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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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The Effects of Stress on Heart Health

February 20, 2018

Whether it's an unexpected bill, a flat tire, or an argument with your spouse, stress is a regular part of the human experience. Do you pop your top or stay super chill when you're confronted with stressful issues? Are you someone who strives to take everything in stride or do the veins in your forehead start to pulse at the mere hint of an obstacle in your path? How you deal with stress can affect your quality of life and shorten your lifespan. Everyone experiences and reacts to stress in different ways. Of course, sustained levels of stress and how you deal with it can adversely affect your... Continue Reading

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What is Door-to-Balloon Time & Why is it Important?

February 15, 2018

At least one million Americans suffer from heart attacks every year, and quite a few don't survive. One of the biggest barriers to survival is getting the right treatment promptly. Fortunately, recent developments in emergency care for individuals suffering from a heart attack has helped to improve overall patient outcomes. The number of deaths from heart attacks has been reduced as well. Door-to-balloon time has played an enormous part in reducing the number of heart attack fatalities. What is Door-to-Balloon Time? Door-to-balloon time refers to the time it takes for a heart attack victim to... Continue Reading

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