February Is National Heart Month: Tips For Achieving a Healthy Heart Now And Year-Round

The Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day may be your February high points, but there’s far more to this month than chocolate and chicken wings. It’s also National Heart Month — a key opportunity to raise awareness of the concerning role heart disease plays in modern society. Think of this as your second shot at a New Year’s resolution: the chance to reassess your habits and commit to a healthier lifestyle. Incorporate the following practices into your daily routine to protect your heart this month and throughout the year: Eat More Fruits And Veggies Eating healthy can feel like a struggle…

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What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Do you feel moody, tired, or overwhelmed during specific times of the year? If so, you may suffer from a mental health issue that plagues millions of Americans: seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Although it remains widely misunderstood, awareness of this problem is on the rise. The sooner you can identify it and seek help, the easier you’ll find it to get through the year’s most miserable seasons. Signs And Symptoms SAD symptoms can vary dramatically from one person to the next, to the point that the timing of the disorder is often more indicative than the symptoms themselves. Issues typically…

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Protecting the Elderly And Other Individuals From Hypothermia During the Winter

Hypothermia fatalities are on the rise, with seniors proving especially vulnerable. Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that, while the general population suffered a hypothermia-related fatality rate of 0.3 and 0.5 per 100,000 between 2003 and 2013, this rate increased to 1.1 per 100,000 for women over the age of 65 and 1.8 for men within that age range. With seniors — especially those dealing with illness or injury — the following precautions can provide not only additional comfort, but also, valuable protection against a deadly condition: Know the Signs Hypothermia isn’t always immediately obvious to outsiders or…

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The Surprising Dangers of Humidity — And How You Can Combat Them

Summer has arrived, and with it, that oppressive humidity we all dread. Humidity isn’t merely uncomfortable, however; it can also be downright dangerous. Hence the oft-repeated phrase, “It’s not the heat — it’s the humidity.” Read on to learn why humidity is so dangerous and what you can do to keep safe this summer: How Humidity Impacts the Body’s Heat Regulation The human body has the remarkable ability to cool itself down via sweat and evaporation. In an ideal situation, a person dealing with excessive heat would allow that heat to escape through the skin. As sweat evaporates, it draws…

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May Is Stroke Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and for good reason — many people have no idea the true extent of the havoc strokes wreak on American adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in twenty United States deaths can be attributed to stroke. Read on to learn the basics, including symptoms and common risk factors. Who Is at Risk? A variety of factors can increase your risk of suffering a stroke. Some are not within your control, such as: Age: The older you get, the greater your risk of experiencing a stroke. Race: African Americans are more…

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Do’s And Don’ts For Getting a Second Opinion From Another Doctor

You respect your doctor’s opinion but aren’t so sure that you agree. While it’s tempting to play along, your gut may be more accurate than you suspect; a notable Mayo Clinic study reveals that 88 percent of those who seek additional opinions for complex conditions obtain either a new or refined diagnosis. Unfortunately, seeking a second opinion can be challenging even if you’re ordinarily assertive. If you’re reluctant to speak up, these do’s and don’ts might help: Don’t: Avoid Speaking Up For Fear of Being Too Demanding If you’re dealing with a serious illness or condition, don’t keep quiet when…

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Cervical Health Awareness

The United States Congress voted January Cervical Health Awareness Month. Each year, nearly 13,000 women get cervical cancer. Fortunately, it is preventable, but you have to take your health into your own hands. Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes nearly every case of cervical cancer. Nearly 80 million Americans have HPV, but many do not know they have it. Fortunately, we can take decisive action against cervical cancer. Prevention A vaccine can prevent HPV infection. Both boys and girls should get the shot in their pre-teen years. The vaccine produces a stronger immune response during these years. After the age of fourteen,…

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Doctors Who Abuse Drugs And Alcohol: By the Numbers

The medical profession is notoriously stressful, especially for physicians and other high-level employees. Unfortunately, many self-medicate in hopes of managing the constant barrage of anxiety. This leaves both medical professionals and the patients they’re charged with protecting at risk. Below, we shed light on the scourge of drugs and alcohol in the health care industry: Prevalence of Abuse Abuse is shockingly common among doctors; in a notable study published in the American Journal on Addictions, 15.3 percent of surveyed physicians met diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependency. Likewise, research indicates that benzodiazepine and opiate abuse rates are higher among doctors than…

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The Dangers of Medical Record Hacking: What You Should Know

New threats emerge regularly in the health care community, but one of the greatest dangers looks little like you’d expect. It’s not an aggressive new form of cancer or an antibiotic-resistant illness: it’s the hacking of medical records. Healthcare data breaches have become increasingly common in recent years; a report from Protenus’ Breach Barometer suggests that the 477 reported healthcare breaches in 2017 impacted 5.579 million patient records. Experts believe that information obtained through medical hacks is actually more valuable than credit card data. Thankfully, medical providers finally appear to be rounding the corner on data security. Read more to…

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Tips to Prevent Overheating in the Elderly

The summer seems like an innocuous season for senior citizens—a time for chatting outdoors, grilling and playing in the sprinklers with your grandchildren. But summer heat and humidity create serious dangers. The body’s response to abnormal temperatures slows as we age, and many older adults suffer from chronic diseases that weaken their ability to self-regulate. Here are some common sense strategies to minimize the chances of overheating injuries. Stay Hydrated Heat and sun dry out the body: so rehydrate. Encourage everyone in your orbit, especially young children and older family members, to drink water irrespective of activity level. Minimize alcohol,…

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