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Feeling groggy? Here’s how to wake up refreshed


DALLAS — When Susie Phillips wakes at 5:30 a.m., before the sun rises, before cars zoom down the street bearing the bleary-eyed to work, before children stomp down the sidewalk on their way to school, it isn’t drudgery.

She slips out of bed, fills a hefty mug with coffee and listens to the birds chirping outside her Dallas home. Early morning sunlight streams through the window. For Phillips, this is the most peaceful time of day.

“It’s just nice to be up as the world wakes,” she says.

Hiring a caregiver


One of the challenges of aging is caring for the generations that came before you and, eventually, for yourself.

An option to senior care facilities is “aging in place.”

Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush and other gadgets for a healthier home


Controlling your environment goes a long way toward controlling, and improving, your health. And the market is exploding with new offerings designed to help you do just that.

“Consumers are demanding more,” said Jon Hall, senior brand manager for Whirlpool. “They want more flexibility. They want to be able to see more. They want personalization.”

Resetting the microbial environment


One of Dr. W. Harley Sobin’s favorite matters for discussion is one some might consider indelicate at best.

But for Sobin, a gastroenterologist with United Health Systems Kenosha Hospital, fecal matter is a matter of great importance.

Fit for a long life: At 90, Ed Stevens seldom sits stil


It’s hard to keep up with Ed Stevens.

Three days a week he works out at Atlas Gym II, where he stretches his leg muscles on a stationary bike or treadmill. Other days of the week he can be found at his Rotary Club meeting, or walking the halls and stairs of Kenosha’s museums or the Pollard Art gallery.

Good posture, good health


Remember when your mother told you to stand up straight?

She was right: optimal posture is good for your health. Bad posture can lead to chronic pain and strain of the lower back, shoulders, hips and knees.

A diabetes primer: 1 in 4 are unaware that they have this disease


More than 29 million people (9.3 percent of the population) in the United States have diabetes, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010.

The scary part is one in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.

Cook for yourself: Dinner at home is a main ingredient for healthy eating


People who eschew takeout for home cooking eat healthier foods, whether they aim to or not, according to new research from Johns Hopkins University.

“When people cook most of their meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all — even if they are not trying to lose weight,” said Julia A. Wolfson, the lead author of the study and a fellow at the Center for a Livable Future at Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A steady course to ideal weight


Slow and steady wins the race.

This is Scott Ayler’s approach to helping others with their desire to lose weight and find a healthier lifestyle.

Best way to conceive? Start with good health, experts say


If you’re among the hundreds of thousands of U.S. couples trying to get pregnant — and December is the most popular month for baby-making — experts say there are some lifestyle choices that could improve your odds.

Some are fairly obvious: Maintain a healthy weight and don’t smoke.

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