To Your Health

Flickr User Rachel Tayse (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

We often think of snoring as annoying or embarrassing, but we don’t usually think of it as deadly. However, it can be a symptom of sleep apnea, an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is asleep. Left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, and depression..

Flickr User Cowbell Solo (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Do you consider a handful of mixed nuts a guilty pleasure? Are you afraid to give your kids peanut butter?

More and more research is showing that it can be good to go nuts.

Flickr User Rob Ireton (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Did you know that one in 25 youth, ages 12 through 17, has abused cough medicine to get high?

October is Medicine Abuse Awareness Month.

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Artist Flash Rosenberg once commented, “I believe humans get a lot done, not because we're smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.”

There is still a lot of debate over the positives and negatives of coffee and other sources of caffeine, but research is showing that in moderation, caffeine consumption can be a good thing.

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Hospitals are where we go when we are in need of treatment and healing. But that healing touch comes with a chance of spreading a potentially fatal infection: c. diff colitis.

This is clean hands week and a good time to talk about c.diff, a dangerous bacterial infection of the colon that can be easily transmitted, especially in hospital settings.

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