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Family History of Alcoholism: How to Tell if You’re at Risk

It’s said that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” The idiom applies to a lot of things, from your features to your personality. Your family has a major impact on the person you are in both good and bad ways.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, one in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. If you’re one of the millions of people who have a relative who suffer from the disease, you could have a greater risk of developing future dependencies.

Learn how genetics and family situation can impact your chances of developing alcoholism.

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Non-Alcoholic "Mocktails" for Your Next Party

You don’t need alcohol to have a party. Whether you’re planning a big shindig or a small gathering with friends, non-alcoholic drinks are great to have around as an option for people who don’t drink. These drinks are just as tasty, and can be healthier, than your typical adult beverage.

It’s easy to make your own mocktails without sacrificing on quality during Alcohol Awareness Month. Follow these simple rules and you’ll make everyone at the party excited to try these options in no time!


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Save Calories

Since you’re making non-alcoholic beverages, cutting liquor from your cocktails is pretty obvious. However, an alcohol-free beverage does more than just provide an option for people abstaining from typical adult beverages; it also helps you cut calories.

One 1.5 oz. serving of vodka has over 60 calories alone while an average beer contains over 150 calories per bottle, so just imagine what a couple of drinks could add up to!

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Alcohol Intolerance or Allergy?

Peanut butter and bees are common topics when it comes to allergies, but what about alcohol? 

Overdrinking isn’t the only reason why the human body might reject adult beverages. Some people may already have a natural intolerance to alcohol, or an allergy to the components of a certain drink.

Image of woman looking at a glass of wine. Learn how alcohol intolerance and related allergies can affect your health.

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Spring (Pollen) Is In the Air

Spring is in the air, and so are the pollens that lead to allergy symptoms in millions of Americans. Whether you refer to this as hay fever, seasonal allergies or sinus irritation, these symptoms can definitely affect your quality of life and lead to sinus infections, sleep disruption, and affect productivity at work or school.

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Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Include

  • Itchy nose, mouth, throat, ears and/or eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose/congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Tearing of the eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes and/or redness of the eyes

Pollen Seasons

Pollen seasons vary based on the climate where you live. The first pollen season is the tree season. This generally starts in late February or early March and runs through June. The next pollen season is the grass pollen season. Grass pollinates May through July. The last pollen season is the weed season and includes Ragweed. The weed season starts at the end of July and lasts until the first frost, usually in October.

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Health Effects of Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is a growing issue for American youths. Not only is the act of drinking before the age of 21 illegal, it can also affect a teen’s health in both short-term and long-term ways.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, so we thought it appropriate to shine a light on the dangers of underage drinking.

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Photo Credit: "Pints of Beer" by Simon Cocks is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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How Technology Can Affect Your Children’s Sleep

Sleep is good. Not only does it keep you refreshed, it can also help you stay healthy.

Not sleeping enough can lead to a lack in judgment, a poor mood, and even various health issues like obesity and diabetes. High quality, uninterrupted sleep is especially important for children as they continue to develop, but technology can make it harder for kids to get a proper good night’s rest.

Contact Westshore today if you think your children’s sleep cycles have been thrown off by technology.

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Essential Vitamins for Women

“Always eat your fruits and vegetables.” It’s something that you’ve likely heard – and have possibly even said – several times during the course of your life. For good reason, too, because your body requires many essential vitamins to stay healthy.

A woman can require different vitamins for each stage in her life, but it doesn’t have to be too confusing to keep track of dietary needs. Here’s a quick rundown of essential vitamins that are important for women’s health and the foods that are rich in them.

Essential vitamins are critical for a woman’s health at all points in her life.

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The Importance of Palliative Care for the Oncology Patient

The Spring 2015 issue of Clinical Connections, a publication of Hospice of the Western Reserve, features a special focus on cancer care. Dr. Katherine Eilenfeld of Westshore Primary Care shares her perspective on the importance of palliative care for oncology patients in the article on the front page. Read the full article below.

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The Importance of Palliative Care for the Oncology Patient

The diagnosis of cancer is arguably one of the most difficult pieces of information our patients will ever receive. They hear the dreaded C-word and simply shut down. It is at these moments that their physicians have the distinct opportunity to guide the future of their patients’ care in a significant way.

Cancer and its treatments can cause a variety of unwelcome symptoms and side effects. National organizations that specialize in cancer care are recognizing the importance of addressing these issues head-on. The idea of aggressively managing patient symptoms during the pursuit of cure is not a new one, but has undergone a transformation in the last decade. Palliative care – sometimes now referred to as supportive care – is aimed at relieving these symptoms and side effects.

But it’s not all about prescriptions. Palliative care focuses on the whole person and aims at supporting patients on an emotional, physical, social and spiritual level from the time of diagnosis, through treatments, and beyond.

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Alzheimer’s Symptoms or Normal Aging? How to Tell the Difference

It’s important to look for warning signs when it comes to your health. Early detection of a disease can help you and your physicians come up with a treatment plan. 

When it comes to Alzheimer’s, it can be difficult to tell whether the changes you may be experiencing are due to natural aging or the disease. However, there are signs that you can watch for in both yourself and your loved ones that may help you detect any issues earlier in the process.

Occasional forgetfulness is one thing, but warning signs for Alzheimer’s is another.

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