Your Health

Could a Water Fast Help You Fight the Flu?

Research suggests a short-term water fast can regenerate the immune system, recruit stem cells, and may help protect you against one of the most severe flu seasons in a decade. This year’s Type A influenza, H3N2, has been associated with more complications, hospitalizations, and deaths than any flu since the swine flu epidemic of 2009.

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Therapeutic riding programs help veterans cope with PTSD, MU study finds

In the United States, military veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often are prescribed therapeutic horseback riding (THR) as a complementary therapy, but little is known about how these programs affect PTSD in military veterans. Now, a University of Missouri study has determined that veterans had a significant decrease in PTSD scores just weeks

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For Older Adults, Volunteering Could Improve Brain Function

MU researcher finds association between volunteering and improved cognitive functioning, especially among women and those with lower levels of education Story Contact: Sheena Rice, ricesm@missouri.edu, 573-882-8353 By Megan Liz Smith Older adults worried about losing their cognitive functions could consider volunteering as a potential boost, according to a University of Missouri researcher. While volunteering and

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Are couples who choose to ‘live apart’ tested when partners require caregiving?

Previous research has shown that unmarried adults are choosing long-distance or cross-residential relationships as a way to have companionship and independence later in life. Jacquelyn Benson, an expert of older adult relationships from the University of Missouri, has found that such couples safeguard personal autonomy to maintain partnerships and relationship satisfaction. While autonomy is paramount

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How to Avoid Mosquitos

Missouri State Parks has increased its awareness and prevention campaign regarding mosquitoes after the Jefferson County Health Department identified a mosquito carrying the West Nile virus in Mastodon State Historic Site near Imperial. Staff at the site will increase efforts to advise and educate all visitors on ways to minimize being bitten by mosquitoes. Information

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Heat-related Illnesses a Real Danger with Higher Temps, Humidity

Mizzou Urgent Care physician offers tips on beating the heat A University of Missouri Health Care physician suggests that people take precautions to protect themselves against high temperatures and humidity levels. “Heat-related illnesses that we treat most often at Mizzou Urgent Care include dehydration, heat rash and heat exhaustion,” said Karli Urban, M.D., assistant professor

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Glycemic index: How useful is it for managing health?

People looking to lose weight or eat healthier have sought to reduce calories, carbs and fats in their diets. In recent years, health-conscious consumers have been seeking out foods with a low glycemic index. But how effective is this for managing health? “The glycemic index is used with foods that contain carbohydrates,” says Janet Hackert,

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Red Cross Says Resolve to Get Prepared for Disasters in 2017

New Year’s Resolution: Red Cross Says Resolve to Get Prepared for Disasters in 2017 The New Year is coming and many will look forward and make resolutions about things they want to do in 2017. The American Red Cross asks everyone to add, “Getting prepared for emergencies,” to their list of resolutions for the coming

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