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Study Shows Laughing Keeps Your Heart Strong [VIDEO]

Lord knows we could all use a little chuckling these days.  If a hurricane or an earthquake doesn't get you, the 24 hour depressing news reports will!  At some point you have to force yourself to laugh.  It's very good for your heart.  Very good!

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State Health Department Rules No Risk From Mercury

The state Department of Health (DOH) has come to the conclusion that the Lafarge cement plant, in Ravena, is not a threat to residents.

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You Only Need 15 Minutes of Exercise Daily

While the World Health Organization, the U.S. and other countries recommend adults get at least half-hour of moderate workout most days, a new Taiwanese study suggests just half of that will help.

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New York State Health Department Warns of Mosquito Bites

A 4-year old child from Oswego County died on Sunday from the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus or EEE – a mosquito carried virus that causes serious illness and death.

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Five Chores That Burn Calories While You Clean

We all worry about weight gain. Clearly, I don't worry enough to stop drinking the kinds of things that have expanded my mid section,  but it's not like I don't know I have to figure out a way to keep it in check. I don't know about you but I am just not a fan of going to the gym these days. It's hard enough to motivate myself to go somewhere I want to go let alone that place. So thanks to Reader's Digest, I found a few ways to burn calories at home.

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Autism A Greater Risk in Children with Autistic Sibling

A new study published online Monday in Pediatrics, shows nearly one in five children with an autistic older sibling will develop the disorder, too.

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Lou’s Five Favorite Cereals

It’s always been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I know there are some people that just skip breakfast or grab something that’s not really too good for them.

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McDonalds Happy Meal Becoming a Healthier Meal

McDonalds is probably the first place people think of when it comes to grabbing a quick bite to eat. It's especially true for the kids because of the Happy Meal.

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Albany Area Cooling Stations Set Up in Anticipation of Heat Wave

It's July and with that comes our annual heat wave. Check out our brand new weather page for the latest information and updates but also here are some cooling stations that have been set up in our area to help keep you cool.

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Drinking Eight Glasses of Water Is ‘Thoroughly Debunked Nonsense,’ Says Doctor

The eight glasses of water per-day standard is one of the easiest health rules to follow, since a person is almost always in the vicinity of a sink or a watercooler.

But according to Scottish doctor Margaret McCartney, it’s complete hogwash.  McCartney ca

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Five Things For Stopping Those Mosquito Bites From Itching

Most of us really love to spend time outside during the summer months, especially on those warm nights. Sitting with friends and having a few drinks, just plain old relaxing. Next thing you know, here come the mosquitoes.

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Forget the Chips at Your Summer Picnic

According to a series of three recent studies by the Harvard School of Public Health, potato chips are at the top of the list of foods associated with weight gain.

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