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Medicare website provides nationwide hospital comparisons

You’ve probably read a restaurant guide or review before going out for a special dinner. And you’ve probably scanned a consumer review or two before buying a new or used car. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a place where you could get information on the quality of hospitals in your area?

Well, there is. It’s called Hospital Compare, and you can find it on the Medicare website at medicare.gov.

What you should know about heart disease

Despite its prevalence in our society, heart disease myths persist. One of the biggest heart disease myths is that it strikes only men and older adults. In fact, heart disease is also the No. 1 killer of women, and it’s more deadly for women than all kinds of cancer combined.

'TEND' to inflammation through proper nutrition

If you’ve been paying attention to health headlines over the past few years, you probably know that inflammation has been identified as the root of evil. Or at least of most diseases.

Mindfulness in the workplace

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Mindfulness may reduce stress and anxiety, as well as provide a sense of well-being to cope with workplace challenges.

Many people rush through the day with only a vague recollection of what breakfast or lunch tasted like, and the daily commute, work projects and meetings are just a blur. The result: stress, burnout, anxiety and depression. But you don’t need to feel powerless. Practicing mindfulness can help.

“Mindfulness is about paying attention to what you are experiencing right now with genuine interest and a willingness to accept that experience,” said Kaveri S. Patel, D.O., a family medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “The health benefits are many. Studies show that mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety, and provides us with a sense of well-being and the ability to notice the joyful moments in life. It also helps us relate to each other from a kinder place, making work a more positive experience and giving us tools to better cope with challenges.”

New national guidelines target sugar as latest dietary culprit

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New federal guidelines now spotlight added sugars in their depiction of a healthful diet, cutting the recommended daily allowance by more than half. Naturally sweet foods like apples get a pass, above, while “savory” foods such as store-bought spaghetti sauce can harbor surprising quantities of refined sweeteners.

New dietary culprits pass through the American consciousness in waves, with fat giving way to carbohydrates as enemy No. 1 and sugar rising over the past few years as the latest candidate for the “big bad.”

This month, the U.S. government released significant new food guidelines on how to “align healthy eating patterns” with a new focus on sugar consumption, and newly lowered thresholds for added sugar in the diet.

Upcoming lecture, library books examine bipolar disorder


The new year is a time to set goals and get things done. For those with a depressive illness, however, simple daily activities can be a challenge.

Tips for healthful snacks

Snacks can be an important part of a nutritious and balanced diet. But you need to be thoughtful about the quality and quantity of snacks. It’s very easy to overdo it, and too many snacks can easily derail efforts to maintain a healthy weight.

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