Health and Beauty

nobody’s perfect | Oh, you beautiful doll!

Written by Sister Karen Zielinski, OSF. Posted in Health and Beauty

Several years ago, I bought “Becky,” a doll from the Barbie collection. I had to have her.

Becky introduces herself on the box: “Hi guys. I’m Becky, one of Barbie doll’s school friends. I met Barbie, Theresa, Christie, and teen Skipper at a game one night, and we’ve all become good friends since then. As the school photographer, I get to take pictures at all the school events and stuff and even won an award one year for a picture I took of our Girls’ Basketball Team. Well, gotta go now. Hope we can get together and play real soon. See ya! Becky!”

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You’ve come a long way, Botox!

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

Over the last few decades, there has been an interesting shift in how we perceive cosmetic procedures. In the past, public opinion toward these procedures was overwhelmingly negative and people seeking them often had to do so discreetly if they wished to avoid harsh judgment and shaming from others. Of course, those who had already undergone cosmetic procedures were understandably reluctant to talk about it.

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Eating Well | Wishing you a healthy holiday!

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

Special thanks for all the kind comments I received from readers on last month’s column about healthy eating with diabetes. Now, to play off last month’s issue of HLN—which was packed with great articles on preparing for the holidays, ranging from avoiding overindulgence, to coping with grief, to preparing the perfect turkey—let’s discuss how to make the holidays healthy and happy by eating smart.

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A powerful spice from alternative medicine

Written by Douglas A. Schwan, DC, Dip ac. Posted in Health and Beauty

Medicines for the treatment of various diseases and ailments historically have come from plants. Aspirin was originally found in the leaves of willow trees. The first antibiotic, penicillin, was discovered in mold growing on petri dishes. Digitalis, a drug that makes the heart beat stronger, was first extracted from the foxglove plant. There have been many expeditions to jungles and other exotic places throughout the world charged with bringing back samples of different plant species to test their effectiveness as new drugs.

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Winter fall-prevention tips for seniors

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

Seniors often go to considerable lengths to reduce the risk of falling inside the home—eliminating tripping hazards such as throw rugs and extension cords, installing grab bars in bathrooms and railings on stairs, applying a non-skid surface to the bathtub, and so on. Then, along comes Old Man Winter to turn all of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan into one big slip-and-fall hazard. Area seniors who aren’t especially cautious and vigilant at this time of year can all too easily end up experiencing a painful—and potentially debilitating—fall on icy or snow-covered surfaces.

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10 tips for better hearing at holiday gatherings

Written by Randa Mansour-Shousher, AuD, CCC-A,. Posted in Health and Beauty

We’ve all had the experience of being together with family during the holiday season and seeing Aunt Jane sitting quietly in the corner by herself. You might think she isn’t feeling good and wants to be left alone or is mad because she didn’t get the sweater she really wanted. But did you ever think she may be suffering from a hearing loss that is making her anxious and quiet? For those who suffer from hearing loss, this time of year can cause anxiety. The numerous dinners and get-togethers can cause listening difficulties right up through the New Year.

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A tsunami of diabetic blindness

Written by Carol R. Kollarits, MD. Posted in Health and Beauty

Every hour, diabetic retinopathy causes three Americans to become legally blind (unable to read the big “E” at the top of the eye chart, even with glasses or contact lenses). Almost 10% of the US population now has diabetes, resulting in 24,000 new cases of diabetic blindness every year. This number will only increase as more people develop diabetes. What can be done to prevent this oncoming tidal wave of diabetic blindness?

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Managing the holiday blues

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

For most of us, the holiday season inspires feelings of warmth and joy. But for some people, this time of year can evoke feelings of loneliness, stress, anxiety, and depression, often referred to as the “holiday blues.” Even people who love the holidays can experience the blues during this busy season.

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The “good news, bad news” of pancreatic cancer

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Health and Beauty

Dr. Jeffrey Sutton

Recent headlines about “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek battling stage-4 pancreatic cancer have helped raise public awareness of this very serious illness that, according to the American Cancer Society, accounts for about seven percent of all cancer deaths in the US and has a five-year survival rate of only nine percent when all stages are combined. Considering these rather grim statistics, it’s understandable that many people view pancreatic cancer as one of the more worrisome forms of cancer and fear being diagnosed with the disease. But is this perception entirely accurate?

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