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Best Life: From the Battlefield to the playing field

For many, some of the biggest battles begin after the war is over.

  Best Life: COVID-19 vaccine side effect during mammograms

  Best Life: New research helping treat and prevent HIV

  Best Life: Helping teens with ADHD sleep better

  Thistle Farms: Hope and healing for human trafficking survivors

  Bottom Line: What to buy in April 2021

  Best Life: Improving heart health with a tube of toothpaste

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  Best Life: Death doulas help families prepare for death

  Best Life: Inspiring science learning at home

  Best Life: Searching for a miracle #SloaneStrong

  Best Life: Lucky dogs! Saving super seniors & special needs

  Searching for a miracle match: #Sloanestrong

  Best Life: New trends impacting hearts and health

  Best Life: Does your body need a booze break?

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse estimates 15 million people have some type of drinking problem.

  Best Life: Technology boosting health care access

Over the past year, computers, tablets and smartphones have become our primary means of information, education and connection.

  Best Life: Antibiotics treat appendicitis, no treatment needed

About 300,000 Americans get their appendix removed each year due to illness. But a new study reveals there may be an alternative to going under the knife.

  Best Life: At-home genetic testing with the MAGENTA Trial

According to the American Cancer Society, about 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2021 and about 13,000 women will die from it.

  Best Life: Stroke treatment keeps brain cells alive

  Best Life: New treatment for MCL cancer patients

  Best Life: Steroids to cure the common colde

  Best Life: Signs and symptoms to watch for that could save your liver

  Best Life: The side effects of soda

  Best Life: Habits that could make you sick

  Best Life: Augmented reality improves spine surgery with iSight

An orthopedic surgeon has developed a first-of-its-kind system that is improving accuracy and a patient’s time on the table.

  Best Life: How dads can improve moms’ mental health

Many times, moms take on the bulk of child care responsibilities at the expense of their mental health. Now a new study suggests dads can help.

  Best Life: How the pandemic is affecting women’s careers

Although women are earning college degrees at higher rates than their male counterparts, men are 70 percent more likely to be an executive than women.

  Best Life: Turn your trash into cash while spring cleaning

A new eBay survey reveals that the average American household has about 50 unused items around the house, worth more than $3.

  Best Life: Finding child care during COVID-19

Finding the perfect daycare or preschool for your child isn’t easy. And now, the pandemic has made it even more complicated.

  Best Life: New technology helping doctors better track brains

For the first time ever, neuroscientists at UCLA are measuring human brain waves while a person is in motion. They’re observing epilepsy patients with previously implanted brain sensors.

  Best Life: Helping your teen cope with mental health

COVID-19 shutdowns have not only greatly impacted children’s schooling, but also their mental health.

  Best Life: New ultrasound tool to help doctors see more clearly

Ultrasound is an important medical tool that uses sound waves to produce images of structures inside the body, like a developing baby. But doctors also rely on ultrasound to see organs, muscles, or blood vessels.

  Best Life: Is it insomnia or something else?

A survey by Consumer Reports finds nearly 70 percent of Americans struggle with falling asleep at least once a week. There could be various reasons why people have a hard time sleeping. Ivanhoe has details on some sleep disorders and what you can do about them.

  Best Life: St. Patrick’s Day and the science of luck

From horseshoes to four-leaf clovers, to a penny face up on the sidewalk, everybody has their own idea of a good luck charm.

  Best Life: Wound healing gel leaves no scar

Scientists at UCLA have developed an injectable gel that may someday soon make injured areas of skin stronger.

  Best Life: New drug treating triple negative breast cancer

About 15 percent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer have triple-negative breast cancer, meaning drugs that target estrogen, progesterone, and HER-2 protein—won’t work. In the past, if the cancer returned, patients have had very few options. More on a newly approved drug that is stopping the c

  Best Life: Post-workout do’s and don’ts

Jumping, stepping, pushing yourself past your limits, working out certainly sets you on the path to stronger muscles, but it’s the recovery that determines results.

  Best Life: What to put on your plate to help you eat healthier

We all know that good nutrition is key for a healthy, long life, but there are so many different diets and philosophies out there.

  Best Life: Financial rules to reconsider in 2021

2020 turned everything upside down, especially people’s finances!

  Best Life: First-in-the-world microwave ablation burns away liver tumors

Cleveland Clinic is the first hospital in the world to use newly FDA approved ablation technology that delivers 150-watts of microwave energy with a single needle.

  Best Life: Dodge daylight saving drowsiness

Whether you are for it or against it, there’s no doubt daylight saving time impacts us all.

  Best Life: New brain surgery technique helping epilepsy patients

For about half of all people with epilepsy, medication controls the seizures … but for others, once medication fails, brain surgery becomes the best option. Now, for the first time in the U.S., an epilepsy expert and a team of skull base surgeons have developed a new approach.

  Best Life: Ways to avoid toxic productivity

Hustle culture, workaholic, toxic productivity, do you have an unhealthy obsession with being productive? A list of tasks that never ends and is never enough? The recent surge of hustle culture has many people romanticizing over-working and subsequently burning out.

  Best Life: Common meds linked to dementia

Worldwide, about 50 million people have dementia, a condition that’s characterized by a decline in memory, thinking, behavior, and the ability to perform everyday tasks.

  Best Life: Reducing cancer risk

A healthy diet and weight, regular exercise, sunscreen, and not smoking!

  Best Life: Turning trauma to triumph

Nearly 700,000 children are abused and neglected in the United States each year.

  Best Life: New mobile COVID-19 care clinic provides health care at home

There’s new hope for the end of COVID-19 with promising new vaccines.

  Best Life: What to do if you’re experiencing acid reflux

If stomach acid flows up into the esophagus, it can create all kinds of tissue damage. About 60 percent of Americans experience these reflux issues once in a while.

  Best Life: New program to help adults learn how to read

It’s a crisis hidden in plain sight, about 20 percent of people in the United States cannot read at all and 50 percent of adults can’t read past an eighth-grade level.

Best Life: Robots getting rehab patients back on their feet faster

Almost 800,000 people suffer a stroke each year. More than 250,000 people are living with a spinal cord injury. Almost as many people will be diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury in 2021.

  Best Life: Understanding the genetic makeup of mental illness in families

Hearing voices, paranoia, irrational and angry thoughts, these are just some of the symptoms people with schizophrenia deal with.

  Best Life: Research looking into risk of premature birth in adulthood

Three hundred and eighty-thousand babies are born prematurely each year.

  Best Life: Stopping the cold before it starts

Each year, Americans suffer one billion colds.

  Best Life: Spotting early signs of dementia in your bank account

More than five million Americans live with dementia, which is an umbrella term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that interfere with daily life.

  Best Life: Vitamin D levels in pregnant moms linked to IQ scores in children

A study at Seattle Children’s Research Institute highlighted that 46 percent of mothers are deficient in Vitamin D during pregnancy, which can lead to abnormal bone growth, fractures, or rickets in newborns.

  Best Life: Exercise can help with cancer fatigue and prevention

Researchers credit regular exercise with preventing a number of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, dementia, depression, anxiety, and even cancer.

  Best Life: Advice for caregivers during COVID-19 pandemic

In the U.S., about one in five adults is currently providing unpaid health or supportive care to someone they love. It takes patience, time, and energy to be a caregiver and it isn’t always easy.

  Best Life: Doctors use awake brain surgery to save young’s man’s life

Age is one of the biggest risk factors for cancer. In fact, nine out of ten cancer cases are diagnosed in people over the age of 45 and seniors older than 74 make up more than a quarter of cancer cases.

  Best Life: Getting a good night’s sleep could help with heart health

February, the time we all draw our attention to love and more importantly our hearts. February is heart health month and there are currently more than 26 million people affected by heart failure.

  Best Life: World’s smallest heart pump gets even better

Here’s a sobering statistic to think about this heart month– every 40 seconds in the United States, someone has a heart attack. One of the most serious complications is a condition called cardiogenic shock where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.

  Best Life: Scorpion venom treats arthritis?

Fifty-four million Americans suffer from arthritis. It is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Treatments used to control arthritis may have side effects that are worse than the condition itself.

  Best Life: How to create a mental health playlist

This past year has many Americans focusing more on their mental health than ever before.

  Best Life: Bariatric surgery lowers COVID-19 complications

For months, health experts have cautioned that obese patients are more likely to be hospitalized and need mechanical ventilation if they contract COVID-19.

  Best Life: Fake News? How to spot a deep fake

Manipulating videos to persuade an audience is nothing new, however, technology is making it harder and harder to tell what’s real and what’s not.

  Best Life: Tax Time! COVID-19 impacting your W-2?

Tax season is here! Your job, health, and finances may look a little different in the year of COVID-19, and that doesn’t stop with taxes.

  Best Life: App helps seniors with diabetes, monitor blood sugar

People with type one diabetes are at risk for hypoglycemia, a dangerous drop in blood sugar that can cause confusion, seizures, or loss of consciousness.

  Best Life: Are you a COVID-19 super spreader?

The COVID-19 vaccine is rolling out across the country, but medical experts say this is not the time to let our guards down. As of January, there have been over 25 million cases and 433,000 deaths in the U.S. alone.

  Best Life: Four foods that can pack on the pounds

The average American gains about one to two pounds every year. This might sound small, but over the years it can add up to big pounds.

  Best Life: Hearts brought back to life during transplants

Three-hundred thousand Americans die each year from congestive heart failure. Three-thousand patients will have access to a donor heart in the U.S., which means that only one percent of the people that need a heart get it in time.

  Best Life: Five ways to re-energize online

Videoconferencing platforms including the popular “Zoom” have taken over the corporate world. While they’ve allowed co-workers to safely communicate during a pandemic, there can be some downsides.

  Best Life: Signs your food is killing you

Some studies suggest that up to 20 percent of the world’s population may have some type of food intolerance. The most common—dairy, gluten, and surprisingly—caffeine. Could a certain food be to blame for your symptoms?

  Best Life: Race, class and kids conversations

The death of George Floyd in May of last year led to months of protest over systemic racism in the United States. For many parents, race, class, and social identity are tough topics to address with young kids.

  Best Life: Things to avoid in order to keep your job

In a pandemic economy, job security is more important than ever. But could a silly mistake cost you your job?

  Best Life: How single parent households can thrive during pandemic

Dealing with a pandemic is hard for any family, but for single parents, it can be extra stressful.

  Best Life: Perfect timing to eat, exercise, work and walk down the aisle

You’ve probably heard the phrase “that was perfect timing!” But is there really such a thing?

  Best Life: Habits that hurt your heart

February is American Heart Month.

  Best Life: How parents can support their kids in math

Worldwide, about six out of every ten children and adolescents are not meeting minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. How do our kids stack up?

  Best Life: Outsmart home hackers

Over 14 billion connected devices, also called “smart” devices, were used in 2019, and by 2021, that number has reached 25 billion.

  Best Life: Changing careers during a pandemic

On average, a person will change their careers three to seven times throughout their lifetime.

  Best Life: Healing patients from heart failure

More than six million Americans are suffering from heart failure right now. It happens when the heart can’t pump enough blood and oxygen to other parts of the body.

  Best Life: Mastering the art of flirting

Three seconds. That’s the time it takes for someone to know whether they find you attractive. But is that smile they’re giving you a flirty one or a let’s be friends one?

  Best Life: Saving the smallest hearts

When you think of heart problems you usually think of older men and women. But 40,000 children are born each year with congenital heart defects… everything from a hole in their heart to faulty valves.