HealthFocused

Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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Could These Five Hobbies Improve Your Health?

July 12, 2018

In addition to having something enjoyable to do on your free time, hobbies may have many health rewards! Many activities improve overall wellness while others may prevent specific health concerns. To get your wheels turning about which hobbies will enrich your life and improve your health, here are five unique activities you should consider weaving into your daily schedule: Coloring Any activity that repetitively puts your hands to work may help relieve stress. Coloring can be viewed as a therapeutic activity, leading to several mental health benefits. A study in the Western Journal of... Continue Reading

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Get to know Dr. Stephen Carter

July 10, 2018

The first thing you may notice when speaking with Dr. Carter is his upbeat attitude and obvious passion for his work. A Southern California native, he grew up in San Diego against the backdrop of clear skies and sunny beaches. Number three of four boys, he comes from a long line of medical practitioners. In fact, all four of the Carter brothers are surgeons now. Rewind to Dr. Carter's early days though, and you'd find a young man with a different career path in mind. An avid musician, Dr. Carter spent much of his time growing up playing the piano, writing music, and performing in bands. A... Continue Reading

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Could This Be the Reason You Feel Tired All the Time?

July 5, 2018

Are you tired and you can't figure out why? Multiple factors can lead to tiredness, including mistaking general weariness for fatigue. Fatigue is a tiredness that is unexplained, persistent, reoccurring, and affects the performance of daily activities. The feeling is similar to missing a lot of sleep or exhaustion while fighting the flu. Causes of fatigue and tiredness include overall health issues, stress, sedentary lifestyle, and underlying medical concerns. How is your overall health? Lack of sleep Perhaps the most obvious reason for feeling tired is lack of sleep. Adults require... Continue Reading

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Mental Health Support Groups

July 3, 2018

Individuals need emotional and also social support when going through medical treatments, disease diagnoses and progression, rehabilitation, caretaking, addiction, remission, and more. When one has traumatic or difficult medical and nonmedical experiences, it is important for individuals to have social and emotional support which can come in the form of a support group. One may be comforted by others when one feels alone, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or hopeless. While everyone has different experiences and ways of coping with their situation, everyone can gain from emotional support and... Continue Reading

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Think Outside the Gym: Fun Ways to Exercise in the Great Outdoors

June 26, 2018

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and warm weather has finally arrived! Say goodbye to treadmills, stationary bikes, and indoor pools. It's time to change out the winter workout for some exercise in the great outdoors. Here are our top six favorite ways to get fit outside: Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Stand up pattle boarding combines elements of surfing and kayaking to create an awesome outdoor activity. SUP involves standing on a large long board and navigating calm water with a modified paddle.It may look easy, but this fun in the sun activity works every part of your body. It'... Continue Reading

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Save Your Veins: What is Peripheral Vascular Disease

June 21, 2018

Even though heart and vascular care may seem like they would be very similar, the two are completely different. Heart care deals with treatment for problems that specifically affect your heart or the arteries and blood vessels exclusive to the heart. The specialists and type of treatments required to help a heart care patient vary based on the specific diagnosis. Vascular care involves treatment of issues negatively affecting circulation outside of the heart and brain. This care often occurs in the legs, neck, arms, and kidneys. The surgeons involved clear blockages in arteries and veins to... Continue Reading

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Keep Your Skin Safe From These 3 Cancers

June 19, 2018

As we approach summer, the height of everyday sun exposure, it's important to stay vigilant about our skin. Approximately 3.3 million people in America have skin cancer. The number of diagnosed cases continually increased, most likely due to better cancer detection technology. Left untreated though, skin cancer can be fatal. Skin cancers, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, often start as changes to your skin. Noticing the change early can be life-saving! Let's take a closer look at what you can do to stay safe. How Does a Cancer Cause Harm? Cancer occurs... Continue Reading

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Choosing the Best Sunglasses for Your Eye Health

June 14, 2018

Aviators, wraparounds, round or square frames – We often think of sunglasses in terms of style or fashion. However, sunglasses are a vital part of practicing good eye health. The human eyes are amazing organs. Your eyes never rest, even when you're sleeping. On average, each of your eyes only weighs one ounce, the equivalent of a single slice of bread. Your eye muscles are among the strongest muscles in your body though. Just like your skin, your eyes are susceptible to injury, disease, and sunburn. In fact, every member of your family should have protective sunglasses, even children. A study... Continue Reading

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Beat the Heat: How to Prevent Heat Stroke

June 12, 2018

Blue skies, bright sun, and warm temperatures make for perfect days of working, playing, and being in the great outdoors. After the winter chill, we're all ready for a little fun in the sun. However, every season comes health hazards. For warmer seasons, heat stroke is the most serious heat-related injury. In fact, it can cause brain damage or even death. Staying safe in the sun is possible though. Learning about heat stroke and how to prevent it is an important step to protect yourself. Important Facts About Heat Stroke Temperature and humidity create dangerous conditions for heat stroke... Continue Reading

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Pain Points: The Anatomy of Headaches and Migraines

June 6, 2018

Nearly everyone has experienced a headache in their lifetime. The problem may be caused by something as simple as staying up too late or being overly stressed. However, headaches may be signaling to you that something more serious is at hand. How does a headache happen in your body, what type of headaches do you have, and when do you need to contact your doctor? The anatomy of headaches Even though it feels like it, a headache is not truly a pain in your brain. Most headaches happen in the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles that cover a person's head and neck. Often, the tissues or blood... Continue Reading

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