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Ask the Pharmacist

Q. What about the heart?

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Laughter mimics exercise benefits

Though laughter is often referred to as “the best medicine” no definitive study has been conducted to determine the effects of laughter on overall human health, leaving open the possibility that maintaining a good sense of humor and a positive attitude are just as important, if not more important, than finding time to laugh each day.

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Senior Circle Calendar of Events: March 10

Rim Country women are reminded to register for the 2015 Women’s Wellness Forum, which is Saturday, March 21 in the Bingo Hall of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. The cost is $15 per person. See the registration form on this page or contact the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 474-2588 for details.

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Amputation – a survivor’s choice

Margaret Bennett is a spunky 78-year-old with a big smile and a survivor’s drive.

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Payson Care Center is cautious when admitting new patients

Every year skilled nursing facilities undergo a survey by the State Department of Health Services.

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Discover quinoa – nature’s super food

The Healthy Foodie

Always a sucker for delicious food, I jumped at the chance to attend a cooking demonstration on quinoa by local chef Gerardo Moceri. Catch was — he decided to cook in the Anytime Fitness Gym.

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What every woman should know about thyroid disorders

Your thyroid gland, located just below your neck in front of your larynx, secretes hormones through your bloodstream to every cell and every organ in your body.

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New surgeon talks about services

Dr. Elliot Maness, D.O., recently joined Payson Surgery Associates and was the guest speaker at the Feb. 18 Lunch & Learn program at the Senior Circle.

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PRMC names new marketing director

Mindy Strickling is the new marketing director for Payson Regional Medical Center, taking over the position from Jan Parsons, who has served as interim for quite some time.

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Eye exams can reveal more than just vision trouble

More evidence points to the importance of routine eye exams, not only to pinpoint potential conditions of the eye, but also to serve as windows to diseases that affect the entire body.

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Annual Women’s Wellness Forum offers tips to deal with stress

Stress is a fact of life. How an individual handles it is a major factor in their health and well-being.

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Study says stress may affect women’s ability to recover from heart attacks

February is Heart Month. A big factor in heart health is stress. When you’ve got an unexpected bill, a dead car battery or family trouble on your hands, are you like a cartoon character with steam shooting out of your ears or do you take appropriate steps to manage your stress?

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Weekly Calendar of Events: Feb. 24

The Senior Circle, at 215 N. Beeline Hwy., is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday.

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Gila County residents struggle with chronic diseases

Diabetes, obesity, smoking, mental health, cost of care pose health crisis

Gila County residents die sooner and suffer more health problems due to obesity, diabetes, teen pregnancy and smoking than residents in the rest of the state or nation, according to a survey of the health status of the county’s 53,000 residents.

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Gilbert doctor’s push for vaccinations personal and professional

Gilbert pediatrician Tim Jacks went to Washington to testify on the importance of vaccination, but he told senators that he was there not as a doctor but as a father.