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Why Are My Fingers Tingling?

If your fingers start to tingle, and eventually go numb or begin to hurt, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition of the median nerve. The median nerve is the nerve that travels down your arm and through your wrist to your thumb and first three fingers. What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Your wrist […]

Cortisone Shots: Pain Relief vs. Side Effects 

Shots of cortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory drug, bring many people tremendous relief from pain associated with gout, bursitis, arthritis, tendinitis and other joint issues. Unfortunately, cortisone can have serious side effects if too much is given within too short a time frame. It can cause damage to the cartilage, nerves, bones and tendons, as well as other side effects, […]

Healthcare Guide to Nail Treatments

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 Coats and Acrylic Coats. Here […]

Helping the Grieving Caregiver

Giving a caregiver advice on how to cope with grief is a bit like telling someone at a funeral that you’re sorry for their loss. Neither one is very helpful, but then, neither is silence. There is no way to tell someone how to move past the wound of loss when they spend every  day […]

Questions to Ask Before Leaving the Hospital

When patients leave the hospital, especially after staying for a few days, they may be more focused on getting home than they are on taking care of themselves once they get there. It’s easy for them to forget the questions they should ask before leaving the protected environment of the MedSurg floor. These questions include:   […]

Shift Work and “Bad Health Dominoes”  

Shift work is bad for your sleep, and lack of sleep can contribute to diabetes. Rotating shift work that overlaps with midnight to 6 am, leads to a 37% increase in diabetes risk in men and a 9% increase in diabetes risk in women. The more years of shift work someone works, the greater will […]

6 Fun Ways to Raise Healthy Eaters 

Teaching your family good eating habits is challenging but can lay the foundation of a lifetime of good health. Here are a few tips to help make the “healthy-eating journey” fun for the whole family:   1) Make meal preparation a family affair. Even if you only prepare one meal a week together, your children […]

Research Shows Gratitude is Healthy

Both research and common sense tell us that people who practice gratitude are happier. As it turns out, they also tend to be healthier. Writing it Down Makes a Difference The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley, offers a free, online, gratitude journal Gratitude Journal | Practice | Greater Good […]

5 Tips for Drinking More Water

We may not look like we’re floating through life, but to a certain extent we are. 50 to 70% of the human body is made of water. When half or more of your body is made of water, it’s important to make sure you’re drinking enough.  If counting comes naturally to you, drink 8 to […]

Can Arthritis Patients Feel Weather in Their Bones?  

Some arthritis patients swear that they can feel approaching weather in their bones. Is this possible? Or is it all in their minds? The answer is both “yes” and “no”. Studies show that some people with arthritis feel more pain on cold, overcast days and on days following a rise in barometric pressure. However, study […]