HealthFocused

Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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The Science of Laughter

December 24, 2019

Why exactly do we laugh? The easiest answer is “because something is funny…” but how true is that, actually? Think about the last time you laughed with your boss—was it because they dropped a huge knee-slapper or was it a little forced? Alternatively, think about the last time you re-watched your favorite sitcom. You may inherently know a joke is funny, but sitting on your couch in a room by yourself, you may not even crack a smile. Sit on that same couch re-watching that same episode with a friend, however, and you might find yourself reduced to a helpless pile of giggles. For as common as... Continue Reading

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Yes! You Can Age Gracefully- Here’s How

December 19, 2019

Aging gracefully isn't just about trying to look younger—it's about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. You can even get better with age, with the right care. Aging gracefully is more about being healthy than keeping the wrinkles at bay. Here are a few tips on how you can age gracefully! Exercise Exercising regularly can significantly lower your risk of diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, and can help you retain your mobility longer. Exercise also lowers stress and improves sleep, skin and bone health, and your mood. The Department of Health... Continue Reading

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Best Practices for Good Posture and a Healthy Back

December 17, 2019

Tight, sore shoulders and a bad back are just part of everyday life for many Americans. It might be a common problem for older adults, but not taking good care of your back can leave you with a host of health issues at any age. Take a look at these tips for taking care of your back and see if you can improve your health habits! Sleep Right Do you often wake up stiff and sore? Having the wrong support for your spine won't do your sleep or your back any favors. If you're a side sleeper, you may want to use extra pillows to support your head, side, and/or leg. The goal is to keep your spine... Continue Reading

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Our Favorite Healthy Gifts for All Ages

December 12, 2019

'Tis the season of gift-giving and with it the question of what to buy that special someone. While the holidays are a season of splurging, health-focused gifts can be a fun, useful, and affordable option. So how do you pick a healthy gift for someone that won't end up collecting dust in their basement? For that special person in your life, we recommend considering: Puzzles Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, disentanglement puzzles, crosswords, mazes, Rubik's cubes, stacker puzzles, tangrams, there are extensive types of puzzles to choose from! With a huge variety available, you can find a style, skill... Continue Reading

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Powerful Health Screenings That Could Save Your Life

December 10, 2019

We likely have all heard the familiar old proverb, "A stitch in time saves nine." Although usually, it refers to fixing a problem like a frayed sleeve or a leaky sink, it makes a lot of sense for your health too! To rephrase the proverb: "a screen in time saves lives." Detecting potentially life-threatening conditions before they can advance (and sometimes, before there are even any noticeable symptoms) gives doctors a chance to prevent damage and possibly even eliminate the disease entirely. Health screenings are a powerful tool that can save the lives of at-risk patients. What to Watch For... Continue Reading

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Annual Check-up

December 5, 2019

We know we need them, and we know they're important, but getting the most out of your annual checkup can be challenging. It's easy to forget about your annual checkup until it arrives, and then leave your appointment feeling like you left out some of your health concerns or didn't get all the information you wanted. With a little forethought, though, you can get more out of your time at the doctor's office! Come Prepared Chances are, waiting until you're in the doctor's office to think of questions will make you forget something important. Have you been having a hard time sleeping? Feeling a... Continue Reading

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7 Ways to Manage Stress During the Busy Holiday Season

December 3, 2019

The holidays are almost here, and we all know what that means: friends, family, food, fun, and for some of us, a lot of extra stress. There's a lot to be done, and sometimes we feel overwhelmed! Along with planning meals and holiday get-togethers, having a plan for managing stress can ease your mind. Incorporate the following strategies to have a relaxing and fun holiday season! Sleep In the whirlwind of cooking, cleaning, decorating, and finding that perfect gift, it can be tempting to skimp on sleep. Think it will be fine to "catch up" later? Think again. Adults typically need 7-9 hours of... Continue Reading

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Start Planning Now for a Healthier New Year!

November 28, 2019

Lose weight, eat better, exercise more, Stop smoking. Does your New Year's Resolutions list look something like this? You're not the only one. Health-related goals are a common part of the goals people set for themselves (and sometimes, forget about) every year. When you take care of your body, your whole life will improve-- so we whole-heartedly recommend sticking with your resolutions to live healthier. Maybe you haven't even thought about your goals for the next year yet. In that case, now's your chance to take a minute to get a head start! Think Ahead Having your resolutions ready ahead... Continue Reading

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How Alzheimer's Disease Impacts the Brain

November 26, 2019

One condition becoming all too common today is Alzheimer’s disease, a brain condition that is the 6 th leading cause of death in the United States. The Alzheimer’s Association defines the disease as “a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior.” Alzheimer’s (also sometimes called senile dementia) doesn’t happen all at once. In fact, the symptoms may at first be dismissed as simply “getting older,” if doctors and family members aren’t vigilant. Early symptoms include relatively small issues like trouble learning new things or remembering details. Eventually, the... Continue Reading

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How Mammograms Save Lives

November 19, 2019

If not for the curious minds of a physicist, a surgeon, and a radiologist, countless patients may not have had access to a life saving screening tool for breast cancer. In fact, the history of the mammogram spans over a century from the discovery of x-rays to advanced 3D mammography. For the 1 in 8 women in the United States that are estimated to develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, early detection with the assistance of a mammogram can greatly improve their chances of survival. Let's take a closer look at this fascinating medical advancement. The History of the Mammogram You... Continue Reading

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