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Why Sleep Is More Important than Exercise or Diet

Why Sleep Is More Important than Exercise or Diet

Written by Theresa Brawner
on Monday, 07 August 2017

Few people exist in this world who dislike sleeping. For the unusual portion, their reason for the distaste is that it’s a waste of time. 

The truth is that couldn’t be more wrong, seeing that sleep is one of the most important foundations of a healthy life... something most of us aren’t aware of, because we take it for granted. 

For those who experience sleep issues, getting a good night’s rest is a blessing. This attitude is how we should see it, as being rested allows us to function normally in our everyday lives. 

For every aspect of your health, from hormone regulation to staying fit, sleep is vital. 

Here are some more reasons why you should do your best to sleep well (and enough) every night.
Understanding the Addictiveness of Prescription Painkillers

Understanding the Addictiveness of Prescription Painkillers

Written by Trevor McDonald
on Monday, 07 August 2017

When you’re in extreme pain, you’ll do anything to make it stop. A doctor tells you that one pill can temporarily put an end to your pain, and it seems like a no-brainer. 

Prescription painkillers seem harmless enough. After all, most of us have taken them at one point or another. 

However, there are some dangers that come with taking prescription painkillers with addiction being at the top of the list.

Many painkillers fall into the opioid category, which means they are narcotics.
Skimping on Insurance? Don’t Skip These Important Health Tests

Skimping on Insurance? Don’t Skip These Important Health Tests

Written by Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO
on Wednesday, 26 July 2017

With the healthcare system is crisis, tons of red tape and fewer doctors accepting insurance, managing one’s health has become a major challenge. 

More and more women are skipping key exams simply because getting appointments are a hassle and obtaining coverage isn’t always guaranteed. That said, there are some key tests and exams that every woman must have at various times of her life. 

If you’re going to put a preventative care plan together for yourself it’s important to know which tests are necessary to maintain optimal health. 

Dr. Christopher Calapai, a NYC board certified expert in osteopathic medicine specializing in longevity, recommends these tests.
Cool Facts on Cryotherapy

Cool Facts on Cryotherapy

Written by Leonard Hochstein, MD
on Monday, 17 July 2017

Although chryotherapy has gotten more and more popular thanks to celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Jennifer Anniston, Mandy Moore and even master motivator Tony Robbins; there are many out there still unaware of what it is, how it works and its benefits. 

Dr. Lenoard Hochstein, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and owner of Hochstein Med Spa in Miami who offers the treatment to models, athletes and high powered entrepreneurs, offers some facts to help you determine if cryotherapy is for you.
Do You Know Which Vaccines Teens Need?

Do You Know Which Vaccines Teens Need?

Written by Judy Klein, President of UNITY Consortium
on Friday, 14 July 2017

According to a new survey conducted by the Unity Consortium, 92 percent of parents and 88 percent of teens surveyed believe it is important for all teens to be vaccinated, but the stark reality is that vaccination rates are lower than where they should be. 

For instance, less than 50 percent of male teens and 65 percent of female teens have received the first dose of the HPV vaccine series, despite it preventing certain types of cancer. 

Unfortunately, the survey showed that both parents’ and teens’ attitude towards preventive health and vaccines could impede them taking action to improve their future health prospects.

9 Tips to Prevent Social Media's Negative Impact on Relationships

9 Tips to Prevent Social Media's Negative Impact on Relationships

Written by Sylvia Smith
on Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Social media is so much a part of our lives these days, it’s easy to forget there was ever a time without it. 

It can be wonderful… it’s a great way to keep up with friends and family and share news, pictures and your thoughts with the world.

But, like most things on the Internet, social media has a dark side. A lot of drama happens there, and the effects might be more wide-ranging than you imagined. Remember, something shared just once on social media is out there on the Internet forever.

Even if you manage to avoid getting sucked into the harmful online drama, social media can affect your marriage by making you less attentive towards each other. How many times have you seen a couple out enjoying a coffee together, with both of them scrolling through their phones and ignoring each other? 

Social media can bring people closer together, but it can also create barriers and shut you off from your partner.

Here is how you can protect your marriage from social media. Try out these nine tips to reduce negative impact on marriage caused by social media.
A Primer on Ear Tube Surgery: What to Expect Before, During & After

A Primer on Ear Tube Surgery: What to Expect Before, During & After

Written by Ann L. Edmunds, MD, PharmD
on Thursday, 06 July 2017

Parents of children with frequent ear infections are familiar with the routine: sleepless nights and frequent visits to the doctor’s office, often accompanied by rounds of oral antibiotics. 

For some, the doctor will recommend ear tube placement surgery, which can bring a sense of relief, especially if they have already had a child who underwent tube placement. 

For others, although they are excited about the idea of something that can reduce the number of ear infections in their child, this can be a stressful time as well. 

Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday. These infections can be quite painful, but fortunately for most children, this doesn’t become a chronic problem. 

When ear infections or fluid in the middle ear become chronic problems (which may lead to hearing loss, speech problems, behavior problems, or difficulty in school), placement of ear tubes by an otolaryngologist may be considered as a treatment option.
5 Foods to Defy Post-Flight “Dehydration Face”

5 Foods to Defy Post-Flight “Dehydration Face”

Written by Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO
on Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Fourth of July weekend in front of us means it’s officially high summer and most people are gearing up for their vacations. 

For many, that will include air travel, and possibly a long haul flight. 

You know the drill: they give you some pretzels, the drink cart makes a couple of rounds, they bring you your sad little tray of airplane food and then before you know it, it’s wheels down. 

Your flight attendant hands you a moist towlette and you hope it’ll revive your dried skin and make you look a little less haggard but it does neither, and you chastise yourself for not downing more little cups of water. 

But, drinking water on a plane is a double-edged sword. If you don’t, your entire epidermis dries up; if you do, your lower body retains the liquid. 

So, what’s a non-ankle-swell-enthusiast to do?

Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, an anti-aging and stem cell expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team, tells us how to fight post-flight dehydration with foods.
Healthcare Reform: A Changing Ballgame

Healthcare Reform: A Changing Ballgame

Written by John Newport, PhD
on Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The GOP alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dubbed the American Healthcare Act, was hastily crafted and doomed to failure from the start. 

Tweaking the initial draft withdrawn from the House floor in mid-March due to lack of sufficient support, Trump and his cronies strong-armed Republicans in Congress to garner a narrow margin of 217 to 213 when the bill passed the House on May 4. 

Rather than devoting the time and effort necessary to achieve consensus on a sound proposal that would benefit all Americans, Trump was driven by an overriding obsession to replace Obamacare within his first 100 days, come hell or high water. 

A reckless gamble, and a pyrrhic victory at best.
Can You Die from Too Much Caffeine?

Can You Die from Too Much Caffeine?

Written by Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO
on Thursday, 15 June 2017

Too much caffeine caused the death of a 16-year-old high school student from South Carolina who collapsed during class. 

Davis Allen Cripe died from a caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia. 

During an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body, and lack of blood flow affects the brain, heart and other organs. 

The teen consumed three caffeine-laced drinks -- a cafe latte, large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink -- in a two-hour period before collapsing in his classroom at Spring Hill High School on April 26.

So, where does this tragic news leave adult java lovers?
Surprising Summertime BBQ Ideas

Surprising Summertime BBQ Ideas

Written by Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD
on Thursday, 08 June 2017

Backyard grills beckon as the schoolyear schedule lets up a bit, the weather gets warmer, and the thought of turning on the oven makes you break into a sweat. 

Summertime is made for barbecuing. But, to make as many of your summertime meals on the grill as possible, you have to add variety to the usual hamburgers and hotdogs. 

Many less expected foods for the grill – fruits, vegetables, seafood – are also more healthful than the top-of-mind meats. 

Read on for some surprising ways to expand upon your grilling go-tos this summer.
You Look Great! 5 Ways to Lighten Up on Physical Appearance

You Look Great! 5 Ways to Lighten Up on Physical Appearance

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Go on your Facebook or Instagram feed and you’ll be hard pressed not to find selfies of people flexing at the gym or sunbathing in a bikini. 

Sprinkled in are ads for skin creams, weight management shakes, hair restoration, cosmetic procedures and butt lifting yoga pants. 

Thanks to smartphones and selfie culture we are all online being bombarded and obsessing over physical appearance, especially our own. 

Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, says it is time to lighten up. 

Here are some common obsessive thoughts and actions on physical appearance and what to do about them.
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