You know when you’re lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, thinking how badly you’d like to fall asleep?
It usually happens after thinking of just about everything else, which for me usually consists of creative story leads I can never remember, appointments I need to plan and when I last got my car’s oil changed. (more…)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: you’ve heard of it. More commonly known as MRSA, it’s one of the better-known bacteria around, according to experts at Stony Brook University Medical Center.
A recent outbreak at Rocky Point High School demonstrates why. (more…)
Sipping bone broth: good or bad for you?
One new trend popping up in some health circles is sipping broth made by boiling the bare bones of chicken and other types of meat.
A quick Google search of “bone broth” describes the elixir as an immune-boosting, digestion-improving, cellulite-busting remedy that will even leave you with a dewy, wrinkle-free complexion — though those benefits can change depending on who you ask. (more…)
Maximus Health & Fitness owners Frank Distefano (from left) and Phil Durinck look on as personal trainer Greg Trent tries out one of the new LifeCycle GX spin bikes in May. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
So, it’s that time again. The calendar flips to another year and you announce and start to make good on your New Year’s resolution.
Often, that resolution is a commitment to improving one’s health, whether it be quitting smoking, losing a few pounds or watching what you eat. (more…)
Under provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2010, some Medicare recipients are suddenly finding themselves without a safety net when in need of subsequent care at a skilled nursing facility.
It has resulted in the proposal of new legislation in Washington — along with a national class action lawsuit challenging what the nonprofit Center for Medicare Advocacy of Connecticut calls an “illegal policy.”
You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get after finding someone the perfect gift, helping an older person cross the street or, say, rescuing a wide-eyed kitten from a tight spot?
It’s more than a warming of the heart — it’s your brain’s way of rewarding you for doing something good, said Stephen Post, director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. (more…)
Imagine your child going in for immunizations but being able to skip the painful sting of a needle and go straight to the Band-Aid and lollipop.
It’s a biomedical technology in the making: a needle-less vaccination administered simply by applying a special skin patch. (more…)
Does your child refuse to go to school more than the average student? Has your teenager complained about not being able to concentrate during class?
These are problems many parents encounter, but it isn’t always clear when to seek professional help. (more…)
There’s a lot facing the young women of today: peer pressure, relationship troubles and unrealistic body expectations broadcast on television screens and social media sites.
With so much to keep up with, it can be easy for girls to lose their sense of self, and the bigger picture of the woman they hope one day to become. (more…)
Everybody gets to the point when they have to make “doo.”
For some, it’s once, maybe twice a day; but for others, it could be just once or twice a week.
It’s not often discussed — as it’s a bit taboo to talk about poop — but it’s probably safe to say that many have wondered if their bowel movements are normal. (more…)