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Beating the winter blues

Beating the winter blues

The days are shorter, darker. Come late January, the winter months seem to lose the magic of that first snowfall and the cold air is now biting rather than crisp, leaving some of us cooped up inside, brooding. The “winter blues” can be real. National Institutes of Health researchers have been studying this and a more severe type of depression called seasonal affective disorder, SAD, for years. A NIH report explains that shorter days seem to be a main trigger…

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Health Savings Accounts: Is a HSA right for you?

Health Savings Accounts: Is a HSA right for you?

For many people tax time is the only time of the year when they think of tax planning and opportunities to save money. But as the year comes to a close, it’s a good time to remember the benefits of a Health Savings Account (HSA). A HSA is a personal savings account that allows individuals to pay for current health expenses and save for future qualified medical expenses on a pre-tax basis. You can treat your HSA like an individual…

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Are you at risk for diabetes?

Are you at risk for diabetes?

Diabetes now affects nearly 10% of the U.S. population—that’s 30 million children and adults! According to the American Diabetes Association, another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, the leading cause of kidney failure, doubling the risk for heart attack from heart disease. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first,…

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