How to Choose Allergy Medicine

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Your Best Family Reunion

For a stress-free reunion everyone will love, see these smart planning tips and creative ideas. Plus, try our quiz to help you determine what type of reunion will suit your family best.

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Heart Healthy at Every Age

You're truly never too young or too old to protect your heart. "The buildup of plaque in your arteries can silently start as early as your late teens and early 20s," explains Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D., professor of cardiology and population health and senior vice president, office of community and public health, at the North Shore-LIJ health system. Lower your odds of developing heart disease by keeping an eye on these key factors and lifestyle habits in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.

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Add Spices to Your Life

These four pantry perennials can do a lot more than season your supper. They also perform double duty treating a surprising array of health issues.

Cinnamon

This spice has a secret -- it lowers blood sugar, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. Sprinkle a pinch of powdered cinnamon on food three times a day (but no more).

Peppermint

Perhaps the world's most familiar herb, peppermint eases the digestive pain that comes with irritable bowel syndrome. To relieve IBS, choose enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules; a good brand is Pepogest, available at health-food stores. Follow label directions.

Turmeric

This spice, which gives ballpark mustard its yellow color, contains curcumin, a compound that's been researched for its potent anti-inflammatory activity. it relieves arthritis pain and may also help prevent colorectal cancer. Add 1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric to rice, curries, and egg dishes as often as you can.

Ginger

Gingerroot safely eases all types of nausea. Use 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger per cup water; simmer for 10 minutes, strain, and drink. Also try ginger honey tonic from New Chapter, available at health-food stores. Follow label directions.

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