Diabetes: Meals by the Plate

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Eating Right | 0 comments

The overwhelming majority of type II diabetes is preventable. If we pay attention to our nutrition and exercise we can control our path toward or away from type II diabetes. If your family has a history of diabetes, obesity, or other endocrine disorders, you may be more likely to develop diabetes. Once thought to be genetic, science has revealed it’s our environment (and family’s lifestyle behaviors) that can lead to type II diabetes. What’s more, type II diabetes can be reversed nearly 9 times out of 10 with proper...

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How to tell if an animal has rabies — and what you can do to prevent being bitten

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Health | 0 comments

If bitten by an animal–domestic or wild–immediately seek medical help in the off chance it’s rabies. Early rabies symptoms include headache, fever and fatigue.

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On Being Mortal

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Reviews | 0 comments

“I learned about a lot of things in medical school, ​but mortality wasn’t one of them,” writes Atul Gawande, MD, in Being Mortal:  Medicine and What Matters in the End. Given that the two certainties of life are birth and death, how is it possible that medical training does not include education about preserving a patient’s well being at the end of life? How did survival at any cost begin taking precedence over the quality of one’s final days? When the time comes to make difficult medical treatment decisions, it...

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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Friday, June 26, 11:00 a.m. Superhero Twist and Shout at East Columbia Branch. Be a superhero with music and movement for little ones. Ages 2-3 with adult; 30 min. Tickets available at Children’s Desk 15 minutes before class. Also, Thursday, July 02, 10:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. at Miller Branch; tickets available at Children’s Desk 15 minutes before class. Friday, June 26, 3:00 p.m. Mission: Science (Bioluminescence) at Glenwood Branch. Explore superhero forces in science and nature. Ages 11-17. Register online or by calling...

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Picture Books – Just Add Water

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Reviews | 0 comments

There is something about summer and water. Rain water, ocean water, pool water, all kinds of H2O. One of the miracles of the natural world, and an essential requirement for life. One in nine people lack access to safe water. Howard County residents are fortunate in our easy access to clean, refreshing water, lying within the watersheds of two major tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay. We all appreciate the beauty and the science behind the water cycle, and its importance to our well-being. With lyrical words and striking images, April Pulley...

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Road Trip Snack Tips

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Eating Right, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

Nine tips to fight unhealthy snack attacks, and keep your energy up on your summer road trip!

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Reading Therapy: Bettyville by George Hodgson

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Reviews | 0 comments

Of all the books you may want to avoid reading on the harrowing topic of old age, dementia, and caring for an elder parent, don’t let Bettyville be one of them. George Hodgson, an editor at Houghton Mifflin, had just about reinvented himself as a New Yorker, when his mother, Betty, began failing. Believing he could return to his boyhood home in Paris, Missouri and quickly get her situated, Hodgson could not have been more confounded. While there, his job was phased out and his mother was rejected from assisted living. No longer would...

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Classes & Events to Keep You Well & Wise

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Classes, Events | 0 comments

Saturday, June 20, 1:00 p.m. Family Collaborative Art at Glenwood Branch. Looking for a creative outlet as a family to create a lasting keepsake together? Explore the paint resist method and collage techniques to create a family masterpiece on canvas board. Taught by Abrakadoodle Art instructors. Families (ages 3-12 & up with family); 60 min. Register online or by calling 410-313-5577. Saturday, June 20, 2:00 p.m. Doc McStuffins’ School of Medicine at Savage Branch. Explore being a doctor through stories, songs, and activities....

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Geography of Bliss

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Mental Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Eric Weiner spent many years as a foreign correspondent for NPR, and in that time visited many of the world’s countries. His travels frequently took him to decidedly unhappy places – or at least, people in unfortunate situations. A self-admitted “grump”, Weiner decided he would embark on a quest to find the happiest places in the world and, of course, write about it in his book The Geography of Bliss. Beginning at the World Database of Happiness in the Netherlands, Weiner checks out a list of the happiest countries in the world,...

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The Latest on Lung Cancer, and a Test that Could Save Your Life

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Cancer, Health | 0 comments

If lung cancer is caught in its early stages through screening, a combination of medical treatments can significantly increase the chances of a cure.

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