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Do You Have an Advance Directive?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

Ethel, a sweet, elderly grandmother of 13, was sitting in the admissions cubicle of a local hospital. The admissions coordinator asked Ethel routine questions about her insurance, her address, her doctor’s contact information, and whether she had an advance directive. Ethel sucked in her breath, turned to her husband and grabbed his arm. “She wants me to talk about my death? Harvey, I thought I was here for a routine procedure! What are you not telling me? Is it time? Am I dying?” Religion, politics, and sex are generally considered...

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April is National Minority Health Month

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Classes, Events, Health | 0 comments

In April 2001, the National Minority Health Month Foundation inaugurated National Minority Health Month. The goal is to raise awareness about the health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities and to strengthen the capacity of local, state, and federal organizations to reduce those disparities. Prevention, early detection, and control of disease complications are important keys to advancing health equity. This year the theme focuses on prevention: Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity. Chronic diseases like heart...

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Childhood Obesity – Advice from Dr. Mom

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Parenting | 0 comments

I’m a pediatrician and a mom. The issue of childhood obesity, for me, is both professional and personal. Even if we’re not worried about our kids being obese, we want them to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Discussing this issue with my patients and their families is as important as writing a prescription when they are sick. The obesity epidemic is rooted in environmental, genetic and cultural factors. Our culture makes it difficult to have a healthy lifestyle. Fast food restaurants can take a 10-calorie vegetable – the onion – dip...

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What Do You Know About Your Cholesterol?

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Health, Reviews | 0 comments

You can’t tell if someone has high cholesterol by what they look like – a fact I can personally attest to as a person with high cholesterol. I don’t look like someone with high cholesterol, as I keep getting told. The problem is I don’t really know what it means to have “high cholesterol,” so I decided to do some research and figure it out. What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fat-like, waxy substance that can be found in all parts of your body. It aids in the production of cell membranes, many hormones, and vitamin D. The...

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Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

April 12, 10:00 a.m.- noon. Care Giver’s Support Group. Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. or the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m.- noon. Registration is required.  Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information April 16, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Breast Cancer Support Group. This group, facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Free. Registration requested. Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer...

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Living with Allergies

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

For more years than I can remember certain seasons have been a struggle with congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and the uncomfortable symptoms of allergies. Only recently did I brave a visit to an allergist and discover many reactions to a variety of common allergens: grass and tree pollen, molds, dust, and much more. Now I had an explanation for why I can be sniffly all year, but much worse in the spring and fall when certain allergens temporarily explode into activity. I had been self-medicating with over the counter drugs, but the allergist...

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Healthy ways to discuss weight issues with kids (or how to approach the “F” word)

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Parenting | 0 comments

You love your child more than anything in the world. You want him or her to be happy and healthy. You have a pretty open relationship and can talk about almost anything. But when it comes to talking about weight with kids who are obese or on their way to being overweight, most parents are at a loss. They clam up and let the problem continue to get worse rather than confront the “Fat” issue, because it is such a loaded and complicated subject. Most children are already self-conscious and sensitive about their weight and may be teased about...

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Inch Deep, Mile Wide: Forty-nothing?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Classes, Events, Health, Reviews | 0 comments

A friend I’ve had since college and I always talked about how we were finally going to be “cool” when we were in our 40s. We have always been a bit geeky and weird and certainly a little on the fringes. In our 20s and 30s this didn’t win us any popularity contests (and, if truth be told, by the time we hit our mid-20s, we didn’t really care anymore). But we continued to joke that when we hit our 40s, we’d really have our acts together. We’d be fit, poised, and prized for our “unique sensibilities.” Well,...

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Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

April 5, 10-11:30 a.m. Together We Thrive. Held the first Saturday of each month this patient support group is for men and women diagnosed with cancer. Participants can share, explore and be encouraged in a safe environment. Registration required. Facilitated by Mary Dowling, LCSW-C. (410) 740-5858 for more information. Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia MD. Call 410-740-5858 for more information. April 7, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Glenwood Branch. Free, walk-in...

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HONcode & Health on the Web

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Health, Reviews | 0 comments

A lot of up to date medical information can be found using the Internet. Since one search in Google can yield thousands of results, how do you sort out which information to make use of? “You should approach finding medical information on the Internet the same way you would approach buying a nonfiction book…do the authors come from reputable institutions? Do they have the proper credentials? Was it published recently?” says McMaster’s Flemming, who conducts seminars and workshops on Internet health issues. [1] In general,...

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