Category: Health & Wealth Fall 2017

Animal Attraction — Pet ownership can bring emotional and health benefits

By Joy Jordan For many people, their pets are a part of their family and fully integrated into their lives. In addition to the happiness that pets can bring, there are many health benefits that accompany little Fido or Fluffy as well. There are proven health benefits for pet owners, including physical, mental and emotional improvements, from enhancing social skills to decreasing a person’s risk of heart attack. Heart Health While pet owners’ hearts may be filled with love for their furry friends, having pets can also help their hearts stay healthy and strong. The Centers for Disease Control...

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Heroes of Modern Medicine

By Naren Gupta, MD, PhD While I was still a surgical resident, my father had several heart attacks. He had severe chest pain on the slightest exertion. I encouraged him to see renowned cardiac surgeons and cardiologists the world over, and they all told him that his condition was beyond repair. Many seemed more interested in signing him up for a research trial with an expensive new stent than treating him as a person. Then he found a local family doctor dedicated to managing cardiovascular disease with medicine, exercise, diet, and healthy living patterns. She spent countless hours over...

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Foot Health: Avoid these 5 shoe types

By Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff Do you have sore, aching feet or toe stiffness and pain, or have you developed blisters in unusual spots on your feet? The problem may be your shoes. Our feet take a beating from walking, running or even just standing. Wearing the wrong shoes can cause foot pain and any number of temporary or even chronic foot problems. Here’s our list of 5 shoe types to avoid − or at least wear in moderation! Ballet Flats. The down side is these shoes can be too flat without adequate arch support, cushioning or shock absorption....

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How technology continues to drive improvements to home care

By Kevin Smith Home care agencies provide customized service and individualized care aimed at maintaining their clients’ independence and sense of dignity. One’s ability to remain at home, regardless of physical or mental health conditions, can engender a sense of pride. The human touch provided by home care aides can help keep clients at home longer and, in some cases, preserve existing family units. However, as family caregivers and adult children live further from their parents’ than they have in the past, home care agencies are helping their clients to leverage technology serve in order to streamline communication, reinforce...

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Healthful choices to reduce saturated fats and processed sugars

By Dave Ferraresi When it comes to making healthy choices about our diet and nutrition, the challenge is making the right choices without giving up your favorite flavors or recipes. Whether it’s reducing our saturated fat intake, cutting down on processed sugar or whatever it may be, avoiding your favorite foods or snacks can make it even harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As baby boomers age, nutrition and healthy eating become more important with each passing day. A healthy lifestyle will be more enjoyable if you can still treat yourself to the occasional sweet delight or savory snack...

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