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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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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer? Millions of new cases are opened each year for the disease, making it the fourth most common type of cancer in the U.S.
Fortunately, if everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, six out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, here are some signs to look out for and how you can make a difference.
Results from the Learning Early About Peanut (LEAP) study have been published in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine offer strong support that early introduction of peanut products may offer protection from the development of peanut allergies.
The prevalence of peanut allergy has doubled over the past 10 years in the U.S. and other countries that have advocated avoidance of peanuts during pregnancy, lactation, and infancy. The LEAP study was based on a hypothesis that regular eating of peanut-containing products, when started in the first year of life, will elicit a protective immune response instead of an allergic immune reaction.
It’s always good to be prepared. Of course, it’s hard to get ready for something that you never see coming. There are many warning signs for common heart issues that can help you stay healthy during American Heart Month and beyond.
Roughly a quarter of all American deaths are attributed to heart disease. Fortunately, there are plenty of signs that can help you avoid a premature death.
People with high blood pressure are three times more likely to die from heart disease and four times as likely to die from stroke. High blood pressure is hard to detect without a screening, but regular screenings from a primary care provider can help you become aware of heightened health risks.
Other warning signs include chest pain, shortness of breath, and numbness or coldness in your arms and legs. Listen to your body to help prevent the leading cause of death in the nation.
It’s natural for parents to worry about their children. They want to see their son or daughter grow up from a happy, healthy kid into a happy, healthy adult. That means parents are always on the lookout for warning signs for various conditions or illnesses so that they can afford them the best care possible.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (more commonly known as ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental conditions and one that is typically diagnosed during childhood. According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly 11 percent of children ages 5 to 17 had been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011.
How Do I Know if My Child Has ADHD?
It’s not uncommon for kids to be inattentive now and again, but there are signs that may indicate that your child may have ADHD.
Change can be scary, but proper guidance can help make any transition an easier process. Perimenopause and menopause mark a major shift in a woman’s life, but proper care and a few lifestyle changes can help alleviate some symptoms.
Perimenopause vs. Menopause
First thing’s first: let’s go over the difference in perimenopause and menopause. Perimenopause is the first stage of when a woman’s body naturally transitions toward infertility. This period of time is marked by changes in estrogen levels and menstrual cycles. On average, perimenopause lasts about four years, but it has been known to span over a decade.
Once a woman has gone 12 straight months without a menstrual period, she has reached menopause. The average woman usually hits this stage around her early 50s, but it some people may reach menopause as early as their late 30s or as late as 60.
Perimenopause and a menopause can cause several changes in a woman’s body. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to
• Hot flashes
• Breast tenderness
• Lower sex drive
• Vaginal dryness
These effects can be unpleasant and unavoidable, but there are many ways that a woman can manage menopause systems to improve the quality of her life during this important stage.