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DO VS. MD: WHICH IS RIGHT FOR ME?

When searching for a new doctor, most people know that the letters MD stand for medical doctor, but not everyone knows what the letters DO mean after a physician’s name.

PULMONARY HYPERTENSION: A LESSER-KNOWN GREATER-RISK FORM OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Pulmonary hypertension is a condition in which high blood pressure is centralized in the heart-to-lung system. Untreated, it will eventually overtax the heart. A variation called pulmonary arterial hypertension generally affects young and otherwise healthy individuals and strikes women twice as frequently as men.

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE: HOW TO USE PRIMARY CARE TO AVOID ILLNESS

Regular visits with your doctor and can get your access to tests and treatments that can prevent illness. Here's a list of recommend adult wellness visits to schedule.

PROTECTING YOURSELF AND THE COMMUNITY FROM THE FLU

The best available form of protection from the virus is the flu vaccine, but there are other ways to protect yourself, too. Here's a list of ways to prevent getting the flu this winter.

WHY A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP IS IMPORTANT AND HOW TO GET IT TONIGHT

We all know sleep is important. We’ve been told so by our mothers and fathers, and we’ve told our children the same. We’ve seen news reports of car accidents caused by people “asleep at the wheel” and witnessed far lighter misfortunes in “caught snoring” videos on YouTube. But beyond that, what is the danger in missing a few hours of shut-eye each night? Why is sleep so important?

SHORT SLEEPERS VERSUS LONG SLEEPERS… HOW MANY HOURS DO YOU REALLY NEED?

We all know sleep is important. We’ve been told so by our mothers and fathers, and we’ve told our children the same. We’ve seen news reports of car accidents caused by people “asleep at the wheel” and witnessed far lighter misfortunes in “caught snoring” videos on YouTube. But beyond that, what is the danger in missing a few hours of shut-eye each night? Why is sleep so important?

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HOW TO LIVE ONE DAY FOLLOWING ALL DOCTORS ORDERS

Ever wonder what a day would look like if you followed all the actions recommended by doctors? Readers.com compiled a graphic to show you.

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HEART HEALTHY

Providence Heart cardiologist discusses the ways in which YOU can be heart healthy.

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA

Studies that looked at the relationship of black tea intake and heart health reported decreased incidence of heart attack, whereas drinking green tea was associated with lower total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides, and higher HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels.

ONCE I GOT SERIOUS ABOUT LOVING MY BODY, I LOST ALMOST 100 POUNDS

Queing Jones, a first grade teacher, had resigned herself to being overweight. But at 41 years old and 246 pounds, she went for a walk and had a realization that changed her life. Now, 2 years later, she's 153 pounds and loving life.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES I'LL GET THE ZIKA VIRUS?

The virus is most commonly transmitted when an Aedes aegypti mosquito bites a person with an active infection and then spreads the virus by biting others. Originally discovered in a Ugandan forest, the aggressive mosquito is now predominantly raising concerns in Central and South America. If there are no infected mosquitoes in your area, you're very unlikely to contract the disease.

DON'T SIT ALL DAY .. TRY ONE OF THESE STANDING DESKS

Nine of the best standing desks head-to-head in a battle to discover which ones had the smoothest transitions, the most stable footing, and the quietest motors. After that, it was all aesthetics.