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By Patrick Skerrett Harvard Health BlogMy first tick sighting was a mixture of horror and fascination. It happened during my one and only experience with summer camp, on the shores of Alma Lake in north central Wisconsin.One of my cabin mates discovered a big, fat tick burrowed into the skin of his belly. “Gross!” we chorused, unable to stop looking. Ideas for how to r…

Matt Bove, right, and friend Andrew Donner warm up for the Tough Mudder by flipping tractor tires. The hard driving obstacle race comes to Western New York for the first time this weekend. (John Hickey/Buffalo News) Matt Bove, 20, of Wheatfield, a senior at SUNY Buffalo State and summer intern at WKBW-TV, and some of his buddies have spent part of the past few weeks pull…

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It isn’t easy being the child of a clinical dietitian – but it is healthy. Ask Colleen Kilanowski’s kids.Kilanowski, 43, of Depew, has a 13-year-old son and 9- and 10-year-old daughters. She is project coordinator for the Childhood Weight Control Program at the University at Buffalo.She and Distinguished Teaching Pediatrics Professor Leonard H. Epstein are recruiting…

For all the overuse of antibiotic soaps and kitchen cleaners – North Americans spend billions of dollars annually on products that don’t clean up any more effectively than plain old soap – you may be uninformed about the big problems that can come from common infections and how easy it is to avoid them.So here’s our rundown on trouble-causing infections, such as gu…

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By Amy Moritz // News Sports ReporterOLEAN – The familiar sounds of basketball on hardwood and the squeak of sneakers filled the Reilly Center. I watched Jessica Jenkins instruct two guards in a variety of shooting drills, the emphasis on the minutia – where to place your feet, square your shoulders, point your wrist.It’s the details that turn good players into great…

Q. I had not had a chigger bite for more than 50 years, so I wasn’t sure what the bites were when I got some last year. I tried the old remedies, including nail polish and calamine lotion, to no avail.This year, I knew that when I worked in my garden, I would probably get chigger bites again. Sure enough, the bites itched like crazy.I read somewhere that toothpaste on a …

“I’m a yeller,” she said, she being the mother of three young children.“No,” I replied, “you’re not. There is no genetic predisposition toward yelling, and no biochemical or neurological condition that makes yelling inevitable much less irresistible.”“But I yell at my kids all the time it seems.”“I’m not arguing with that.”“Well, why then do I y…

Candy alert! Candy alert! As I mentioned in a previous column, chocolate in moderation is good for you – reducing heart attacks and stroke. Quite a few of you shouted hooray! Finally something good we can sink our teeth into. But as you know, a lot of candy is simply manufactured wasted calories with no health benefits. Now there’s a twist to that argument – black li…

By Heidi StevensChicago tribuneYour friend posts uncomfortably personal stuff about her kids on Facebook. Should you tell her to stop, for her kids’ sake?Parent advice from our panel of staff contributors:No, don’t tell her to stop. No one likes to be told to stop anything. And, if you do, you then get into a big fight with the friend. But I’d ask, “What does Littl…

Men and women over age 50 are encouraged to get screened for colorectal cancer, one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers.It is estimated that one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime.“Each year in New York State, more than 10,000 people develop cancer of the colon and rectum, and nearly 3,500 New Yorkers die from this disease,” Chri…

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With summer upon us, we all feel the desire to go out and enjoy life. psychotherapist and author Diane Lang suggests now is a good time to start living mindfully.Being mindful means to wake up to everything around you and be aware of present experiences. The happiest people live in the moment, Lang says. They learn from the past, plan for the future, but enjoy the present.…

www.whatdoctorsknow.comEveryone looks forward to summer – time to get away, get outside and have some fun. So what could be more unfair than catching a cold when it’s hot outside? How can cold symptoms arise when it’s not cold and flu season? Is there any way to dodge the summertime sniffles?Cold symptoms can be caused by more than 200 different viruses. Each can bri…

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By Anne BlissEatingWell.com“Eat your strawberries!” certainly isn’t invoked as often as “Eat your spinach!” But it turns out that in addition to being juicy and delicious, strawberries may rival spinach – and most other foods – in health benefits. Here’s what these mighty little berries can do:1. Protect your heart: A Harvard study published in January link…

By Cameron HuddlestonKiplinger Personal FinanceFiguring out how much hospitals charge for various procedures just got a lot easier.NerdWallet, a site that specializes in personal finance and price-comparison tools, recently created a “How Much Hospitals Charge” tool (nerdwallet.com/health/hospitals) that lets consumers see the price of the 100 most common inpatient ser…

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Health and wellnessBreast Cancer Support: Group meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 723A, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road. Lewiston. For info, call Kathy at 754-4719 or Joyce 434-5081.Celiac Support: For the newly diagnosed will meet at 10 a.m. next Saturday Mount Mercy Academy, 88 Red Jacket Parkway. Information will be provided on purchasing gluten-free fo…