We know that stress levels can be measured in a variety of ways, but none of them are definitive. High blood pressure and high pulse rate can be the results of a plethora of circumstances, from lifestyle to hereditary traits. A heart attack? The same thing. While doctors can tell you to watch your stress levels, they often aren't sure whether they're as high as other contributing factors in a patient's life--especially if the patient is dishonest about health history.
While working in the food industry, I remember what a hassle it was to make sure my team washed their hands, but I always made sure they did. It turns out that doctors might not be as careful as fast food workers. A new study shows that doctors' dedication to hand-washing drops down low when they're not being watched. While I think most people behave better when they know they're under public scrutiny, this is pretty important.
As a die-hard fan of apple cider vinegar, I will sing its praises until the cows come home. I use it on everything from cleaning agents to body care, sunburn care to yes, a daily drink. It helps everything from complexion to indigestion to blood sugar and is a wonderful, cheap part of a healthy lifestyle. Even conventional doctors praise this solution--with a caveat that I've just learned and explains a lot. Drinking ACV by itself can actually be harmful in the long run.
Have you ever thought that you have weird fingernails? Maybe they grow strange, have ridges or are a color other than one you'd normally expect. It turns out that some of these "nail symptoms" can be signs of a health issue you might need to have checked out.
The markups on prescription drugs are like the ones in all things healthcare related: absolutely outrageous. Not a week goes by when I wonder what it might be like to live in a country where healthcare is a right and medicines average around $5 each. And before you say, "Like it or leave it!" as many people use to argue against universal healthcare or Medicare expansion, can we just agree that implementing positive change is OKAY to do in your country?
The arts aren't just something to appreciate or enjoy for fun. Doctors now say that they help improve the quality of life in terms of both mental and physical health, and now doctors in the UK have decided to start prescribing patients regular immersion within the arts for better overall health.
Have you read the piece in the New York Times about how women need to have "The Talk" again in their forties because their bodies go through so many changes at this point in life? It's something we all have on our peripheral vision but never really deeply think about until it's actually happening to us, right?
A synthetic pain killer is causing death and destruction across the St. Louis area. Fentanyl was to blame in almost half of last year's overdose deaths in America alone, with 95 percent of the deaths in St. Louis being attributed to the drug.
No, you may not be able to cure or even treat malaria patients, but you could really help prevent infections in a really easy and inexpensive way. Donating mosquito netting to people who live in malaria-heavy areas is one of my favorite ways to take part in Giving Tuesday (or any other time!) because it's one I know helps people and it's something I can afford to do. Mosquito netting helps keep bugs off people and away from infecting them, which sounds too simple to be true but it works!