Category Archives: Health

Sounding Off on Scleroderma

June 9th, 2020
Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disorder that replaces your body’s healthy connective tissue with thick, hard tissue that’s full of extra collagen, a protein that serves as a building block for connective tissue. Connective tissue is fibrous tissue that supports, protects or gives structure to other tissues and organs in the body. Scleroderma is an unpredictable disease. Sometimes, it’s mild and affects only your skin, which is made up of connective tissue. But other times, scleroderma involves multiple organs and…

A Hernia History Lesson

June 5th, 2020
Even as the country reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are still staying close to home as much as possible and spending time at our computers. The computer is a good tool for learning about many topics. Join us today for a short history lesson on hernias as we celebrate June as Hernia Awareness Month. According to The Cleveland Clinic: “A hernia occurs when an internal organ or other body part protrudes through the wall of muscle or…

Aim Lower

May 24th, 2020
Blood Pressure Education Month seeks to reduce dangerous highs. Did you know that the temperature inside the room, talking or simply crossing your legs can cause a spike in your blood pressure? It’s true, and recognizing such facts is why May has been dubbed National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the goal behind the event is to raise awareness about the impact high blood pressure can have on a person’s…

You Are Not Alone

May 21st, 2020
Mental Health Awareness Month Focuses On Solutions. Shortly after the coronavirus first began to spread across the United States, public health officials expressed concern that mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression would soon be on the rise as well. Their concern was so great that in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to establish a free mental health service that allowed anyone needing…

The Health Care Appointment in the Age of COVID-19

May 21st, 2020
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19* a global pandemic. In response, health care providers across the US closed their office doors to all but the most emergent patients as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Today, these providers are reopening to non-emergent patients, but practices must follow strict protocols to prevent transmission of the coronavirus. With all the safety precautions in place, seeing your provider in the age of COVID-19 is an entirely…

One Nation’s Gain

May 19th, 2020
America’s Obesity Crisis Intensifies. The number of people in the United States who are overweight or obese has been climbing for years, and that excess weight has serious and costly health consequences. So, the projections from a highly respected team of scientists about obesity in America’s future are disconcerting at best. After conducting national surveys and correcting for our tendency to underestimate our weight in surveys, the scientists discovered that in as many as 29 states, the prevalence of obesity…

Life Expectancy: We’re Losing It

May 11th, 2020
The US was on the upswing for a while. Between 1959 and 2014, life expectancy for Americans, which is the average length of time we are expected to live, increased by nearly ten years, from 69.9 years to 78.9 years. But something started happening in the 1980s, and the increase slowed considerably. By 2010, it plateaued. Then in 2014,…

Exercise For Mind and Body

May 6th, 2020
The benefits of exercise on physical health are pretty well established. It’s been shown in study after study that regular physical activity helps prevent heart disease and stroke, reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol, control glucose levels associated with diabetes, manage weight and prevent obesity, avoid osteoporosis, and relieve many types of pain, including back pain. Regular exercise also helps us manage the stress in our lives. But have you given as much thought to the benefits of routine physical…

Lighting the Way to More Comfortable Eyes

April 12th, 2020
We all shed tears. Our eyes produce tears continually, and when we blink, those tears spread across the front surface of our eyes to lubricate them. Tears also clear our eyes of debris and protect them from infection. But in some people, tears don’t work the way they’re supposed to and dry eye disease is the result. If you’re one of those people, you’re not alone. In the United States, more than 16 million people suffer from dry eyes.  That’s…

Anxiety Amid COVID-19

April 3rd, 2020
A national survey conducted March 18 and 19 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) showed that the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly affecting the nation’s mental health. In the survey, half of US adults reported high levels of anxiety. Among the survey respondents, 48 percent reported feeling anxious about the possibility of contracting COVID-19 themselves, and 40 percent said they were anxious about becoming seriously ill or dying from the virus. In addition, 62 percent reported being anxious about the possibility…