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Past articles by Vivien:

Health Fusion: 2 common sleep disorders may be a deadly combo

Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea can disrupt your life and undermine your health. If you have a combo of both sleep disorders, your risk of heart disease and dying may rise even more. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams checks out a new study and shares the researchers' recommendation for what to do if you have the dangerous combo. → Read More

Health Fusion: Using computers and smartphones to treat depression

If you use digital technology to access your treatment for depression, and worry about whether or not it works, new research reveals some promising information. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares info about computer and smartphone-based therapy. → Read More

Health Fusion: Closing the healthcare disparities gap

When you go to see your healthcare provider, do you walk away feeling as if your needs were met? A new report shows that many people in diverse cultures don't. Health disparities continue to be an issue, even though the US is more diverse than ever. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams discusses the problems and some ideas for potential solutions with an expert in health… → Read More

Health Fusion: Decking the halls could trigger asthma attack

Scented candles, grandma's ornaments and twinkling lights on the tree. Holiday decorations can transform a room from ho-hum to magical. But also they can trigger an asthma attack. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares tips from the American Lung Association on how to keep your home safe for people with asthma. → Read More

Health Fusion: A daily dose of yogurt may lower blood pressure

Could a daily dollop of yogurt help to lower your blood pressure? In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams checks out a new study that explores the yogurt and blood pressure control connection. → Read More

Health Fusion: Bundle up and head outside to boost winter health.

When the snow flies and temps plummet, don't pull the covers over your head and hibernate. Get out and into it to reap the benefits of cold weather. Viv Williams shares some healthy facts about winter in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion." → Read More

Health Fusion: Cataract surgery may reduce your risk of dementia, new study shows

If you have cataracts, surgery to remove them may do a lot more than improve your vision. It also may reduce your chances of getting dementia. Viv Williams delivers details of a new study in this episode of "Health Fusion" for NewsMD. → Read More

Health Fusion: Tips for aging and dry winter skin

Changes in weather can be hard on your skin. Think of it as a kitchen sponge. When the atmosphere is dry, it loses moisture, dries out and shrivels up. Temperature and humidity matter. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams gets tips from a Mayo Clinic dermatologist on how to avoid cracked, dry winter skin. → Read More

Health Fusion: Burrito method for dry winter hands and feet

Do your hands and feet get cracked and dry from winter weather? If so, try what a Mayo Clinic dermatologist calls the burrito method. In this episode of NewsMd's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares info about a way to soften rough winter skin. → Read More

Health Fusion: COVID toes are a real thing

COVID toes have popped up in the media a lot after researchers confirmed the condition exists. And when a famous quarterback said he had them. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams gets the details about COVID toes -- what they are, why they develop and how to treat them -- from a Mayo Clinic dermatologist. → Read More

Health Fusion: Lessons from a Norwegian lefse-making holiday tradition (Or, what to do when the dog eats the dough)

Rolling out Norwegian lefse is a holiday tradition in our house. It's a ritual that represents all things good — family, friends, laughter and gratefulness. In this NewsMD column, Viv Williams explores how seasonal traditions can boost your health, even when the family dog makes off with the lefse dough (recipe included). → Read More

Health Fusion: Manage menopause risk factors with activity

Menopause can make some women feel out of sorts. You might have hot flashes, act a little moody and gain weight. Plus your body's metabolism changes in ways that increase your risk of certain diseases. But a new study shows you can take some control back and it's all about getting up off the couch and moving more. → Read More

Health Fusion: Long COVID symptoms different for women and men, a new study shows

Women and men have different symptoms of long haul COVID-19. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams talks to a Mayo Clinic doctor about a new study that offers clues into long hauler COVID syndrome and how results will lead to improved diagnoses and better treats. → Read More

Health Fusion: A how-to lefse party with recipe, laughter and a mouse

Making Norwegian lefse is an annual holiday tradition at our house. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams gathers family and friends for a slightly chaotic and fun lefse-making tutorial that will hopefully inspire you to grab a griddle and give the old-fashioned treat a try. → Read More

Health Fusion: Are kids less thankful than they should be? Not in my book

Every year, millions of people across the US sit down for the Thanksgiving feast equipped with a list of answers to the question they'll no doubt be asked at some point during the meal. "What are you grateful for?" In this "Health Fusion" column, Viv Williams shares thoughts on what Thanksgiving means today and she checks out the results of a new poll that shows parents don't think their kids… → Read More

Health Fusion: Coping with cluster headaches

Cluster headaches can be awful. They're rare, but if you get them, you know they come on fast and hit hard. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares info about treatments from a headache expert. → Read More

Health Fusion: Poor sleep may make you feel older, a new study shows

Are you a bad sleeper? If so, you may also feel older and be more negative about aging than good sleepers. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares info from a new study that may inspire you to get better shut eye. → Read More

Health Fusion: Virtual reality, music and aroma help patients relax at Mayo Clinic

Pretend for a few seconds that you're walking through a peaceful forest. You hear distant bird songs, smell the fresh and earthy air and feel the soft moss beneath your feet. Just a few moments can hep you relax. Experts at Mayo Clinic are studying how complementary medicine techniques -- aroma therapy, music therapy and virtual reality that transports you into nature -- help patients going… → Read More

Health Fusion: Keep your pets healthy and happy over the holidays

During the holidays, do you let your routines slide? Maybe you eat more rich food, stay up late binge-watching shows, attend more events and travel. If you have a pet, their routine is thrown off too. In this episode of NewMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams has tips on how to keep your pet healthy and happy during holidays. → Read More

Health Fusion: Your body's own 'cannabis' reduces inflammation through exercise

Here's another reason to get off the couch and start moving, especially if you have arthritis, cancer or heart disease. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams checks out a study that shows exercise releases a "cannabis" substance in your body that reduces chronic inflammation. → Read More