Expert Health Articles

  • Harmful Effects of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
    Most people are aware of the adverse effects of smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol during pregnancy. However, many remain unaware of the dangers of utilizing marijuana during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Marijuana is legal in many states, but using it during pregnancy may result in higher risk pregnancies, developmental and/or behavioral problems for the child, and other consequences.
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  • Allergies in Pollen Season
    Those who suffer from pollen allergies may find it difficult to control symptoms during pollen season. Fortunately, there are many treatment options including limiting exposure, over-the-counter and prescription allergy medication, allergy shots, or oral allergy tablets. Your physician and/or allergist can help you decide which treatment is best for you.
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  • Acne and Post-acne Treatments
    Active acne is caused and influenced by a variety of factors and can also lead to the development of post-acne scarring, both of which can be damaging to self-esteem. There are many treatment options available for both acne and post-acne scarring including facial services, chemical peels, microneedling, laser services and more. Speak with your dermatologist or medspa physician to find out which treatment is best for you.
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  • Bipolar Disorder
    Many individuals misunderstand the seriousness of bipolar disorder and instead use it in every day conversation, usually in reference to someone experiencing mood swings. However, mood swings are quite common for humans, whereas bipolar disorder is a diagnosis of symptoms including rapid speech, impulsive behaviors, paranoia and the lack of need to sleep. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder rather than minor changes in mood, speak with a psychiatrist for help.
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  • Hospice Care is Not a Death Sentence
    Many patients and their families decline hospice care because they fear it automatically resigns the patient to death. However, this is not true. The goal of hospice care is to maintain and/or improve the quality of life for patients with an illness, disease or condition unlikely to be cured. In fact, some patients who receive hospice care have been known to live longer than expected due to the improvements in comfort. Additionally, hospice care is a great resource for families as it offers support, guidance and counseling more so than traditional medical care.
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  • Pull Right for Sirens and Lights
    During emergencies, seconds count. That is why it is crucial for drivers to follow the rules of the road by pulling to the right for emergency vehicles with activated lights and sirens. This article discusses the “do’s” and “don’ts” of moving over for emergency vehicles. Assist both first responders and victims in emergency situations by following these rules.
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  • Children’s Migraine and Tension Headaches: Massage Therapy Solutions
    Children who experience frequent migraine and tension headaches may benefit from massage therapy. There are many causes for both tension and migraine headaches that can be resolved by therapeutic massage. However, there are certain symptoms associated with migraine headaches in particular that should alert parents to take their child to receive medical attention.
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  • Hearing Loss
    While age is the greatest factor in hearing loss, people of all ages may experience hearing loss and could benefit from treatment. The best way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss is to avoid loud noises and protect your ears with earplugs in loud environments. There are many signs of hearing loss that make encourage you to seek an audiologist’s advice.
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  • Technology's Toll on Productivity and Connection
    Although many believe technology helps people connect with one another, it may have a negative effect on how we interact. Mirror neurons are brain cells that activate when we are present with each other and allow us to experience empathy and compassion. However, mirror neurons do not activate when we are communicating via technology. Additionally, technology gives us the false sense of productivity, since multitasking actually harms our performance. It is important to take time away from our devices and cherish our in-person conversations, as they are crucial to our success and relationships.
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  • Foodborne Botulism
    Summer brings many fun gatherings – graduations, weddings, parties and barbecues. Food safety is important for all these gatherings, and typically focuses on food preparation in the home. It is important to follow food safety instructions in the kitchen, especially when grilling and home-canning. Botulism has no smell or taste, so it is difficult to detect, but can be deadly. Therefore, it is important to learn how to prevent this foodborne illness.
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  • If You Think You Are Having A Heart Attack – Call 9-1-1
    Imagine in the middle of the night you are jolted awake by an unfamiliar queasy feeling. A throbbing pressure begins to fill your chest, and your arm begins to tingle with a sensation similar to pins and needles.
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  • Summer Food Safety
    With warm weather here to stay, people are spending more time outdoors again. With the increase in outdoor activities, we tend to take eating outdoors and can easily lose sight of food safety.
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  • Getting Through Annual Reminders
    Annual reminders such as Christmas, birthdays or wedding anniversaries can be increasingly difficult when dealing with the loss of a loved one. But, there are many ways to alleviate the stress of these reminders.
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  • Hospice
    Hospice is a medical service that is designed for people whom doctors think are in their last six months or so of life. It’s for people who are ready to switch from life-prolonging medical care to comfort-based care.
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  • Grieving an Adult Child
    The death of a child, regardless of age, is overwhelming as parents are never prepared for the days, weeks, months and years to follow. But with the death of an adult child, there are unique factors that may affect the grieving process.
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  • Advance Directives
    Many think of advance directives as something that people only complete when they have a life-limiting illness. In actuality, this is something that should be thought about early on in life.
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