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Feeling COVID-Weary (Still)? Pandemic Life Is Emotionally Exhausting   — August 2020

Feeling COVID-Weary (Still)? Pandemic Life Is Emotionally Exhausting — August 2020

If life still feels upside down, that’s because it is. Summer weather didn’t slow down the coronavirus. Many parts of our lives continue to feel like a roller coaster ride: school is on, then it’s off; places are open, then they’re closed; and worries about work, finances, social unrest and loved ones alone in nursing… Continue Reading

A Bright Future for Telemedicine  — July 2020

A Bright Future for Telemedicine — July 2020

The Pros and Cons of Virtual Doctors’ Visits It took a worldwide pandemic to step up the pace of telemedicine, the delivery of healthcare between remote locations using technology. Virtual visits with healthcare providers via the internet, computers and mobile devices have risen rapidly — especially with non-urgent medical visits discouraged to prevent exposure to… Continue Reading

Considering Surgery?  — June 2020

Considering Surgery? — June 2020

How to Make an Informed Decision Deciding to have surgery at any time is challenging, and the COVID-19 pandemic adds another layer of complexity to the decision. Since all surgeries have risks and benefits, it helps to carefully review questions and other considerations with your healthcare provider, insurance carrier, employer and support persons. Patients who… Continue Reading

Medication Benefits and Risks — June 2019

Medication Benefits and Risks — June 2019

Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks? Taking medicine is part of a daily routine for many people. Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC)medications treat disease and improve health in many ways. Lowering cholesterol, fighting infection, controlling blood sugar levels, reducing pain—these are just some of the helpful effects. Along with the benefits of feeling better and getting… Continue Reading

Food for Thought — May 2019

Food for Thought — May 2019

Healthy Food and Other Ways to Feed Your Brain Our brains never rest. They hold down a highly specialized 24/7 job. As one of our largest and most complex organs, the brain contains more than 100 billion nerves that communicate through synapses, or connections, to control thinking, breathing, memory, sleep, hearing, digestion, feelings, heart rate,… Continue Reading

Is Breaking News Breaking You? — February 2019

Is Breaking News Breaking You? — February 2019

How to Stay Informed while Minimizing Stress Almost two-thirds of all Americans say that the daily news causes them stress, according to an American Psychological Association (APA) survey. Feeling anxious, depressed, hopeless, irritable and worn out are some of the symptoms of “headline stress disorder,” a phrase coined by psychologist Steven Stosny. Continue Reading

Over-the-Counter Medications — December 2018

Over-the-Counter Medications — December 2018

Taking These (and Supplements) Safely Over-the-counter medications (OTC) are easy to find at the store. They offer relief from common health problems like stuffy noses, seasonal allergies and achy muscles. They also can help prevent problems like constipation and nausea. You may feel empowered to solve a health issue without having to see your primary… Continue Reading

Complementing Your Medical Care — October 2018

Complementing Your Medical Care — October 2018

With Approaches That Benefit Your Health According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than 30 percent of adults use healthcare approaches developed outside of mainstream western medicine. These approaches are called complementary and alternative —terms that are often used interchangeably. However, it is important to note that they are different. Continue Reading

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