Health and Wellness

At-home Remedies for Adult Flu Relief

Posted by Michelle Udayamurthy, M.D. on Nov 18, 2017 8:40:00 AM

We've all been there. You're stuck at home, draped in a blanket and miserable because of flu symptoms. While the only thing you can do to cure the flu is let it run its course, there are some home remedies you could try that might help. 

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Topics: flu season, at-home flu remedies, how to take care of the flu at home

Lung Cancer Screening Important for Smokers and Ex-Smokers

Posted by Philip Saikin, M.D. on Nov 15, 2017 8:03:00 AM

If you’re a longtime smoker between ages 55 and 80 who’s been smoking a pack a day for 30 years or the equivalent (for example, three packs a day for 10 years or two packs a day for 20 years), then you’re in a group who should be getting screened for lung cancer, according to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations. The same goes for ex-smokers who quit within the last 15 years. The reason for screening is simple: When lung cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, it’s more likely to be curable.  

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Topics: lung cancer screening, lung cancer

How Pets Affect Our Health

Posted by Nisha Sidhwani, D.O. on Nov 4, 2017 8:46:00 AM

It's hard to beat coming home to pets that have missed you all day. They’re always excited and happy to see you. But apart from the fluffy tails and snuggles, did you know that owning a pet has actually been proven to be good for your health? 

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Topics: pets affect our health, pets are great for your overall health, pets help with depression

How to Extinguish Heartburn During Pregnancy

Posted by Joseph Salinas, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Nov 1, 2017 7:57:00 AM

Let's talk about your stomach. At the top of your stomach, you have a valve that keeps food you just swallowed, as well as the acid your stomach produces to digest that food, down. During pregnancy, your body makes a hormone called progesterone. Progesterone relaxes this valve. With this valve relaxed, it’s much easier for stomach acid, and sometimes partially digested food, to rise back up into your esophagus. This causes a burning sensation in your chest and throat, which you've probably become pretty familiar with if you're pregnant. Heartburn, acid reflux and indigestion are all very common during pregnancy – largely because of the progesterone the body is producing. These conditions can all be worse if you’re pregnant with multiple babies, your baby is breech, or your baby is very large. There are ways to keep the heartburn at a minimum.

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Topics: pregnancy heartburn

Your Guide to Morning Sickness

Posted by Kathy Sander, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Oct 14, 2017 9:10:00 AM

You're pregnant! Congratulations! Prepare yourself for the barrage of people telling you how beautiful and magical pregnancy is. Pregnancy is truly beautiful. However, there are things about pregnancy that are absolutely no fun at all. Morning sickness is one of them. Because you have to pay extra close attention to what you're putting into your body during pregnancy, many women feel as though there aren't enough remedies to help with morning sickness – especially if it’s severe. While there may not be a cure-all to stop morning sickness entirely, there are things you can do to help ease you through it.

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Topics: home remedies, pregnant, morning sickness

How to Thwart Computer Vision Syndrome

Posted by Amita Patel, O.D., F.A.A.O. on Sep 30, 2017 9:46:00 AM

Headaches, blurry vision, dry, red and irritated eyes, neck and back pain – do any of these sound familiar? These are the signs associated with computer vision syndrome. Also referred to as CVS, computer vision syndrome isn’t one disorder, necessarily. CVS is a collection of symptoms that deal with eye strain and pain that stem from using electronic devices like computers, tables and cell phones for an extended period of time. Adults and children can be affected by CVS. 

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Topics: computer vision syndrome, eye problems from electronic devices

Why High Triglycerides Matter and How to Lower Your Levels

Posted by Chandra Chaudhuri, M.D. on Sep 23, 2017 8:38:00 AM

An increasing number of my patients are informed about “good cholesterol” vs. “bad cholesterol” and “good fats” vs. “bad fats,” but few know what triglycerides are and what their function is within the body. Triglycerides make up a significant portion of the fat that occurs naturally in your blood. If yours is too high, you often don’t know it until after you’ve have a heart attack or stroke – unless you’ve had it checked by your doctor. 

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Topics: triglyceride, lipid, lipid panel

Oh, My Aching Sciatica!

Posted by Jamise Crooms, M.D. on Sep 20, 2017 8:12:00 AM

So many of us have felt it: a twinge in the lower back and then pain that travels down the back of your leg to your calf. It’s numb. It’s weak. There’s tingling. It can hurt to sit down. If you’ve felt this, it may be sciatica brought on by irritation of the nerve roots in the lumbar spine that make up the sciatic nerve. 

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Topics: sciatica, sciatic nerve, sciatica treatment

Be Mindful of the Health Risks Lurking in Flood Waters

Posted by Alvin Barrow, M.D. on Sep 6, 2017 8:09:00 AM

After the catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey, please be mindful of the health risks lurking in high water areas that can leave people vulnerable to injury and sickness.

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Topics: flood water, flood related illnesses, flooding health risks

Think Before You Snack: Ways to Curb Office Snacking

Posted by Ronda Elsenbrook, R.D., L.D., C.D.E. on Aug 26, 2017 9:08:00 AM

We’ve all been there. Someone makes cookies and brings them to the office to share. Or, it’s someone’s birthday and there’s cake on the conference table. Or, you remember that bag of snack mix you have in your desk drawer and 10 minutes later realize you mindlessly polished off the whole bag. Office snacking can wreak havoc on a diet or healthy lifestyle, but with a little planning, you can avoid harmful cubicle munching. 

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Topics: office snacking, snacking at work

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