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    Lemon and fruit make this parfait a refreshing treat for a light Valentine's day dessert (or romantic breakfast!)

    Healthy Eats: Vanilla-Lemon Berry Parfaits - MeMD

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    3 Healthy Sweets for Your Sweetie this Valentine's Day!

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    It's nearly Valentine's day - here's how you can celebrate in a healthy way!

    Nurturing Your Heart Health this Valentine’s Day - MeMD

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    Heading to a Super Bowl party this weekend? Better get a flu shot...

    Could Super Bowl Fever Give You the Seasonal Flu? - MeMD

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    #TipTuesday: For healthy teeth, don't brush your teeth immediately after meals and drinks, especially if they were acidic. Acidic foods — i.e. citrus fruits, sports drinks, tomatoes, soda — can soften tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth at this stage can speed up acid's effect on your enamel and erode the layer underneath, which can lead to pain and sensitivity. To prevent this from happening, wait 30 to 60 minutes before brushing.

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    Can shoveling snow really cause a heart attack?

    Why Are You More Likely to Have a Heart Attack in the Winter?

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    22 countries that have now seen outbreaks of the Zika virus.

    The Zika Virus: 4 Things You Need to Know - MeMD

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    A car emergency kit seems unimportant until it's too late. Then you'll wish you didn't leave home without one.

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    #TipTuesday: Eating healthy may be wonderful for your body and mind, but it can take a toll on your wallet. One way you can save is by buying in-season produce! Not only are in-season fruits and veggies typically the tastiest, they're often sold at the lowest price. Some common fruits and vegetables that are in-season for winter include: Grapefruit, oranges, potatoes, yams, onions and leeks.

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    #TipTuesday: Go green! Researchers found drinking green tea with your antibiotics helps the medication destroy harmful bacteria up to three times more effectively. The study showed that consuming green tea at the same time as taking antibiotics appeared to increase the action of the antibiotics, and reduce drug resistance in bacteria - making it easier to fight off drug-resistant bacteria, and even superbugs!

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    Eat your greens to stay sharp! Researchers discovered that people who eat one to two servings of leafy greens daily had the cognitive ability of a person 11 years younger than those who consumed none. Leafy greens include arugula, romaine lettuce, mesclun mix (or "spring mix"), spinach, kale, collard, turnip and mustard greens, watercress, chard, broccoli rabe and Chinese broccoli. The high vitamin K content found in these greens is credited as a way to help slow cognitive decline.

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    If you’ve been chanting ‘new year – new you” to yourself since the first, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of this year’s clean slate and focus on your mental health.

    5 Everyday Habits that Are Bad for Your Mental Health - MeMD

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    Have you set a goal to get in shape for 2016? If your New Year’s resolution revolves around fitness, check out these workout trends...

    2016’s Fitness Fads - MeMD

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    It may be early in the year – but 2016 already has a number of healthy dieting trends that might actually make a big difference in the way you eat!

    Healthy Food Trends for 2016 - MeMD

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    #TipTuesday: If you've been following your post-holiday diet - weigh to go! Now it's time to start tracking your progress (and make sure pesky pounds don't find their way back on). It's best to step on the scale in the morning before eating or drinking — and prior to starting your daily activities. For the most reliable number, be sure to check your poundage at a consistent time, whether daily or weekly.

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    #TipTuesday: Soak up some sun! Our bodies use sunlight to help the skin produce the vitamin D it needs to build bones, suppress inflammation, strengthen the immune system and protect against cancer (including skin cancer). During winter - or if you live in an area that gets minimal sun exposure - you may need to pay closer attention to your vitamin D levels. You'll want your level to be in the 50-80 ng/ml range.

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    Have you started thinking about your resolution for 2016? Here are some ideas!

    3 Bite-Sized New Year’s Resolutions That Are Easy to Keep - MeMD

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    The #Millennial’s Guide to #Healthcare - Improve your care quality if you're part of this tech-savvy generation:

    The Millennial’s Guide to Healthcare - MeMD

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    #TipTuesday: Add healthy fats to every snack or meal - it could reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes! When your meal contains protein, fiber, and even fat, your body's insulin response slows, stabilizing your blood sugar. One study of more than 32,000 women, showed that the ladies whose diets had the highest glycemic load (a measure of how quickly a food spikes your blood sugar) had more than twice the risk of heart disease, compared with those whose diets had the lowest load.

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    #TipTuesday: Debug your desk -- As many as 283 species of bacteria can thrive in ordinary office dust, including nasty streptococcus, the main cause of strep throat. Wipe down your workstation, keyboard, and phone regularly with an all-purpose disinfectant to prevent the spread of germs and illness.

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    If holiday weight gain is a common pattern in your life that always has you setting a New Year’s resolution to shed excess pounds, it may be time to change your strategy for holiday eating...

    Survival Tips for Holiday Eating - MeMD

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    As you look forward to your travels in 2016, think about these tips for fitness-forward travel in the New Year.

    Get Inspired for Fit Travel in the New Year - MeMD

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    While the holiday season should be a joyous one, it may be a tough time if you are dealing with seasonal depression, which can have a number of causes in the wintertime...

    Could Your Holiday Blues Be Seasonal Depression? - MeMD

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    What do you do when illness strikes in the middle of the night? #MeMD #Testimonial #HealthcareVirtuallyAnywhere

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    #TipTuesday: Crank down the volume. MP3 players can create sound up to 120 decibels -- equivalent to the sound of an ambulance siren and loud enough to cause hearing loss over time. Try following the 60/60 rule: Keep volume coming through your headphones to no more than 60% of the max, for no more than 60 minutes a day.

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