Be Well for Life

Eating Citrus Fruit May Lower Women’s Stroke Risk

Posted on 02/28/2012

DALLAS, TX — A compound in citrus fruits may reduce your stroke risk, according to research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
This prospective study is one of the first in which researchers examine how consuming flavonoid subclasses affects the risk of stroke. Flavonoids are a class of compounds present in fruits, vegetables, [...]

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How Can Pregnant Women Avoid Dangerous Everyday Chemicals?

Posted on 02/8/2012

Household Hazards Expecting Moms Need to Avoid
Pregnant women are trying to be healthier.  Many take all the right steps to promote the birth of a healthy baby, including eating right, taking vitamins and eliminating alcohol and nicotine from their lives.
Unfortunately, all those efforts may be for naught if they are still being exposed to unseen [...]

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SEASONAL COLD AND FLU TIPS

Posted on 02/6/2012

BOSTON, MA, – With the cold and flu season upon us, Dr. Roger Clark, one of Faulkner Hospital’s Infection Control Practitioners, provides several tips on how to prevent the spread of germs that could cause you to get sick.

Everyone who is 6 months or older should receive an influenza vaccine.  This is the single most [...]

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The Happiest Time of the Year?

Posted on 12/31/2011

Life Coach Gives Tips for Surviving Less Than Perfect Holidays
For all the promise of joy, peace and harmony that comes with the holiday season, the reality for millions of people is that the season is anything but a celebration. For many, it’s a reminder of lost loved ones, personal disappointments and dreams left unfulfilled.
But for [...]

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How to Survive Holiday Gatherings and Avoid an Aneurysm

Posted on 12/31/2011

Tough Love Author Shares Tips for Disarming the Debbie Downers
For those of us from families built on Debbie Downer DNA, there’s only one direction a mood can go during holiday get-togethers and that’s down.
Sure, the running negative commentary, bubble-bursting barbs and rampant self-pity were funny coming from comedian Rachel Dratch on “Saturday Night Live’s” Debbie [...]

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIPS

Posted on 12/31/2011

BOSTON, MA, – The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day marks the official holiday season and with it comes plenty of opportunities for indulgent food and drink.
Brooke Staats, RD, LDN, CNSC, Outpatient Dietitian at Faulkner Hospital, offers some tips to help you make good choices for your health during the holidays:
* Practice visualization: Imagine [...]

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Holidays Bring on Psychological Stress, Which Hampers Immune System and the Body’s Ability to Fight Disease

Posted on 12/2/2011

Philadelphia, PA – The relationship between physical and psychological health is a complex one. And it is now a fact shared by many scientists that psychological stress can affect the immune system, the body’s defense system against infection and disease.
Holidays, one would presume, should bring peacefulness, thanks and good cheer.  However, for many, the holidays [...]

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How Can Pregnant Women Avoid Dangerous Everyday Chemicals?

Posted on 11/3/2011

Doctor Reveals Household Hazards Expecting Moms Need to Avoid
Pregnant women are trying to be healthier.  Many take all the right steps to promote the birth of a healthy baby, including eating right, taking vitamins and eliminating alcohol and nicotine from their lives.
Unfortunately, all those efforts may be for naught if they are still being exposed [...]

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NUTRITION TIPS FOR A HEALTHY FALL

Posted on 10/1/2011

BOSTON, MA,  – Don’t wait until the New Year to make new goals to feel and look your best. With the holidays right around the corner, start out on the right foot by taking advantage of everything that the Fall season has to offer for your health!
With a new crispness in the air, step out [...]

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DIABETIC SENIORS FACE SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS

Posted on 10/1/2011

By John D. Miller, Owner, Home Care Partners, LLC
Diabetes is a result of the human body’s inability to properly or completely process and absorb sugar. The side effects from diabetes can be awful, but for older adults they can also be life-threatening. Many seniors suffer from type 2 diabetes (which affects about 95% of [...]

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Nine (9) Easy Ways to Prevent Falls at Home

Posted on 09/6/2011

While slipping on ice outdoors is a definite health hazard, fall prevention for the elderly starts right inside your own home. Correcting these common hazards will go a long way toward preventing falls.
By Wyatt Myers
Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH
Whether it’s slippery floors, rickety stairs, or electrical cords on the floor, some [...]

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Back to School Tips from the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts

Posted on 09/6/2011

It’s fall, and everyone is getting back to schedules, routines, and activities. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers are on the roads – rushing to school, work, and afternoon activities. As we adjust to the changes that come with the fall season, the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts wants to keep everyone safe.
Drivers:
Expect increased car and pedestrian [...]

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Tips to Beat the Heat

Posted on 07/31/2011

North Adams Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department reminds you that you can take simple steps to stay more comfortable during hot spells this summer.  Some suggestions from NARH:

Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.  Stay away from alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks like colas, ice tea and others.  Caffeine is a diuretic and can dehydrate you.
Avoid strenuous [...]

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SUMMER HEAT TAKING ITS TOLL ON SENIORS

Posted on 07/31/2011

Home Instead Senior Care Advises Family Caregivers to Keep Close Eye on Elderly
Manchester & Portsmouth, NH – The current extreme and prolonged heat are uncomfortable for most, but such conditions can be deadly for senior citizens.  On average, more than 1,500 people in the U.S. die each year from excessive heat, according to the National [...]

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Nation’s Emergency Physician Issue Warning about Lightning: Take Precautions To Avoid Being Killed or Injured

Posted on 07/1/2011

Washington, DC – As summer temperatures heat up, the atmosphere becomes more unstable, causing severe weather that may include lightning. On average in the United States, around 55 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are injured permanently. While your risk of being struck by lightning is low, it is a serious [...]

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Emergency Department issues advice regarding E.Coli

Posted on 07/1/2011

BANGOR, ME – In light of  last month’s outbreak of deadly STEC strain of E. coli bacterial infections in Germany, providers at the Emergency Department at St. Joseph Hospital are advising patients to be wary of unnecessary panic, as the bulk of this outbreak is currently confined to portions of Europe. They do, however, suggest [...]

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Sun Poses Long-Term Dangers to Outdoor Workers

Posted on 06/4/2011

By Dr. Donald Bucklin
With the summer and its heat approaching, almost everyone will be out in the sun more than they were during the winter.
For 9 million Americans, being outside and in the sun is not just for summer fun – it’s a part of their job.
Workers in farming, landscaping, construction, recreation and even postal [...]

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Brain Injury Association Urges Pedestrians To Take Steps to Stay Safe

Posted on 06/4/2011

As better weather comes to New England, people of all ages are spending more time outside — walking, jogging, and enjoying time with family and friends. Knowing the rules of pedestrian safety is important in keeping everyone safe for a happy and fun summer.
“Last year more than 4500 pedestrians were injured in Massachusetts, and 80 [...]

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YOUR HEALTH & YOUR TEETH?

Posted on 05/1/2011

How does good oral hygiene affect overall health and wellness?
As your eyes are the window to the soul, mouth is a window to the body’s health. Oral health points to clues about the overall health. Oral health and overall health are more connected than you might realize. A dental visit is not just about treatments [...]

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Dandelion: Desperate Weed or Sacred Healer?

Posted on 04/1/2011

As a child when I asked to help with gardening, I often got handed a special tool designed to pull weeds out of our middle class suburban lawn. The weeds, as it turns out, were Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion and bane of homeowners since the 1950’s when large green lawns came into vogue.
I once [...]

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NUTRITION TIPS FOR NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH

Posted on 04/1/2011

BOSTON, MA,- March is National Nutrition Month and Faulkner Hospital’s Department of Food and Nutrition Services if offering up some helpful hints on eating well.  Research shows that eating well can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, obesity and hypertension. 
“Healthy eating can be easy when you incorporate color into your [...]

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Two dedicated doctors did their part to make sixty the new forty for all women – thanks to their virtual makeover

Posted on 02/27/2011

LaPorte, IN. – Even in our modern world, ‘menopause’ still bears a stigma and people still speak about it softly for fear that it might be contagious.  Truth is, every woman has to go through it; there is no way to avoid it – so why not get the best possible information to help in [...]

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The Optimist’s Path

Posted on 02/27/2011

Childhood experiences, environment, success and disappointment can play a role in shaping our attitudes. But whatever your current worldview might be, there is always room for a little more optimism. Especially now, when one dark thing after another appears on the nightly news, flexing the optimist muscle is imperative. This helps life become more meaningful, [...]

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How To Make the Perfect Bowl of Pasta

Posted on 02/27/2011

Sauce Expert Reveals Tricks of The Pasta Trade
Pasta is one of the staples of the American diet, but it need not taste like a staple.
“It is so much more than just grabbing a jar of generic sauce at the store, boiling some water and mixing it all up in a bowl,” said Dave Hirschkop, the [...]

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Things I never knew about “Onions”

Posted on 01/30/2011

(No wonder this isn’t widely known – the pharmaceutical companies would go bankrupt!!)
Very important subject.. especially for those who love to eat onions.
In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people, there was a Doctor that visited many farmers to see if he could help them combat this flu, as many of the farmers and [...]

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Protect Yourself While Traveling

Posted on 01/30/2011

Lewistown, ME – Are you planning a trip out of the United States? You will want the best and latest advice on how to protect your health during your trip.
At WorkMed in Auburn, we have the resources to clarify which immunization, prescriptions, and other precautions you will need to take in order to enter any [...]

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Old-Fashioned Weapons Against MRSA May Be Best

Posted on 01/30/2011

Washington, DC- Thorough hand washing may be the most cost-effective way to reduce the spread of MRSA in the emergency department and everywhere else.  For patients who already have a MRSA infection, incision and drainage is a more effective treatment than ultrasound-guided needle aspiration, according to a new randomized, controlled trial.  The results of both [...]

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Acupuncture: A tool to stress-proof your holidays

Posted on 01/1/2011

By Lee McCarthy, Lic.Ac.
The joys of the holiday season are often accompanied by increased demands that result in holiday stress. Busy schedules of events, shopping, entertaining and family affairs can leave us overwhelmed.
 
If you are feeling the effects of holiday stress, you are not alone. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, holiday [...]

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Natural Antibiotics: The Healthier Alternative

Posted on 01/1/2011

Though negative information about antibiotics is widespread, many people continue to think they’re necessary for colds, flu, and respiratory infections. Antibiotics don’t work on viral or fungal infections, they destroy beneficial flora, weaken immunity, and add toxins to your body. Their overuse causes the formation of resistant strains of bacteria. As a rule they should [...]

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Clean Hands = Good Health

Posted on 01/1/2011

By Darlene Burrows
LRGHealthcare Director of Infection Control
The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time for celebrating, and sharing time and good cheer with family and friends. Unfortunately, it can also be a prime time for sharing germs!
Handwashing is the best way to protect yourself and your family from many illnesses, including everything from the [...]

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Before You Vaccinate:

Posted on 01/1/2011

by Lauren Feder, M.D.
Before you Vaccinate Ask Eight Questions
* Is my child sick right now?
* Has my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
* Does my child have a personal or family history of: vaccine  reactions,convulsions or neurological disorders,severe  allergies,immune system disorders
* Do I know if my child is at high risk of [...]

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10 Ways to Naturally Reduce Stress this Holiday Season

Posted on 12/1/2010

The holidays are often synonymous with family and friends, parties, great food, and winter activities. Sounds fun, right? Too often though the fun is overtaken by the busyness of the season which causes stress. Not only is stress itself unpleasant, but it can lower the body’s resistance and cause vulnerability to getting sick as the [...]

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Natural Ways to Keep Healthy Over the Holidays

Posted on 12/1/2010

The winter holidays are known as a time for family and fun, but also for the flu. The added stress and tire of holiday shopping, preparing, and traveling leaves the immune systems of adults and children alike weakened during the winter and thus, much more susceptible to colds and flu. As a physician, I receive [...]

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8 Home Remedies for Alleviating Your Flu or Cold

Posted on 11/3/2010

For many adults, interest in alternative medicine often starts with frustration at conventional medicine, particularly in response to common illnesses like colds and flus.  Repeated visits to the doctors’s office to treat a common cold or flu leave patients uncomfortable with the limited options-either a course of antibiotics or over-the-counter products.  
Colds are the most common [...]

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Dandelion: Desperate Weed or Sacred Healer?

Posted on 11/3/2010

As a child when I asked to help with gardening, I often got handed a special tool designed to pull weeds out of our middle class suburban lawn. The weeds, as it turns out, were Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion and bane of homeowners since the 1950’s when large green lawns came into vogue.
I once [...]

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Campus Eating Disorders More Widespread Than H1N1, Yet Few Seek Treatment

Posted on 11/3/2010

 By Jennifer A. Smith, LICSW
Fewer than 50,000 cases of H1N1 were reported last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, yet this potentially deadly strain of flu was treated as a national emergency.  In contrast, millions of college students have eating disorders, yet most of them receive little or no medical attention [...]

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The Straight “Tooth” About Smile Makeovers

Posted on 10/1/2010

One of the first features people see when they look at your face, is your smile. For some, this can be a great source of pride, but for others, a real cause for pain and embarrassment. Genetics aside, the “tooth” of the matter is that a smile makeover can improve your image and self-esteem – [...]

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Starting the school year right

Posted on 10/1/2010

Routine Medical Exams are Essential to the Health and Well-Being of area School-Age Children
S. Portland, ME – As many children head back to school this fall, are they truly prepared for what lies ahead? With a few simple medical exams; Maine’s school-age children will be armed with the tools they need to have a healthier [...]

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Reading Food Labels, Combined with Exercise, Can Lead to Weight Loss

Posted on 10/1/2010

Pullman, WA – Nutritional science and food marketing has become so sophisticated in recent decades that a trip to the supermarket can require a complete nutritional re-education. The average consumer needs to be on guard against preservatives, added fat, colorings, and calories, false advertising, and sophisticated but misleading labels. Although guidelines for the information of [...]

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HEALTH REMEDIES

Posted on 10/1/2010

Japan is well-known for its Urawaza — clever, do-it-yourself tricks for using household products to solve common problems. Here are strategies that have worked for others — and may just work for you…
Cure Hiccups with a Q-Tip
Cure the hiccups with a Q-tip. Briefly touch one end of a Q-tip to the small piece of flesh [...]

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The Parents Guide to Head Lice: Prevention and Treatment

Posted on 08/31/2010

Head lice is often a conversational piece among parents and teachers, though despite the commonality of the subject, there is a lot that many people don’t know about the topic, and there are a lot of misconceptions.
Though they do not spread disease and are not dangerous, head lice, popularly known as cooties, are dreaded because [...]

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Safe Shot Strategy

Posted on 08/31/2010

One of the first rituals for new parents is the routine administration of a baby’s vaccines.  Once considered mandatory in the healthcare system, many physicians are now encountering a new generation of parents who are beginning to question the vaccination program including whether or not to vaccinate.  In recent years, concerns about vaccine injuries, mercury [...]

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Insomnia Harming Your Immune System?

Posted on 08/31/2010

Some people can get six to seven hours of sleep, apparently function well all day, and continue on without fatigue, while others feel tired, looked tired, are foggy-minded, and generally irritable after the same amount. It is the latter group that needs to be aware of their own well-being, because these are the ones who [...]

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Great Health Begins in the Gut: 15 Simple Ways to Support Your Digestion

Posted on 08/1/2010

 
A healthy digestive system is top priority for health, especially if you want to heal from or prevent life-threatening diseases. With good digestion, toxins are carried out of your body and the nutrients from food can nourish you.
I recently heard a famous doctor telling people that it is normal to have a bowel movement every [...]

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Nutrition: How to Eat Well

Posted on 08/1/2010

By Basmaa Ali, MD
Our ancestors lived on the edge of starvation. In an effort to consume enough calories, we ate a wide variety of foods, which amply serviced the robustness of our immune system, maintenance of our bones and joints, regulatory needs of our mind and a host of housekeeping functions in our bodies integral [...]

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Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation Offers Tips on Tennis Fitness

Posted on 08/1/2010

WEST ORANGE, N.J., July 1, 2010 — For millions of players across the country tennis is a year-round sport, but as the weather turns warmer, people play more frequently. Indoors or out, at local courts or center court at Wimbledon, fitness is the key for tennis players to perform well and avoid injury.
“Each year, thousands [...]

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SMH ER Doctor Offers Tips for Beating the Heat

Posted on 08/1/2010

PLYMOUTH, N.H.—  It is hot.  Having experienced cooler temperatures the last two summers, the hazy, hot and humid weather blanketing central New Hampshire has residents and visitors looking for ways to beat the heat.
“Evaporative cooling is the key to avoiding heat related illness,” says Dr. Dawn Richardson, emergency room physician at Speare Memorial Hospital.  “Squirt [...]

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Heart Attacks And Drinking Warm Water

Posted on 07/26/2010

This is a very good article. Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about Heart Attacks. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt theirdrinking habit while eating.
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. [...]

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New myeloma drug shows promise in early testing

Posted on 07/1/2010

Targeted antibody well-tolerated; researchers encouraged by response
ANN ARBOR, MI. – A drug designed to target cancerous plasma cells appears promising in treating multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.
A multi-center study looked at the drug elotuzumab, an antibody which is designed to target CS1, a protein on the surface of malignant plasma cells. The antibody [...]

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Feel Better and Be Healthier by Balancing Your Hormones

Posted on 07/1/2010

Fluctuations, deficiencies, and excesses in hormones create changes in the mind, emotions, and physical body. When your hormones are in balance you feel good, sleep well, think clearly, are emotionally steady, and your chances of being healthy are greatly increased. When they are not in balance any number of symptoms can arise: low energy, rage, [...]

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Your Pet’s Health: Eliminate Grain-Filled Foods

Posted on 06/3/2010

Holistic care is as important for your animals as it is for you. Dogs and cats are unwitting victims of the fast-food industry, ingesting biologically imbalanced processed foods. These foods contain grains such as wheat, rice, and corn, by-products and other additives such as soy, preservatives, colorings, and flavorings.
When humans eat like this, they become [...]

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SKIN CANCER SCREENING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

Posted on 06/3/2010

People with nonmelanoma lesions face risks of other cancers
Plainview, NY – Now there are twice as many reasons people should visit a dermatologist for yearly skin cancer exams. According to a recent study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, people with a history of nonmelanoma lesions face twice the risk of developing other [...]

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Safety Tips Emergency Physicians Say Will Help You Stay Out of the ER

Posted on 06/3/2010

Washington – Fun in the sun, by the pool, on a boat or at a barbeque can quickly send you to the emergency department  if you don’t plan ahead, the nation’s emergency physicians warned today.
 ”We want people to have fun this summer,” said Dr. Angela Gardner, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “But [...]

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Summer Safety Begins With a Helmet

Posted on 06/3/2010

 
As you break out the sports equipment and start enjoying the warmer weather, the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) urges you to dust off the helmet as well. If you engage in an activity where there’s a risk of head injury, wearing a helmet is always a good idea.
“Bike-related crashes injure more than 500,000 [...]

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Nation’s Emergency Physicians Remind Public: Safety Helmets Save Lives, Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted on 06/3/2010

Washington, DC -Emergency physicians are urging the public to put helmets on as outdoor activities increase and temperatures warm up. May is motorcycle safety month and a prime opportunity to remind the public about the importance of safety helmets. Helmets save lives and reduce the risk of brain injury, the nation’s emergency physicians said today. [...]

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Obesity in Children: Desperation for Substance

Posted on 05/3/2010

The problems associated with child obesity are vast. There is an enormous strain on the healthcare industry while retired military leaders have warned of a serious threat to national security because many young people are unfit to enlist.
There are many suggestions on what to do. We all know them by heart. Eat right. Exercise. What [...]

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How Eating Disorders Affect Teeth

Posted on 04/30/2010

Despite their life-threatening consequences, millions of people in the United States are affected by eating disorders, with the pressure to have the “ideal” figure being credited as the main contributing factor.  Approximately 1 percent of adolescent girls and 2-3 percent of young women develop these destructive patterns of behavior to control their weight.  While the [...]

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“Spring is here and so are the flies, good tip”

Posted on 04/29/2010

Mothballs and an old nylon kneehi
Where Wasp and Yellowjackets bug you, put a handful of Mothballs in the kneehi and hang it on a nail, the area will be bug free.

ZIP LOCK BAG – Good tip!
We went with friends on Sunday for breakfast and sat in the patio section beside the house.   We happened [...]

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Teeth Whitening at Home and at the Dentist: What You Might Not Know

Posted on 04/16/2010

The desire for a whiter and brighter smile has been increasing steadily over the past two decades and is now the number one requested cosmetic dental procedure in The United States, according to data published by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Discolored or stained teeth can cause apprehension and insecurity, and millions of Americans [...]

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New cookbook offers over 100 family recipes based on principles of healthy eating

Posted on 04/9/2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Anna’s Cookbook International: The 100 Most Delightful,Healthful and Easy-to-Prepare International Recipes by Anna Musciottois a collection of fat free family recipes designed to be as healthy as they are delicious.
“Good food does not have to be drenched in butter to taste  wonderful”, says Musciotto. In Anna’s Cookbook International, she shows how only [...]

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March – National Nutrition Month

Posted on 03/4/2010

By Margaret Lewin, MD,FACP – Medical Director, Cinergy Health
As March comes roaring in, let’s look at winter’s glorious choices of fruits and vegetables and plan to E.A.T. R.I.G.H.T.!
Eat the rainbow!  Not only do foods of varying colors pack a wealth of nutrition, they also look ever so enticing on the plate!

Red fruits (think cranberries, grapes) [...]

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Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue

Posted on 03/1/2010

STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters…S. T. R.
STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics), she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. [...]

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Avoiding the Hazards of Golf

Posted on 01/15/2010

Tips from St. Joseph Rheumatology for Pain-Free Golfing
Bangor, Maine – The sun is finally shining which can only mean one thing – time to hit the links! But before you take that first swing, Donald Krause MD of St. Joseph Rheumatology has some important tips to keep your back and body healthy and pain-free. A [...]

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St. Joseph Healthcare Provides Safe Summer Travel Tips

Posted on 12/1/2009

Bangor, Maine – School’s out and summer has finally arrived. Now’s the perfect time to hit the road for that family vacation. St. Joseph Healthcare wants you and your family to stay safe during your travels, and offers the following tips to help you steer clear of danger.
Before you go:

Have your car serviced, including checking [...]

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On a Night of Fun and Frights, Pedestrian Safety Should Be the Primary Focus

Posted on 10/28/2009

This Halloween – drivers, parents and children should slow down for safety
Windham, CT – On a night when many children spend hours in close proximity to cars as they navigate through neighborhoods gathering candy, pedestrian safety should be a top priority for both drivers and parents. On average, twice as many kids are killed while [...]

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