Rest, rest and more rest
Gone are the days of the middle school football coach telling a player to “Shake it off and get back in the game.”
Proper first aid and treatment of concussions has received a lot of attention in recent years, mostly due to the alarming increase in long-term neurological problems—memory loss and behavior changes—suffered by professional athletes and soldiers.
Concerned pediatricians and public health officials … read on
Learn how to sit properly
As someone who spends a lot of time sitting at a desk, and who has a family history of arthritis and back problems, I am always concerned about taking care of my spine.
I recently discovered a great series of YouTube videos by Esther Gokhale (pronounced go-CLAY), known as “the posture guru of Silicon Valley.”
As she explains in this … read on
What causes gas and bloating?
In short, gas is caused by what we eat and how we eat it. Most gas is formed in our lower intestines where bacteria are busy breaking down any undigested food. Gas is the normal byproduct of this process. In fact, our bodies produce between 1 and 4 pints of gas a day!
Thankfully, most of the time this gas is passed unnoticed by … read on
A musical plea to stop over medication
I ran across this informative and creative YouTube video on one of my favorite blogs, Health News Review by Gary Schwitzer.
I don’t know how James McCormack, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia, finds time to produce these videos, but I’m a big fan. His latest is “Bohemian Polypharmacy” – a parody of Queen’s classic song “Bohemian Rhapsody”
… read on
My husband asked me the other day, “What’s Non-24?”
“Never heard of it,” I answered. “Why?”
“Oh, I just heard a commercial on the radio. Whatever it is, I think there’s a drug for it now.” He knows I like to keep track of all the new drugs being marketed to an unsuspecting public.
Interesting, I thought. I know the pharmaceutical industry’s trick of developing a drug for a … read on
I read a really sad and infuriating article in the New York Times the other day: “The Policy Lapsed, but No One Knew”.
The “policy” referred to an elderly couple’s long-term care insurance, which they had purchased over a decade ago. Even at that time, in their late 50s and early 60s, they knew health care costs for the aged could be exorbitant, and there was no accurate way … read on
Research says it’s not healthier
I’m always conflicted at the grocery store.
Should I spend the extra money on fruits and vegetables labeled “organic”? Or should I just buy “conventionally-grown” produce at the lower price?
I don’t mind paying premium for the best flavor, such as fresh peaches or tomatoes from local growers that boast organic and sustainable farming practices.
But broccoli, apples, bananas? Can anyone really tell the … read on
If you don’t like it, you won’t do it
I am not an athlete and I don’t like to exercise. As a child I was the classic kid with her nose in a book, always choosing to sit quietly in the library during recess while the other kids played dodge ball and tag, or swung on the monkey bars.
So invariably over the years, my new year’s resolutions have focused … read on
Screening guidelines often don’t agree
One of the mandatory benefits of health insurance, thanks to Obamacare, is that preventive or screening services are covered without charging copays or coinsurance.
Preventive care is not really “free,” of course, because we pay higher premiums and higher copays and deductibles for other health care. It’s more like pre-paid.
(Oh, and make sure the doctor and testing facility (lab or radiology) are in your … read on