Like a Good Neighbor, Your Health Coach is There

A nonprofit called Mamelani Projects brings healthcare to neighborhoods in Cape Town, South Africa by employing community leaders. South Africa has a shortage of doctors in poor neighborhoods, distrust of once-segregated hospitals, and concentrated and crippling poverty. These are similar to problems in some areas of the U.S.. Manmeet Kaur trained with the Mamelani Projects … Continued

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Balanced Hormones Keep the Body Running Smoothly

Hormones control every single function of the human body. When they aren’t balanced, normal bodily functions suffer. Some symptoms of hormone imbalance include fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, mood swings, inability to manage stress, infection, weight gain, and more. Imbalance can be caused by genetics, weight issues, menopause, health conditions, and disease. Balancing your hormones … Continued

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Removing Antibiotics is Something to Squawk About

Ever wondered why the frozen chicken breasts you purchase are so much bigger than any chicken you’ve seen? Most chicken in this country get plumped up with antibiotics so farmers can make more money. A large-scale change is coming to the chicken industry. Maryland-based Perdue Farms has come out with new chicken products labeled “No … Continued

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The Debate over the White Doctor’s Coat

The white lab coat, the semi-official uniform of the physician going back a century, has come under attack by the infection control community. Until the late 19th century, surgeons wore black coats in the operating room. German doctors were the first to trade the black coats in for white ones. The white coat became a … Continued

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Galactic Travel Makes Astronauts into Real “Space Case”

A recent study by UC-Irvine found harmful effects of long term space travel on the human body. Galactic cosmic rays cause cognitive problems, including chronic dementia. Space radiation can damage neural tissue and hurt cognitive function. The brain recovers slowly from exposure. This is a real concern for NASA. Space is filled with high-energy particles … Continued

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An elderly woman with a tableful of medications looking overwhelmed and confused

Stop Taking All Those Medications!

A new approach called “de-prescribing” is being implemented by physicians across the country. This means reducing the excessive use of prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter medications and supplements. Doctors hold medication reviews, identify side effects and interactions, and then wean patients off drugs that are unnecessary. Nearly 40% of patients in their 60s take … Continued

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After the Storm, Hidden Dangers Remain

For the last four days, I have been glued to the Weather Channel watching the field reporters braving the elements surrounding Hurricane Matthew. This massive storm trekked up the southeastern U.S. coastline after blasting its way through the Caribbean nations of Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas. Although most of Florida was spared from the forecasted … Continued

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DIY Dialysis: Same Result, Less Stress

When the kidneys can no longer clean toxins from the body, dialysis becomes a life saver. Half a million Americans need dialysis, which can cost more than $50,000 each year and hours each week at a dialysis center. There are about 7,000 dialysis centers across the country. The traditional dialysis routine in a clinic setting … Continued

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Millennials “Swipe Left” on Obamacare

Millennials, or 18 to 34 year olds, who were the age group so popular with Obama, could doom the ACA to fail. There are not enough healthy bodies paying in to offset the costs of sicker, older customers. There have been all kinds of celebrity outreach, yet young people are less than 30% of Obamacare … Continued

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