Arthritis

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Arthritis* The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. This condition produces a gradual, age-related deterioration of joint cartilage. As the disease progresses and the cartilage continues to break down, exposed bone ends rub together and may develop growths, called spurs. Then, when the joint moves, the spurs grind…

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Asthma

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Asthma* This chronic breathing disorder and lung disease affects as many as 15 million Americans. In an asthma attack, the bronchial tubes that feed air into the lungs become swollen and constricted, making it difficult to breathe. The narrowing of these airways triggers the release of compounds called histamines and other chemicals into the body.…

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Water

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Demand for bottled water is growing about 10 percent annually, faster than other beverage categories. Not surprisingly, the billions of dollars in water sales have inspired lots of new businesses. It is estimated that there are 500 to 600 domestic bottled waters and 200 to 300 imported brands. Consumers have become increasingly curious about the…

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Muscle Aches/Spasms/Cramps

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Muscle Aches/Spasms/Cramps* When muscles feel pain, soreness, or stiffness, it’s usually due to one of two reasons: overexertion or a cramp. Overexertion, or overdoing some physical activity, can bring on what doctors call delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS. A cramp (involuntary spasm) comes on suddenly and unexpectedly. Unable to relax, it causes severe pain…

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Weight Loss

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Technically, a person tips the scales into the overweight category when his or her body mass index (BMI) is 25 or higher. BMI is a measure of weight in relation to height. It usually reflects the amount of body fat a person has. To figure out your BMI, multiply your weight in pounds by 704…

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