RadioMD: Staying Well

RadioMD: Staying Well

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  • Pregnant and Tired of the Waiting Game? Risks of an Early Elective Delivery

    Aug 18, 2014 | 10 min
    40 weeks may seem like a long time to be pregnant, but do you know the health risks assocaited with an early elective delivery?Pregnancy may seem like an overwhelmingly long waiting game to meet your baby and you may consider an early elective delivery.An early elective delivery is a nonmedical procedure performed to deliver your baby on a specific date a couple weeks prior to your pregnancy's full term.According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, doctors have been warning against early elective delivery since 1979. However, some women do not want to wait the full 40 weeks and decide on an early elective delivery at 37-38 weeks.Even though it doesn't seem harmful to ...
  • A Degenerative Illness: Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

    Aug 18, 2014 | 10 min
    Roughly 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease annually. Do you know the early symptoms?Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disease that affects motor movement. Parkinson's typically starts off with muscle stiffness, loss of balance, or a small tremor, causing you to lose partial control of your hand and overtime gets worse.It is estimated that three out of 100 people in the U.S. will have Parkinson disease by age 70, making it the second most common neurodegenerative disease.Although the condition usually develops after the age of 65, approximately 15 percent of those diagnosed are under age 50.What are some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease?The disease...
  • Adult Kidney Transplants: How Long Do You Have to Wait?

    Aug 18, 2014 | 10 min
    There are many who need a kidney transplant, but there are not enough donors.Kidney transplants occur when one or both of your kidneys are infected and need to be replaced by a healthy kidney from another person. A kidney transplant can come from a living or deceased donor.According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there are 100,602 patients who are currently waiting for a kidney transplant.Who is an eligible donor?Unfortunately, there are many who need a kidney transplant but there are not enough donors. The trouble is finding someone either living or deceased who matches your blood type.How long do you typically have to wait for a kidney transplant?Many people have Type A blood, so...
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Shrinking Your Prostate without Surgery?

    Aug 18, 2014 | 10 min
    Prostate artery embolization is a minimally invasive procedure being evaluated to help men with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.While undergoing the aging process men face an increased risk of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) affects about half of men over the age of 60. BPH happens when the prostate becomes enlarged and causes many unpleasant symptoms.Some of the symptoms include: feeling like you constantly have to go to the bathroom, trouble starting or completely stopping your urine system, dripping, waking up in the middle of the night to urinate and feeling like your bladder is not empty after you go to the bathroom.Getting screened regularly can help ...
  • Depression: A Misunderstood but Widespread Disease

    Aug 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Depression affects more than 350 million people, and all too often causes a loved one to take his or her own life.Contrary to popular belief, depression is very prevalent in society and has been on the rise in the past decade, causing many of its victims to tragically end their lives. In fact, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) reports that suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans annually.At some point in your life you may encounter hard times which cause you to feel down in the dumps. However, there is a difference between feeling sad and suffering from depression. Depression is a serious medical disorder that causes tenacious feelings of sadness, hopelessness and helpl...
  • What You Don't Know (but Need to ) About Probiotics

    Aug 11, 2014 | 10 min
    There has been a lot of recent buzz surrounding probiotics, but do you really know what you're buying and consuming?Probiotics have gained popularity over the past few years claiming to have numerous health benefits. If you're strolling through your grocery store, certain food groups may pop out at you with large colorful print saying, "contains probiotics". You might even see several advertisements throughout the day, urging you to buy probiotics.However, with all the recent buzz surrounding probiotics do you really know the truth about probiotics?True probiotics are a form of good bacteria found in supplements and foods. Most known for aiding in digestive health (constipation, upset stomac...
  • Severe Wound Victims: The Best Treatment Options

    Aug 11, 2014 | 10 min
    Burns can vary from mild to severe. Do you know the best treatment for your burn?Burn wounds can be extremely painful, alter your skin and could cause you to be self-conscious depending on where the burn is located on your body.Burn injuries are very common and are caused when your skin or other organ tissue comes in contact with electricity, friction, radioactivity, chemicals and radiation causing a burn.Burns can be challenging to cure, depending on the various degree of the burn you experienced. Sunburn is categorized as a first degree burn, a burn that causes blisters are second degree burns and a burn that goes all the way through your skin is third degree.According to the World Health ...
  • Chelation Therapy: Promising for Diabetic Patients?

    Aug 11, 2014 | 10 min
    Chelation therapy is a treatment that uses ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) injections to bind the medal toxins within your bloodstream. What does this mean if you're diabetic?Diabetes is serious metabolic disease where your body loses its ability to produce enough (or any) insulin causing your glucose levels in your body to rise.According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, The National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2014 concluded there are 29.1 million people (9.3 percent) of the population who have diabetes.There are two types of diabetes, type I and type II. Type I diabetes is typically diagnosed in childhood or young adults and happens when your body doesn't produce...
  • The Latest Findings on Fungal Meningitis

    Jul 28, 2014 | 10 min
    The recent 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak posed a new learning and treatment opportunity for doctors, researchers and patients.Fungal meningitis is a type of meningitis caused by a fungal infection in your body spreading through your blood and into your spinal cord. Any person is at risk for fungal meningitis, but if you have a weakened immune system due to surgeries, other diseases or medications, your chances of getting fungal meningitis drastically increase.Fungal meningitis is not contagious and therefore cannot be passed from person to person but have serious symptoms that are often misdiagnosed or looked over.Why are fungal infections so challenging to diagnose and treat?Fungal mening...
  • Biology of Beating Stress: How to Change Your Environment, Body and Brain

    Jul 21, 2014 | 10 min
    Stress is a dangerous domino effect causing physical, mental and emotional damage to your health.At some point in your life you will have to deal with stress. However, stress is becoming part of your daily routine. A deadline, a fight, managing finances or simply just having too much on your plate causes your adrenaline to rise.You're now dealing with stress on a chronic basis and it's becoming the new norm.According to a recent study by the American Institute of Stress, 48 percent of stress sufferers say stress has a negative impact on their personal and professional lives. Hence the unreasonable and unnecessary flip out on your partner earlier this morning.You've tried everything to help l...
  • Do 12 Step Programs Really Work?

    Jul 21, 2014 | 10 min
    Studies have shown 12-step and abstinence treatments have a low success rate.Alcoholics Anonymous, known as AA was first originated in the 1930s in order to help those suffering from addiction. Throughout the decades, AA and many other 12-step programs have been the number one strategy to fight and conquer alcoholism and many other addictions.However, researchers have been looking into the 12-step program to see if this is the best option for those looking to stay sober.Many studies have found the 12-step program method, specifically used in AA does not always see successful results and are usually between 5 and 10 percent.Some might have a problem with how AA sets up its program by saying y...
  • Flesh Eating Disease: New Treatment for a Scary Killer

    Jul 21, 2014 | 10 min
    Necrotizing fasciitis is a bacterial infection that can spread rapidly throughout your body and destroy its soft tissue.Necrotizing fasciitis also known as the "flesh eating disease" is a bacterial infection that can spread rapidly throughout your body and destroy its soft tissue.According to the National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation, the bacterium that causes necrotizing fasciitis is within the group A Strep bacteria, the same bacteria that can cause strep throat.With just a cut, burn or bump of your skin bacteria enters your body and can cause this flesh eating disease. Depending on how moderate the case, you can be treated with heavy antibiotics.However, prolonging care can cause the ...
  • What is Prehabilitation for Cancer?

    Jul 14, 2014 | 10 min
    Care from the time of your cancer diagnosis to the beginning of your acute treatment, prehab helps mentally, physically and emotionally.Cancer Prehabilitation is a process of continuous care from the beginning of your cancer diagnosis and the beginning of your acute treatment.Prehab interventions, given between the time of cancer diagnosis and the beginning of treatment, improve patients' health and stamina.When you're newly diagnosed, you're usually going to look for second or third opinions. You're emotionally and physically stressed, possibly in pain and looking for a transition into chemo and surgery.For example, prehab can help address emotional distress, exercises to help certain probl...
  • Could Those Twitches Mean Tourette’s for Your Child?

    Jul 14, 2014 | 10 min
    Tourette Syndrome is typically noticed in the early stages of childhood and has an average onset of age between three and nine years old.Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder branded by unusual repetitive, involuntary and unwanted movements or vocalizations known as tics. For instance, you may repeatedly blink your eyes, shrug your shoulders or jerk your head. In some cases, you might unintentionally blurt out offensive words.Tourette Syndrome is typically noticed in the early stages of childhood and has an average onset of age between three and nine years old.How do you know when to play attention to tics?Tics become worse when your child becomes excited, anxious, tired or bored and ...
  • Influenza Pandemic Planning

    Jul 7, 2014 | 10 min
    An influenza pandemic virus spreads worldwide and infects large amounts of the human population.According to the World Health Organization, an influenza is a viral infection that affects your nose, throat, bronchi and lungs. This virus can be transmitted easily from person to person and is treatable within one to two weeks.Influenza pandemics are unpredictable and can spread rapidly without even knowing it. This leads to infecting large parts of the population, causing panic worldwide.The latest influenza pandemic you might remember was in 2009, known as pH1N1, which closely resembled the swine flu. According to the WHO, from April 2009-April 2010, more than 214 countries contained H1NI and ...
  • Avoiding Fats? Why You Need Fat to be Healthy

    Jun 30, 2014 | 10 min
    It has been drilled into your heads fat is the enemy and that cutting fat is the key to losing weight. Is this true?All your life you have been told fats are bad for you, only lead to weight gain and cause unwanted health issues. Books, dieticians and doctors have said fats are your enemy and the only way to lose and maintain a healthy weight is to cut them out completely.On the contrary, fats have been part of the food pyramid and known as one of the building blocks to your health for years. When fat was labeled as something to avoid, you might have steered away from certain types of foods.Diets started to emerge focusing on limiting your fat intake and fat-free and low-fat foods began appe...
  • The Painful Truth About Kidney Stones

    Jun 23, 2014 | 10 min
    Your kidney stones may be small and pass unnoticed out of the urinary tract, but they may also cause extreme pain upon exiting.Kidney stones are comprised of a compound called calcium oxalate, the result of an accumulation of dissolved minerals on the inner lining of your kidneys. These deposits can grow to the size of a golf ball while maintaining a sharp, crystalline structure.Your kidney stones may be small and pass unnoticed out of the urinary tract, but they may also cause extreme pain upon exiting.According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in ten Americans will have a kidney stone during his or her lifetime. In fact, more than half a million people visit emergency rooms for kidne...
  • The Impact of Stress With Your Headaches and Migraines

    Jun 16, 2014 | 10 min
    Is your stress the reason for your dreadful headache?Everyone has stress on a daily basis, but studies have indicated that high levels of stress increase the occurrences of headaches and migraines. The study findings are due to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, in April.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), headaches are one of the most common nervous system disorders; around 47% of the global adult population has had headaches at least once within the last year. And the study authors say around 12% of the Western population experience migraine attacksHow does stress affect your mind and body?When you're constantly stress...
  • Depression: Do Men & Women Suffer Differently?

    Jun 9, 2014 | 10 min
    Even though the symptoms are the same in men and women, they often experience depression in different ways.You may have felt down in the dumps at times in your life due to a breakup, death of a loved one or from losing your job. This, however, does not mean you suffer from depression.Depression is a mental disorder that's characterized by having feelings of hopelessness and helplessness for a period of two weeks or more and which keeps you from performing daily tasks.Even though the symptoms are the same in men and women, they often experience depression in different ways. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental health, women are 70 percent more likely to experience depression...
  • Video Game Study Gives Major Insights on Autism

    Jun 9, 2014 | 10 min
    Could a new study on autism using video games change the way the disorder is treated?Autism spectrum disorder (also known as ASD) and autism are both categorized as general terms for the complex disorders of brain development.Autism and ASD present a mental condition that is similar the very early stages of childhood and is characterized by having difficulty communicating verbally and non-verbally, forming relationships and having trouble in social interactions.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 68 child have been identified with autism or ASD. Both diseases are reported to occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.Director of the Vanderbilt B...
  • How to Approach Your Phobia

    Jun 9, 2014 | 7 min
    Currently, there are 19 million, or 6.8 percent of people who are dealing with a specific phobia.It's not uncommon to have several fears throughout your life. When you were a child it might have been a fear of clowns, as you aged the fear could have switched to a fear of delivering speeches in your classes. As an adult, these fears could have changed to a fear of losing your job.However, there is a huge difference between having a fear and a phobia. A phobia is defined as having a persistent, irrational fear of a certain object, animal, situation or activity that in reality poses no actual danger.According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, phobias typically begin in child...
  • Health in the Digital Age: Are Your Records Private?

    Jun 9, 2014 | 10 min
    The first principle of digital health is to have access to your own data. But what about other people being able to access your data and private information?Technology has helped us evolve as a society, especially within the health and medical field. However, technology has also evolved to where everything is accessible by the click of a mouse.Many doctors' offices and hospitals are now posting your blood tests, MRIs and other tests online to make it easier for you to gather your health information.You live in a digitally connected society where more than 2 billion people are using the Internet. When this many people are using online databases, the issue of privacy is a huge concern.Are peop...
  • Cardiology Incorporating a Patient's Personal Values

    May 19, 2014 | 10 min
    When you think about quality healthcare, you want your doctor to know who you are as a person, not just another patient.Do you ever feel like when you go to the doctor's office that you're not being listened to? You have all the same symptoms of other patients with cardiovascular disease, so you're lumped into a category.What about individualized care?When you think about quality healthcare, you want your doctor to know who you are as a person, not just another patient, especially when it has to do with matters of your heart.In the world of cardiology, how can you use personalized care with patients?First, it's important to understand who's sitting across from you. Unfortunately when it come...
  • Life as an Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon

    May 19, 2014 | 10 min
    Orthopedic trauma surgeons face small injuries like falls to major injuries like gunshot wounds while working in the ER.An orthopedic surgeon is called upon to treat patients suffering from the most serious and often life-threatening types of injuries An orthopedic trauma surgeon treats traumatic injuries that affect a person's bones or joints and may also treat muscles and cartilage.In many cases, this type of surgeon treats patients who have been injured in car accidents, falls, and other types of accidental injuries. Orthopedic surgeons may also treat those who have suffered injuries as a result of physical attacks.What is the most important elements you have to look at when a patient fir...
  • Prostate Cancer? A Seed Implant Can Save Your Life

    May 19, 2014 | 10 min
    Brachytherapy is when a radioactive seed is placed in or near your tumor and gives a high radiation dose to the tumor but is also reduces the radiation exposure to your surrounding healthy tissue.Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that starts within the prostate gland. The prostate gland makes up part of the man's reproductive system that wraps around his urethra.According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men with an average age at the time of diagnosis at 66.Some doctors are trying new options for treating prostate cancer called brachytherapy. According to an article on Cone Health, during thi...
  • Countdown to Find a Cure for Aids by 2020

    May 19, 2014 | 10 min
    There's never been a more optimistic time for the cure to AIDS than there is right now.AIDS, also known as acquired immune deficiency syndrome is the final stage of the disease HIV that causes damage to your immune system. When you have AIDS, there is a severe loss of your body's cellular immunity and can lower your body's resistance to infection.You may think that HIV/AIDS is not a huge epidemic anymore and that not many people are suffering from this disease. However, according to the AIDS website, more than 1.1 million people in the US are living with the HIV infection and that 1 in 6 people are unaware of their infection.The past couple of years, there has been several breaks in research...
  • Lyme Disease in Children

    May 12, 2014 | 10 min
    According to the Centers for Disease Control 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease each year.Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that is spread through the bite of a blacklegged tick with a peak season for Lyme disease is July-September.In August 2013, a report from the Centers for Disease Control stated that 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease each year, 10 times the amount previously believed by health officials.What is the most common way to know if your child has Lyme disease?Lyme disease mimics the flu but also will cause rashes among your child's body. If you notice a rash, fever, fatigue, muscle and joint aches call your doctor immediately.How do you prevent tick bites from ha...
  • Your First Colonoscopy: What You Need to Know

    May 12, 2014 | 10 min
    According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the USHave you ever had a colonoscopy before? If you have, you dread them every year and if you haven't had one yet, you're holding out for as long as you can.A colonoscopy allows your doctor to take a look at the inner lining of your large intestine, rectum and colon by using a long, thin, flexible tube to examine your colon. This test helps your doctor discover any ulcers, tumors, inflammation or bleeding.The procedure sounds painful, invasive and unnecessary. Why does anyone need this? Before opting out, there are many be...
  • Why Your Child Can't Sleep

    May 12, 2014 | 10 min
    Physicians and psychologists estimate that as many as 30% of children may have a sleep disorder at some point during childhood.You know the importance of a good night's sleep, however you are still able to function if you've gotten less than five hours. Your child isn't so lucky. According to the National Sleep Foundation, your child will spend about 40 percent of their childhood asleep. Sleep is crucial during childhood as it directly impacts mental and physical development.Does your child have a difficult time sleeping?Physicians and psychologists estimate that as many as 30% of children may have a sleep disorder at some point during childhood. Sleep disorders have implications both for so...
  • Medicaid Expansion: An Essential Tool to Fight HIV and Health Disparities

    May 12, 2014 | 10 min
    As of March 2014, 25 state governments are not expanding Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act (ACA, how does this affect the HIv/AIDS population?As of March 2014, 25 state governments are not expanding Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) even though the federal government would cover the vast majority of costs.Majority of the states that are not expanding Medicaid are in the south. In these states, an estimated 8.5 million uninsured Americans who would have qualified for full Medicaid coverage will most likely remain uninsured.Medicaid expansion is also critical to help fight HIV/AIDS because of the extreme poverty levels, those affected with the infection have no other health...
  • Liver Transplant: Everything You Need to Know 

    May 5, 2014 | 10 min
    Your liver is the second largest organ in your body and has several jobs in order to keep your body running, without your liver you are unable to survive.Your liver is the second largest organ in your body and has several jobs in order to keep your body running. One of the main functions is processing what you've eaten and drank into energy.You need your liver in order to survive.A liver transplant is a surgical procedure to remove your diseased liver and replace it with a healthy liver from a donor.According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the US.Why would you need a liver transplant?Most patients that need a liver transplant ar...
  • Is Chronic Joint Pain Slowing You Down?

    May 5, 2014 | 10 min
    Joint pain can happen for several reasons and can range to mild to completely unbearable leaving you unable to perform daily activies.Joints are what connect your bones and provide support while your body is in motion. If you've had damage to your joints, you can experience chronic excruciating pain.Joint pain can happen for many reasons such as sprains, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or if you were injured.What's the most common reason for joint pain?Usually the most common reason that you experience joint pain in your knees, hips, hands, and ankles is from overuse. This can be from excess activity that your body is not used to.You may experience achiness in your joint during certain ...
  • Can Diabetes Lead to a Limb Amputation?

    May 5, 2014 | 10 min
    If you have diabetes, your risk of developing a non-healing wound after you've cut yourself is high, which may lead you to have an amputation.Diabetes is a growing problem in the US. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults have diabetes in the US.Of the almost 26 million Americans who have diabetes, 15% will develop a slow-healing wound, or chronic foot ulcer. People who suffer from these wounds aren't likely to have feeling in the affected area and the ulcers often go unnoticed.Once diagnosed, these wounds can be very hard to treat and at times require removal of the afflicted limb, which is why an estimated 60,000 diabetics undergo amputati...
  • 8 Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Stress

    May 5, 2014 | 10 min
    Stress can be found in child as much as it is in adults, how do you know when to help your child?Stress happens in your world weather you want it to or not. Stress can come from work, school or relationships. You may think that adults are the ones who are only capable of becoming stressed and that your child's life is happy and carefree. Stress can come from within and can easily be found in child as much as it is in adults.Children who first leave home to go to school can go through separation, can be bullied or have a harder time following school curriculum, causing stress..How do you help your child if you're noticing signs of stress?It's important that you set up a healthy, positive envi...
  • What to Expect From Foot and Ankle Surgery

    Apr 28, 2014 | 10 min
    Depending on the shoes you wear, the exercises you do could play a role into your risk of foot or ankle surgery.The human foot is a very complex structure with 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments and muscles working together to achieve a unique combination of stability and flexibility.What you do on a daily basis and what you're wearing on your feet could be factors that could lead you to have foot or ankle surgery.A couple of things you could to prevent your chances of needing surgery is making sure you're stretching your calf and hamstring muscles as soon as you wake up and periodically throughout the day.What about the types of shoes that you wear?Unfortunately the saying, bea...
  • Embarrased of Your Smile? Consider Dental Veneers

    Apr 28, 2014 | 10 min
    Veneers are usually used to fix teeth that are discolored, if your teeth are chipped or broken, to fix the gaps between your teeth and if your teeth are worn down.Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. They are bonded to the front of your teeth changing in color, size and shape.What are veneers used to fix?Veneers are usually used to fix teeth that are discolored, if your teeth are chipped or broken, to fix the gaps between your teeth and if your teeth are worn down.The procedure for getting dental veneer requires yo...
  • The Perfect Smile: Adult Braces vs Invisalign

    Apr 28, 2014 | 10 min
  • Common GI Issues in Women

    Apr 21, 2014 | 10 min
    Are you constantly feeling tired, nauseous or bloated? You may have GI issues.Almost everyday you feel uncomfortable due to bloating, cramping or an upset stomach. It happens so often that you don't think anything of it. However, you may want to listen to your gut, it could be telling you something is seriously wrong.Do you have a digestive issue that you're not properly addressing?Bloating is very common. Numerous things relating to a gastrointestinal problem can cause bloating but it can also mean a gynecology issue such as endometriosis. One of the main reasons you become bloated has to do with what you are eating.Your body is different than anyone else's. What helps your body may harm so...
  • Emerging Techniques in Spinal Surgery

    Apr 21, 2014 | 10 min
    Minimally invasive surgery has similar results to traditional techniques with less blood loss, less pain, less muscle damage and shorter recovery time.Back pain is very common amongst individuals. In fact, according to the American Chiropractic Association 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time.Your spine is composed of 26 bones, multiple ligaments, muscles and discs that could be compromised when you've injured your back. More than likely you will need to go see a doctor in order to find the best treatment option for you.Have you heard of minimally invasive surgery?Even though back pain is widely common that doesn't mean the answer is always surgery. However, if you're ...
  • Diabetes Among Minorities: Why You Are At Greater Risk

    Apr 21, 2014 | 10 min
    Diabetes is on the rise among African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders. If you are a minority, you are more likely to develop diabetes than whites. Why is that?Diabetes is on the rise throughout the nation. In fact according to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million adults and children in the US have diabetes, this accounts for 8.3 percent of the population.Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the US, is a metabolic disease in which the body's inability to produce any or enough insulin that causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood.Minorities are more likely than whites to develop diabetes.What makes minorities more at risk for thi...
  • Seasonal Allergies: What Treatment Is Best For You?

    Apr 14, 2014 | 10 min
    According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 16.9 million adults and 6.7 million children suffer from seasonal allergies.Springtime can be wonderful, especially if you live in an area where the winters seem to drag on. The blooming flowers, buds on the trees and the appearance of green can bring you back into a happier state of mind. However, springtime also means pollen, dust and allergens are appearing as well, causing your to feel foggy, stuffed up and uncomfortable.You're not the only one who's miserable.In fact, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 16.9 million adults and 6.7 million children suffer from seasonal allergies.Allergy ...
  • Healthcare Reform: New Role of the Community Pharmacy

    Apr 14, 2014 | 10 min
    Your community pharmacist role is changing, for the better.Trying to understand and discuss healthcare reform can be confusing and very frustrating. A trend has emerged in healthcare, an expansion of community pharmacist.A community pharmacy is a pharmacy that deals directly with people in a local area. Responsibilities of a community pharmacy counseling, checking and dispensing prescription drugs to the patients with care, accuracy and legality.Their roles are changing, for the better.Pharmacists now are providing more support than they ever have in the past. For example, community pharmacists give out immunizations and are more involved with patients by providing ongoing support in order t...
  • Simple Workouts You Can Do From Your Hotel Room

    Apr 14, 2014 | 10 min
    You don't need to head to your hotel's gym in order to get an effective workout.Whether you had to travel for work, or you wanted a relaxing vacation, have you ever panicked about when you fit a workout in? The thought of taking a vacation from your workout routines sends your anxiety through the roof.What if there was a way you do still go on vacation while still having time to have an effective workout?You never thought it was possible to workout at the airport or on the plane. It won't be a huge sweat session, but it still counts as exercise. When you're on the plane, just getting up and walking around can help your body. Sitting down, lifting your legs and moving your feet into tiny circ...
  • GlassesOff: An App to Improve Your Vision

    Apr 14, 2014 | 10 min
    An iPhone app will make your reading glasses a thing of the past.Have you been depending on glasses in order to read, watch and see? You know the frustration of losing glasses, not being able to read dinner menus or your favorite book. The only option that has been available for your aging eyes is Lasik surgery.What if there was a way to change your vision so you wouldn't need to use reading glasses or go through surgery?GlassesOff, is a personalized product that monitors user performance and progress to constantly adjust your eyes. It's important to understand how vision works, as the quality of and image captured and the ability to process that image in your brain can be very different fro...
  • 3 Major Gynecological Cancers

    Apr 7, 2014 | 10 min
    Most of gynecological cancers are hard to diagnose because of the vague complications.Do you know the importance of getting these exams each year?You've been debating on whether or not a women's health exam is needed. You haven' been going annually like suggested and can't remember the last time you got yourself checked out.Do you know the importance of getting these exams?By getting these exams you are reducing your risk of gynecological cancers. In the US, endometrium cancer (uterine) is the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, about 52,630 new cases of cancer of the uterus will be diagnosed in 2014. About 8,590 women will...
  • Caffeine and Heart Disease: What's the Correlation?

    Apr 7, 2014 | 10 min
    Americans drink an estimated 400 million cups of coffee every day, and caffeine is consumed by 80 percent of the population in many forms.Who doesn't enjoy a freshly brewed coffee in the morning, or a tea for midday pick me up? There's no denying the numerous health benefits associated with caffeine. However, these benefits work in moderation. Going overboard and obsessively drinking caffeine can trigger insomnia, increase your heart rate and anxiety.Does caffeine have harmful effects on your heart?If you stick to caffeine in moderation, your heart heath is not in harms way. However, if you're having more than six cups of coffee a day or more than 400 mg of caffeine, then you might want to c...
  • Oral Cancer: Do You Know Your Symptoms?

    Apr 7, 2014 | 7 min
    according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year alone, causing 8,000 deaths.Oral cancer is the largest group of cancers falling under the names of mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer and throat cancer. In fact according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year alone. Oral Cancer also has a high death rate because the cancer is typically discovered late in the development.Do you know your symptoms?The most common symptoms are lesions on your tongue, on the surface on your cheek. These can feel dense and look discolored. You might also notice sores withi...
  • Free Prescription Medications Through Patient Assistance Programs

    Apr 7, 2014 | 10 min
    Have you suffered from paying too much on your prescription medications?Prescription drugs can make your life a lot easier to manage your health but they come with a huge price tag, leaving you burdened. Prescription drugs can also lead to many people depending on these medications.You're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over the last ten years the percentages of Americans who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44 percent to 48 percent.Have you heard of patient assistance programs?Patient Assistant Programs have been around for a few decades but have gained popularity in recent years. There are also over 200 programs available that ar...
  • Are ACL Injuries More Common in Women?

    Mar 24, 2014 | 10 min
    ACL injuries are on the rise in women, and ACLs are the most common knee injury. In fact over 200,000 torn ACLs occur in the U.S. each year.Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments that are located in your knee to provide stability. When a quick change of direction or if part of your knee comes in contact with a hard object, or a pivot happens in your knee, your ACL can be torn.You will know for sure if you've torn your ACL when your knee pops, swells and you feel excruciating pain. When your ACL is torn, your knee can become unstable. Surgery is an option, since there is a way to reconstructing your ACL from other tissue. This gives your knee back the stability it lost...
  • Signs that You May be an Alcoholic

    Mar 24, 2014 | 10 min
    You like to have a few drinks every night when you come home from work, that's no big deal, right?Recent studies have shown that 53 percent of adults in the U.S. that one or more than one of their relatives has a drinking problem. Are you part of that statistic?Alcoholism is a chronic and often progressive disease that causes you to drink too much alcohol affecting you to not have the ability to live a normal or healthy life.Excessive alcohol use can cause immediate and long-term health related risks, including car accidents, alcohol poisoning, neurological problems, cancer, liver disease and in some cases, death.How do you know if you have a problem?A sign that you might have a drinking pro...
  • Triamcinolone Acetonide Nasal Spray Moves OTC

    Mar 17, 2014 | 10 min
    FDA approves steroid triamcinalone acetonide (TAA) nasal spray to be sold over-the-counter. Are there any risks?If you have allergies, you know the worst time of year is when the seasons begin to change. Allergies leave your nose runny, your sinuses stuffed and your mood completely miserable.Did you know that one in five people in the U.S. have allergies or asthma symptoms? In fact, 55 percent of the U.S population tests for more than more allergens.Usually you'd have to get a prescription from your physician in order to get your allergies in control.Not anymore.Recently, the FDA voted 10-6 in a favor to allow the steroid triamcinolone acetonide (TAA) to be moved and sold over the counter, a...
  • What's The Deal With Morning Wood?

    Mar 10, 2014 | 10 min
    You're woken up every single day by your man's erection. Does this mean that your man is more aroused in the mornings?Sharing a bed with your man can be great, that is until your daily wake up call comes from between your sheets and not your nightstand.You may think your man just had a very intimate sexual fantasy in his sleep and is looking for a way to have it satisfied. This is not always the case.Did you know that morning wood has nothing to do with sexual desire?Actually, it happens when your man is in his REM (rapid eye movement) sleep cycle. During REM, your body turns off some neurotransmitters that regulate body functions, one of them being in charge of stopping erections.REM decrea...
  • Oral Sex Debate: Are You Missing Out?

    Mar 10, 2014 | 10 min
    41 percent of women enjoy giving and receiving oral sex and feel empowered while doing so. However, 17 percent don't like it and feel that is can be demeaning.Oral sex is just as intimate, if not more intimate than sex. In fact, in a recent survey in Woman's Day indicates that couples will spend at least 20 minutes on foreplay before intercourse.41 percent of women enjoy giving and receiving oral sex and feel empowered while doing so. However, 17 percent don't like it and feel that is can be demeaning.Is there anything you and your partner can do to help you enjoy the benefits of oral?The first step to help you and your partner get intimate is to communicate your fears, desires and fantasies...
  • How To Orgasm Every Time You Have Sex

    Mar 10, 2014 | 10 min
    You know the Big O feels great, but you aren't always getting it. Are there ways to increase the chances during intercourse?It's no surprise that orgasms make sex amazing, but what if you can't climax every time you and your partner are intimate? You're not alone. According to several survey's, roughly only 25 percent of women always climax with their partner.Wishful thinking?The female orgasm is much more complex than males. Many women aren't getting the right stimulation during intercourse because majority of the positions are not focusing on the right areas.By placing a pillow underneath your pelvis during the missionary position helps reach the g-spot, an erogenous zone located inside yo...
  • How To Fight Fair In a Relationship

    Mar 10, 2014 | 10 min
    How you argue and resolve a conflict with your partner can seriously determine a happy and successful or doomed relationship.No matter if you've been dating for five years, or married for two, you are bound to have a fight(s) with your significant other. Some may seem silly and are easily resolved and forgotten within ten minutes. What about those other stubborn and never-ending fights?Depending on how you argue and resolve a conflict with your partner can seriously determine a success or doomed relationship.During any fight, it's important to ask yourself what you are truly upset about and why this fight is taking place.Are you looking to resolve the conflict or to just get even with your p...
  • Considering Adoption? What You Need To Know

    Mar 10, 2014 | 10 min
    According to the US Department of State, from 1999-2012 there was a total of 242,602 adoptions, more than half were female and under the age of one year.families. Did you know that hundreds of thousands of couples are looking to adopt each year?According to the US Department of State, from 1999-2012 there was a total of 242,602 adoptions, more than half were female and under the age of one year.Adoption can be an expensive and also a prolonged process depending on the services that you decide. For example, at The Cradle, an adoption agency in Illinois, the average waiting time is one year after you complete your home study.How do you know which adoption agency to choose?Picking an adoption a...
  • Why You Need Perfect Posture

    Mar 3, 2014 | 10 min
    Having poor posture plays a role in many injuries, and can be the reason for your chronic body pains.You've been told your whole life to sit up straight and you might have even had a mother or teacher physically correct your slouched back. You might want to thank them instead of rolling your eyes. Do you know why posture is so important for your health?At a foundational level of your health, having correct posture is the most important thing you can have. Everything in your health like breathing, exercising, how you do your daily functions depends on your posture.Did you know that posture uses 90 percent of our energy value?You are naturally compromising your posture and have been since the ...
  • Prevention Driven Heart Care

    Mar 3, 2014 | 10 min
    Is there a way to stop a heart attack from happening?Heart disease is the number one killer for both Men and Women, and according to the CDC, kills 600,000 people every year in the United States.What is the most important way to prevent heart disease from happening?Unfortunately there is not just one thing that needs to be changed in order for your heart disease risk factor to lower; it's your whole lifestyle. The most common outcome of heart disease is a heart attack or stroke, which is caused by plaque building up in your arteries. Making sure your arteries are clean is a great start to prevent heart disease.Having a heart healthy diet that eliminates your weekly KFC, McDonald's and greasy...
  • Coffee & Caffeine: How To Cut Back

    Mar 3, 2014 | 10 min
    Did you know that coffee in America is a $30 billion industry and that Americans drink an estimated 400 million cups a day?You've grown found of having a few cups of coffee in the morning before work, a cup or two at work and before you know it by the end of the day your head is pounding and your hands are shaking.Is this a sign you need to cut back?There's no denying the powerful benefits of what coffee can do for your health. However, when you're constantly craving and wondering when you're next caffeine dose will be, you might have a problem.The hardest thing you have to answer is why you need to drink coffee or energy drinks. Are you turning to your cup of coffee to get you going in the ...
  • Are You a Yogi? Plan Your Yoga Retreat NOW!

    Feb 24, 2014 | 10 min
    If you're a fan of yoga, wellness or travel, a yoga getaway is just what you need.Are you a fan of wellness, yoga and travel? If you've always wanted to truly get away from everything and focus on your peace of mind and your health, a yoga trip is just for you.If you've never been on a yoga retreat but have always wanted to, there's no excuses now as to why you can't go.Specific destination yoga retreats have gained popularity throughout the last couple of years and have destinations all around the world like India, Thailand, Mexico, Caribbean, Italy, Colorado Mountains, Costa Rica, the list continues.What about all the planning that's involved?First, is your location. How much are you reall...
  • 10 Things Every Woman Should Know By 25

    Feb 24, 2014 | 10 min
    Grab your pen, paper or laptop and take some notes, ladies!Time moves pretty fast and before you know it you're in your mid-twenties and you're reminiscing on those college days when you could eat, drink and sleep like a pro.You hate to hear it, but it's time to put your big girl panties on and learn what you need before getting any older and wasting any more of your time on things that are unnecessary.You've been through it all: never-ending job searches, bitter friendships, several heartbreaks and those feeling of regret after long nights partying. Now, you're serious about what you are willing to tolerate as you approach your late twenties and beyond.One, cut the social fat. Just because ...
  • Myths and Truths About Lesbian Sex

    Feb 24, 2014 | 10 min
    You've heard, and might have seen it all before, but what do you really know about sex between lesbians?There are a lot of myths about what lesbian sex is and how it should be. The misinformation on what lesbian sex should look like mostly comes from movies and porn.Newsflash, just because you saw it in a movie doesn't mean it actually exists.Just to make things clear, there is no such thing as Lesbian Sex either. Sex is part of everyone's sexuality. It's just sex.The first myth you're probably thinking of is penetration. There is no sex unless there's penetration. False. Any person, regardless if they are a lesbian or not may not feel penetration is part of sex. It all comes down to what th...
  • Can Cord Blood Cure Sickle Cell?

    Feb 17, 2014 | 10 min
    Sickle Cell is a red blood cell disease that has no widely available cure.Sickle cell disease is a condition that changes normal, round red blood cells into cells that are shaped like half moons. Sickle cells move through your blood stream and have a higher risk getting stuck on blood vessels, which can stop oxygen from getting through.Sickle cell is an inherited disease that causes lifelong health problems such horrible pain and anemia. There are antibiotics and immunizations that are available to help maintain pain but there is no widely available cure other than stem cell donation, which can be very hard to find a direct match.What about Cord Blood?Chloe Pratt, a five-year old girl was bo...
  • Is Rebound Sex a Way To Move On?

    Feb 17, 2014 | 10 min
    After a breakup you might think the quickest way to get over someone is to sleep with someone else, but is that healthy?You and your long-term partner just broke up, leaving you devastated, vulnerable and wanting to get over it as soon as possible.What about rebound sex?Before hitting the sheets with some random stranger, think of why you are really having rebound sex. Is it a way of revenge, to make your ex jealous or do you need a self-esteem boost?If you need a self-esteem boost, rebound sex might be a way to make yourself feel attractive again, to make you feel desirable and wanted and to erase the memory of your ex.In the long-run, do random hookups help you move on faster to possibly f...
  • Fire Up Your Energy Levels With Food

    Feb 17, 2014 | 10 min
    You're tired ALL the time but don't know why. Can your food choice be to blame?You are eating healthy, you exercise daily and get enough sleep every night but you're still so tired. Is it your healthy diet that's ruining your energy levels?Think about it. Certain foods that you eat cause your blood sugars to rise rapidly then immediately fall, causing a chaotic mess of how you feel and your energy levels.What did you eat for breakfast today? If you skipped because you didn't have time or didn't feel hungry you're not alone. 31 million Americans skip breakfast daily, which brutally impacts your blood sugar and energy levels.A great food that's easy to make and doesn't require lots of time is ...
  • Foods To Keep Your Arteries Clean

    Feb 17, 2014 | 10 min
    Just because you exercise doesn't mean you're in the clear of heart disease. What you put on your plate can save your life.Just because you exercise doesn't mean you're in the clear of heart disease. What you put on your plate can save your life.Heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women. You may think that you don't have anything to worry about since no one in your family has had heart issues. You exercise daily so you should be in the clear, right?Wrong.Just because your family history is clear and you exercise does not mean that you are free to shove your face with unhealthy, sugary, high calorie, processed foods.Those foods high in saturated fats and trans fats do dama...
  • Infertile? Super Foods Can Help

    Feb 17, 2014 | 10 min
    You hear all the food you can and can't eat throughout pregnancy, but what about foods to help increase your chances of becoming pregnant, do they exist?You and your partner are trying to create mini-mes but have noticed a little trouble along the way. You've been trying for months but don't have a pregnancy to show for it.Before heading to your doctor to begin invasive testing, try your own fertility treatments by eating natural super foods.A major super food is buckwheat, a healthy grain that significantly drops insulin and testosterone levels, a process that increases ovulation. When you're ovulating, your chances of conceiving are that much higher. Also, to those who are gluten-free, buc...
  • Questions To Ask Before Tying The Knot

    Feb 10, 2014 | 10 min
    First comes love, then comes marriage, but most couples skip a crucial step between their love and their future.Love can be wonderful, special and rare, but love can also be blinding. If you have certain expectations of what your future holds with your significant other (having five kids, practicing a specific religion, working while also being a full time mom) wouldn't you think to talk to your partner before the wedding date?Most couples don't.While dating you are just sharing little things like blankets to watch a movie, food to snack. When you're engaged you're not just sharing the little things anymore, you're sharing things that you might not have realized.So, what questions should you...
  • Is Killing Crazy? Link Between Mental Illness and Murder

    Feb 10, 2014 | 10 min
    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 4 Americans suffer from a mental illness.Everyday you turn on your television, pick up a newspaper or on your browser and see another mass murder that has taken place. There's gun violence, bombings, stabbings and even beatings talked about daily that make you wonder why someone would ever commit these heinous crimes.Were these just random acts of violence, or is there a link between untreated mental illness and murder?According to the National Institutes of mental health, 1 in 17 Americans suffer from a serious mental illness, (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression) and the vast majority of those people are not g...
  • Are You a Social Alcoholic?

    Feb 10, 2014 | 10 min
    You say you don't have a problem because you only drink at social gatherings...Is that just an excuse?Social alcoholic, or the social drinker is known as a low-risk drinker. You may not think that you have a problem and start to become defensive when your friends or family begin to ask you questions on your drinking habits.You're just a social drinker, and there's nothing to worry about. What does that even mean?Of course you can go to a party and have a few drinks while being social, however are you having the same symptoms as an alcoholic but just in a social setting? Or are you saying that you're a social drinker to hide your true patterns of alcohol abuse?A social drinker should be able ...
  • Ways to Emerge From Heartbreak

    Feb 10, 2014 | 10 min
    Step away from the Ben and Jerry's.When you're in a long, loving relationship it's hard to process that you've just been dumped. The breakup seems out of nowhere, which leaves you more vulnerable than ever.You may think the best therapy post break up is a tub of your favorite Ben and Jerry's, a sappy romantic comedy movie and to take shelter on your couch for weeks.Unable to allow yourself to move on damages your overall health. Depression, lack of sleep, junk food eating and reflecting on the past will keep you from moving past the breakup and finding love again.When you're grieving, it's hard to focus on staying healthy and positive. The most important way to emerge from heartbreak, is to ...
  • Beyond Sex: Becoming Emotionally Intimate with Your Partner

    Feb 3, 2014 | 10 min
    Why your emotions are just as important as sex in your relationship.You thought that it would never happen to your relationship. You two shared an intense passion for one another, and could barely keep your hands to yourself.The years started to pass, and so did the times that were once spent fogging up windows and multiple sweat sessions. You're having sex less often that you ever imagined.Whether it's from feeling exhausted from both of you and your partner's demanding jobs, your children, or if your man suffers from EDYou're feeling less connected to your partner than ever.Is there another way?Michael Russer was diagnosed with prostate cancer and unfortunately, from the cancer and the tre...
  • Men & Eating Disorders: It’s A Guy Thing Too

    Feb 3, 2014 | 9 min
    Despite awareness about eating disorders, in recent years eating disorders in men have been on the rise.Did you know 40 percent of Americans have experienced an eating disorder, or know someone with an eating disorder?Eating disorders are commonly associated with females, however a recent study found that 17.9 percent teenage boys and 2.4 percent men have experienced some form of an eating disorder.Do eating disorders affect men the same way it affects women?Eating disorders in women are concerned with being skinny, and even though some males do too, most males who suffer from an eating disorder are usually concerned with their muscular build.Why have eating disorders in men been increasing?...
  • Do’s & Don'ts of a Breakup

    Feb 3, 2014 | 10 min
    Should you or shouldn't you obsessively stalk your recent ex-flame on Facebook? Probably not.Breakups can be hard, especially when you thought things were going great. Even though it sounds like a good idea at the time to throw things at your recent flame's head out of rage, obsessively stalk your ex's Facebook, or call and randomly hang up, it's not.Not only are you holding onto all the upsetting emotions of the breakup that can cause even more stress and damage to your health, you're also not allowing yourself a chance to heal and move onIt's also not uncommon that since this huge change in your life just happened, you are impulsively thinking of ways to change everything else in your life...
  • Foods To Boost Your Heart Health

    Feb 3, 2014 | 10 min
    Heart disease is the number one killer for men and women. Changing to a heart healthy diet can lower your risks.If you're trying to watch what you eat while also being heart conscious, you're not alone. More than 26.5 million adults have heart disease. You may think that if your family history doesn't have a long line of heart issues you're in the clear.You are wrong.While your genetics do play a role in your health, a huge factor is your lifestyle.According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death of both men and women. Every year 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. Eating a heart healthy diet can decrease those risks. Your doctor will probably recommend to eat a diet that...
  • 7 Health Benefits Of Beer

    Feb 3, 2014 | 10 min
    Why you should make some room in your fridge for a 6-pack.Beer lovers, rejoice! Recent has shown that drinking beer has surprising health benefits. YES, you read correctly. Doctors will say during your check ups that drinking alcohol in moderation is good for your health, but wine has usually been the go to beverage.Here's a secret, did you know that wine and beer contain the same amount of antioxidants?This doesn't mean that you should be pounding beers back like you're back in college, but one to two beers certainly wouldn't hurt.According to the USDA, who conducted over 50 different studies found that beer that is consumed moderately, it saves 26,000 lives per year due to lowered disease ...
  • Eat Like a Caveman: What You Need to Know about Going Paleo

    Jan 27, 2014 | 10 min
    Paleo is also known as the caveman diet, hunter-gather diet, and the stone-age diet... but what makes it so popular?Another diet that has made its way into your thoughts, and you're questioning whether or not you should give it a go: the Paleo diet.Paleo has been around for many decades, but in recent years has gained popularity and has actually been revered as one of the top dieting plans.So, what exactly is the Paleo diet?Also known as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gather diet, the Paleo diet focuses on eating wholesome foods containing high protein and high fiber foods such as leans meats and fish, fruits and veggies, nuts and other healthier fats.If the cavemen didn't have ...
  • Medical Marijuana: Safe for Your Aging Pets?

    Jan 27, 2014 | 8 min
    More states are beginning to legalize medical marijuana usage, which has many vets and animal behavioral experts wanting research done on safety for pets.Times are changing, and for the first time in many years medical marijuana isn't getting bashed like it used to. Regular people, and even doctors, are more open to usage... especially if it helps ease their patients' pain.What about medical marijuana for your aging four-legged companion?More states are beginning to legalize medical marijuana usage, and many veterinarians and animal behavioral experts are raising the importance of research on the safety for pets.Is it safe, and should you use it for your pet?Expert on Animal Behavior, Darlen...
  • Are You Normal or Nuts?

    Jan 27, 2014 | 10 min
    Readers Digest spoke to a panel of experts to get all the right answers to your normal or nutty thoughtsSometimes you feel paranoid, neurotic and even phobic about certain thoughts that you have. You don't dare to share them in fear of being accused of being nuts.Certain thought processes or even certain actions that you have done might make you think twice if you are part of the Looney Tunes. How normal is it to think certain absurd thoughts? Are you the only one?Is it normal to think about my own or a loved ones funeral? Recent findings show not at all.Readers Digest spoke to a panel of experts to get all the right answers to your normal or nutty thoughts.Executive Director for Readers Dig...
  • Stay Stress-Free While Planning Your Wedding

    Jan 27, 2014 | 10 min
    Is there a way to stay calm and collected through all the planning?You just got engaged to the love of your life and you are overjoyed with emotions. Planning the wedding should be a fun, exciting and happy time...right?Not only are you trying to stay within a budget, but also trying to please yourself, and your partner, your parents and your soon to be in-laws can drive someone to insanity. It's no wonder easy- going women turn into bridezillas.How come brides aren't speaking out about the true stressors involved with planning a wedding?Turns out it's not just the bride to be that gets overwhelmed, but in a recent survey found that 23 percent of men said they found planning for their big da...
  • Freezing Temperatures: How To Keep Your Dog Warm

    Jan 27, 2014 | 4 min
    Precautions to take to ensure your four-footed family members stay safe during harsh winter months.In the dog days of winter, challenges can emerge when you're trying to take care of your dog.If your face feels tingly, your hands have gone numb and your body frozen from the bone chilling wind, can you imagine how your companion feels?Just like it can for you and your family, tolerating the cold can vary for dogs based on their breed, coat thickness, and activity level and body fat storage.You wouldn't want to spend hours locked outside of your home when below zero temperatures set in, so why would you let your dog?There are ways to make those daily walks and exercise trips more comfortable, ...
  • What Millennial’s Need to Know About Saving & Finance

    Jan 13, 2014 | 9 min
    Many Millennials have little to no money or are using their entire paycheck just to stay afloat.Millennials may know a thing or two about what's trending in the social world, but when it comes to saving and planning for the future, they often don't have a clue to the importance behind a steady bank account.Generation X and the rest of the world may say Millennials are lazy, narcissistic, have an itch for traveling and want to spend money any way possible. However, most Millennials have no money or are using their entire paycheck just to stay afloat.A study conducted by Financial Finesse found that 29 percent of millennial respondents figured out how much money they will need for retirement, ...
  • 5 Awesome Super Foods You’re Not Eating

    Jan 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Super foods, nutrient-rich foods that are terrific for good health, come in all shapes and sizes, but require a little hunt in your grocery store.You want to eat healthier, or you have been eating healthy but are getting a little unenthusiastic about chicken and broccoli for dinner again. It happens to more people that just you, that's why there are so many great insights on ways to switch up your food.But, what about the lesser-known healthy alternatives that every foodie, health motivator and your best friend forgot to tell you about?Super foods, nutrient-rich foods that are known for their health benefits, come in all shapes and sizes. However, they may require a little hunt in your groce...
  • Peak Winter Produce to Stock in Your Kitchen

    Jan 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Produce specifically meant for the harsh winter months to help you stay on track with healthy eating.Oh, the weather outside is frightful but don't worry, your produce can still remain delightful. Favorite spring and summer fruits like strawberries and raspberries are farther from your reach as they continue rising in price.This however does not give you an excuse to head to the bakery, chips or ice cream aisle and completely drop your positive attitude on maintaining a healthy diet during the dark days of winter.Knowing which veggies and fruits are available during the cold months is crucial. For example, one fruit that gets overlooked are pears. Loaded with vitamin C and fiber, this fruit ...
  • Exercising Your Dog: Good For Both of You

    Jan 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Exercise is not only beneficial to your life, but to your four-legged companions too.All dogs need to find ways to burn their energy, and depending on your dog's breed, your furry friend may need more exercise throughout the day than just your typical walk.Just like for humans, exercise has multiple benefits for dogs.For example, exercising your four-legged buddy increases bone, joint, heart and lung health and can even increase your dog's lifespan.Exercise can also help decrease anxiety, build trust and confidence, and eliminate play biting, jumping, and barking.What types of exercises are there for your dog and when should you begin them?Certified animal behavior consultant, Steve Dale, CA...
  • What Your Dog’s Behavior Is Telling You

    Jan 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Your dog's behavior may seem cute and funny as a puppy, but can later turn into a destructive mess.You finally caved and ended up becoming a dog owner. Even though you are experiencing the joys of having a new family member around you have no idea what kinds of dog behavior should be accepted or not.For example, you've heard from your friends who are also beloved dog owners to not let your four-legged buddy sleep with you on your bed, or jump up on your couch because that shows that the dog is dominant and will not listen to you.Is this true? What other behaviors should you be looking out for?Certified animal behavior consultant, Steve Dale, CABC discusses your dog's behavior, what it's tell...
  • Are You Addicted to the Internet?

    Jan 6, 2014 | 10 min
    One out of every eight Americans experiences signs of internet addiction, and 34 percent check their smartphones before getting out of bed.It happens to you all the time... you thought you'd pop online to check your Facebook and before you know it five hours have passed. Your cell phone is running low on battery and you get anxious at the thought of not having it turned on; or not having it in your hands.You're constantly checking your Facebook, Twitter, and searching around Google in the morning, during commuting hours, before tucking into bed at night and all the time in-between.You want to rip your hair out when your Internet gives out for no reason and find yourself a little embarrassed ...
  • Yo-Yo No More: How Dieting Harms Your Health

    Jan 6, 2014 | 10 min
    There are over 100 million dieters in the U.S., and these dieters will make at least 4-5 attempts per year to change their unhealthy habits. Are you one of them?It seems like every day there is a new diet on the market or new nutrition information that has been linked to better health and wellness. You, being intrigued by this new way that can help you lose weight, may think there's no harm in drastically changing your diet... yet again.Is there?Constantly changing your eating habits, such as limiting your food intake or completely eliminating groups of food can be associated with serious diseases that can damage your overall health, and could be potentially life threatening.There are over 1...
  • Loving Yourself is Better for Your Health

    Jan 6, 2014 | 10 min
    Learn why loving your body is the most crucial element in your overall health.As a woman, living amongst thousands of advertisements of what your body should look like can do more than just damage your self-esteem.In today's world, you aren't pretty or close to being perfect unless your ribcage shows, your size zero pants are a little loose and, let's not forget, most importantly your breast sizes up to a Double-D.Who came up with these standardized beauty requirements?What's even worse is that women you once looked up to for not falling into these "normalized" categories have now fallen victim to Photoshop, proving that you shouldn't feel comfortable in your own skin.Developing a positive a...
  • Nutrition Trends to Expect in 2014

    Jan 6, 2014 | 10 min
    What could you possibly expect to see in 2014 that you haven't already?Another year means there is a lot to look forward to: new goals, new expectations and new health trends. You've lived through it and seen it all; the south beach diet, the Atkins diet, zero carb diet and the newest wheat-free diet.What could you possibly expect to see in 2014 that you haven't already?No matter what day of the year, millions of people are looking for ways to lose weight or maintain their weight-loss goals. Dieting and "new" weight-loss ideas will forever be Googled and sought out.So, what do you expect to see in 2014?Registered Dietician, health editor, and author, Rachel Berman, RD, CD/N, will discuss the...
  • Tilapia Worse For You Than Bacon?

    Dec 16, 2013 | 10 min
    The source of where you're getting your fish from may determine how healthy it is for you.You've heard that by increasing your fish intake and decreasing the amount of bacon you throw in your frying pan could help increase your overall health. That thought almost seems too obvious. However, depending on the source of where you get your fish raises some interesting questions.The most common farm raised fish are tilapia, salmon, carp, catfish, sea bass and cod. Tilapia is the most popular, known as the "aquatic chicken" because of how accessible and inexpensive they are.New findings comparing wild caught fish to farm raised fish show that fish might not be such a healthy alternative to your fa...
  • Avoid An Accident: Pet Car Safety Tips

    Dec 16, 2013 | 7 min
    According to a recent AAA survey, 31 percent of drivers admitted to being distracted by their pets.Depending the length of your road trip, traveling with your four-legged friend can be an overly anxious experience. Is the dog going to try to climb out the open window? Will they have to go to the bathroom? Can pets get carsick? The questions never end.Just like traveling with any other friend, there are always risks. According to a recent AAA survey, 31 percent of drivers admitted to being distracted by their pets.This could lead to accidents that don't only hurt your pet, but you and the other passengers in the car.According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 43 millio...
  • Medical Mistakes: How To Avoid Misdiagnoses

    Dec 16, 2013 | 10 min
    Wrong medical diagnoses can cost you in money, invasive procedures and even death.A medical misdiagnosis isn't that unheard of these days. Giving the wrong prescription, an unnecessary invasive procedure and the wrong diagnosis does more than burn a hole in your wallet. Medical misdiagnoses can cause patients unnecessary pain, discomfort and in the worse case, death.According to recent findings, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of patient cases are misdiagnosed. 28 percent of 583 diagnostic mistakes were life threatening, lead to disability or resulted in death. According to The Journal of Clinical Oncology, 44 percent of patient's cancers are misdiagnosed.How can this be happening in developed...
  • Brittle Winter Hair: The Healthy Hair Diet

    Dec 16, 2013 | 10 min
    Frizzy, dry, brittle hair can leave your scalp flaky and itchy, especially in the brutal winter months. Could the solution lie in the foods you eat?The temperatures are dropping, the snow is flying and you're stocking up on flannel sheets and wool socks.Yup, it's officially winter... which brings with it certain beauty challenges, including the state of your locks. After you shower and try everything possible to get your hair to look as good as it did in the summer, you may begin to question if it's acceptable to wear a baseball cap for the next several months.Frizzy, dry, brittle hair leaves your scalp flaky and itchy. There's really no point in trying to manage your hair during the brutal ...
  • Foods to Help Fight the Flu

    Dec 9, 2013 | 10 min
    Eating right when you're body's immunity is low can help you bounce back from the flu.You've done all you can to prepare for flu season; you got the shot, have taken your vitamins religiously and carry a travel-sized hand sanitizer everywhere you go. However, even with all the precautions, the flu virus can manipulate its way into your body, knocking you down on your butt.Over 200 strains of the flu virus are easily obtainable right outside your door, causing millions of people to fall ill during the colder seasons and turn to over the counter medications to help. You may feel like there's not much more you can do other than rest and let your medicine kick in... or is there? Could there be s...
  • Are You at Risk for Shingles?

    Dec 9, 2013 | 10 min
    One in three Americans is at risk for shingles, with over one million cases diagnosed each year. What should you do if you develop this painful condition?If you've got a painful, blistered, itchy rash that wraps along either the right or left side of your torso, you might have shingles.Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection (varicella-zoster virus) causing a painful inflammation of the nerve ganglia that erupts the skin around the middle part of your body. This is the same virus that causes chicken pox.If you've already had chicken pox, you're not safe. In fact, the virus remains in your body. The risk of a shingles outbreak increases as you age. Shingles causes a burnin...
  • Everyday Habits that Hurt Your Spine

    Dec 9, 2013 | 9 min
    13 million people go to the doctor each year due to low back pain. Are your everyday habits to blame?Low back pain is one of the greatest problems people have when it comes to chronic pain. It is the second most common reason people visit doctors and is the leading cause of disability in the United States for Americans under the age of 45.According to recent research, 60 to 80 percent of adults in the United States suffer from chronic back pain. Low back pain affects your spine's flexibility, stability and strength, leading to your pain, discomfort and stiffness.In this segment of Staying Well, Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Affilliate Assistant Professor of Clinicial Biomedical S...
  • Feeling Pressured to Try Anal Sex?

    Dec 9, 2013 | 10 min
    At the top of many males' sexual "to-do" lists is partaking in anal sex with their partner; but some women are reluctant to try it. Should you just say no?Heterosexual anal sex has been around for decades, but has recently been rising as a popular sexual experience between heterosexual couples. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, anal sex in heterosexual couples under the age of 45 has become increasingly more popular over the past few years.Men have more tendencies to list anal sex on their sexual "to-do" lists than women... but more women have become open-minded than previously thought. In a recent survey, 45 percent of young women said they are more likely to try anal s...
  • Life Lessons from Your Furry Friend

    Dec 9, 2013 | 10 min
    From unconditional love to loyalty, dogs have always had your back.For years, dogs have been known as man's best friend and the most loyal companion that you will ever have. Who else greets you with love and excitement as soon as you walk through the door? Without any judgment, dogs have been by your side.Yes, caring for a dog is a huge responsibility; but the hidden lessons that are gifted through their presence far exceeds any materialistic object. There's a reason why dogs are used for therapy sessions, and walked through hospital walls.Dogs have powerful intuition, trust their gut and always are the first to react in emergency situations or when something feels unnatural. Dogs, as well a...
  • Foods That Boost Your Mood

    Dec 2, 2013 | 10 min
    When you're feeling blue or overly anxious, reaching for certain foods have been shown to be just as (if not more) beneficial than medication.It's in the middle of the afternoon and you've just snapped at a coworker, for no reason. What just happened? Crankiness can be a sign of your body needing fuel. and can be fulfilled with a quick fix of peanut butter and apples. Sometimes worrying about deadlines at work, your relationships at home can consume your daily tasks and interfere with your happiness. Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been shown to lower depression.When you're feeling blue or overly anxious reaching for certain foods have been shown to be just as (if not more) beneficial than medicati...
  • A New Contraceptive with Added STD Protection? Yes!

    Dec 2, 2013 | 10 min
    A new contraceptive that will protect against both sexually transmitted diseases AND pregnancy.A contraceptive that protects against both sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy was announced at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' annual meeting in the form of a vaginal ring.Similar to the existent NuvaRing contraceptive, the new vaginal ring would be inserted into the vagina and lasts up to 90 days. The vaginal ring would prevent pregnancy by releasing levonorgestrel, a hormonal contraceptive and would also prevent against sexually transmitted diseases by releasing tenofovir, an antiretroviral that has been proven to prevent replication of HIV and herpes.Head of drug ...
  • Feeling Pressured To Try Anal Sex?

    Dec 2, 2013 | 10 min
    At the top of males sexual to do lists is partaking in anal sex with their partner, but some women are still hesitant to trying it.Heterosexual anal sex has been around for decades, but has recently been rising as a popular sexual taboo-breaker between heterosexual couples. According to the Center for Disease Control anal sex in heterosexual couples under the age of 45 has become more popular over the past few years.Men have more tendencies to list anal sex on their sexual to do lists than women, but more women have become open minded than previously thought. In a recent survey, 45 percent of young women are more likely to try anal sex with their partners.If you are feeling pressured to have...
  • Alzheimer's: Myths & Truths Exposed

    Nov 18, 2013 | 1 min
    Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with no cure currently available.It's a common thing as you age; your mind doesn't feel as sharp as it used to be. But does this mean that you should worry about the possibility of having Alzheimer's?Alzheimer's disease is a neurological disorder where the death of your brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline. The disease progresses as you age, causing most patients to seek 24-hour medical attention.According to the Alzheimer's Association, in 2013 more than five million people aged 65 and older are suffering with this disease. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United State...
  • Cancer & Relationships: Getting through It Together

    Nov 18, 2013 | 10 min
    Studies show that in couples who dealt with cancer as a team, their relationship was associated with greater intimacy.Finding out you have cancer is life-changing, and can often put a dent in relationships... primarily with your significant other. The extra amount of stress can cause tension and lead to challenges within your relationship.However, according to a study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, couples who deal with the illness as a team, rather than individually, experience greater intimacy.Sorting through the negative yet highly important responsibilities, like writing up a new will, doesn't need to be the only communication throughout your illness. Talking about ...
  • Pet Obesity: Is Your Companion Too Fat?

    Nov 18, 2013 | 10 min
    Did you know that 52.5 percent of dogs in the U.S. and 58.3 percent of cats are overweight or obese? Is YOUR companion too fat?Obesity isn't just on the rise in humans; it's also affecting your pets. Pet obesity is a growing epidemic throughout the world and has similar consequences in cats and dogs as it does in humans.Health risks, including type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, crippling arthritis and cancers, have been linked to obesity in pets. Most owners are unaware that their companions are overweight, which has led to the growing problem of overweight pets getting even fatter.According to a survey conducted by the Pet Obesity Prevention, 36.7 million, or 52.5 percent of dogs in the ...
  • Gender Reassignment Surgery: Understanding the Operations

    Nov 18, 2013 | 10 min
    An estimated 100-500 gender reassignment surgeries are performed in the United States each year.Gender identity is an important characteristic for people. However, some people express that their minds and bodies don't match each other and want to go under gender reassignment surgery. Gender reassignment surgery, often known as a sex change, is a procedure that changes genital organs from one gender to another.An estimated 100-500 gender reassignment surgeries are performed in the United States each year. Surgeons will require that if a person wants to undergo surgery, they must live and represent themselves as the sex they wish to be for a minimum of one year and to seek a professional psych...
  • Toxic Co-workers: How To Keep Your Cool

    Nov 11, 2013 | 10 min
    If you're turning red from holding in your frustrations, there's an easier way to keep your cool while waiting for the clock to strike five.You know this story too well, you are up all night working on a project for a huge presentation, and your co-worker who doesn't lift a finger takes all the credit. They aren't the only co-workers you're surrounded by. Don't forget about the gossips, the pushovers, flirts, those pretending to do work, and those who like to smother your boss with compliments.If you're turning red from holding in your frustrations, there's an easier way to keep your cool while waiting for the clock to strike five.In a survey conducted by TODAY.com showed that 84 percent of ...
  • Science of Binge Eating: Why You Can’t Stop

    Nov 11, 2013 | 10 min
    You have self-control and move past your impulses but still find yourself coming out of multiple food hangovers. Why does this keep happening?It happens to you more often than you are willing to admit. You're still unsatisfied after you've already eaten a personal sized pizza, so you reach for chips, candy, ice cream, anything that's in your sight.After you come out of your food coma, with a haze of dancing sugarplums, you're confused and are unaware of what just happened. You're not alone. Many people overeat, but when does binge eating become an issue?If you're scheduling time to let yourself binge, or binge eating in private, you should ask yourself why you are doing so. Binge eating is a...
  • PFD: What to Do When Your Pelvis Hits the Floor

    Nov 11, 2013 | 10 min
    One out of four women suffer from pelvic floor disorder but feel too embarrassed to do anything about it.One out of four women suffer from pelvic floor disorder, but often feel too embarrassed to do anything about it. Pelvic floor disorder (PFD) occurs when the muscles or connective tissues of the pelvic area weaken or are injured. The pelvic organ drops from its usual position and pushes against the walls of your vagina.Women who have pelvic floor disorder can experience urinary problems, pain or pressure in their pelvis and low back, and muscle spasms. Pelvic floor disorder is more common in women who are obese, pregnant, have given birth or are post-menopausal; but the disorder is not a n...
  • PFD: What To Do When Your Pelvis Hits The Floor

    Nov 11, 2013 | 1 min
    One out of four women suffer from pelvic floor disorder, but feel too embarrassed to do anything about it.One out of four women suffer from pelvic floor disorder, but often feel too embarrassed to do anything about it. Pelvic Floor Disorder is when your pelvic organ drops from its usual position and pushes against the walls of your vagina.Women who have pelvic floor disorder can experience urinary problems, pain or pressure in their pelvis and low back, and muscle spasms. Pelvic floor disorders is more common in women who are obese, pregnant, have given birth or after menopause, but is not a normal part of getting older.Medical Director of the Chronic Pelvic Pain program, Associate Professor...
  • Millennials: Career Advice for Success

    Nov 11, 2013 | 10 min
    Post-graduation you may expect a huge paycheck and the best office in the building. Newsflash: you have to be more realistic.Post-graduation from college, you may expect a huge paycheck and the best office in the building. Newsflash: you have to be more realistic.Sure, you've just secured your first job, but you have no idea how you will exactly fit in with the company. You're power-hungry but don't want to come off too strong, or as an overconfident newbie. How do you set a balance to not fit the stereotype of a "millennial"?Millennials are known as Generation Y, born in the years between 1980-2000, and are characterized as self-obsessed, lazy and demanding everything be given to them... no...
  • Millennials: Career Advice For Success

    Nov 11, 2013 | 1 min
    You expect a huge paycheck and the best office in the building. Newsflash: You have to be more realistic.Recently a graduate from college, you expect a huge paycheck and the best office in the building. Newsflash: You have to be more realistic.You've just nailed your first job, but have no idea how you will exactly fit in with the company. You're power-hungry but don't want to come off too strong, or as an overconfident newbie. How do you set a balance to not fit the stereotype of a millennial?Millennials are known as Generation Y, born in the years between 1980-2000 and are characterized as self-obsessed, lazy and demand everything be given to them. Not something you want to prove true at y...
  • What Really Turns Women Off

    Nov 4, 2013 | 10 min
    Feeling more than irritated with your significant other lately? Your partner's habits can help determine when you're ready to throw in the towel.You may think you've found the perfect companion; but as time passes, you find more things that aggravate you and completely turn you off.Some habits are small and inconsequential when it comes to the big picture. In any successful relationship, you can't waste your time picking out every single flaw. It's also true that only you can determine how to react based on how your partner acts.Obviously not every single woman is the same, which makes women even that more challenging to figure out. What one woman likes, another woman will hate. However, the...
  • Driving While Drowsy? Tips to Stay Awake

    Oct 28, 2013 | 10 min
    More than 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths are caused by drowsy driving annually and is considered more dangerous than drunk driving.If you have a long car trip planned but feel like you're too tired to drive, you shouldn't be getting behind the wheel. Driving drowsy can make you less attentive, slow your reaction time and affect your ability to make quick decisions. Recent research has shown that drowsy driving causes more damage than drunk driving.According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association, more than 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths are caused by drowsy driving annually. Most of these accidents occur between the hours of 1-6 am, since your internal clock isn't fightin...
  • Corset Diet: More Harmful Than Beneficial

    Oct 28, 2013 | 10 min
    There's a reason why these garments were left behind, wearing corsets for long periods of time cause acid reflux, trouble breathing, and can even bruise internal organs.There have been many diet ideas over the years, some include cutting your calorie intake, eliminating carbs, but a new trend has emerged, wearing a corset. Dated back several centuries, corsets were once described as an indispensable way to show the beauty of the female figure.There's a reason why these garments were left behind, wearing corsets for long periods of time cause acid reflux due to the pressure put on your stomach, trouble breathing, from the pressure put on your diaphragm and lungs, and can even bruise internal ...
  • 5 Healthy Alternatives To Fast Food

    Oct 28, 2013 | 10 min
    Everyday one in four Americans will visit some type of fast food restaurant, and Americans will spend more than $110 billion annually on fast food.Fast food's main purpose is to be a quick alternative for you when you don't have any time to make a meal for yourself. However, research is finding that fast food can be doing more damage to your health.Chicken nuggets were observed from two national food chains to determine what you were actually consuming. Research found that chicken meat was actually not the main ingredient-pause for shock-but fat made up an equal or greater portion of the nuggets.Putting fast food into perspective, if you were to eat a Wendy's morning melt Panini with sausage...
  • Halloween Candy: What's Really Inside the Wrapper

    Oct 28, 2013 | 8 min
    Americans eat around 24 pounds of candy every year, but do you really know what you're eating?Kids aren't the only ones who get excited about candy, but adults get just as thrilled to eat leftover candy from Halloween night. Unfortunately, today there are so many more ingredients mixed into candy than the normal chocolate or vegetable oil. Americans eat around 24 pounds of candy every year, but do you really know what you're eating?For example, the infamous candy corn contains Blue No. 1, which is a synthetic dye used in soaps, shampoos and other cosmetics. Candy corn also contains Yellow No. 5, a dye that's found in DayQuil, wax that's used to polish your car, and fortune cookies. M&M's, on...
  • Overactive Bladder? It's Time to Talk About It

    Oct 28, 2013 | 10 min
    Roughly 30 Americans have an overactive bladder, 40 percent affecting women.An overactive bladder can be an embarrassing issue to bring up with your friends, family and even your doctor. However, when you're rushing to use the bathroom eight or more times a day, and more than twice in the middle of the night, it's time to break the silence and discuss treatment options.Overactive bladder occurs when abnormal nerves send signals to your bladder at the wrong time, causing its muscles to squeeze without warning. An overactive bladder isn't as uncommon as previously thought. Roughly 30 Americans have an overactive bladder, 40 percent affecting women.Not only is it an annoyance to constantly feel...
  • LASIK Surgery 101

    Oct 21, 2013 | 1 min
    LASIK surgery reduces the need to wear eyeglasses or contacts.LASIK is the most popular eye corrective procedure and stands for Laser In Situ Keratomileusis, which is using a laser underneath the corneal flap (In Situ) to reshape your cornea and correct vision problems. LASIK surgery also reduces the need to wear eyeglasses or contacts.According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 36 million Americans wear contact lenses, and more than 150 million Americans use some sort of eye corrective eyewear to compensate for refractive errors.Usually, a three-month supply of contact lenses coast about $44, which accumulates to $176 annually. If you've been wearing contacts for 25 ye...
  • Teeth As Tools: What NOT to Use Your Teeth For

    Oct 21, 2013 | 9 min
    Using your teeth as tools may seem harmless, but can lead to chipping, tooth loss, root canals and permanent damageIt sounds harmless; you don't have access to a can opener, scissors or any other sharp object to open a tricky bag of chips, or a stubborn bottle top, so you think to use your teeth.Even though the enamel on the top surface of your teeth is the hardest part of your whole entire body, using your teeth as a tool can do more harm than good.Habits like chomping on a pencil, or using your teeth to rip off tags from your new clothes don't seem that life threatening, but the outside pressure can cause your teeth to chip, crack and if the pressure is strong enough, break. Using your tee...

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