Health and Healthcare
Posted 8/1/15 at 9:01 AM | Joy Mali
Do you know what size shoes you wear? Chances are your answer to that question will depend on the season, the style of shoe, or the brand of shoe. But why?
There are two major reasons for this phenomenon. First of all, our feet change size with age; the shoe size that you wore ten years ago might not be the right size anymore, even if you are familiar with the brand. The other reason, which is the biggest difficulty for most people, is that shoe manufacturers use different measurements and molds, depending on the sizing for that country or brand. You probably wear a different size of American running shoe than you do in an Italian leather high heel. Size charts aren’t always accurate between different brands. So how can you be sure to get shoes that fit perfectly, without being in pain or disappointed?
Posted 7/28/15 at 6:30 AM | Sylvie Simms
There is a list of celebrities that smoke pot that you would have never known to smoke pot. Many celebrities keep it on the down-low, but we have come up with the most famous pot smokers and put it in an infographic.
Posted 7/21/15 at 12:05 PM | Welby O'Brien
As the wife of a Vietnam veteran who has wrestled with PTSD for over four decades, I know well the agony – along with hope – of the loved ones. Sharing from my own experience, as well as from thousands of others in our LOVE OUR VETS – PTSD Family Support network, here are the three most common (and often desperate) questions asked by loved ones. FULL POST
Posted 7/20/15 at 12:22 AM | Sylvie Simms
As you grow up, your eyesight may undergo changes. For example, you may notice that things begin to get blurry, or you have trouble seeing objects in the distance. For those with Keratoconus, a condition that occurs when the cornea in the eye begins to thin and becomes cone-shaped, distorted vision and sensitivity to light may arise. How can this be treated? Luckily, Keratoconus inserts can be used to treat patients with the condition, and a study in the October 2005 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology resulted in nearly half of participants achieving 20/40 uncorrected vision or better.
Posted 7/17/15 at 8:14 AM | Sylvie Simms
As a person ages, they are faced with many changes that they might not be ready for. Many times, health conditions and disabilities can interfere with an elderly person’s ability to care for themselves and those around them, limiting their ability to remain independent. Thankfully, there are ways to help an elderly person who has lost even a small part of their independence.
Long term care is a way for a family member or caregiver to provide an elderly person with the assistance they need each day. This can mean any type of care, from administering medications to assisting with housework.
This infographic teaches you what you need to know about long term care. Continue reading to discover who might need long term care, as well as how much care might be needed.
Posted 7/16/15 at 10:56 AM | Jessie Decker
If you think snoring isn’t causing a strain in your relationship, better think again.
Imagine coming home after a tiring day at work. As soon as you get to bed, all you want to do is drift to sleep. But as you drift to sleep, you hear your partner’s audible snoring that can be heard from across the room. Even if you are someone who can easily fall asleep, you’ll still find yourself waking up during times when your partner snores—and we can’t blame you for being mad.
Snoring, on average, can cost your partner a hour of loss sleep every night. Sleepless nights can consequently lead to sleep deprivation, which can affect the quality of memory and attention one has, and ultimately leads to depression. Not to mention the relationship issues both partners are unaware of.
According to a research done by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35 percent of those they studied got less than seven hours of sleep during a 24 hour period, of which 48 percent of them reported snoring and the 38 percent reported falling asleep during the day. FULL POST
Posted 7/10/15 at 11:26 AM | Brian Wallace
Posted 7/10/15 at 3:09 AM | Joy Mali
Cycling, like most sports, is known for having a positive effect on the people who do it. But cycling is special – the health, mood, and economic benefits that one gets from it far exceed the benefits offered by other sports. Those who currently cycle have probably already begun noticing and appreciating these wonderful benefits. You have extra money to spend, you feel less fatigued throughout the day, you are more excited about your life and the things around you. If you are considering cycling, or have not yet tried it, then now is the time, for it is the hidden key to happiness.
It has been proven time and time again that bike riding benefits your health. According to a study conducted by scientists at Purdue University, cycling regularly can reduce your risk of heart disease by 50%. On average, an individual who begins cycling loses 13 pounds during their first year of riding, which makes sense – a single hour on the bike burns over 500 calories.
But any sport, when done right, can help you lose weight, burn fat, or avoid disease. However, it has been found that cycling also impacts mental health, making cyclists happier and smarter. Danish scientists recently reported that students who cycled or walked to school did better on tests than their car and public transport traveling peers. And in another study conducted by the University of California in Los Angeles, it was found that older people who cycled and were active had a smaller risk of developing Alzheimer’s than others in their age group who were not cycling. FULL POST
Posted 7/9/15 at 9:25 PM | Welby O'Brien
PTSD Awareness and Resources: What's Missing?
The month of June was dedicated to PTSD Awareness. Thankfully for the first time in our history, there is an abundance of information about PTSD and help for those who struggle with it (which just in the U.S. alone is millions!). So why then are so many – including all their loved ones around them – still seriously suffering? I think I have an answer to what may be missing.
In this age of “political correctness,” too many tend to cower, and as a result sometimes helpful solutions get suppressed. So today I am stepping out and sharing my personal take on what I believe truly can make a difference. It IS possible that good things can come out of the PTSD, and those who have it and those who love someone with it can truly live fulfilling lives (not perfect, but alive and growing.)
It has been said that the only thing worse than the horrendous trauma itself (which can happen to ANYONE!), and living with the Posttraumatic Stress for the rest of one’s life, is experiencing it all alone. For most, the moment of terrorizing trauma was a frightening feeling of aloneness, helplessness and hopelessness. The utter absence of help, hope, comfort and companionship. FULL POST