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As of last month, the average American’s credit card debt totaled $15,263; mortgage debt averaged $147,591; and student loan debt hit $31,646. And many households have all three. No wonder you’re more stressed than you were 10 years ago. Twenty percent of you now say you live with extreme stress daily, and we think the real number is even higher than that.It’s not news tha…

Health and wellnessParkinson Disease Caregiver Support: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, fifth-floor UBNS Administrative Offices, Dent Towers, 3980 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. For more info, call Mary Ellen at 833-5389.medication advice: Talk entitled, “Medication Adherence & Proper Medication Disposal,” 1 p.m. Wednesday, Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Ton…

Q. I read on your website about women desperate to reduce their libido. I used to suffer from the same unwelcome sexual desires. I think my sex drive was due to excess testosterone.I fixed this problem by drinking spearmint tea in the morning and the evening for several weeks. Spearmint is available in health food stores or Latino groceries, where it is sold as yerba buena…

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Here’s news you shouldn’t take sitting down: The more time you spend sitting each day, the greater your risk of heart disease. A new study suggests that people who sit for 10 or more hours a day are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those who sit five or fewer hours each day.Those who sat for 10 or more hours a day had an 18 percent higher risk than those w…

It was always the introduction for Georgiann Steely – the ringing of the doorbell, the approach to the man at the cash register – that made her palms sweat and knees knock.In grade school, she avoided these moments, ducking her face into her wavy auburn hair and waiting for her mother to escort her into crowded rooms or order her food. And her mother obliged.Instinctively …

Q: I’ve heard that the older we get, the less we need to consume. Meaning the average calories for a man should be 2,200, but a man like myself who is approaching 50, this number would be less. Is this true?A: Yes, in general, for Americans, our need for food goes down as we age. But it’s important to note that what is true for a sedentary population that eats nutrient-def…

Your son wants to come home from college every weekend. Should you let him?Parent advice:If he’s attending the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, probably not. But if the distance isn’t prohibitive, sure, why not? He may miss mom and dad or – shockingly! – his siblings. Maybe he just wants a home-cooked meal or to use the laundry facilities. As long as his visits don’t d…

The prevalence of asthma and allergic rhinitis – nose and throat allergies – has increased significantly during the past 40 years. Current data suggests that, in the U.S., approximately 10 percent of children have asthma.Childhood asthma is strongly associated with sensitivity to animal allergens, substances that cause allergy symptoms in people sensitive to a particular a…

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Every few months, it seems, there’s hype about the latest, hottest superfood. But lots of ordinary foods, many of which are stocked in nearly every grocery store in America, are “superfoods” brimming with various disease-fighting nutrients, usually without providing too many calories. ¶ The added bonus to eating more of these easy-to-find super-healthy foods? They won’t …

Ali Gaston, owner of The Nail Place in West Seneca, shares cancer info with her clients in September.   By Cherie Messore When Ali Gaston, owner of The Nail Place in West Seneca, lost her beloved Aunt Pam to ovarian cancer in 2011, she did what any niece would do. She cried. And then she got angry at a pervasive disease that kills thousands of women every year. Fin…

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So, you don’t know the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats? Simple and complex sugars? Which multisyllabic words on food labels are the vitamins and minerals, and which are the unhealthy preservatives?If you’re trying to figure it out at the supermarket – or if you’ve long since surrendered and decided to eat whatever you think might be healthy – a nutritiona…

There’s nothing worse than meeting someone and realizing that your breath smells like the tuna you had for lunch, stale coffee or worse. What you eat and poor oral hygiene are the main causes of halitosis, or bad breath.More than 600 kinds of bacteria live in the average mouth. Many produce smelly gases as they digest the tiny food particles lodged between your teeth and o…

It’s not every day that the region plays hosts to a guest speaker whose mission is to improve health care for the world’s poor, but that is the case today. Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founding director of Partners in Health, will speak at Canisius College at 7 tonight in the Montante Cultural Center. His lecture, entitled “To Repair the World,” is free and open to the public.…

The Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York will hold a new patient orientation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lupus Alliance office, 3871 Harlem Road in Cheektowaga. All newly diagnosed lupus patients, their families and friends are welcome. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease, often diagnosed after a serious, butterfly-shaped skin rash appears across the cheeks. The…

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WASHINGTON – The first time Sam Simon saw a screen used to project prayers during Sabbath services, “it took my breath away.” And not in the good sense.“It feels intrusive, disruptive on Shabbat,” the 68-year-old McLean, Va., techie said of his experience in a D.C. synagogue, using the Hebrew word for Sabbath.Only the most traditional interpret Judaism’s prohibition on wor…