Tag Archives : Health

Fitness · Health

Water and Exercise—It’s About More Than Thirst

By Jonathan Urla, MFA
By Jonathan Urla, MFA

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to water and exercise, and it is possible to drink too much water (hyponatremia), which has it’s own negative consequences. So, before you guzzle a 64-ounce bottle of water, here are some general guidelines.

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General Medical · Health

A Concussionary Tale

By Shelley Singer
On the bus, a powerful sense of being out of whack in my head suddenly overtook me. It was as if the plates in my skull had slipped several notches—like the feeling telegraphed when a cartoon character gets slammed on the head by a two-by-four, and you see squiggles and exclamation points and pound signs revolving in the air above him. The balloon would have read, “Boing!”
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General Medical · Health

My mammogram story

By Shelley Singer
I am in a high-risk category for breast cancer. My mother has had it twice. I am 59 and have been having mammograms since I was 40. I examine myself (none too thoroughly) and have manual breast exams every three months.  I took Tamoxifen for five years, prophylactically, after research and discussions with my doctors about a study suggesting that…
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General Medical

Dr. Elizabeth Jelks on Eye Surgery and Dry Eyes

By Jelks Elizabeth
Dear Dr. Pat, I am 54 years old and want to have surgery to correct the droopy skin of my upper eyelids and the puffy bags of my lower eyelids. People who know me well tell me that I look tired all the time even though I sleep well and am fortunately in good health. I am, as so many…
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General Medical · Health

Dr. Holly Andersen on Thoracic Aneurysm

By Holly S. Andersen, M.D.
Dear Dr. Andersen, I am a 50-year-old woman and my first cousin almost died from a rare heart condition, a ruptured thoracic aneurysm. While at a concert, she suddenly experienced a severe pain across her back. She knew something terrible was happening and had the good sense to have her husband take her to the lobby, where she fainted. Luckily,…
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General Medical · News · Politics

Flu Monitoring News, Part Two: Chan Raises Alert, Newly-Confirmed Sebelius Instantly Busy

By Chris Lombardi
WHO Director Margaret Chan’s voice was steady and quiet this afternoon. as she said some fearful words: “I have decided to raise the level of influenza pandemic alert from Phase 4 to Phase 5.” But Chan, like the other women managing our national response to this crisis, was less fearful than practical. Reuters reports: “The world is better prepared for…
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Health

Dancing Crushes are More Than Healthy

By Fran
OK, OK, so ScienceDaily trumpets the health benefits of dancing, and other studies have indicated that dancing may very help to prevent dementia, but I can tell you for sure that dancing provides an additional — and very important — benefit that none of the scientific studies have touched. Dance crushes. A dance crush is one of the most delightful…
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