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The Body’s Filter: Keeping Up with the Kidneys

March 22, 2018

Just like your favorite water bottle with the filtering cap, your kidneys separate the good substances in your body's fluids from those that might harm you. March is National Kidney Month so it's the perfect time to learn more about these often-misunderstood organs. What are your kidneys? Your kidneys sit on each side of the spine underneath the rib cage and look like two bean-shaped organs, each the size of a human fist. These organs are important not only as filters, but also for balancing the body's natural acid, potassium, and salt contents. Kidneys filter waste and toxins out of the... Continue Reading

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What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About a Colonoscopy

March 19, 2018

Colon cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. If colon cancer is detected early, it has a high cure rate. A colonoscopy can identify and remove polyps before they turn into cancer. Not sure if a colonoscopy is right for you? No problem. We've answered the most common questions about colonoscopies. How Long Does a Colonoscopy Last? In most cases, the procedure lasts about thirty minutes. It typically takes about twelve minutes to insert the scope and another twelve minutes to remove it. If there are polyps present that need to be removed the procedure may take a bit longer. The... Continue Reading

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Guessing at Gluten: The Facts Behind the Gluten Craze

March 15, 2018

Walk down any grocery store aisle, and you'll find catchy logos showcasing the popular phrase "gluten free” or “GF." Schools have changed medical forms to consider gluten allergies, restaurants now list gluten-free options, and some churches even feature gluten-free communion wafers! Unlike some nutrition crazes, gluten is a serious factor in the health of millions of Americans suffering from certain diseases. However, it's now estimated that 1 in 5 people reduce or eliminate gluten from their diet without any medical need. Gluten-free seems like a trend that's here to stay. Wondering if... Continue Reading

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What's the Skinny on Lymphedema?

March 13, 2018

Up to 10 million Americans are suffering from a condition that causes disruptive swelling in the arms and legs – it's called lymphedema. The "lymph" in lymphedema refers to the lymphatic system which rids our bodies of toxins. "Edema" is a medical term for swelling. If you've ever had a sprained ankle or wrist, you probably experienced swelling at the injury site. This kind of swelling is normal and resolves itself naturally as the body heals. For those suffering from lymphedema, the swelling is caused by an impaired lymphatic system. Left untreated, lymphedema can seriously damage your... Continue Reading

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Everything You Want to Know About Colonoscopies But Are Afraid to Ask

March 8, 2018

Colon and rectal cancer are the 2 nd leading causes of cancer death in the United States. A colonoscopy is the "Gold Standard" screening test that saves lives through early detection and removal of masses. The American Cancer Society reports that having a colonoscopy decreases your risk of developing colon cancer by a whopping 80 percent. Yet, many people avoid having this potentially lifesaving screening because of embarrassment, fear, or misunderstanding. We've compiled a list of the most common questions about colonoscopies. Put your fears and embarrassment aside. Here's everything you... Continue Reading

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More Than a Hard Knock: Identifying Brain Injuries

March 5, 2018

Head injuries are often some of the scariest injuries to occur. With car accidents, falls, or other trauma, a possible head injury is one of the primary concerns for doctors. But even a seemingly innocent head bump or "hard knock" could lead to a more serious brain injury. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Take the time to get the facts so that you can be vigilant in understanding these types of injuries. Brain Injury Overview: Different Types of Brain Injuries Though there are many types of brain injuries, there are two general categories called traumatic brain injury (TBI) and acquired... Continue Reading

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The Organized Kitchen

March 1, 2018

You want to eat healthier and lose some weight? As with many things in life, in order to achieve your goal, you need to plan and set yourself up for success. One of the most important, and often overlooked, steps in this process is to organize your kitchen! By organizing your kitchen, you will create a welcoming environment where you will be more likely to want to prepare healthy foods and eat at home. Here are some tips for setting up your kitchen to encourage healthy eating. Clear the counters, cabinets, and the refrigerator ​ It is hard to choose and/or prepare healthy menu items when we... Continue Reading

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CDC Predicts Flu Epidemic to Continue

February 27, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared this flu season an epidemic. A flu breakout qualifies as an epidemic when the number of cases increases quickly and infects more people than normally expected. The flu epidemic has touched every state in the continental U.S. and began earlier than past flu seasons. Massive numbers of people are flocking to doctor's offices and hospitals for treatment, and the flu is contributing to an average of 4,000 deaths a week. Unfortunately, there are still many weeks left in this year's peak flu season, and the flu epidemic may continue... Continue Reading

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A Revealing Look at the Hidden World of Eating Disorders

February 23, 2018

Eating Disorders Awareness Week will take place from February 26 th through March 4 th this year. The international awareness week focuses on tackling the myths and stereotypes that surround eating disorders, and aims to raise awareness and action by talking about the topics that matter to those that suffer from such disorders. Even though an estimated 10 million Americans have some form of eating-related disorder, there is still a lot of misunderstanding and miscommunication. In a culture where diet and body image are heavily discussed and scrutinized, this can lead to a negative stigma... Continue Reading

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Fountain of Youth: Could a new pill prevent aging?

February 22, 2018

Anti-aging pills are not new in our lifetime. Most of them have been around even more than some of us have. Perhaps the one thing that keeps getting better is the hype and marketing around such pills. Increasingly, these pills promise youthfulness and other transformative anti-aging effects on the human body. It is a known fact that preventive health is good business and those who can find a magic pill first stand to make billions. The latest addition to the anti-aging race is Lenny Guarente, a prominent player in the gerontology field. Until recently, he was the head of MIT's Paul F. Glenn... Continue Reading

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