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OPERATION HYDRATION: What you need to know about drinking up this summer

We’re all aware that drinking plenty of water is essential, especially in the summer. But how much exactly? When is too much a problem? And how clean is that reusable water bottle…if you haven’t washed it with actual soap and water in days? We asked 98point6’s own Jennifer Rossi, MD, who regularly volunteers as medical…
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How to: Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

No one wants to be elbow-deep in ratty gauze, squeezed out ointment containers and expired meds when it’s a beautiful 70 degrees outside. But when your kids fall off their bike or you get stung by a bee, you’ll be glad you did! Use this spring cleaning checklist to get your medicine cabinet back in…
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Seasonal Allergies Healthch@t

Avoiding seasonal triggers isn’t as easy as say, staying away from cashews if you have a nut allergy (you can’t exactly stop Mother Nature from “decorating” your car with pollen). But you can take steps to manage your symptoms in order to make the most of your time outdoors. We asked 98point6 physician Jennifer Rossi,…
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Your Annual Checkup Checklist

Sure, it always rings a bit ironic—sitting in the doctor’s office when you feel perfectly fine—but annual checkups are an important part of staying healthy. Outside the usual exams, screenings and vaccines you need to prevent disease and stay on top of changes in your body, there are a variety of other topics you should…
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The Good, the Bad and the Tired: Why Sleep Quality Counts

You’re turning in early. You’re getting a solid eight hours. You’re even sleeping in to score some extra Zzzzzs on the weekends. So why are you waking up feeling sluggish, moody and less-than-refreshed? Because when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, sleep quality is as important as quantity. Start by asking yourself the following…
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Listen to Your Heart: How to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

February is here and with it comes a 28 (and sometimes a 29)-day focus on heart health. There’s an important reason why this topic gets an entire month of dedication: heart disease (a catch-all term for all the diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels) is the leading cause of death for both men and…
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Trigger me this, winter: Why asthma flares up when temps drop down

It’s wintertime…and for 24.6 million Americans suffering from asthma, the breathing isn’t easy. If you deal with this chronic condition, you already know that every season brings its own set of unique triggers—and they aren’t all created equal. In other words, what irritates one asthmatic may not affect others. What makes winter particularly challenging is…
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The Winter Health Forecast Says Colds and Flu…So What Can You Do?

It’s that wonderful time of year again when the leaves fall and the temperature drops. Whether you’re enjoying outdoor activities or staying warm by the fireplace, with weather changes there’s likely to be some impact on your health. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful cold and flu guide—so you can stay one step ahead of symptoms…
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Fighting flu season: Get (more) facts

Besides skiing, your favorite puffy jacket and hot cider, winter brings something much less welcome—flu season. To arm you for the remaining weeks of winter and the flu, we’ve pulled together this second series of myths vs. facts to help you ward off the flu. Understanding flu shots Some special cases around flu shots  …
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Your Thyroid: The Common Culprit

Mindy was thrilled when she started losing weight despite a hearty appetite. But now her hair is thinning and her hands feel jittery—something isn’t right. It was easy for Paul to blame his depression, low libido and constant chill on the winter season—until spring came and his symptoms continued. Jeanine hasn’t been the same since…
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