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What’s an Algae Bloom?

You may be hearing news reports about algae blooms in area lakes or other bodies of water. That sounds ominous, but is it? Can an algae bloom make water unsafe to drink or swim in? Is this something normal?

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What Happens When You Neglect Your Health?

What’s the worst that could happen if you avoid the doctor’s office? Better yet, why do you even need a doctor if you’re not sick? The answer: many benign health problems can easily become an issue without proper oversight. We’re here to explore exactly what happens when you neglect your health and why you should prioritize regular checkups.

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What Are Microgreens?

You’ve likely heard or seen microgreens before, but what exactly are they and what is the fuss about them? We’re here to answer those questions and provide three recipes so you can cook with microgreens at home.

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Remedies for Taming Nausea

Nausea is the worst. It’s a good idea to have a plan in place before it strikes. To help, we share causes of nausea, different treatment options and some warning signs that your nausea may require medical attention.

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What Is the Flexitarian Diet?

The flexitarian diet is one of the more recent trendy diets to pick up interest, largely in part due to a movement toward plant-based foods compared to the traditional meat options. We share information on how this diet works, why you can benefit from it and some recipes to try at home.

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How to Make Your Own Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are starting to make a comeback due to their health benefits and eco-friendly nature. We share how you can make your own fermented foods at home, and reap their many benefits.

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A Pain in the Back: Living With Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a common spine condition that affects millions of Americans, many of whom are children and adolescents. In conjunction with Scoliosis Awareness Month in June, we’re exploring what degenerative scoliosis is, how to tell if you have it and how you can treat it.

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Benefits of Yoga for Kids and Teens

June is Family Health & Fitness Month, and we are encouraging families to engage in kid-friendly activities that cultivate healthy, active lifestyles as children grow. Yoga is often overlooked as a kid-friendly activity, but it has several benefits for kids and teens.

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What is a Hernia?

That nagging, heavy sensation you have in your groin or abdomen area may be a sign of something more serious that requires medical attention. As part of Hernia Awareness Month and Men’s Health Month, we put together a guide on how to know if you have a hernia and treatment options to relieve your symptoms.

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Mental Health Tips for Recovering from an Injury

If you’ve been injured it’s likely that, in addition to the physical pain, you’ve also experienced some mental duress. It’s a common challenge faced by people who have experienced an injury. We share tips for maintaining your mental health while recovering from injury.

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What to Eat to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is a word we hear a lot in health and wellness circles. It’s something we’re encouraged to reduce or avoid. It’s bad news. But what is it? We break it down and share what foods to look for and avoid to help reduce inflammation.

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Are Blue Light Glasses Worth a Try?

Many of us are exposed to blue light for many of our waking hours. But does it damage our eyes, and should we wear blue light blocking glasses? We explain what you should know about blue light and tips to help keep your eyes protected from becoming dry, irritated or strained.

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Are Air Fryers Worth the Health Hype?

Air fryers claim to offer the same taste, texture and golden brown crisp of fried foods but with a fraction of the fat and calories. While the capabilities of an air fryer sound convenient and delicious, are they healthy? We explain the benefits and share easy recipes to try.

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How to Spot Depression in Loved Ones

One in five Americans is affected by mental illness. While common, it can sometimes be difficult to spot in loved ones. To mark Mental Health Awareness Month, we highlight the signs and symptoms of depression, what to look for in your loved ones and the steps you can take to help if a loved one is depressed.

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Finding a Post-COVID Routine

There are a few parts of your routine that should remain consistent during most situations. Let’s think of them as a framework onto which we can add other things. A good routine is one you can stick with. The more diligent you are about your routine, the more power it will have to calm and center you. We explain the benefits of having a routine and how to get into a new routine post-COVID.

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What Is Herd Immunity?

What does herd immunity look like, how do we get there and how long will it take to achieve? We sought out answers to these questions for you to separate fact from fiction.

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Summer Skin Challenges and Tips

We love the sunny skies and longer, fun-filled days of summer. Swimming, exercising more and spending time hiking and camping just come more naturally when the weather is warmer and there are more hours of daylight. All that sun and fun can do a number on our skin, though. Let’s talk about sunburn, heat rash and bug bites.

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What Are ‘Long-Haul’ COVID Symptoms?

While many people who get COVID-19 recover within a few weeks, there is a portion who suffer from post-COVID-19 syndrome, a new term used to describe patients who live with lasting symptoms from the coronavirus. To learn more about this new medical problem, we explored what causes these long-term symptoms, who is most affected and what the physical effects look like in post-COVID-19 patients.

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What You Need to Know About Feminine Leakage

Dr. Dena O'Leary, an INTEGRIS Health urogynecologist, discusses female incontinence. It's highly treatable, although many women are too embarrassed to speak to their doctors about it.

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Highlighting INTEGRIS Health Frontline Nurses

Nurses are the backbone of health care and often serve as the first line of defense to help diagnose and manage patient care. To mark national Nurses Week, we spoke with three INTEGRIS Health nurses. They shared their stories of what it’s like working as a nurse, how COVID-19 impacted the nursing profession and the lessons they’ve learned in the past year.

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