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April 27, 2017
At “81½ and holding,” Donna Hecker says she feels like she’s 60. Learning to square dance is near the top of her bucket list, but her first goal is to drive again. She’s hoping Optimal Aging will help her do that. The service, provided by Swedish and open to anyone, connects people with nonmedical services that can help them with personal care and everyday life. And, in Mrs. Hecker’s case, companionship while she recovers from knee surgery.
April 26, 2017
Are superbugs out to get us? Based on recent reports in the news, this might appear to be the case. Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to many commonly used antibiotics. Here’s how they develop and what we can do to limit the spread of superbugs.
April 26, 2017
Just like adults, kids face pressure and stress every day. Especially when it comes to after-school assignments. Support your child’s mental health by making the task of homework less stressful with these expert tips.
April 25, 2017
“Help, I’m suffering from phone-related stress!”
This may sound silly to some, but there appears to be some truth to the idea that smartphones can make life more stressful.
Here are some tips to help you overcome smartphone stress.
April 25, 2017
Diabetes now is a global pandemic. Tens of millions of people have diabetes, and many are undiagnosed. As a family doctor, I’d like to share my advice on how to avoid this disease – or at least slow it down.
April 24, 2017
A loud cough from a child can startle parents into wondering if something is seriously wrong. In most cases, the underlying cause of a cough is relatively harmless. It may be something like hay fever or the result of a lingering cold. All children cough occasionally and a cough is just a reflex meant to clear the airway. But what if the cause is not something minor? What if it is something more serious?
April 21, 2017
You probably know by now the old saying, “Drink eight glasses of water a day," is an estimate. The National Academy of Medicine suggests about eight pints a day for men and six pints for women. But if you’re like most people, finding time to do anything, even drink a glass water, can be a challenge. By including foods that are high in water content, we can stay ahead of the hydration curve. Check out these hydrating foods:
April 20, 2017
It's no surprise that many people with arthritis try supplements that are said to help with pain and mobility. But which ones really work, and which ones are a waste of money? To better help my patients, I reviewed the research literature on supplements. Here’s what I learned.
April 17, 2017
When you commit to improving your health, you often start in the kitchen. You dedicate yourself to eating nutritious meals, eliminating junk food and switching to healthy snacks. But does that also mean you have to give up dessert? Not at all, say creative cooks who have trimmed the fat from some classic dessert recipes. Now you can have your cake – and brownies and fudge and pie – and eat them too!
April 14, 2017
Bright pink and yellow marshmallow Peeps, chocolate bunnies, colorful jelly beans – the sugary sweets of Easter are upon us. While children (and a lot of adults) might be delighted with an excuse to binge on a bucketful of candy, you probably don’t want to give your loved ones the gift of tooth decay and other sugar-related health issues. Here are some ideas on how you can put the “good” back into goodies for the annual Easter basket.