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Summer Fun Without the Pain

Friday, 24 May 2013 13:32
After what seemed like a terribly long winter, many of us wasted no time heading outside to fix up the yard and soak up some sun, once warmer weather finally hit. While it certainly feels good to be doing projects outdoors, it’s important to remember how to do these tasks properly, so your body doesn’t pay for it later. How many times have you overexerted yourself doing yard work, only to wake up the next day with back pain and sore muscles?  As a physical therapist and expert in body mechanics, I see many patients come in with sprains and… Read more...
A not so surprising new study shows stress reduces the effectiveness of drugs used for prostate cancer, and even accelerates the disease’s development. “More than one hundred fifty million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and how they deal with it can have a dramatic effect on their physical and emotional health,” said pioneering cancer psychotherapist Dr. Niki Barr, author of Emotional Wellness: The Other Half of Treating Cancer. While the mind/body connection in fighting disease is well-documented, the new study by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centers reveals just how damaging anxiety and stress can be, Dr. Barr… Read more...

Arthritis Awareness Month

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 09:43
This article was done in conjunction with a partnership with BCBSM's A Healthier Michigan.  Every May marks Arthritis Awareness month. Arthritis is generally a rather broad ailment and disease; however, it is also a mostly invisible disease. In other words, most arthritis sufferers look healthy on the outside, or look too young, or what have you. Though many types of arthritis afflict more than fifty million Americans, the disease itself is misunderstood in many ways. In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month, it’s important to separate the myths from the facts and learn of the resources available to not only educate yourself,… Read more...
This scenario sound familiar? You're at a get together with girlfriends, in the midst of the typical bouts of laughter that usually accompany events such as these, when: "Oops, I think I just peed a little ..." Laughter could quickly turn to embarrassment  when it’s accompanied by a little urinary leakage. Did it start happening to you after you had your baby, as you got older, or after surgery? You are not alone: Urinary incontinence affects millions of women of all ages, not just the elderly. Urinary incontinence is the leakage of urine at inappropriate times. You may have trouble… Read more...

Smoothie Recipes for Everything

Monday, 22 April 2013 11:16
This article was done in conjunction with a partnership with BCBSM's A Healthier Michigan.  I always struggle with fast and easy meal or snack options that are still healthy. Sites like Pinterest make it easy to get ideas and try new options. Smoothies are a great—and quick—meal and snack option because of how nutrient rich they can be. Additionally, smoothies are entirely tailored to your favorite tastes and dietary needs, and you could hide less tasty oils or supplements behind the other ingredients.  Smoothies have a number of health benefits, but should incorporate natural ingredients rather than packaged mixes. A truly… Read more...

Alleviate Seasonal Allergy Discomfort

Monday, 15 April 2013 14:24
Each spring, many Americans find that the welcome changes of the seasons bring unwelcome discomfort of seasonal eye allergies. Symptoms generally manifest in the form of itchy and watery eyes, swollen eye lids, dry eye, or bloodshot eyes. According to the Michigan Optometric Association (MOA), irritation occurs when the eye comes in contact with common seasonal substances such as pollen, dander, smog, and mold. As part of the immune response, the chemical histamine is released. This causes the redness and the burning and itching sensation associated with eye allergies. The MOA recommends individuals who experience eye allergies visit their local eye… Read more...

Celebrating Diabetes Alert Day

Monday, 25 March 2013 12:53
This article was done in conjunction with a partnership with BCBSM's A Healthier Michigan In tune to Nutrition Month, the fourth Tuesday in March (March 26 this year) is also coined Diabetes Alert Day by the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Alert Day—a call to action for the nation to take steps to find out their type 2 diabetes risk level—offers a free Diabetes Risk Test for the American public. The test administers simple questions about weight, age, family history, and potential risk factors, then provides tips to everyone that takes the test and encourages those at high-risk to visit their doctor. Even… Read more...

Burning Calories Can Be Easy

Monday, 11 March 2013 12:28
How many of you are still battling with the extra weight you gained over the holidays? It often seems as though the last few pounds are the hardest to shed. But, losing the weight might be easier than you think, when you turn simple office tasks or household chores into opportunities to burn calories. Try these tips on a daily basis to help burn extra calories: Park further away from the door when going to work or the store. Take the stairs over the elevator. Walk—don’t call or e-mail—to talk about a project with co-workers. Stand up and pace when… Read more...

Vein Solutions

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 09:55
Instead of reaching for those warm weather clothes to hit the trail or soak in the great outdoors, some women may forego comfort and adventure to keep their legs hidden due to spider veins and varicose veins. At Spectrum Health Medical Group VeinSolutions, board-certified vascular surgeons and general surgeons specialize in cosmetic and therapeutic vein care for women and men. Each patient receives a custom treatment plan. Contemporary treatments include minimally-invasive and surgical options such as radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, mini-phlebectomy, and compression hose, many of which are relatively painless, and patients are able to resume many normal activities immediately. Click… Read more...

Guide for Flu Sufferers

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 09:00
As  flu season continues to unfold, it is important to help protect those in and around hospitals who may already have weakened immune systems from other conditions. People experiencing flu symptoms are asked to avoid visiting hospitalized loved ones until their symptoms, such as harsh cough and fever above 100.4°F, subside.  Flu symptoms include:  Fever of 100.4°F or higher  Harsh, barking cough  Runny nose  Headache  Vomiting/nausea  Severe body aches  Severe sore throat  Generalized weakness  General precautions to avoid getting sick:  Get immunized against the flu virus with a flu shot.  Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after using the restroom,… Read more...