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Articles and advice on general health and wellness issues.

Elder Abuse: The Hidden Horror

Elder Abuse: The Hidden Horror

By Don Vaughan - October 6, 2014
Thousands of older Americans are abused each year by caregivers. Learn the signs of elder abuse, and know when to report your concerns to the protective services agency in your community. 

Fighting Fit — Q&A With Christian Marchegiani

Fighting Fit — Q&A With Christian Marchegiani

By Heidi Lynn Russell - February 19, 2014
Christian Marchegiani, a nationally known fitness coach in Australia, shares his insights on how to push past your pain barrier and learn to overcome emotional reactions to stress. Incorporate his tips into your workouts to increase speed, power, and explosiveness to the level demanded by combat.

Conquering the Urban Environment With Parkour

Conquering the Urban Environment With Parkour

By Don Vuaghan - August 19, 2013

Parkour looks like skateboarding without the board. Urban athletes seemingly effortlessly scale buildings and leap from rooftop to rooftop, performing feats right out of the best action films. With the help of the right instructor and a focus on safety, anyone can pick up the right moves and get started in parkour.

15 Health Tests for Men 65 and Older

15 Health Tests for Men 65 and Older

By Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan - August 1, 2013
Chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are on the rise for men in the U.S., partly because men do not take advantage of routine health screenings. Simple measures can reverse this trend. Find out which medical tests and screenings men your age need to monitor their health:

The CrossFit Advantage

The CrossFit Advantage

By Kenya McCullum - August 14, 2012
Teaser here

The Case for Getting Help With Addiction

The Case for Getting Help With Addiction

By Heidi Lynn Russell - February 5, 2013
Servicemembers who become dependent on illegal drugs, alcohol, and prescription drugs can turn to their service branches, the VA, and private treatment centers for help.

Medication Abuse

Medication Abuse

Thousands of people die each year through the abuse of legal drugs. Rear Adm. Joyce Johnson, D.O., explains the danger, how it happens — and what you can do to help.

Managing Pain

Managing Pain

The first step in managing pain is to eliminate the cause. When that’s not an option, medication and other pain-management modalities are necessary.

Stay Forever Young

Stay Forever Young

By Haley Shapley - November 28, 2011
These 5 health tips might help you stay in better shape longer.

Train for a Marathon

Train for a Marathon

By Kenya McCullum - October 25, 2011
Just because it’s been a while doesn’t mean you can’t start training for a marathon.

The War on Breast Cancer

The War on Breast Cancer

By Mark Cantrell - October 10, 2011
Advancements in breast cancer research are decreasing the amount of disease-related deaths

Keeping Your Back Healthy

Keeping Your Back Healthy

By Marilyn Pribus - January 11, 2011
There are many causes of back discomfort, but proactive treatment can help you say goodbye to back pain for good, and hello to a pain-free life.

Writing to Overcome Trauma

Writing to Overcome Trauma

By Stephanie Rodrigues Melson  - October 25, 2010
Whether it's during wartime or decades later, many veterans find writing helps them come to terms with traumatic experiences.

Be the Support System for a Woman With Breast Cancer

Be the Support System for a Woman With Breast Cancer

By Victor M. Parachin - September 27, 2010
Here are 8 ways to help a woman who's been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Model Care for Veterans with ALS

Model Care for Veterans with ALS

By Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan - July 30, 2010
A team-based approach to treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is allowing those afflicted by the disease to live longer, higher-quality lives.

Exercise Outside the Box

Exercise Outside the Box

By Kenya McCullum - December 10, 2009
These workouts can help you stay interested in staying in shape.

Influenza Outbreak

Influenza Outbreak

Get the facts on the current swine flu outbreak from Rear Adm. Joyce Johnson, USPHS-Ret.

Power Through a Plateau

Power Through a Plateau

By Amy Paturel - July 10, 2008
Dieting can have its share of ups and downs, but don't throw in the towel because you feel stuck. Here are some suggestions to help you stick with your weight-loss plan.