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The Eyes Have It: Vision Protection in the Age of Technology

The Eyes Have It: Vision Protection in the Age of Technology

Written by Dixie Somers
on Thursday, 29 November 2018

Considering the ubiquity of electronic screens in the modern world, it should come as no surprise that problems with the eyes are becoming extremely common. 

Indeed, eye issues related to prolonged screen time has led the American Optometric Association to recognize Computer Vision Syndrome as a real medical disorder. 

Taking proactive steps to protect your visual health has never been more crucial. Let's go through three easy ways you can protect your eyes from the negative impacts of electronic screens both at work and at home.
Why Binge Holiday Drinking Is Anything But Merry

Why Binge Holiday Drinking Is Anything But Merry

Written by Carrie Carlton, LCSW
on Wednesday, 28 November 2018
’Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. Some of us, however, take those festive suggestions to dangerous lengths and end up binge drinking.

While one night of imbibing multiple drinks may only leave you with a hangover, using the holidays as an excuse to drink abusively from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve can lead to alcoholism and other negative brain/body effects.
How Art Therapy Helps Quell Anxiety

How Art Therapy Helps Quell Anxiety

Written by Jess Walter
on Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., with around 40 million Americans (or 18% of the adult population) battling them. 

According to a recent poll undertaken by the American Psychiatric Association, this percentage is continually growing, with some of the biggest sources of anxiety being safety, health, and finances. 

If you are facing anxiety or panic attacks and you feel helpless, the good news is that there are so many ways in which you can attempt to limit or eliminate this problem, including controlled breathing, yoga, meditation, and, if you are creatively inclined, art therapy.
Swaddle with Care to Protect a Baby’s Tiny Hips

Swaddle with Care to Protect a Baby’s Tiny Hips

Written by Emily Dodwell, MD
on Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Infant swaddling is a common practice, as many parents and caregivers believe it can help soothe their baby and improve sleep. It entails wrapping an infant in a light cloth or blanket to provide a kind of cocoon.

Although swaddling has been shown to reduce crying and promote sleep, if not done properly, it could harm an infant’s tiny hips.
My Not-So-Short Life: Why Limb Lengthening Surgery Was Right for Me

My Not-So-Short Life: Why Limb Lengthening Surgery Was Right for Me

Written by Chandler Crews
on Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Like many with dwarfism, I surprised my parents when I was born. Only one in 15,000 to one in 40,000 live births results in a person with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.

Despite my genetic condition, I was a healthy baby and child. I attended a normal school and took dance lessons for 13 years. Like any other kid, I played outside, went to birthday parties and occasionally fought with my older brother and sister. In elementary school, I was shorter than my friends, but I always assumed I’d grow taller and be more independent despite my dwarfism.
Beauty Hacks that Cost Less than a Gourmet Cup of Coffee

Beauty Hacks that Cost Less than a Gourmet Cup of Coffee

Written by Manish Shah, MD, FACS
on Wednesday, 14 November 2018

We all know that cosmetic-plastic surgeons and dermatologists earn their living by operating or non-invasive procedures. Most of these endeavors are costly for patients. 

It’s rare that any aesthetic surgeon will let us in on things we can do daily that don’t require us to visit them! We are fortunate to have Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver board-certified plastic surgeon share secrets with us, that in many cases cost nothing or less than a gourmet cup of coffee.
Winter Health Myths, Busted!

Winter Health Myths, Busted!

Written by Niket Sonpal, MD
on Monday, 12 November 2018

There are endless winter health myths that we have heard from well-intentioned grandparents and parents. They have become so ingrained in us that we take them as cold hard facts. 

Many of these myths have no more basis in reality than Santa Claus. Of course, everyone wants to stay as healthy as possible during the frosty months. 

In order to do so sensibly, we turned to Board Certified NYC internist and gastroenterologist Dr. Niket Sonpal.
It’s Not Just a Man’s Disease. Addiction Affects Women Too

It’s Not Just a Man’s Disease. Addiction Affects Women Too

Written by Crystal Hampton
on Thursday, 08 November 2018

According to a report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, men are more apt to experiment with all types of illicit drugs; however, it also states that women are just as likely as men to become addicted and more susceptible to craving and relapse.
Indulging without Discomfort this Holiday Season

Indulging without Discomfort this Holiday Season

Written by Joel Kahn, MD
on Thursday, 08 November 2018

The holiday season means spending time with family and friends while reflecting on what you’re thankful for. The season is also synonymous with indulging in delicious, decadent foods. 

Between the office parties, family dinners and football games, the continuous splurging on comfort food at these celebrations is something to look forward to, but it’s also the reason that I call this time of year “heartburn season.”

According to the American College of Gastroenterology, more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and some studies suggest that more than 15 million Americans experience symptoms each day. Consuming more rich food and sugary cocktails than usual during the holidays can make the problem even worse. To quickly recover from heartburn and indigestion issues, it’s best to come prepared with some easy solutions for relief.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Written by Admin
on Thursday, 01 November 2018

Cerebral palsy is a condition that causes varying degrees of disability. It is usually caused by brain damage suffered in the womb or during or soon after childbirth—often a result of medical errors or malpractice—and it is a non-progressive, but lifelong and incurable condition. 

Some individuals have mild disabilities, while others live with debilitating mobility limitations and other complications. 

While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, treatments like hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help patients enjoy a better quality of life.
One Woman's Struggle with (& Solution to) Atrial Fibrillation

One Woman's Struggle with (& Solution to) Atrial Fibrillation

Written by Jan Mitchell
on Thursday, 01 November 2018

For more than four years I dealt with horrible fatigue. I wore monitors, visited cardiologists, pulmonologists, obstetricians and primary care physicians, but the fatigue continued. 

In 2009, during a CAT scan and ultrasound meant to check on a gall bladder issue, my physician happened to discover a large atrial myeloma in my heart. I underwent open heart surgery in March of 2009 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Following surgery, I dealt with atrial fibrillation (Afib), but after a few weeks everything seemed to return to normal and I no longer noticed Afib as an issue.

Fast-forward to 2014, at which point I began to experience overwhelming fatigue caused by Afib.
Lose Daylight without Losing Your Mojo: Preparing for the Clock Change

Lose Daylight without Losing Your Mojo: Preparing for the Clock Change

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Thursday, 01 November 2018

That post-summer sluggishness usually kicks in every October as we head into fall. The temperatures drop and the one thing that makes winter’s rapid approach evident regardless of climate is the loss of daylight. 

For many, this loss of daylight also leads to a loss of energy, an uptick in short temper and even bouts of depression. 

How can we ease into the rapidly approaching winter months?
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