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SOME individuals experience sizable drops in blood pressure when they stand up — a condition known as orthostatic hypotension or, sometimes, postural hypotension, from the Greek word hypo, for under, and tension, for blood pressure — because blood tends to pool in the lower half of our bodies, upon rising, filling veins in the liver, intestines and other abdominal organs, as well as those in the legs, with the danger of not enough blood reaching the brain, which can lead to lightheadedness, or even, a loss of consciousness, says the August 2011 issue of the Harvard Health Letter.

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INSTEAD of showing the traditional food pyramid, the MyPlate plan uses a plate as an icon that helps remind individuals how much of each food group they should be eating, encouraging Americans to make half of their meals fruits and vegetables as part of a balanced diet, says the August 2011 issue of the UCLA Division of Geriatrics Healthy / Years.

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WITH summer in full swing, here are a few tips for staying cool, dealing with the sun’s radiant energy, managing poison ivy and warding off insects that like summer as much as you do, in order to avoid summer’s seasonal woes from creeping up on you when you least expect them, says the August 2011 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

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KEY figures offer insight into your health which can keep you from being caught off guard by many serious illnesses and help you maintain or even improve your health, says the July 2011 issue of the Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource.

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ALTHOUGH currently, there is no direct test for Alzheimer’s, or for the risk of developing it, in the way that, say, a blood sugar test can be used to assess whether someone has diabetes or prediabetes (vulnerability to getting diabetes), new guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer’s were released in April which may eventually change this approach to diagnosing the disease, says the July 2011 issue of the Harvard Health Letter.

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