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There’s no more private
place to take an important
medical test than the
comfort of your own home.
Thanks to Home Access
health tests, you can do
exactly that, testing yourself
for diseases such as HIV-1,
Hepatitis C, and a full FDA-
Cleared Cholesterol Panel.
Just imagine — no booking
an appointment, no boring
waiting room magazines
and, best of all, no needles.
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Everybody knows that
jumping is good for you. But
for those looking for a bigger
challenge, there’s the Sklz
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contraption uses resistance
bands to make it harder for
you to defy gravity. As if it
wasn’t hard enough already…
A great way to improve your
performance for volleyball
and basketball, or to simply
take your fitness to the next
level; $59.99, Sklz.com.
I’m often asked: “Is there a safe way to tan?” There’s no safe way
to tan with ultraviolet radiation. A tan is the skin’s response to
injury from ultraviolet radiation, whether from the sun or indoor
tanning devices. Tanning occurs when the ultraviolet rays cause
the skin to produce more melanin, which darkens the skin, as
a response to the injury. Chronic exposure to the sun changes
the skin’s texture, causing wrinkles and brown age-spots
and increases your risk for all types of skin cancer, including
melanoma. People are often tanning in an effort to improve their
beauty, but in effect are doing the opposite. Protecting yourself
from the sun means:
• Wearing sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of
at least 30 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both
ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.
• Re-apply every 2 hours, even on cloudy days, and after
swimming or sweating. Look for products containing titanium
dioxide or zinc oxide. Next summer, you’ll see several changes
to sunscreen labels that will make it much easier to choose a
sunscreen. • Minimize sun exposure from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. when the sun’s
rays are the strongest.
• Protect your lips with lipstick or a lip balm containing
sunscreen. • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, wide-brimmed hat and ultraviolet
• Avoid tanning salons. Studies have found a 75% increase in
the risk of melanoma in those who have used these devices.
• Spray tans are considered safe, but continue to use sunscreen.
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Center diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and offers Mohs
Surgery for the treatment of skin cancers.
“Be careful about reading
health books. You may
die of a misprint.”
— Mark Twain
38 Joint Popper
Guess what? Sex is good for you!
Research has shown it functions
as a pain reliever that’s 10 times
more effective than Valium,
calming everything from
headaches to arthritis with no
Contrary to what your mom
always said, cracking your
knuckles does not cause
arthritis. In fact, it can even
be good for you: the process
stimulates tendons and relaxes
There’s a time for stretching —
and it’s after your workout, not
before. Stretching can actually
cause muscles to tighten or
weaken, which is bad news
before exercising. Have a quick
jog to warm up instead.