Could Botox Improve Your Symptoms?

You may know Botox as the injectable that reduces wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles that tend to contract during facial expressions. But did you know that Botox can actually be used for a host of other reasons, many of which could minimize your bothersome symptoms and improve your overall quality of life?

Botox Alleviates Chronic Migraines

Botox has been FDA-approved for the treatment of severe migraines since 2010. Adults that suffer from at least 15 headache days each month can receive Botox treatments to prevent migraines before they even begin.

On average, one Botox migraine treatment includes 31 injections into 7 main areas of the head and neck. This process only takes about 15 minutes, and one treatment every 12 weeks maintains best results. Headache reduction occurs over the span of about 24 weeks. You can expect an average of 8 to 9 less headache days each month. This is a simple, safe, and powerful way to escape the burden of migraines and enjoy your life again. Read More

The Top Four Benefits of Aquatic Exercise for Those With Arthritis

If you are struggling with the pain and diminished range of motion caused by arthritis, you aren’t alone! Arthritis is the leading cause of disability, especially in men and women over the age of 65. This degenerative disease destroys the cartilage in your joints to the point that your bones begin to rub together. Even walking can become difficult, let alone exercising.

This is exactly why aquatic exercise is such an important and valuable form of physical activity for those with arthritis. Experts still suggest that people with arthritis get 30 minutes of exercise, five days per week, and swimming makes this possible without the pain.

Aquatic Exercise Reduces Strain on Joints

Working out in water enables cardiovascular exercise with minimal stress and strain on arthritic joints. This is because water actually supports the body’s weight, in turn minimizing the amount of stress placed on weight-bearing joints like the knees and hips.

Erasing the normal burden of pain helps those with arthritis achieve a larger range of motion than would ever be possible in standard exercises. Without the presence of pain and stiff joints, the body can practice a full range of motion and improve flexibility. Read More

Do You Have COPD?

Some health conditions are easy to detect, but others are subtle enough to quietly develop over time and only reveal themselves when a cure is no longer possible. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one such condition.

Unfortunately, COPD becomes even more dangerous if it continues undiagnosed and untreated for many years. Use this quick guide to familiarize yourself with the initial warning signs of COPD so you can seek preventative care and avoid the serious complications associated with this disease. Read More

3 Vaccines All Adults Should Receive

There are many complicated and expensive things that you can do to improve your health, but getting the right vaccinations is simple and affordable. Contrary to popular belief, vaccinations aren’t just for babies and toddlers. There are a number of vaccinations that all adults should receive to prevent unnecessary illness and maintain the best quality of life. If you haven’t seen a doctor recently to receive the following three vaccinations, call to schedule your appointment soon. Read More

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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