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Yoga has been proven to be good for the body and mind; a consistent practice can positively affect blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, metabolism, body temperature, and more. The physical effects often lead to a reduction in stress and improved sense of overall well-being.

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Traditionally, innovations in technology have improved the lives of patients indirectly, aiding researchers, physicians and surgeons firsthand with more efficient means of discovery, equipment, and more. Now, with the rise of mobile apps, technology is putting the power in patients’ pockets, allowing them to take a much more active and informed role in their treatment plans.

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As of December 18th, Congress has finally passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act – a bill that would provide lifetime health care to first responders who became sick from rescue and recovery efforts after the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center more than fourteen years ago.

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2 0 1 5 Dec 21

How I Cope With Rekindled Grief During The Holidays

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For many of us, managing grief during the holidays can be especially difficult. The season is wrought with painful reminders of happy memories, amplifying the feeling of loss. This is a subject I write about often, because it’s just that important. While it’s a sensitive and personal experience, grief is not something to ignore or hide. As I’ve lived alongside my own grief over my husband’s mesothelioma diagnosis and losing him to the disease, I’ve learned a number of ways to cope that have helped me personally. 

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2 0 1 5 Dec 18

Will Legislation Reform Finally Ban Asbestos?

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In 1976, what’s known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted to govern the use and safety of everyday chemicals. However, the EPA claims that they were given “little authority to enforce TSCA. [...] This law is so broken and so weak that the EPA could not even ban asbestos, a cancer-causing substance that is still in use and killing thousands of Americans each year.”

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It’s the time of year for giving. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult to know what to give to family members, friends, co-workers and others. It can be doubly hard if the person you’re buying presents for has a deadly illness, such as mesothelioma or other forms of cancer.

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2 0 1 5 Dec 9

December: Safe Toys and Gifts Month

With all of the holidays happening during this time of year – not to mention birthdays, family gatherings, and various types of reunions, parties, and more – December has been designated National Safe Gifts and Toys Month.

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Before the end of the year, Congress is hurrying to make a slew of final decisions on a number of pressing legislations.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act is one of these stuck-in-Congress bills that has yet to be renewed. This law provides health benefits, such as medical monitoring and treatment, along with compensation for 9/11 first responders, affecting an estimated 70,000 emergency personnel who survived the attacks.

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