Research Busts Meditation Stereotypes 

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Meditation has been practiced globally for thousands of years and has proven itself to millions of practitioners. It isn’t accepted everywhere, however. Some people still believe the benefits of meditation are “all in the head” of practitioners. They have a hard time believing that anything about meditation is real. When […]

Hearing Loss Ups Dementia Risk

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Hearing loss can come at any age. Many people don’t realize that when it arrives in midlife, it increases the risk of dementia in later life. The greater the hearing loss, the greater the risk of dementia. People who have mild hearing loss in midlife have twice the risk of […]

What Our Doctors Need to Hear

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We all have things that we look for in a healthcare provider. At the top of most peoples’ lists is a provider who is a good listener. We rightly assume that someone who takes the time to listen to us will probably also take the time to care about us […]

Is Dense Breast Tissue a Problem?

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It’s easy to get alarmed when our mammogram report contains information we don’t understand. One term that appears on a lot of mammograms is the phrase “dense breasts”. What does this mean? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?  In order to understand what a “dense breast” is, it helps to […]

Best Foot Forward with Diabetes 

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Uncontrolled diabetes can damage blood vessels, especially in the feet. When blood vessels get blocked, nerves in the feet begin to die. When this happens, a feeling of “pins and needles”, pain or numbness results.  Numbness may not sound like a bad thing, but it can be very dangerous. Pain […]

Measles by the Numbers 

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When a new and deadly disease shows up, it’s natural to be frightened. We wonder if we or our loved ones will catch it, and if we do, will we survive. Before the invention of the measles vaccine in 1964, people felt this way about measles. The disease was so […]

Viruses vs. Bacteria: What’s the Difference?  

What do rabies, the Spanish flu, polio, Ebola, measles and smallpox all have in common? They are all caused by viruses.   What do Bubonic Plague, leprosy, tetanus, botulism and syphilis all have in common? They are all caused by bacteria.   What is a virus? What is a bacterium?   […]

Healthcare Guide to Nail Treatments

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Nail care, like hair care, is one of the crossroads where health and beauty meet. There are many different nail treatments and each has its pros and cons. While this list is by no means complete, the most common treatments include traditional polish, Soft and Hard Gel Coats, Dip Powder […]