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Why you need a strong coreWhy you need a strong core

Those stomach, back, and tush muscles are key to everything you do, from sitting and standing to reaching high and keeping your balance. Core muscles connect your upper and lower body. That means that just about anything you want to do, from hitting a tennis ball to mopping the floor, consists of motions that either originate in your core, or move through it.

If these are all things you want to do - or do more easily - it's time to get serious about strengthening your core.

Click here to find out more about why strong core muscles are so important and which exercises can help you build a stronger core.

Health Briefs
Hospital Readmission

How to avoid a return hospital stay

No one wants to spent time in the hospital, but sometimes it's the best way to treat what ails you. If you didn't want to go to the hospital in the first place, you surely won't want to go back.

These tips will help lessen the chance you'll have to return to the hospital for further care for the same illness.

Your Health
Here comes allergy season

Ah-Choo: Here comes spring allergy season

As allergy sufferers know, the arrival of spring brings much more than April showers and May flowers. It also brings sneezes; itchy, watery eyes, and other cold-like symptoms.

It's something a growing number of people over age 60 confront for the first time.

Click here to learn what you need to know about pollen, mold, and dealing with those bothersome seasonal allergies, how they are diagnosed and treated, and how you can limit your exposure-and, therefore, your symptoms.

Your Health

Chickenpox redux Chicken Pox Redux

Roughly 1 million people in the United States are diagnosed with shingles each year. They suffer severe pain and a localized blistering rash. For them, it's easy to decide to get a shot that could lessen symptoms that can last months, even years.

For others, deciding whether to get a shingles shot is a much more complicated process. Find out why and learn who should not get the shot.

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