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Most loved Health Talk posts of 2015

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As 2015 comes to a close, the team at Health Talk wanted to take a minute to thank you – our readers. Since the beginning of 2015, more than 112,000 of you have stopped by to read one of our posts, with the majority staying to enjoy multiple blog posts. Having a strong readership is what makes Health Talk so successful. In honor of our readers, we wanted to share what posts you loved the most in 2015.  

Have a wonderful New Years Eve and see you in 2016!

  1. How relationships affect health and wellbeing

Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., R.N., and Bean Robinson, Ph.D., showed us how important relationships are to human beings. Relationships can reduce stress and have been linked to overall improved health. Research has even shown that people with healthy social relationships have a 50 percent greater likelihood of survival. Although relationships can bring joy and fulfillment, unhealthy relationships can cause a lot of stress. Kreitzer and Robinson give advice on maintaining healthy relationships.

  1. California measles outbreak reiterates importance of vaccines

Earlier this year we saw a huge resurgence of measles which many believe to have originated at Disneyland in California. Measles is one of the deadliest of all childhood rash/fever illnesses, and the disease spreads very easily. However, measles is extremely preventable with vaccination. The CDC even declared that measles was eradicated in the United States back in 2000, attributed to a highly effective vaccination program. Mark Schleiss, M.D., comments on the importance of vaccinating children.

  1. Expert perspective: Debunking indoor tanning myths

You’ve heard it all:

  • Prior to vacationing it’s important to get a base tan
  • If I’m already tan the sun can’t harm me
  • I can only develop melanoma if I burn
  • I’m too young to get melanoma

Skin cancer is a disease that does not discriminate against age or skin tone. DeAnn Lazovich, M.P.H., Ph.D., told readers that each visit to an indoor tanning bed, increases your risk of melanoma by 2 percent.

  1. Popcorn for pets? Healthy treats your pet can enjoy

Julie Churchill, D.V.M., says that an estimated 54 percent of dogs and cats are overweight or obese. The consequence of a pet with unhealthy weight gain is staggering. Not only are overweight animals more likely to develop arthritis, but animals that are as little as 15 percent overweight can expect to lose two years of their lives. Although most “people food” isn’t safe for pets, Churchill shares great healthy snacks for your furry friends.

  1. Coming to a beach near you: The ‘dad bod’

The dad bod craze took social media by storm this year. Despite the trend of both working out and rocking a beer gut, Jennifer Linde, Ph.D., cautioned readers against participating in the movement. Excess body weight carried over a lifetime increases risk of stress to joints, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Linde urged younger adults to avoid gaining excess weight in their midsections as they age; keeping a trimmer midsection may mitigate health risks long term.


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