5 Must Do’s When Traveling with a Child Who Has Epilepsy

5 Must Do’s When Traveling with a Child Who Has Epilepsy

Written by Mary L. Zupanc, MD
on Monday, 13 November 2017

The busy holiday travel season is upon us, bringing millions of Americans to the roads and skies, along with delays, flat tires and other travel snags.

Indeed, traveling can be stressful -- and particularly so for children with a complex medical condition like epilepsy. 

But, the good news is that taking a few precautions beforehand can help smooth the process for these young jet-setters.

Here are five must do’s when traveling with a child who has epilepsy.
It’s a No-Brainer: Omega-3s Are Essential for Developing Brains

It’s a No-Brainer: Omega-3s Are Essential for Developing Brains

Written by Rima Kleiner, MS, RD, LDN
on Saturday, 11 November 2017

The good news? Women can--and should--continue to enjoy tuna sandwiches during pregnancy. Decades of research show the benefits of omega-3s on developing brains when pregnant and breastfeeding women regularly consume a variety of seafood. 

The bad news? Many women are confused about how much seafood is safe to eat when they’re expecting or breastfeeding, or even how much seafood is safe to feed their toddlers and infants starting solids.

The fact is that omega-3 fatty acids—along with other nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, protein and iron—found in seafood are vital during pregnancy, breastfeeding and early childhood, and because of this, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that expectant and breastfeeding moms and young children consume at least two weekly servings of seafood. 

Unfortunately, pregnant women in the U.S. consume less than one-quarter (only about 1.9 ounces) of the recommended amount of seafood each week.

Here are five things to keep in mind when considering seafood during these critical development periods.
4 Stroke-Savvy Strategies to Stop the Silence

4 Stroke-Savvy Strategies to Stop the Silence

Written by Ken Redcross, MD
on Friday, 03 November 2017

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to strokes, especially silent strokes. 

Many people think strokes only happen to older people, that they happen in the heart, and that there is no prevention or treatment. Despite “stroke awareness” on the basic risk factors and symptoms, the reality for many Americans is that occurrences of strokes continue to climb. 

According to research, approximately 12 million strokes occur every year, and 11 million of those are silent strokes. This means 11 million people are having strokes and most likely don’t even know it!

Eighty percent of strokes are actually preventable, but it’s the silent strokes we really need to be more aware of in terms of preventing damage to the brain, which can ultimately lead to debilitating diseases like dementia.
Is It Something I Ate or Lack of DAO?

Is It Something I Ate or Lack of DAO?

Written by Sherry Torkos, BScPhm, RPh
on Friday, 03 November 2017

Have you ever had stomach cramps, headache, nausea and flushing after a meal and wondered, "Is it something I ate?"

Sensitivities or reactions to food are increasingly common. They can be challenging to deal with, because they can cause a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms that are often difficult to pinpoint. 

The two main types of food reactions are allergies and intolerances. Food allergies involve an immune system reaction to a particular food or component of food, such as the protein in peanuts, eggs or dairy. The immune system reacts inappropriately when faced with the food allergen and mounts a reaction, which can range from minor rash or hives to life threatening anaphylaxis.
Put the News on Snooze & Shift Doom to Hope

Put the News on Snooze & Shift Doom to Hope

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Overloaded on bad news? You're not alone. 

When we tune in to see what's going on, all we see is suffering from natural disasters, shootings, terror attacks, reports about economic uncertainty and a divided political climate, plus celebrity deaths and just mean people being mean.

We hear about a tragedy or disaster and we become glued to our TV’s and news feeds, growing more and more anxious as rapid updates flow in.

While it is important to be informed, being a “news junkie” can be very damaging.
Is It Really Our Job to Save the Addict?

Is It Really Our Job to Save the Addict?

Written by Marianne Clyde, LMFT
on Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Drug addiction is a huge problem in our society. But, is it really our job to "save" the addict?

I don’t necessarily think the conversation should focus on whether or not it’s a choice, or whether or not society is co-dependent, but rather what we can agree on.

We may not be able to save every person who struggles with substance abuse, but we can at least do what we can to lessen availability and move in a healthier direction.
Go with Your Gut: 7 Foods to Eat for Better Skin, Hair & Mood

Go with Your Gut: 7 Foods to Eat for Better Skin, Hair & Mood

Written by Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO
on Saturday, 07 October 2017

All symptoms of the body from thin, dull hair, and sallow skin, to acne breakouts, body aches and sluggish energy all point to the gut. 

Gut health is incredibly important making mindful eating an essential part of longevity and anti-aging.

If you want to feel vibrant and maintain a youthful appearance up to 15 years younger than your actual age, start weaving these key foods into your diet.
5 Life Triggers that Inspire Bold Beauty Transformations

5 Life Triggers that Inspire Bold Beauty Transformations

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Tuesday, 03 October 2017

It's common for women to alter their appearance when faced with a significant life challenge. 

When we are tested we transform. When we shift our mindset, and transform on the inside, it’s only natural that we want the outside to change as well. 

It’s as if we shed old skin like a butterfly ready to take new flight soaring to new heights. 

Read on for some common life challenges and the typical beauty treatments sought for each.
Prostate Health: Not Just An Old Man’s Concern

Prostate Health: Not Just An Old Man’s Concern

Written by David Foreman, RPh
on Thursday, 21 September 2017

It amazes me how many men I meet who don’t know much about their prostate. It seems the only men who do are those who have a problem with it.

Many people also don’t know how to spell it – many spell it “prostrate” – which is a physical position, not the gland found in men. Then let’s say you’re good at spelling and know what it does, you might not know where it is located. 

Don’t be upset or embarrassed if you fall into any of these groups. You are in the minority if you know any of the information above. 

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to educate ourselves on how to maintain a healthy prostate.
Turning Plastics Problems into Solutions for Our Health & the Health of the Planet

Turning Plastics Problems into Solutions for Our Health & the Health of the Planet

Written by Daphna Nissenbaum
on Monday, 18 September 2017


Plastic has become a huge problem not only for our environment but also for our health. A recent study released shows that billions of people are drinking tap water contaminated with plastic and that the United States is as at the highest contamination rate at 94 percent! 

The plastic problem is becoming an issue we can no longer ignore and was one that I was faced head on with my own family.

The morning that was going to change the direction of my work life started like any other morning in our house -- the rush to get the kids ready to go to school. I wanted to refill the kids’ water bottles when I realized there were no bottles! This wasn’t the first time this had happened. It happened every few days, so I told them, "Hey guys, you have to bring the bottles back because there's no way you're going to take a new bottle to school every day and just throw it into the garbage bin. So much plastic waste… just doesn't work."

The kids left for school and I went out jogging, but that day, as I was running, that conversation, just like many others along similar lines, made the connection in my mind. I thought to myself, there must be a different way, a better way…
Hot Flash: What Women Should Be Aware of When It Comes to Menopause

Hot Flash: What Women Should Be Aware of When It Comes to Menopause

Written by Christine Horner, MD, FACS
on Wednesday, 06 September 2017

September is National Menopause Awareness Month, but many women are not aware of symptoms that could be related to menopause and what options are available to them when it comes to non-hormonal relief for hot flashes. 

This month is a great month to shed some light on this important issue for women so they are aware of all their options.
5 Power Tips for Women in the Workplace

5 Power Tips for Women in the Workplace

Written by Marja Norris
on Friday, 25 August 2017

Do you ever feel powerless in a business meeting simply because you're a woman? 

You walk in with confidence, but then you're not taken seriously by your male colleagues or are shut down by opposing comments or interruptions. You want to scream with frustration! 

I've felt that way, too.

Yet, women hold more power than their male coworkers, or even women themselves, will admit.
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