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Health Matters: Eating disorders

Nearly 29 million Americans have or will face an eating disorder during their lifetime. This week's Health Matters focuses on education and symptoms of these disorders. University of Alabama Student Health Center…

Your Personal Best: Holiday Stress

The holidays are meant to be joyous but can also bring stress and anxiety. Besides exercise, good nutrition and getting enough sleep, the American Psychological Association recommends three major coping techniques.…

Your Personal Best: Staying Hydrated

As the weather gets cooler, you may not be thinking about the importance of hydration with water. According to the U.S. Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, men should be consuming…

Your Personal Best: Antioxidants

  During cold and flu season it's important that you get plenty of nutrients in your diet, especially foods high in antioxidants known as flavonoids, said Dr. Milady Murphy.…

Your Personal Best: Exercise and breast cancer

Exercise can be an important tool in reducing the risk of breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. "Exercise regulates the hormones insulin and estrogen," Murphy said. "And…

Your Personal Best: Heel-toe exercise

As we get older, we tend to lose muscle endurance and strength. Dr. Milady Murphy has an exercise that can counteract that negative process, especially in the abdominal area and legs.…

Your Personal Best: Digestion and fiber

  As we age, our digestive and immune systems tend to slow down. According to the American Gastroenterological Association, one way to build up the immune system and increase motility…

Your Personal Best: Chair squat

  These days, most people are sitting down longer than they should. But you can do a little something to counteract the negative without moving away from your chair, said Dr.…

Zombie cells central to the quest for active, vital old age

A growing number of scientists is trying to help people reach a goal humans have been chasing throughout history: staying active and vital in old age. They are part of the skyrocketing scientific field of cellular senescence, which is built…

Your Personal Best: Heel lifts

It should come as no surprise that prolonged sitting isn't good for you. In fact, it can increase the risk of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association, and elevate…

Your Personal Best: Healthy snacking

Most snack foods come packaged and processed, loaded with sodium, fats and sugar and contain little to no nutritional value. But there are healthy snacks out there, especially if you learn…

Your Personal Best: Balance exercise

As we get older, we lose muscle. As we lose muscle, we lose our strength and balance. But Dr. Milady Murphy has a simple exercise called walking the tightrope that can…

Your Personal Best: Upper back stretch

Many of us are using laptops, tablets and phones for long periods of time, which often means hunching forward and putting strain on neck and back muscles. Dr. Milady Murphy…

Health Matters: Alzheimer’s Disease

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller More than 6 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and memory loss is one of the first signs of the condition. Alzheimer’s eventually impacts cognitive skills and the ability to carry out simple tasks. University Medical Center Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Burkhardt said it’s important to

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Your Personal Best: Fighting inflammation

  Inflammation is brought on through arthritis and overuse injuries to our bodies, but certain foods can aggravate or increase inflammation. Foods that are high in trans fats, processed foods and foods…

Pig organ transplants inch closer with testing in the dead

Researchers at New York University transplanted pig hearts into two brain-dead people over the last month, the latest in a string of developments in the long quest to one day save human lives with animal organs. The newest experiments come…

Your Personal Best: Sunscreen

It's no secret that we're in the middle of a long, hot summer. If you're outside for any length of time and are lacking in the melanin department, odds are good a…

Health Matters: Handling Stressful News

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller The way the world takes in new information has changed, especially with the various events happening across the world. People talk every day about…

Beware scabies in close-quarters living situations

By WVUA23 Digital Reporter Sierra Fletcher While it's not often discussed alongside other, more prominent sexually transmitted diseases, scabies can and does spread just as, if not more frequently among close-quartered living spaces such as on college campuses. According to…

New Alabama lab named for former state health officer

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A new state laboratory is being named for a former state health officer who now serves as head of the Alabama Hospital Association. A dedication ceremony was held Thursday for the Donald E. Williamson, M.D., State…