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Women and Heart Disease Overview for Heart Month February 2009

February 23rd, 2009

Heart disease remains the number killer of women in the United States; and the rate of decline in heart disease has been less prevalent among women. Approximately one woman dies every minute from heart disease in this country. Every year since 1984 more women have died of heart disease than men yet many women are still unaware of their biggest health threat. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute\’s Red Dress/Heart Truth campaign which began in 2001 and the American Heart Association\’s Go Red campaign which began in 2004 were both developed to educate and increase women\’s... Read More

5 Steps to Gratitude Despite a Tough Economy

December 30th, 2008

Even with the harsh economic news – jobless rates up, and the stock market down – we can still find a lot to be grateful about, especially during the holidays. Families and friends traditionally draw together for support in times of crisis, and this year is no different. The gift of appreciation – a heartfelt thank you – can be a daily present this holiday season for those you love. And the cost won\’t cut into your tight budget at all. Why, then, is it so difficult to say thanks? We are often focused on ourselves – Galileo may have proved that the earth... Read More

5 Steps to Gratitude Despite a Tough Economy

December 30th, 2008

Even with the harsh economic news – jobless rates up, and the stock market down – we can still find a lot to be grateful about, especially during the holidays. Families and friends traditionally draw together for support in times of crisis, and this year is no different. The gift of appreciation – a heartfelt thank you – can be a daily present this holiday season for those you love. And the cost won\’t cut into your tight budget at all. Why, then, is it so difficult to say thanks? We are often focused on ourselves – Galileo may have proved that the earth... Read More

5 Steps to Gratitude Despite a Tough Economy

December 30th, 2008

Even with the harsh economic news – jobless rates up, and the stock market down – we can still find a lot to be grateful about, especially during the holidays. Families and friends traditionally draw together for support in times of crisis, and this year is no different. The gift of appreciation – a heartfelt thank you – can be a daily present this holiday season for those you love. And the cost won\’t cut into your tight budget at all. Why, then, is it so difficult to say thanks? We are often focused on ourselves – Galileo may have proved that the earth... Read More

5 Steps to Gratitude Despite a Tough Economy

December 30th, 2008

Even with the harsh economic news – jobless rates up, and the stock market down – we can still find a lot to be grateful about, especially during the holidays. Families and friends traditionally draw together for support in times of crisis, and this year is no different. The gift of appreciation – a heartfelt thank you – can be a daily present this holiday season for those you love. And the cost won\’t cut into your tight budget at all. Why, then, is it so difficult to say thanks? We are often focused on ourselves – Galileo may have proved that the earth... Read More

HEART HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIPS

November 24th, 2008

The holiday season officially begins with Thanksgiving and ends after the New Year\’s celebrations leftovers are gone. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other winter holiday, this can be the hardest time of the year to follow heart healthy habits! Here are some tips to help get you through the holiday season: Heart Healthy Holiday Eating Tips:1) Do not go to holiday parties hungry to avoid overeating at the party. Eat regular meals before the party and do not skip meals. Drink plenty of water before you go. 2) Avoid talking and socializing around the buffet or in the... Read More

HEART HEALTHY HOLIDAY TIPS

November 24th, 2008

The holiday season officially begins with Thanksgiving and ends after the New Year\’s celebrations leftovers are gone. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other winter holiday, this can be the hardest time of the year to follow heart healthy habits! Here are some tips to help get you through the holiday season: Heart Healthy Holiday Eating Tips:1) Do not go to holiday parties hungry to avoid overeating at the party. Eat regular meals before the party and do not skip meals. Drink plenty of water before you go. 2) Avoid talking and socializing around the buffet or in the... Read More

Baby Boomers and Halloween: How to Deal with Ghosts from the Past

October 16th, 2008

Although present day Halloween activities revolve around trick-or-treating and costume parties, historically masks were worn to placate the evil spirits. You may not be frightened by pumpkins carved into eerie faces nor believe in witches and goblins. But when is the last time you thought seriously about the “ghosts” that have been haunting you far too long? The negative feelings that you may be experiencing – from time to time or perhaps more regularly – could be due to normal unhappiness, stress from overload, situational sadness, or even clinical depression. When there is no... Read More

Vitamin D: Needed for a Shield Against Diseases as Well as for Strong Bones

August 8th, 2008

“It\’s D-Lightful: Vitamin D Gets Its Moment in the Sun” announced the July 15th Wall Street Journal Health Journal by Melinda Beck. And the article went on to explain that, while Vitamin D is known for being crucial for strong bones, there\’s new research suggesting it also protects against a wide variety of diseases. Did this news upset me at my age? (Over age 51 the amount of D needed increases.) Not in the least – because only yesterday my new doctor had blood drawn to check my Vitamin D level. The week before, at my first visit to him, he had explained that he\’d... Read More

GERD (Acid Reflux) Found in Babies as Young as One Day Old

July 28th, 2008

GERD (acid reflux) is something I know about – I\’ve been taking Prevacid for the last few years to control this reaction. Then I read Melinda Beck\’s July 22nd Health Journal in The Wall Street Journal titled “Baby crying? Doctors Say It May Be Acid-Reflux Disease.” Here\’s the first paragraph of this article: Oliva Manganello was 1 month old when she started screaming, usually right after she nursed. Her family tried switching to formula, then different formulas, but nothing helped. Finally a pediatric gastroenterologist diagnosed gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)... Read More