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  • A Quick Spin on Dizziness, Vertigo and Other Balance Disorders November 20, 2017

    Common, rarely life-threatening, but very unsettling, an attack of dizziness or vertigo can send your world into a spin with simple acts like turning around to back up a car, bending down to tie a shoe or looking up at the sky. A range of sensations may keep you off balance, ...

  • The Connected Patient: Keeping Up with Apps March 14, 2017

    apps-The ubiquitous smart phone has boosted its useful- ness tenfold in the past decade with a mushrooming library of health and wellness apps. Some aim to help you monitor your condition day-to-day, understand and stay on track with medications, or diagnose your symptoms, while others prepare you for an unforeseen emergency, ...

  • Gut Instincts: Can More Bacteria Mean Better Health? March 14, 2017

    bacteriaHealthy bacteria may seem like a contradiction in terms, but years of research and real world experience point toward an unexpectedly promising finding: the microorganisms continually forming in your intestine may confer health benefits that we are only just beginning to understand. Here is what we know: each of us has ...

  • Try a New Approach to Food in the New Year: Stop Dieting and Focus on Mindful Eating March 13, 2017

    photoThe dieting-overeating-weight regain cycle is almost inevitable, not because people fail diets but because diets fail people. It is important to understand that rebound overeating happens to almost everybody, and should not be viewed as an individual weakness or fault. The main reason diets do not work over the long term ...

  • The Zika Virus: Prevention is the First Line of Defense August 22, 2016

    zika 300x200As the Zika virus continues to make headlines daily, it is essential to know who is at risk, how it is transmitted and most importantly, to understand strategies for prevention. Following are the latest findings on Zika, according to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health ...

  • Sleep: A Prescription for Better Health May 1, 2015

    Sleep 300x207In today’s time-pressed world, a full night’s sleep has become akin to a luxury, but beware: it is a vital necessity. Lack of sleep affects your health, from stress to heart disease to overall well-being. Even an occasional all-nighter impedes our ability to concentrate, analyze information, and significantly, to drive, ...

  • Lyme Disease: Solving the Puzzle May 1, 2015

    Lyme Disease 2Unsurprisingly for an illness known as “The Great Imitator,” the misconceptions surrounding Lyme Disease continue to proliferate. Acute or chronic? Highly treatable or stubbornly resistant? Misdiagnosed because of symptoms that mimic conditions like lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease, or overestimated for the same reason? While television ...

  • Smoothies: Nutrition That Goes Down Easy August 19, 2014

    HW_Summer2014_NutritionFreeze the fruit and boot up the blender—summer is the perfect time to develop a taste for smoothies. With the right ingredients, a day’s worth of vitamins and minerals can be packed into a remarkably healthy breakfast or working lunch. Smoothies can be found everywhere from juice bars to yogurt shops, ...

  • Prescriptions: Take Exactly as Directed August 19, 2014

    HW Summer2014 Prescription 300x190Look inside your medicine cabinet at your prescription bottles and ask: Have I read the label, stickered warnings and instructions? Have I discarded medications past their expiration dates? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 80 percent of patients do not take their medications as prescribed. The ...

  • Calorie Counting: A Weigh In August 19, 2014

    HW Summer 2014 Calorie Counting 300x209Conventional wisdom: a calorie is a calorie, and to lose weight, you must take in fewer calories than you expend. Fast forward to today: all calories are not created equal. What makes up that calorie is more important than the calorie itself, emphatically stated by Jim ...