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Revive yourself, your spirit and your health

Rev. Percy McCray

Many of us give so much to others that we forget to take time to give to ourselves. Taking time for yourself is not a selfish act. In fact, it can make you more content by reducing stress and the negative emotions that can come with it.

Women urged to meet with a genetic counselor before BRCA genetic test

CTCA

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that only a limited number of women should receive genetic testing to see if they are at increased risk of breast cancer.

This announcement comes on the heels of heightened interest in genetic testing after actress Angelina Jolie's announcement last May that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy because she carried an abnormal BRCA1 gene.

Setting realistic New Year's resolutions

Laura Sunn, MD

By now, many of us have resolved to make 2014 better than 2013 by making lifestyle changes. We promise to lose 20 pounds, cook more meals at home and organize every room in the house… And those are just a few! While it’s great to make changes in your behavior to improve your sense of well-being, sometimes resolutions can be too much to tackle.

The importance of folic acid in your diet

CTCA

This week is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. So what is it about this B vitamin that makes it worthy of national recognition?

Most of us know that folic acid, called folate in its natural form, is important for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy. The National Council on Folic Acid reports that folic acid can prevent 50-70 percent of some serious birth defects of the brain and spine (neural tube defects), such as spina bifida.

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