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Why Your Waistline is Begging You to Lose Belly Fat

Posted on March 25, 2019

An increasing volume of evidence suggests that the amount of fat we hold around our waistlines is one of the best indicators of good health. The circumference of our stomachs supposedly has a strong link to the health of our hearts, our risk for diabetes, and our cognitive performance as we age. Supporting Evidence on […]

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A PSA to Moms: Your Beauty Products Can Poison You and Your Child

Posted on March 18, 2019

To all moms and expectant mothers, this is a public service announcement for you in observance of National Poison Prevention Week. This information might come as a surprise, but some beauty products in your bedroom or bathroom put you and your child at risk of poisoning. Over 300 children seek medical attention in the U.S. […]

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Coffee Nap: A Bulletproof, Supercharging Power Nap

Posted on March 11, 2019

Drinking coffee before a nap may seem contradictory and unreasonable. However, caffeine enthusiasts and scientific researchers recommend the habit to boost energy levels. What is a coffee nap? A coffee nap is exactly what it sounds like: the act of drinking coffee before sleeping for a brief period. This unconventional way of consuming caffeine is […]

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I Can’t Focus!” — Brain Fog and Its Causes

Posted on March 4, 2019

Brain fog, also known as clouding of consciousness, is a term used to describe dysfunctions with concentration, learning, and memory. It not only creates brief episodes of confusion and disorientation, but it can also be a source of anxiety for older adults. If you think you are experiencing brain fog, a sign is being unable […]

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The Vicious Cycle of Body Image and Eating Disorders

Posted on February 13, 2019

A 2007 study focused on mental health issues revealed that people who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) tend to have increased levels of anger and hostility. Sufferers also have lower levels of self-esteem and higher levels of perfectionism. The authors add that there is a 33 percent higher rate of childhood trauma and abuse in […]

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Love Is Respect: Teen Dating Violence and How to Intervene

Posted on February 12, 2019

Unhealthy relationship behaviors are those that impact the physical, emotional, and mental health of a victim. According to Choose Respect, a young man or woman’s harmful relationship behaviors often start early and lead to a lifetime of abuse. Everyone should know the pervasiveness of teen dating violence in the United States, including fellow students, teachers, […]

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Broken Heart Syndrome Is Real (And It Can Kill You)

Posted on February 11, 2019

“Too much love can kill you,” sings Freddie Mercury. Despite the disbelief of many, it is possible. What is broken heart syndrome? Each year, usually around Valentine’s Day, news sources publish stories about “broken heart syndrome” or takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The condition occurs when people experience cardiac issues following an episode of extreme emotional distress. According […]

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Total Eclipse of the Brain: How Love Affects Us Like a Drug

Posted on February 8, 2019

Being in love is not a total eclipse of the heart. Love, actually overwhelms our brains with chemicals that induce feelings of pleasure and attachment. These chemicals cause reactions throughout the body, which might help explain that giddy feeling we get when we see a loved one. Love moves in mysterious ways—but not to science. […]

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Through the Eyes of Survivors: The Truth About Beating Cervical Cancer

Posted on February 7, 2019

Life after a cervical cancer diagnosis is never the same—even after remission. It can be better, more meaningful, challenging, stressful, and different. But if you are standing on greener grass, meaning you are a caregiver, wife, husband, child or friend, there are a few things you need to know. Babies and bundles of joy are […]

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Teen Drug Abuse: Understanding Signs and How to Intervene

Posted on February 6, 2019

As a parent, you want nothing more than to see your children succeed. Having teens who experiment with drugs is disappointing, especially since they put their health, safety, and future at risk. Although teens’ use of illegal drugs (other than marijuana and inhalants) is now the lowest in history, 24 percent of young men and […]

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Dr. Fredda Branyon