Holiday gatherings are notorious for featuring high-calorie foods and tempting even the most stoic of healthy eaters. If you’re determined to avoid the extra fat, don’t despair. You don’t have to limit yourself to the raw vegetable plate. Try these five easy ways to cut the calories while still enjoying tasty holiday fare.Read More
Even if you have chronic coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath, asthma is probably the last thing
on your mind. After all, if you had asthma, you would’ve surely found out as a child, right?
Many people do not receive an asthma diagnosis until they are well into adulthood. Because the condition has many triggers, your current symptoms could be caused by a new environmental element, or simply by changes in your immune system.
Don’t brush off your symptoms as allergies, sinus problems, or being out of shape. Understand the warning signs of asthma and the importance of getting any related symptoms checked out.Read More
When you have an ongoing cough, everyday activities like work meetings, going to the movies, or trying to sleep at night suddenly become things you dread. You may feel, in addition to the physical discomfort, annoyance.
A cough at its best is a nuisance. However, a cough at its worst can indicate more serious health problems.
So, how do you know when a cough is more than just a cough?Read More
Doctors are discovering more every day about how physical and mental health impact each other. There is increasing evidence that poor physical health increases risks for mental health problems. Likewise, depression and other mental health issues can contribute to everything from back pain to heart disease.
Take into account a few of these facts:
- Depression has been linked to a 67 percent increased risk of death from heart disease.
- A 2011 study showed that six weeks of bicycling or weight training reduced the symptoms of anxiety for women suffering from anxiety disorders.
Childhood asthma is a growing concern in the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 6 million children have asthma. In other words, if you look at a classroom of 30 students, at least three of them struggle with this chronic condition of the lungs.
Because asthma is one of the leading causes of school absence, it often has a great affect on a child’s learning, development, and growth. It can also hurt self esteem, as kids often feel limited on the playground or sports field.
These are the last things you want for your child.Read More
An aching back or sore neck can make normal activities painful and even interrupt sleep. While millions of Americans suffer from back and neck pain each year, there are many different types of pain and a variety of conditions that can cause the discomfort.
Sources of Back and Neck Pain
Treating back and neck pain effectively requires discovering the source of the pain. Typically, most back and neck pain is caused by one of the following:Read More
Chances are, you know someone with asthma.
This respiratory disease affects 25 million people in the United States each year, or one in 12. According to the CDC, these numbers continue to grow, sparking conversation across the nation. But with conversation comes miscommunication, and misconceptions about a serious disease are always dangerous.Read More
When you’re sick or managing a chronic health issue, you turn to your doctor for medical knowledge and expertise. As it turns out, a doctor’s compassion and empathy also has an impact on recovery. While intelligence and skill are important qualities in selecting a doctor, you’ll also benefit if your physician offers a listening ear and compassionate treatment, according to a number of studies.Read More
We usually think of fitness requiring sweaty gym workouts, long runs in the neighborhood, or a fast-paced exercise class. Did you know you can boost your health by simply stretching? People who regularly work a stretching routine into their day have seen both physical and mental health benefits.
Try taking 15 to 20 minutes twice a day to stretch and start realizing these six health benefits.Read More
For most people, the flu means aches, fevers, a sore throat, and possibly missing a week of school or work. However, the flu can create serious health problems. Statistics show that:
- The flu sends more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital each year.
- An estimated 36,000 people in the United States die from flu-related complications annually.