Health and Beauty

The full scoop on safe snow shoveling

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

Every winter, snow shoveling causes more than its share of injuries, ranging from strained or pulled muscles to thrown-out backs. Also, after a heavy snowfall, it’s not unusual to hear news reports of people who suffer heart attacks—sometimes fatal—while shoveling. These avoidable injuries and tragedies occur because it’s easy to underestimate how the sudden, intense exertion of snow shoveling taxes the body—especially when that body has been otherwise sedentary for most of the year.

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The primary care doctor: your healthcare QB

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

For many years, our nation’s healthcare system has been trending toward a more specialized—or even subspecialized—model, with a focus on a particular organ or system of the body. But the job of a primary care physician is to look at the whole body—giving you just one of many reasons for establishing a relationship with one if you haven’t done so already.

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Considerations for holiday travel during COVID-19

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

Visiting with family over the holidays is a vital tradition that provides an opportunity to set aside the everyday grind and enjoy a little togetherness with the people who know and understand us best. Of course, gathering with extended family often requires at least some form of travel—whether by car across town or by plane across the country. Unfortunately, with the cloud of COVID-19 still hovering over us, holiday travel is significantly more complicated than usual this year.

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Seven tips to keep your teen driver safe this winter

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

Learning to drive is an important and exciting rite of passage for every teenager. For parents of teens, however, the excitement is tempered by the knowledge that their child will now be exposed to all the hazards of the highway. Of course, these driving dangers are greatly compounded once winter weather sets in, as it soon will in Northwest Ohio. Driving in winter conditions can be a harrowing experience for the most seasoned driver, let alone for a young person taking to the roads for the first time. The following tips will help keep your teen driver safe when faced with slick or snowy driving conditions:

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Holiday Hearing Tips

Written by Dianna Randolph, AuD, CCC-A. Posted in Health and Beauty

We’ve all had the experience of being together with family during the holiday season and there is Grandma or Grandpa sitting quietly in the corner alone. You might think he or she isn’t feeling good and wants to be left alone or is mad about getting the wrong gift. But did you ever think your grandparent might be suffering from a hearing loss that is making him or her anxious and quiet?

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Tips to help your senior loved one sidestep medication errors

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

It’s not uncommon for older adults to take multiple medications to treat the various chronic health conditions that tend to develop as we age. Unfortunately, the more medications an individual takes, the greater their risk of medication errors, especially when factors such as memory loss or dementia enter the equation. At best, medication errors deprive people of the desired benefit and yield a less favorable outcome. At worst, they can lead to serious health consequences, possibly even death.

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The hurdles of mental health and social media use in the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by Leeann Beach, LPC. Posted in Health and Beauty

Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic over the last seven months, we’ve found ourselves wading through the murky waters of loneliness, disconnection, uncertainty, frustration, and loss. The face-to-face human interaction that once existed in our lives before March 2020 was quickly ripped away and replaced with a screen for many of us. With these increased feelings, our tolerance level in handling difficult interactions and opposing views on social-media platforms has decreased. We lack filters where we once enforced them, we start waging war on the words of others, and we dissect the dissonance between us and our friends and family we once thought were so aligned with us. The correlation between our current mental health and our social-media usage in this time of the pandemic is alarming.

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Why it’s vital to know your family health history

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

When filling out those extensive medical questionnaires or talking with your healthcare provider during routine medical visits, you’re invariably subjected to a battery of questions related to your family health history. Answering this line of questioning with any degree of accuracy can be challenging to say the least. After all, in these hectic times, most of us have a hard enough time remembering what we ate for breakfast, let alone recalling hazy details like what health conditions Great Grandma had and how old she was when she developed them.

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Eating Well - Adopting a diabetes-friendly diet

Written by Laurie Syring, RD/LD. Posted in Health and Beauty

The month of November has been designated National Diabetes Month, a topic close to my heart as my dad had type 1 diabetes and now my son has type 1 as well. Although type 2 diabetes is much more prevalent and more of a lifestyle-related disease, it is still an impairment of the pancreas that prevents it from secreting adequate amounts of insulin into the bloodstream where it helps the sugar from food enter the cells where it is used for energy.

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Do you know the symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

As we get older, it’s normal to become more forgetful. Recollecting the name that goes with a familiar face, finding the right word in conversation, locating a misplaced set of car keys, or recalling the reason for entering a room can become more challenging with age. Oftentimes, people describe these common memory lapses as “Alzheimer’s moments.”

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