Get Empowered!

Editor's Note: Untangling the snarl of modern health care
In this issue, you'll find the first installment of an ongoing series we're calling "The Empowered Patient." Often we hear the term "health care consumer."

Prepping for Success

Just for Kids: Getting every kid off to a great school-year start
Back-to-school supplies can create a hefty bill for parents, especially for families with multiple children heading back to the classroom. That's why area organizations step up each year to make sure every kid can start the year with fresh supplies.

Secret to a Longer Life?

Life Coaching: Our relationships mean a lot
We are experts in knowing what food, hydration and exercise will keep us healthy. However, one additional health-promoting behavior is just as essential.

Herb Searching

E-Health: Online and amazingly comprehensive
The amazingly comprehensive and free "About Herbs" app, developed by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, helps both consumers and professionals decipher the benefits and risks of thousands of "botanicals, supplements, complementary therapies and more." Search a substance or a symptom — it's hard to find something they haven't included.

Safety Smarts

Ask Dr. Matt: Be savvy about your kids' health
In the previous issue of InHealth, we examined safety issues for kids ages 1 to 5. This time we'll look at the risks for infants and 5-to-19-year-olds.

Old Glasses, New Life

Charity Corner: Giving clarity to those in need
It may be hard to see, but what is an easily corrected loss of visual acuity in this country can leave people in developing countries almost completely reliant on family assistance just to survive. If you've experienced the delight of replacing old prescription glasses with an updated pair, you can help solve this problem by donating your used specs.

Heart Saver?

Pill Box: New SGLT-2 inhibitors offer exciting promise
My husband has type 2 diabetes. He and I recently heard about a study which showed that one of the new diabetes medications not only reduced blood sugar but also reduced the rates of death due to heart disease.

Pomegranate Power

Superfood: Loaded with antioxidants, fiber and more
ATTRIBUTES: Ruby-red pomegranate seeds, called arils, are loaded with antioxidants and fiber, and are a good source of vitamins A, C and E. SUPER POWERS: Pomegranate, or various extracts or concentrated juices created from the fruit, have been implicated in reducing inflammation in people with arthritis and diabetes, and may have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health.

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