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Tackling the Emotions of Diabetes: A Support Guide for Friends and Family

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Health, Mental Health | Comments Off on Tackling the Emotions of Diabetes: A Support Guide for Friends and Family

April is Defeat Diabetes month and we thought we’d write about a subject that isn’t often written about, how friends and family can provide emotional support to loved ones who have diabetes. A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming emotionally for loved ones as well as the person with the disease. Friends and family don’t always know the best way to help. Licensed psychologist Lisa Hoffmeyer, Ph.D., a diabetic herself, gives friends and family the following advice: Offer to Help Ask what kind of help the diabetic needs and wants, and take a...

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Sara Berlin: Local Athlete Recovers from Serious Concussion

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Fitness, Safety | Comments Off on Sara Berlin: Local Athlete Recovers from Serious Concussion

August 20, 2016 is a date that will forever be in my memory. I received a very serious concussion, due to a cycling accident, that changed my life. My fiancé and I were participating in a charity cycling event, on a closed course, in Howard County. We’re not sure what happened, but I crashed – hard. I could not have been luckier because I crashed in front of a police officer who was able to get me help quickly. I was unconscious for three minutes. First responders rushed me to a shock trauma facility. I haven’t been able to...

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You Can Still Be a Foodie with High Blood Pressure

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Health | Comments Off on You Can Still Be a Foodie with High Blood Pressure

Everyone loves a delicious dish, including yourself, right? Though when you suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) you’re likely to think you’ve got two choices when it comes to eating: eating incredibly tasteless bland food for the rest of your life or continue eating the way you typically do and see where it takes you, after all, there’s medication. The problem with the latter is it can contribute to taking more medication or worse yet, lead to heart disease and stroke. But, there’s good news, you can take care of your blood...

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The Essence of Lace: My Concussion

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Reviews | Comments Off on The Essence of Lace: My Concussion

We’ve all heard of someone getting a concussion. Typically, it’s just an unfortunate event that doesn’t take terribly long to recover from. However, this isn’t always the case. I didn’t know how life changing a concussion could be until I experienced it myself at the end of August 2016. I randomly fainted one day. Knocked unconscious for about 10-15 seconds; it felt like several minutes when I came to. I had no idea what had happened. I went to urgent care where I was told that I had experienced a traumatic brain...

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Colonoscopy, It’s Better Than You Think

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Health, Screenings | Comments Off on Colonoscopy, It’s Better Than You Think

Colonoscopy, It’s Better Than You Think

Between hearing the dreaded prep stories and the thought of having a device inserted into your bottom, it’s no wonder you’re probably questioning … is colonoscopy screening really necessary? Yes, it is! According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and women. Yet, it’s one of the most curable types of gastrointestinal cancer, if detected early. It all starts with a small polyp that grows in the colon’s lining. If untreated, the...

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Picture Books to Entice Picky Eaters

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Picture Books to Entice Picky Eaters

As winter slides into spring, I start to crave fresh fruits and vegetables. However, some members of the household can be more reluctant when it comes to this bounty. Beautiful glossy photographs and simple rhyming text feature fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Walking through the farmer’s market April Pulley Sayre in Go, Go, Grapes celebrates the familiar cherries and the unfamiliar rambutan. Even the pickiest of eaters will “Reach for peach. Fuzz is fine.” Rah, Rah, Radishes is an exuberant paean to the greens. Broccoli, bok choy,...

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Simple Steps to Avoid Heart Disease

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Cardiac, Eating Right, Fitness, Health | Comments Off on Simple Steps to Avoid Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, you may not realize that you are at risk of having a heart attack until it’s too late. While there is very little you can do to change your family medical history, you can make lifestyle changes to lower your risk. First, learn about the behaviors that increase the risk of heart disease, and then start taking preventive steps. Behaviors that Increase Heart Disease Risk Preventive Steps...

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My Recent Experience with Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Health, Reviews | Comments Off on My Recent Experience with Sensorineural Hearing Loss

My Recent Experience with Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Last April, something strange and unexpected happened to me. I noticed that my left ear felt clogged up, as if water was trapped in my ear canal, which was entirely possible from bathing or swimming. I went around for a week or two shaking my head wildly left and right, tugging on my ear lobe and repeatedly Googling terms such as “my ear feels clogged up” and “how to remove water trapped in your ear.” All to no avail. After a few more weeks of waiting for this mysterious symptom to resolve, I made an appointment with an Ear, Nose and Throat...

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Congenital Heart Defects Reference Guide for Parents

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Cardiac, Health, Parenting | Comments Off on Congenital Heart Defects Reference Guide for Parents

Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect. But despite great advances in screening and diagnosis, congenital heart disease can go unnoticed for a long period of time until heart damage has progressed enough to cause detectable symptoms. While we celebrate Valentine’s Day this week, it also marks Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week. The pediatric cardiologists at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and elsewhere remind both parents and their pediatricians to watch for any subtle signs that could signal the presence of...

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Primary Care Physicians: Why They Are Important to Your Health

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Health | 1 comment

Primary care physicians (PCPs) hold the key to better health for you and your family. These physicians are on the front lines of health care and they get to know you, your family and medical history. It’s important to have a PCP that you like and have a good relationship with to get the best care possible. Your PCP is like the quarterback on a football team calling the plays, or in this case, making the plans to address your health concerns and guiding your plan of care. Primary care can handle 85 percent of the problems that patients have,...

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