Healthcare

National Doctor’s Day

According to 1200 randomly selected adults who contributed to a national poll, around 26 percent of adults don’t have a “doctor”—that is to say, a primary care provider. [1] This number varies by age and generation, but this and other surveys find one thing most startling: more and more consumers are seeking medical treatment at urgent care...

Healthcare

Protecting Your Kidneys

Now more than ever, it’s important to raise awareness of kidney disease and associated health problems. Every human body has two kidneys and they’re always working to filter your blood, removing waste, acids, minerals, and excess water. This waste is moved from the kidney to the bladder and then passes out of the body. These bean-shaped organs ...

Healthcare

Rare Diseases—Not as Rare as You Think

Established in 2008 by the European Organisation for Rare Diseases, Rare Disease Day is observed on the last day of February every year—the rarest day of the year. This day of observance falls on February 29 this year and will be used for professionals and individuals alike to raise awareness for unknown or overlooked illnesses.  While this move...

Healthcare

Coronavirus

What You Should Know

There is a lot of media attention directed at a viral health crisis that originated in Wuhan, China. In the U.S. you might have heard of the Coronavirus outbreak, but many don’t understand the severity of this outbreak which has now become a global problem. What is Coronavirus? According to the World Health Organization, Coronavirus is a large ...

Cancer

February 4 – World Cancer Day

You probably know someone intimately or distantly that has had the devastating blow of a cancer diagnosis. There are so many kinds—many unpronounceable—and so many different treatments that we sometimes throw all cancer into one big bin and just whisper thanksgivings that it’s not us this time. Cancer, in all its various forms is the leading ...

Healthcare

New Year, New You!

The New Year is upon us and 2020 may look bright and promising from where you stand. If you’re like most Americans, however, this may be a time for mistakes, for unrealized dreams, and unaccomplished resolutions. Of all the New Year’s resolutions made by people from all walks of life, only about 25 percent stay committed for the first 30 days, ...

Healthcare

Thyroid Disease:

Flying Under the Radar

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck. It is smaller than your palm but affects your entire body from your weight, appetite, digestion, vision, brain function, and more. The endocrine system is responsible for a variety of your body’s functions and at the heart of that system is the thyroid gland. Your thyroid glan...

Healthcare

Medical Expenses and Your Taxes

Things You Should Know

Whether you have a chronic medical condition or a large family with routine medical expenses, you may have costs that are not reimbursed by your insurance provider. If this is the case, you may be looking to deduct some of these medical expenses from your taxes this year. In 2019 there are changes to the threshold amount that qualifies for deductio...

Healthcare

Handwashing Season

Tis the season! Pumpkins, gourds, and turkeys are a thing of the past! Now is the time for garland, twinkle lights, packed malls, family travel and…germs. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you are going to come into contact with more people this Holiday season than usual, and right in the middle of flu season. It’s important to ta...

Healthcare

HSAs and Medicare

What You Need to Know

Saving for the Future Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are accounts that are funded by pre-tax income and these funds remain untaxed so long as they are used for qualified medical expenses. HSAs are generally overseen by an employer or if it is an individual HSA, it is overseen by a bank, credit union, or insurance company. Anyone can open a health ...

Healthcare

Dangerous Diets

What You Need To Know

For years we have seen diet programs as a joke in the United States. Fad diets monopolize our television screens either by ad space or through subversive promotion in shows and movies. Fad brands take up retail space in our drug and grocery stores, and “diet and fitness” books account for a good deal of self-help and lifestyle publications in t...

Healthcare

2019-2010 Flu Season

What You Should Know

Flu season in the U.S. is in fall and winter, peaking in December and January, but can last as long as May in some cases. It’s during this time that the flue circulates the fastest, effecting the most people and putting some at great risk of complications and even death. Who Should Get Vaccinated? There are very little side effects to the flu v...

Healthcare

Seasonal Depression

Tricks and Treatments

As fall approaches, people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may begin to experience new symptoms. According to Psychology Today, SAD affects at least 10 million Americans, most of which experience symptoms of major depression beginning in the fall and throughout winter. If you experience symptoms of SAD as fall arrives and turns to...

Medication

Erectile Dysfunction

The little blue pill is not just for older men. E.D., or erectile dysfunction, is more common with age, but is becoming more and more common among men of all ages. While impotence my happen naturally in men as they age, young men are experiencing this problem more often due to factors other than age. Erectile dysfunction is characterized by the ina...

Healthcare

Measles Breaking Records in the U.S.

The latest record for measles cases in the U.S. was set in 2014 with 667 reported cases for the twelve month year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are close to breaking this record, and then some. Just shy of four full months into the year, the U.S. has seen 626 reported cases of measles in 22 different states. Some ...

Family

FDA Approves Device for Children with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that most often occurs in children. In fact, according to The A.D.D. Resource Center, there are 6.4 million American children aged 4-17 diagnosed with ADHD today. This disorder affects children of all races, genders, and ages in all 50 states, and across all socio-economic ...

Healthcare

Tech Neck

Technology has reached into all aspects of life. Children and adults are using cell phones and small devices for activities ranging from reading, gaming, working, communicating, navigating, and more. This constant use of these devices has affected our posture, causing neck problems dubbed “tech neck”, a condition that occurs when too much time ...

Healthcare

Summer Travel and Health

Spring break has passed and now is the time to plan your summer. Whether you’re traveling for a day trip, or a 10-day vacation overseas, there are a few important things to consider to stay healthy while traveling.   1   Plan for Exercise Whether or not you think you will have time for fitness, pack the sports bra, jogging shorts, a...

Medication

PMS or PMDD

Is Your Monthly Cycle Making You Crazy?

School children joke about it, young boys don’t understand it, men may seem afraid of it, but it’s the young girls and women of childbearing age who are most affected. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) are cyclical ailments which can affect women who menstruate, and even some who don’t. PMS is far more com...

Healthcare

Hand Sanitizer

Gyms, elementary schools, restaurants, gas stations, offices, and more. You can usually find they have one thing in common: hand sanitizer. Available in many brands, scents, moisturizers, and sizes, hand sanitizers are a consumer favorite. According to a recent FDA News Release, hand sanitizer ingredients are under scrutiny and the FDA is issuing a...

Family

Family Care Versus Pediatrics

A family care practitioner and a pediatrician commonly see children of all ages. They both hold medical degrees and are board-certified. Both are medical doctors who can diagnose and treat children, may see children multiple times per year for physicals, well-child visits, and immunizations, and can complete necessary in-office procedures on childr...

Cancer

Valsartan Recall Reaching into 2019

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting public health and ensures the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and ensures the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation (What We Do). As part of this mission, the FDA sometimes ...

Healthcare

Neurofeedback to Treat Depression and ADHD

There are many alternatives to medications when it comes to treating cognitive disorders. Whether or not they work is to be determined. Neurofeedback is a fairly new method of treatment also known as "brain training" in which the brain is re-trained to focus. This method is being used to treat ADHD in children and adults, and depression in adults. ...

Healthcare

Spring Weight Loss

One of the most popular New Year's resolutions each year is about health and weight loss. This spring, make sure you're on track with your goals and resolutions, while also remembering your health every step of the way. There are many drugs on the market that can help you lose weight, but it's important that these are used as part of a whole-life p...

Healthcare

The Problem With Snoring

Depending on your age, your snoring may be more of a problem than you think. What may be a bother to your spouse or roommates may be a real medical issue that needs attention. Snoring is the direct result of obstructed airflow. When your airflow is obstructed, it means there is a problem causing  the obstruction. It also means you aren't getting e...


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