Music Does the Body Good

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Health, Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. ~ Plato, ~400 BCE Every sound in our environment affects our minds and bodies. Consider a warm evening with crickets chirping outside your open windows and distant passersby murmur quietly. You’re well on your way to sleep, when a car’s brakes screech, followed by a discordant crash and angry shouts. The tranquility you were experiencing is gone, affected by sounds in the environment. Music has a profoundly positive effect on...

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Men and Women are Different, Even in Sleep

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How can he fall asleep so easily? She is staring at the ceiling, making “to do” lists, and worrying about her kids, her parents and a host of other things she can’t get out of her mind. One minute she’s hot and the next she’s cold, while he is sleeping like a baby. Of course, getting a good night’s sleep can be a problem for both men and women of all ages, but women, across the board, do report more sleep problems than men.  A National Sleep Foundation poll reported that of the women who responded: 31 percent complained of sleep...

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The Brain of a Freak

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Step up to the “retrain your brain” challenge. When the authors of Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, offer to share their unique insight into decision making, seize the opportunity. “Readers seemed to think no riddle was too tricky, no problem too hard, that it couldn’t be sorted out. It was as if we owned some proprietary tool – a Freakonomics forceps, one might imagine – that could be plunged into the body politic to extract some buried wisdom,” write...

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Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Classes, Events, Health | 0 comments

Wednesday, July 30 and Thursday, July 31, 6-9 p.m. Living with Diabetes: Executive Summary. A condensed version of Living with Diabetes offered in the evening. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program. To register, call 443-718-3000. Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at HCGH, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Friday, Aug. 1 and Tuesday, Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Living with Diabetes. Learn from an endocrinologist, podiatrist, psychologist, diabetes nurse educator and dietitian. Most insurance plans cover all or part of this program....

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The Essence of Lace: Moving into a New Place

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Moving can be one of the most fun (yet daunting) tasks a person ever has to face. You have to research until you find the desired new home, go through all of your belongings, and pack. The stress starts early and lasts until you’re fully settled in your new place. I recently moved into a new apartment with a close friend. I thought the search was the tough part- and then, came the packing. I have a lot of stuff. A LOT of stuff. When I started tearing apart my closet, I found school assignments from elementary school. I felt like a hoarding...

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Secondary drowning doesn’t happen under water

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Health, Parenting, Safety | 0 comments

Six clues to observe in your child if he takes in too much water It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. One second your toddler is happily swimming in the backyard or neighborhood swimming pool. You look away for a few seconds and, when you turn back to the pool, he is struggling under water and then gasping at the surface for air. You get him out of the water immediately and, after a few minutes, hours or even up to two days, he seems no worse for his frightening experience. But suddenly he starts to have strange symptoms that require an...

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Notes from the Farmers’ Market Chef

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Eating Right, Reviews | 0 comments

Ahh, the farmers’ market… The Farmers’ Market Guide to Vegetables: Selecting, Preparing and Cooking, by Bridget Jones, has been a staple since its publication in 2001. Vegetable Literacy (2013), by Deborah Madison. Her approach is to introduce us to twelve plant families and show how ingredients are related and can easily substitute for each other. Molly Katzen is well-known among vegetarians and her newest cookbook is the The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a...

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Classes & Events to Make You Well & Wise

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Mondays, July 21, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening at Glenwood Branch - a Well & Wise Event. Free, walk-in blood pressure screening and monitoring offered by Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Saturday, July 26, 9-11 a.m. Home Sweet Home. Children ages 8–12 and their parents learn ways for children to stay at home alone. Register at or call 410-740-7601. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, Md. Monday, July 28, 5:30-9 p.m....

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Hot Flash on Women’s Fiction (Part 2)

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Female boomers in the U.S. make up a tad over 50% of the current population. And they are, healthier, wealthier, wiser, and making more lucrative investments than men. At least, according to Stephanie Holland of Sheconomy: A Guy’s Guide to Marketing To Women. But publishers and their authors don’t necessarily pitch to their vibrancy. Library customers who make up the above statistic come in every summer asking the frustrating question: “Aren’t there any good books out there where the main character is – well – over 45?” And the...

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Tossin’ and Turnin’ all night with restless legs

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Health | 0 comments

If your sleep partner thrashes around and frequently kicks you during the night, don’t assume he or she is angry at you. And the friend who can never sit still for more than a few minutes may not just have “ants in her pants.” They may have a neurological disorder called restless legs syndrome (RLS), also referred to as Willis-Ekbom Disease named after the doctor who first described this condition more than 300 years ago. While anyone, even children, can develop RLS, it is more common among women. According to The Johns Hopkins Center...

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