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Bringing in the Chinese New Year

February 21, 2018 — This past Friday marked the beginning of the Year of the Earth Dog. Chinese New Year, a festival that lasts around 15 days, is the most important holiday in China and traditionally marked a time to honor household and ancestors by bringing everyone together to

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Herbal aphrodisiacs to supercharge your sex drive

February 14, 2018 — We've all heard about the power of oysters, the rousing benefits of nibbling on dark chocolate, and the surprising advantages of creating a meal with the delectable and ever-sexy asparagus, but how many of you knew that some of the most basic herbs and spices

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Going caffeine free? Here are some options

February 12, 2018 — It seems like you can't go anywhere these days without hearing all the latest buzzwords in the wellness field. Mushroom this, Reishi that, Adaptogenic Tonics and Golden Milk, Dandelion and MCT… Most of these ingredients center around research and recipes into replacements for that old

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Tips for preventing winter sports injuries

February 9, 2018 — With the recent storm delivering new snow, we are squarely in ski season. As an orthopedic surgeon, I see many skiing and snowboarding related injuries. Consider the following tips to avoid preventable injuries and actively prepare for the season: Equipment Assessment Start with an equipment

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Pericoronitis and wisdom teeth: What to look for

February 7, 2018 — Over the last 12,000 years, the human jaw shape has changed in response to the shift of our diets from hunter-gatherer to agriculture-based foods. Yet, generally, people's teeth haven't undergone a similar change. This has resulted in most people not having a large enough jaw

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Barton Health’s Olympic history

January 31, 2018 — From physicians providing orthopedic care at the Winter Games, to personalized training of Olympic athletes, Barton Health has a long-standing tradition of helping Team USA competitors go for the gold. This history began in the 1960s, after the Olympics at Squaw Valley, when Dr. Paul

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Keeping the digestive fire stoked all winter

January 31, 2018 — Are you one of those die hard throw-it-all-in-a-blender-and-go smoothie fanatics who can't get through the summer without drinking the rainbow in fruits and veggies every morning? Come winter, you might realize that your body doesn't quite respond in the same way to those cold berries

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3 simple ways to a healthier heart

January 28, 2018 — Heart disease is a formidable foe. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 800,000 deaths every year. The Government of Canada notes that heart disease is the second leading cause of

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How to find time to exercise

January 24, 2018 — A new year marks a great time to embrace change. Many people do just that by making resolutions designed to improve their lives in the year and years ahead. Resolutions regarding personal health are annually among the most popular changes people hope to make at

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Eating with the seasons for optimal health

January 22, 2018 — Growing up on the outskirts of a tiny village in the hills of Wales with a mother who loved to garden meant I was lucky to be brought up eating in line with the seasons. We harvested apples and blackberries in early autumn; we picked

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Wash your hands: Lake Tahoe South Shore hit hard by flu

January 22, 2018 — After months of rehearsals, opening night of South Tahoe High School's production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" was canceled, and it wasn't because of stage fright — it was because of the flu. On Thursday director Liz Niven made the difficult decision to cancel Friday's play

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Flu-fighting tips to keep you and others healthy

January 17, 2018 — Sniffles, sore throat, fever, and aches and pains may accompany a number of illnesses, but during the wintertime such symptoms are typically indicative of influenza. Throughout much of North America, flu season peaks between December and February. But flu season can occur anywhere from October

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Developing a self-care practice

January 16, 2018 — I recently came across a TED Talk by a lady called Bonnie Feldman. It's called "The Single Most Valuable Legacy We Can Pass On" and during the course of the talk, she discusses the importance of developing self-care practices, not just for ourselves but for

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Take care — flu season is here

January 10, 2018 — Influenza (or flu) activity has increased significantly over the recent weeks in the South Lake Tahoe area. The majority of influenza cases this year have been typed as A(H3N2), a particularly nasty strain of the flu that has been associated with more hospitalizations and complications.

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Setting intentions, not resolutions

January 5, 2018 — The advent of the new year is traditionally a time to undertake some self reflection on all that the past year has dealt us, and to consider our goals and dreams for the next. How often do you begin the new year setting resolutions that

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Events to teach radon safety and offer free test kits to Nevadans

January 4, 2018 — January is National Radon Action Month, and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Radon Education Program is offering free short-term radon test kits from Jan. 2 through Feb. 28. Radon test kits are available at Cooperative Extension offices and partnering locations, as well as at presentations

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New Year’s resolutions for a healthy mouth

January 3, 2018 — Oral health is important not only to maintain a healthy smile and the ability to eat delicious foods, but because it can affect your body's overall health. Researchers continue to find that stricter oral hygiene and healthier food selection choices can maintain your overall health

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Healthy resolutions for the year ahead

January 2, 2018 — Many people see the dawn of a new year as the perfect time to implement changes that they hope will have positive impacts on their lives in the year ahead. New Year's resolutions have a way of falling by the wayside as the year progresses,

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Your smile can age you

December 27, 2017 — We place more focus on our appearance and looking more youthful as we age. We exercise, eat right, use sunscreen, dye our hair, and undergo cosmetic procedures. But what about your smile? Sierra Smiles Tahoe wants every patient to be confident with their appearance at

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Entering the flow state with mindfulness

December 24, 2017 — Imagine yourself seated on a boulder just behind a waterfall. The smell of the fresh rain water tickles your nose as the coolness surrounds you. The gentle drips and splashes create a way for your mind to quiet, while your awareness is settled only on

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