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Need acid reflux relief? Try diet and exercise

Many Americans would rather take a drug than change their habits to control a persistent ailment. Yet every medication has side effects, some of which can be worse than the disease they are meant to treat. Drugs considered safe when first marketed can turn out to have hazards, both bothersome and severe, that become apparent only after millions of people take them for a long enough time.

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Getting gutsy about allergies

On a summer day in 1483, the Duke of Gloucester, soon to become King Richard III of England, sent for some strawberries to eat. Hours later, he broke out in a rash and displayed the skin on his afflicted arm (historians say he claimed his arm was “withered”) to members of the Privy Council. He then accused Lord William Hastings of bewitching him and ordered Hastings beheaded.

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Genetics isn’t destiny in matters of weight

Inheritances can be surprising: In 1992, a 17-year-old waitress named Cara Wood, working in a diner in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was left half a million dollars as a reward for her kindness to one customer, a childless widower. Then there was the Portuguese aristocrat who chose to divvy up his estate among 70 total strangers he picked out of a phone book.

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Use prebiotics to de-stress

A list of movies said to be in pre-production sounds like a formula for disaster: “Black Hole,” “Rampage,” “Uncharted,” “Monster.” But a list of prebiotics – well, that’s a setup for feeling calm and sleeping well, according to the latest lab study published in the BMJ’s Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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What is an overactive bladder?

Overactive Bladder (OAB) and urinary incontinence affect millions of Americans. These and many other bladder problems often go undiagnosed for years because of shame and humiliation. However, many problems are highly treatable.

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Coffee may help slow effects of aging

Many of us reach for that morning cup of coffee without giving much thought to how it might benefit us –other than getting us out of bed. (Meta Viers/McClatchy and Cleveland Clinic)
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Coffee may help slow effects of aging

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