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September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

Pulmonary fibrosis means scarring of the tissue of the lung. The fibrosis will continue to progress and eventually destroy the normal lung tissue making it difficult for the body to absorb oxygen into the blood. This will make the levels of oxygen low in body and cause shortness of breath and damage to other organs. More than 200 different types of pulmonary fibrosis affect one out of 200 adults over the age of 60 in the U.S., and approximately 40,000 American’s die from it each year.

HoLEP Offers Hope for Men with Urinary Symptoms

HoLEP Offers Hope for Men with Urinary Symptoms

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or more commonly known as prostate enlargement effects nearly 50% of men by time they reach their mid 50s and 80% of men in their 80s. Enlargement of the prostate can lead to a host of bothersome urinary symptoms including weak stream, straining to urinate, increased urinary frequency, sudden urges to urinate, nighttime urination, and incomplete bladder emptying. These symptoms can severely impact a man’s quality of life.

Allergies on Attack? You Don’t Have to Suffer

Allergies on Attack? You Don’t Have to Suffer

Those sniffling noses and itchy eyes aren’t just annoyances. An estimated 50 million Americans grapple with allergies each year, making it the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. Don’t let allergies get the best of you. Relief starts with a better understanding of this common condition and how to treat it.

Latch onto Breastfeeding’s Many Benefits

Latch onto Breastfeeding’s Many Benefits

Naturally Beneficial: Breastfeeding Still Healthiest Choice for Baby

Good job, moms! The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that four out of five (83.2 percent) infants born in 2015 started out breastfeeding and over half (57.6 percent) were still breastfeeding at six months.

Well-Child Visits: Essential Pit Stops on Growth’s Journey

Well-Child Visits: Essential Pit Stops on Growth’s Journey

It’s true what they say about kids - they do grow up fast. In a brief span of time, babies learn to walk, talk, eat, play and interact with others. Meanwhile, the body develops seemingly at warp speed. Never again will your little one undergo so many changes in such a short amount of time. Think of well-child visits as essential pit stops on this momentous journey. Usually parents are reminded as these are the times at which immunizations are given, but there’s much more. With each visit, you and your care provider will track and discuss your child’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth - and address any issues as they develop.

Ergonomics: at work and beyond

Ergonomics: at work and beyond

he dictionary definition of ergonomics is “designing a job to fit the worker so the work is safer, more efficient, and more productive”. These same principles are important in every part of our lives! People come in different shapes and sizes - if you have needed to adjust the seat and mirrors getting into a vehicle (after another driver) you have applied ergonomic principles.

Social Media Addiction

Is There Such a Thing as Social Media Addiction?

Everywhere you go you see people on their phones, iPads, iPods, laptops, watches, or whatever they choose to use to connect to others through social media. Connecting to others is a healthy and vital activity plus social media has been proven to release dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is known as the “happy hormone” which is responsible for our feelings of pleasure and it motivates us to do more of what we love. Sounds all good, right? Well, there are many studies out there which talk about the negative effects on mental and physical health from engaging in social media. Feelings of isolation, jealousy, envy, sadness, and low self-esteem can stem from comparing ourselves to others. Sitting for long periods of time is linked to conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancers, breathing problems, digestive problems and other diseases. By sitting for more than two hours at a time, you increase your risk in higher blood pressure, higher levels of blood sugars, excess body fat, higher cholesterol levels, ulcers, and the list goes on and on.

Sports Physicals

Sports Physicals 2019

No matter which sport your teen plays; soccer, football, baseball, track, ect., the need for sports physicals is right around the corner and is an important part of returning to school. Anyone participating in school activities usually needs a pre-participation clearance from a licensed medical professional.