Wellness

Do Weighted Blankets Work?

Weighted blankets are the latest thing in DIY insomnia cures. These blankets are heavier than normal, commonly ranging from 7 to 20 pounds in weight. They cost between $100 and $300 and come in standard king, queen and twin sizes.   But do they work?   Given how recently they have become […]

7 Health Tips for Traveling Abroad 

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Summer’s here, and vacation season has arrived. If you’re traveling out of the country, here are 7  health tips to keep in mind.    Get your travel vaccines well ahead of time. For a list of vaccinations needed and health concerns by country, visit Destinations | Travelers’ Health | CDC   When planning your trip, check on the […]

Mammogram news: What is breast density and why does it matter?   

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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 […]

Vacations and Dieting – Is there room for compromise? 

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Vacations and diets never seem to mix well, and with good reason. Who would want to miss out on the cinnamon rolls in Shipshewana? Or the funnel cakes at the state fair? Would Chicago be the same without the pizza?   Even when travel food isn’t part of the destination, it can still be a big part of […]

CT Scan vs MRI – What’s the Difference?  

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If you’ve ever had a CT scan or MRI done, it’s easy to realize that these two tests are very different from the patient’s point of view. An MRI is done with a machine that makes a lot of noise (Patients are typically offered ear protection and music). An MRI takes 25 to 40 minutes […]

Menopause Can Increase Risk of Broken Bones

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Women lose up to 20 percent of their bone density in the five-to-seven years after menopause. This can lead to osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones are weakened and become easier to break. They may become so light that they look more like a sponge than solid material.   Unfortunately, people with osteoporosis […]

The Benefits of Stretching

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If your idea of stretching is to stretch out a muscle and then hold it in position for 30– to 40 seconds, you are not alone. ‘Static stretching”, as this is known, is the most commonly recognized form of stretching. In recent years, however, “dynamic stretching”, or stretching combined with movement, has begun to replace static […]

Medication Safety  

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When taking a medication, if you miss one dose, don’t double up on the next one. In some cases, more can be worse than not enough.  If you don’t take all of a prescription, don’t save the rest for “later”. This can cause all sorts of negative consequences that only your healthcare […]

“Water Pills” Can Have Serious Side Effects  

  • Close up of white diuretic pills on a a table

“Water pills”, or diuretics, are often used to treat high blood pressure. While they are very effective in managing blood pressure, however, they can also have serious side effects.  These side effects are directly linked to how diuretics work.   As anyone who has taken them knows, diuretics increase the amount […]