Health & Wellness
The sound of zipping backpacks and pencils being sharpened can only mean one thing: it’s back-to-school time! Many parents look forward to each fall when their kids’ lives return to a more predictable schedule, only to lament the time it takes to get their kids back on track after a summer of staying up late and sleeping in. Instead of giving into the temptation to let the last few weeks of summer wile away, take advantage of this time to get your kids back on schedule.Read More
While adults ring in the New Year on January 1, most students mark the passage of time with the start of a new school year. Each new school year offers an opportunity for kids to try new things – including a new sport. As the air becomes cooler, it is natural for kids to want to be outside, and team or individual sports are a structured and disciplined way to keep children active.Read More
For most people, summertime means it’s time to swim in pools, ponds, lakes, and the ocean. While most of us can enjoy these activities without any problems, some people must deal with what is known as swimmer’s ear, an inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal.Read More
Approximately 294,000 children under the age of 18 are affected by pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions, commonly referred to as juvenile arthritis. Juvenile arthritis – or JA – refers to any form of arthritis or arthritis-related conditions that develop in children or teenagers.Read More
Each year, the National Headache Foundation (NHF) recognizes Headache Awareness Week in June in order to bring attention to the nationwide problem of headaches and to encourage sufferers to recognize their headache patterns and seek help. According to the NHF, 29.5 million Americans suffer from migraine pain and associated symptoms, which is equivalent to 13% of the population, with one in every four U.S. households having a migraine sufferer.Read More
Each year, Men’s Health Week is celebrated as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day (June 19). The purpose of this week is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Over the years, those in the medical community have recognized a “silent health crisis” in our country where, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.Read More
Chances are if you have been to the doctor recently, you’ve had your blood pressure taken. After removing the Velcro cuff from your arm, the nurse will tell you two numbers before jotting them down. Regardless of how familiar this process is to most Americans, many of us do not understand what those numbers mean to our overall health.Read More
Methodist Hospital for Surgery, the newest hospital in the Dallas, Texas, area, offers patients a multifaceted imaging department featuring the latest state-of-the-art technology as well as a superior clinical staff. The hospital prides itself on providing unparalleled service to patients and physicians.Read More
There is no doubt that healthy habits start at a young age, from eating a balanced diet to exercising regularly. However, children do not automatically or intuitively have these habits, so it is important that parents to teach their children how to choose healthy foods and to be physically active. The Centers for Disease Control report that one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese, so developing lasting habits that lead to a long, healthy life is more important than ever.
As you breathe a sigh of relief that winter is over and warmer weather is upon us, that sigh may quickly be followed by a sneeze. It is estimated that 35 million Americans suffer each year from allergies in the springtime, triggered mostly by the release of pollen into the air. While there is no cure to seasonal allergies, there are ways to combat them and at least be more comfortable during this period. And remember: seasonal allergies are just that – seasonal. However, if you find yourself constantly battling a runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing, then it might be time to see an allergist or an ear, nose, and throat specialist for testing of a specific allergy, such as dust or pet dander.Read More
With spring and summer upon us and the days getting longer, most people will find themselves outdoors more and engaging in some sort of physical activity. As you dust off your bicycle or polish your golf clubs, keep in mind that people are more prone to injury after being sedentary during the winter months. So how do you prevent such injuries? We’ve provided a few suggestions to help keep you safe and injury-free as you enjoy the warmer seasons.