Living with Kidney Disease? 5 Things You Need to Know

Living with Kidney Disease? 5 Things You Need to Know

Written by Lizzie Weakley
on Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Kidney disease is often not caught until fairly late in its progression. This can leave you with few options when it comes to treatment. 

However, there are steps you can take to better understand and manage your disease. Here are just a few of the things that you should know.
A Toolkit For When Other People's Anxiety Affects Us

A Toolkit For When Other People's Anxiety Affects Us

Written by Jess Walter
on Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Anxiety is a pervasive illness: studies show that spending time with people who are stressed or nervous can trigger our own anxiety through proximation

For Americans, the prospect of “spreading” anxiety may help explain why generalized anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the country, affecting about 18.1 percent of the adult population. 

If someone you love struggles with anxiety, it’s important to set boundaries and understand the symptoms, origins, and triggers of their mental illness, so that you are better equipped to manage your own mental health during times of high stress.
Painsomnia Is Real & Patients Can Prove It

Painsomnia Is Real & Patients Can Prove It

Written by Shelley Fritz
on Tuesday, 23 October 2018

It’s 12:43 AM and I am wide awake. Sharp pains shoot through my toes and fingers from nerve pain due to inflammation caused by my rheumatoid arthritis (RA). 

If only my legs would stop throbbing and my elbows weren’t so swollen and stiff, I might be able to get back to sleep. I try to adjust my body twenty different ways as I attempt to fall asleep, but it’s no use. I am awake. 

It’s a night that is dominated by painsomnia, or being unable to sleep because of pain.
Healthy Twists on Tailgate Fare

Healthy Twists on Tailgate Fare

Written by Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD
on Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Filling the tables at a tailgate with delicious dishes is a team effort, and you can always count on plenty of the typical hearty offerings fit for a linebacker. This season, add a little variety to the lineup with some lighter (but equally delicious) dishes. 

Read on for healthy twists on tailgating classics.
Breast Cancer Awareness: How Artificial Intelligence Is Improving Accuracy of Mammograms

Breast Cancer Awareness: How Artificial Intelligence Is Improving Accuracy of Mammograms

Written by Morgan Statt
on Friday, 12 October 2018

When you think of artificial intelligence (AI), maybe your first thought is of popular voice assistants like Siri and Alexa. Or, maybe you think of customer support chatbots and driverless cars. 

No matter what your first thoughts are, we cannot discount the one area of our lives that AI has drastically improved: our healthcare. Medical professionals are beginning to utilize machine learning to carry out a number of tasks, including completing complex surgeries and making better-informed decisions focused on top-quality patient care. 

One particular medical area that artificial intelligence has improved is the interpretation and accuracy of mammograms. With Breast Cancer Awareness Month now underway, here are the great strides we’ve made with AI to improve test results and strive to detect breast cancer at the earliest stage possible.
How Sleep Can Affect Your Health (And How to Do It Better)

How Sleep Can Affect Your Health (And How to Do It Better)

Written by Emily Stevens
on Thursday, 04 October 2018

Everyone needs sleep. It’s what allows the body to regulate and clean its systems and restore itself. Sleep plays a vital role in physical and mental health and leads to an overall sense of well-being.

Too few people get enough rest, however. In fact, while the recommended amount of sleep for adults is 7-9 hours a night, the average American adult only gets 6.8

Here’s a list of just some of the ways that this sleep deprivation can affect your health, and how to improve your sleep habits so you can lead a healthier life.
National Health Education Week: Learning About Mesothelioma in Children

National Health Education Week: Learning About Mesothelioma in Children

Written by Mesothelioma.net
on Thursday, 04 October 2018

A diagnosis of cancer within children is a surreal moment. Most parents cannot believe their ears in these situations. During National Health Education Week, both parents and children can learn a lot more about cancer; particularly those that are rare and aggressive, including mesothelioma. 

Mesothelioma isn't an ailment that gets a lot of attention in the younger years, and it can affect even the smallest child. Explore the facts and hopes surrounding this cancer so that loved ones can fight on against childhood tumors.
Dealing with Anorexia? 5 Ways to Help Yourself During Recovery

Dealing with Anorexia? 5 Ways to Help Yourself During Recovery

Written by Lizzie Weakley
on Thursday, 04 October 2018

Beating anorexia is a process rather than a single act. 

When you’re ready to tackle your eating disorder, recognize that you’ll be actively working on the problem every day. Recovery is possible, but it takes time. 

These five tips will help you help yourself and be successful.
Healthy Lung Month: 3 Incurable Lung Diseases to Be Aware Of

Healthy Lung Month: 3 Incurable Lung Diseases to Be Aware Of

Written by Emily Walsh
on Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Lung health and function are not easily ignored. Each day, the average human takes somewhere between 16,000 and 30,000 breaths. So many of us breathe effortlessly on a daily basis, but for others, it is a constant battle to make it through their day. 

October is the time to celebrate happy lungs and to understand issues for serious lung problems.
Your Guide to This Flu Season: Don’ts & Do’s

Your Guide to This Flu Season: Don’ts & Do’s

Written by Ken Redcross, MD
on Saturday, 29 September 2018

Flu does not discriminate. You may still catch it, even if you were diligent with your hand-washing, immune-boosting, and people-avoiding strategies. Five to 20 percent of the U.S. population comes down with flu each year, so there’s a good chance that you or a loved one may catch it. 

The key to dramatically cutting downtime from flu is to recognize, respond, and relax—and to know when to see your doctor if conditions worsen. I tell my patients that defense is the best offense against this virus. 

Here’s a day-by-day game plan, including what not to do and what to do, so you can recover quickly and get back to your daily demands.
How An Eco-Friendly Home Can Boost Your Health

How An Eco-Friendly Home Can Boost Your Health

Written by Jess Walter
on Wednesday, 26 September 2018

An estimated 3.8 million people die prematurely each year due to illnesses related to household air pollution. Three billion people cook using open fires or stoves that use fuels like coal and wood to produce heat, which pollute the air. But, many other everyday household items also contribute to poor air quality, such as cleaning products, air fresheners and paints. 

All of this is detrimental to one’s health, both short-term and long-term. In fact, environmental factors have been found to have a greater impact on the immune system than a person’s genetics.

Choose eco-friendly products to have a greener home that will benefit both your health and the planet.
Post Summer Blues? 5 Things to Do to Boost Your Mood this Fall

Post Summer Blues? 5 Things to Do to Boost Your Mood this Fall

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Wednesday, 26 September 2018

For many people the end of summertime means back to school and back to the grind. Companies launch into their fourth quarter which means the summer slack off season is done and it’s time to get serious as we close out the end of the year. 

Between the dip in temperatures, shorter days, work and family demands, it’s no wonder people feel sad to part with summer. 

We connected with Dr. Sanam Hafeez, Neuropsychologist and Teaching Faculty at Columbia University in New York City to explain why people get the post summer blues. We also offer some things to do to boost the mood as we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall.
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