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Laugh it up: It's good for your health


“Laughter is the most inexpensive and effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.” – Bertrand Russell, British philosopher

It may sound cliché, but laughter really is great medicine. For proof, look no further than your own body. You know that happy feeling you get from a good belly laugh? There are physiological reasons for it. Research has shown that laughter releases hormones that can calm your nerves, reduce your stress, ease your pain and help you forget, even momentarily, about your worries.

Preventing cervical cancer starts with knowing your risks


Knowing the risk factors of cervical cancer can help you protect your own health, and if you are a mother, the health of your children. Vaccines are available to help guard you and your family from the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is responsible for virtually all cervical cancers. Other, less-discussed risk factors may also have an impact. For Cervical Health Awareness Month, we wanted to share the steps you can take to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. 

Does cell phone use cause brain cancer?


When talking on your cell phone, it may be best to use speakerphone or a hands-free device. Science has not conclusively answered the question of whether use of cell phones can lead to brain cancer, but taking steps to prevent cancer is always advisable.

Fighters unite to beat cancer and raise awareness


“I am a daughter, I am a sister, I am a teacher, I am a fighter.”

“I am a wife, I am a stepmother, I am a twin sister, I am fighter.”

These are the words of two determined fighters: breast cancer patient Miriam Trejo and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, respectively. The two women have come together to share their stories of fighting cancer and to inspire others in the midst of their own cancer battle.

7 ways to eat healthy during holiday travel

Sarah Kiser, MS, RD

Oh, the holidays. ’Tis the season for jingle bells, ice skating and food—all types of food. From candy canes to homemade cookies and everything in between, food is at the center of many holiday traditions. Throw traveling into the mix and often the eating habits you’ve worked so hard to improve start to run amok.