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Losing weight and achieving the rippled "six-pack" stomach has become a national obsession. Although a year-round obsession for some, for many of us this focus on leanness intensifies with summer weather and the opportunity for more beach time.

Blood donors are a critical component of our medical system. An adequate supply of blood is essential for the treatment of medical problems ranging from severe accidents to cancer and even extreme anemia due to disease or a poor diet.

Journal articles don't usually cite "Seinfeld," but a recent study published in the May edition of Health Affairs mentions a memorable episode that shows how distressed the Elaine character gets when she discovers her doctor has labeled her a "difficult" patient.

Imagine you're getting ready for a day at the mall with your mother when she tells you she's feeling a bit dizzy and has a headache; you notice she's flushed and having a hard time walking.

Those of us in the health insurance industry enjoy a unique perspective on what keeps people healthy, or makes them unhealthy. Many things affect health, but three "big ones" are more likely than anything to ensure that we live long, healthy lives.

The majority of people I meet know someone — a friend or family member — who has had to deal with kidney failure and dialysis.

It's only March, but if you're like most people, some of those New Year's resolutions you made with the best intentions may already have fallen by the wayside. But don't be too hard on yourself.

The holiday season is a wonderful time for families and friends to gather, reconnect and build lasting memories. Yet we know from mental health studies and firsthand experience that it can also be a stressful time for both children and adults.

After years of research, the message is clear: Smoking kills. Tobacco use is responsible for 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States.

The movie "Contagion," about a deadly global virus epidemic, really interests me. Although it's fiction and greatly sensationalized for entertainment value, the events are based on reality. We've had worldwide pandemics like this before; remember SARS, ebola and the swine flu?

School's back in session, the kids are out of the house, and parents collectively express a sigh of relief.

Cataracts — a clouding of the eye's natural lens — are commonly associated with aging and are the leading cause of blindness in the United States.

The emergence of online electronic medical records is changing the face of health care, as it provides greater access to critical health care information and, consequently, opportunities for better patient outcomes.

As the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant developed following the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March, there was concern about radiation exposure in Hawaii.

On a recent interisland trip, I found myself nodding in agreement as the flight attendant explained the steps for putting on the oxygen mask that drops down in front of you in an emergency.

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