

Bloating and Water Retention

When women reach a certain age, they begin to go through menopause. This is when the body has reached the end of fertility. For the majority, menopause begins around age 50, but for some, it may start earlier.

Menopause begins with a reduction in the production of hormones estrogen and progesterone. This reduction causes many symptoms including: hot flashes, flushes and/or cold flashes, night sweats, mood swings, thinning hair, irregular periods, and vaginal dryness.

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The Facts on Hypertension

The Facts on Hypertension

Blood pressure is defined as the pressure exerted by blood circulating on the walls of the blood vessels, and it is one of the common vital signs. Our hearts pump blood through our arteries and throughout our body. It is when people develop high blood pressure (hypertension) that problems can arise.

A normal blood pressure range is considered less than 120/80. People at risk for hypertension are considered to have pre-hypertension, which is blood pressure ranging 120-139/80-89. Anything higher is considered hypertension. Stage 1 high blood pressure ranges from 140-159/90-99 and Stage 2 high blood pressure is anything 160 and above/100 and above.

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