Don’t Stop Moving: The Power of Daily Activity

We all know that physical activity is important, but new research suggests that taking even a few weeks’ break from your regular physical activity routine could do a surprising amount of harm. Many people like to joke, “I don’t stop moving, because once I do, I’ll never be able to start again!” but it turns out that joke holds a great deal of truth.

In a study led by Kelly Bowden-Davies at the Institute of Aging and Chronic Disease at the University of Liverpool, healthy adults without any history of obesity or type 2 diabetes were asked to limit their physical activity for two full weeks. They opted for the elevator instead of the stairs, the bus instead of walking, and the couch instead of the gym. Read More

Beware of the Infection that Could Be Lurking in Your Local Pool

Most people don’t equate summertime with sickness, but unfortunately data shows that more and more people are becoming infected with a nasty bug called cryptosporidiosis from an unexpected source: the swimming pool. Commonly known as crypto, this diarrhea-causing parasitic infection survives for days at a time in chlorinated pool water and makes it all too easy for children and adults to become ill for up two or three weeks.   Read More

Everything You Should Know about Geriatric Care

Americans are living longer than ever before, which is placing a newfound emphasis on the best and most effective medical care for the elderly. Just like pediatricians specialize in caring for children, geriatricians focus on the health and wellness of older adults. Since the elderly are far more likely to suffer from complex medical conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and heart disease, the expertise of a geriatrician can prove very valuable for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management. Read More

Pap Smears and Prostate Exams: A Simple Guide

It’s no secret that men and women have many significant differences, especially when it comes to their reproductive and sexual health. These differences shouldn’t be taken lightly, since they require males and females to seek different types of preventative health services. For women, a pap test checks for cervical cancer, while for men a prostate exam can detect prostate cancer. Given that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in males, and cervical cancer kills more than 4,000 women a year, these preventative screenings are critical. Read More

Vaccines the 65+ Crowd Shouldn’t Skip

Vaccines aren’t just for newborn babies. As you age, your body weakens in certain ways and becomes more vulnerable to specific diseases like the flu, shingles, and pneumonia. Fortunately, vaccinations make it possible to prevent these illnesses with just a few simple shots.

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What the Late Mary Tyler Moore Taught Us about Type 1 Diabetes

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Mary Tyler Moore is best known for her roles as leading actress in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and many of her fans don’t realize that Moore struggled with Type 1 Diabetes for 47 years of her life. Moore’s death in January brought her battle against diabetes to the surface, and there is so much that can be learned from how Moore courageously handled her diagnosis.

Living With T1D

Type 1 Diabetes is a unique disease that differs from the more Type 2 Diabetes in many different ways. First of all, Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune condition in which the pancreas does not produce any insulin at all. This means that poor diet and lifestyle choices are not usually the cause of T1D, but genetics instead. Many people begin to notice signs of Type 1 Diabetes in childhood, which is why it’s also known as Juvenile Diabetes. Symptoms include increased thirst, unusually frequent urination, sudden bedwetting, excessive hunger or weight loss, irritability, blurred vision, and fatigue.
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Why Sleep Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution

sleepWe all know what it feels like to be tired, fatigued, and weighed down by exhaustion. But most people don’t realize that even just one night without sleep can interfere with normal heart function. While the effects of poor sleep have been studied extensively for physical, mental, and emotional implications, a recent study is the first of its kind to explore exactly how going 24 hours without sleeping might hurt the body. Read More

Naturally Effective RA Treatments

49157354 - pomegranate seeds and a whole pomegranateRheumatoid arthritis is a difficult condition to live with, and if you are currently diagnosed with RA, you might feel like you have very few options for long term relief aside from medications with a long list of side effects.

Basic Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Unlike osteoarthritis that causes joint pain when cartilage wears down and erodes, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation throughout the body, inflammation that attacks that joints and causes damage. This occurs because the immune system views its own body as the enemy and attacks the body’s tissues. In addition to joint problems, rheumatoid arthritis is known to cause damage to the skin, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. No cure has been found for RA, so many people are turning to natural treatment options for relief. Read More

The Best Way to Resolve Your Overactive Bladder

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Botox has gained immense popularity in past years for helping men and women banish wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, and it’s practically a staple of beauty regimens for the rich and famous. However, Botox has many other uses in the medical field that shouldn’t be overlooked, including to resolve crossed eyes, minimize migraine headaches, and even treat overactive bladder problems.  If you have time for a one hour appointment two times a year, you have time for a Botox treatment that can help significantly minimize the effects of your overactive bladder. Read More

Get Your Flu Shot, but Not the Nasal Spray

43883500 - asian woman is taking vaccine shot on her shoulder.We all know that flu season arrives each winter, which is why flu shot clinics pop up at every pharmacy, grocery store, and doctor’s office as soon as Halloween rolls around. Though the flu is merely an uncomfortable inconvenience for most people, it can actually prove fatal to young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all able Americans receive a flu shot each fall to minimize the potential for an outbreak. Read More