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15Sep, 2016

5 Health Tips for Busy Moms

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  As every parent knows, being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. It is also one of the most stressful, chaotic, and exhausting experiences in the world. Most say mom has it the worst, as they often take on most of the food, cleaning, transportation, and school issues. It’s a 24/7 job in many ways. When you’re not actively caring for your kids, you’re thinking about them, worrying about it, or planning your next move. How do you take care of yourself and maintain […]
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6Sep, 2016

What to Expect from Chemotherapy

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Chemotherapy involves using drugs to attack cancer cells. Chemo is considered a “systemic” therapy, meaning it affects the entire body. The drugs used can also damage healthy cells that are unrelated to the type of cancer being treated. Perhaps one of the most visible and well-known side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss. Most chemo drugs are designed to attack rapidly growing cells–behavior typical of most cancers. Hair follicles are some of the fastest growing cells in the body and are therefore often victims of chemotherapy’s active agents. Other common […]
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29Aug, 2016

Are Farm Fresh Eggs are Better Than Store Bought Eggs

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You might assume that anything that comes fresh from a farm is healthier and tastier than something purchased at a store. In the case of eggs, you would be mostly right. Farm fresh eggs are more nutritious than store bought eggs. Here’s why. Most eggs bought in the store are several months old. According to Purina, commercial eggs can be 6-8 months old, and nutrition in the eggs declines with age. How do you know how old your eggs are? It can be tough. According to fresheggsdaily.com, “An egg can […]
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24Aug, 2016

Getting Teens to Eat Right

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If you’re a parent of teenage children, you know that they are inclined to eat junk. Fast food, processed food, sugary food, salty food, fatty food–all the stuff we know is bad for them and bad for all of us. It’s not cool to eat healthy, especially for teenage boys. Many working parents don’t have time to prepare meals and teens often come home from school or sports and fix anything they can find in the house. How can you get them on board with healthy eating? Start early. If […]
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15Aug, 2016

Staying Active When Living Alone

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By some estimates, adults who live alone have an 80 percent higher chance of having depression than those who live with other people. Add illness to the equation, meaning people living alone and dealing with chronic or temporary illness, and you have an even greater chance of depression. One of the best ways to reduce the risk of depression is by remaining physically and socially active. Loneliness can be a strong contributor to depression. One study found that one in every four women living alone had purchased antidepressants versus only […]
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10Aug, 2016

How Pets Help Healing

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According to multiple research studies, owning and caring for a pet is good for your health. Pet care has been linked to reduced stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, and lower risk of heart disease. For example, in a study at the State University of New York at Buffalo, women asked to solve a math equation with their dogs nearby experienced less stress than women who worked near another human. It’s thought that pet ownership and care decreases the levels of cortisol (a stress hormone that can damage your body) […]
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2Aug, 2016

Sunscreen: What You Need to Know

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We’re in the heart of the summertime and when people are outside and uncovered, they need sunscreen (you also need it indoors and all year long–see below). There are a few things to consider when it comes to your skin, exposure to the sun, and sunscreen. You probably know that sunscreens are products combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. You might not know that there are two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, that damage the skin, age it prematurely, […]
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25Jul, 2016

Should You Be Afraid of Mosquitos this Summer?

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According to the National Pesticide Information Center, mosquitoes are known to carry many infectious diseases from several different classes of microorganisms, including viruses and parasites. Mosquito-borne illnesses include malaria, West Nile virus, elephantiasis, dengue fever, yellow fever, and now the Zika virus. Mosquito bites are not really bites as we commonly understand the term. The mosquito doesn’t take a bite out of the skin but sticks its tiny syringe-like mouth, called the proboscis, through the skin to draw blood for food. In 1947, scientists studying in the Zika Forest near […]
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20Jul, 2016

Be Careful When Mixing Prescription and Nonprescription Medications

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Each year, 3.5 million people are hospitalized due to adverse drug reactions. Most of these admissions are seniors, and many of the adverse reactions are with prescription medications and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. If you’re a senior taking multiple medications, or a person with a chronic healthcare condition taking multiple medications, it is important to know how they interact with OTC products. Some of the most commonly used OTC products can cause serious health problems. Aren’t OTC Drugs Safe? Just because a drug is available without a prescription doesn’t mean it […]
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14Jul, 2016

How and Why You Should Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

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According to the Cleveland Clinic, high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of kidney failure put one in three Americans at an increased risk of developing kidney disease. But even if you don’t fit in any of those risk categories, it’s important to take care of these critically important organs. Keeping them healthy is important, especially people with these risk factors or other conditions that affect kidney health. What Are Kidneys? The National Institute for Health describes the kidneys as “two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a […]
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6Jul, 2016

Safety Tips for People Taking Multiple Medications

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Medication management is becoming an increasingly important part of healthcare. With an aging population, more medications on the market, and the growing use of specialty medications, the risk of incorrect doses, skipping medication, or combining the wrong medications is a growing concern. For patients and caregivers, managing prescriptions and dosages can be confusing, stressful, and time-consuming. Of course, the more medications patients take, the more likely they are to mismanage them. Medication Mistakes by the Numbers The average American takes between 2 to 7 prescription drugs daily Approximately 21 percent […]
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28Jun, 2016

Fight Cancer from the Kitchen: Get Cancer Fighting Foods Into Your Diet

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According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), “strong evidence does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers. In laboratory studies, many individual minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals demonstrate anti-cancer effects. Yet evidence suggests it is the synergy of compounds working together in the overall diet that offers the strongest cancer protection.” The AICR finds that there are direct dietary cancer fighting benefits and indirect benefits. It has been found that carrying […]
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22Jun, 2016

Fitness for People with Limited Mobility

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For people with limited mobility due to an injury or a chronic condition, it can be a challenge to keep weight off and stay in shape. Weight gain and lack of exercise can not only cause physical health problems, immobility can also lead to depression and other mental health issues. There are some options, though, depending on the severity of your injury or condition. Eat Right: Yes, this is what your mother always told you to do. Eat your vegetables! When physical exercise is not an option, you can focus instead […]
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16Jun, 2016

Salt and Your Health: What You Need to Know

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The human body needs a very small amount of sodium – the primary element we get from salt – to conduct nerve impulses, contract and relax muscles, and maintain the proper balance of water and minerals. But too much sodium in the diet can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Reducing your sodium intake can help lower your blood pressure and improve the health of your heart. This is especially important for people who are prone to high blood pressure in the first place. Where Does Dietary […]
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10Jun, 2016

8 Tips to Keep Asthma Away in the Summer

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Summer is here and asthma triggers like heat, pollens, and molds are higher. But so are some less familiar triggers–weather changes (especially in humid regions), pollution (more people driving), or possible smoke from wildfires. People also tend to be more active in the summer, especially children, which can prompt breathing problems. Here are some ways to reduce the risk of asthma attacks this summer. See the Doc First, if you have already experienced increased asthma-related health symptoms, see your doctor, allergist, or whoever is helping you manage your asthma. It […]
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11Apr, 2016

Mobile Apps May Reduce Hospital Readmission in Specialty Pharmacy Patients

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An estimated $355 billion is wasted in the United States every year as a result of poor care coordination, failures in care delivery, and overtreatment, including as much as $44 billion spent on unplanned hospital readmissions. A recent article in Perspectives in Health Management explored a possible solution to prevent readmissions—a quality improvement (QI) project that uses 2 readily available resources: mobile devices and nonmedical workers who provide home care and community support for the aging population. The nonmedical workers leveraged by this project included “personal care attendants, home health […]
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17Nov, 2015

Is Insulin Pump Therapy Right For You?

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The majority of people with type 1 diabetes do require regular insulin injections in order to ensure that blood sugar levels are well maintained, and that overall metabolic function is preserved. While every individual with the condition will require specific dosages and medication regimens, it is certain that injections will need to occur throughout the course of the day. This can cause a number of concerns for individuals of all walks of life: Changes in lifestyle habits Concerns about injection while at work Managing the required drug protocol, ie. avoiding […]
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New Diabetes Treatments For 2015
11Nov, 2015

New Diabetes Treatment Options For 2015

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Over the course of 2015, several new options for diabetes treatment have emerged from the drug market.  Although these newer medications are more specific to individuals who suffer from pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, they still represent a significant breakthrough for patients.  One of the major reasons for this is that the action of the drugs can aid in allowing the body to slowly regain balance on its own, which also lets beta cells in the pancreas increase production without generating greater damage to the organ. Other outcomes from these […]
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How To Recovery Quickly From Surgery
7Nov, 2015

6 Easy Steps For Fast Surgery Recovery

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Even minor surgeries can create situations where recovery time may be prolonged.  Obviously, the more extensive the surgery, the more time it can take to return to normal lifestyle activities, but the actions that a person takes after a surgery can also influence the speed of recovery. Specifics And General Considerations Both before and after surgery, primary health care professionals will go over the expectations for recovery, and any necessary protocols for this process.  It is important for patients to recognize that some actions that are required are specific to […]
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4Nov, 2015

How Can Cinnamon Help Type 2 Diabetes?

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For individuals who are facing the lifestyle changes that are involved in a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, it can seem very overwhelming to try and incorporate these healthy changes, while still maintaining regular routines and activities of enjoyment. Generally, people with type 2 diabetes will not need to be on a regular insulin regimen, since even though both types of the disease impact blood glucose levels and how the body is able to process nutrients from foods, the difference is in the presence of natural insulin and how the […]
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