Planning Ahead
Advance Directives 101

Advance Directive 101: Your Common Q’s Answered

You’ve probably heard the term advance directive. You may even have one. If you do, you know the peace you experience after making those important decisions about your end-of-life care. If you’ve been putting off your advance directive, now is an excellent time to learn more and then take the …

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Getting Better Sleep
daylight saving time sleep advice

Don’t Lose Sleep Over Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time arrives this Sunday, March 10, and while setting your clocks ahead an hour is unavoidable, you can minimize the sleep disruptions and groggy days sometimes associated with it. These proactive tips may help: Make an effort to be well-rested going into the week of the time change. …

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Understanding Your Mental Health
Self-Care for the Winter Blues

Self-Care for the Winter Blues

During the colder days and shorter daylight hours of winter, it’s not unusual to experience symptoms of the “winter blues.” These can include a lack of energy or motivation, moodiness, cravings for comfort foods, a desire to sleep more and a temptation to hibernate at home. Although most of us …

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Addiction Help
Is Someone You Love Using Meth? How to Talk About It

Is Someone You Love Using Meth? How to Talk About It

Methamphetamine use has been eclipsed in the media by the ever-growing opioid epidemic, giving the false impression that meth use has declined. But the unfortunate reality is, meth use is still prevalent across the United States. Once used primarily by people in rural or lower income areas, meth is causing …

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Managing Joint Pain
winter joint pain

4 Ways to Reduce Winter Joint Pain

Winter’s frigid temps can do more than nip at your nose. For people living with joint pain, freezing temperatures, combined with low barometric pressure and precipitation, only increase the discomfort. There are ways to effectively curb the intensity of achy, stiff joints and help to make winter’s chill more bearable. …

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Vascular Surgery
Love Your Legs: Solutions for Varicose Veins

Love Your Legs: Solutions for Varicose Veins

Do you ever avoid wearing shorts or dresses because of how the veins in your legs look? Do you experience pain or a sense of heaviness in your legs? Visible veins that are blue or red, thin and spidery or thick, large and bulging could be the sign of a …

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Healthy Pregnancy
Eating for Two

Eating for Two: Healthy Choices for Baby & You

When eating for two (or more), it’s where the calories come from that matters most. Extra baby-building calories need to come from a well-balanced diet that is high in protein, low in sugar and refined carbs, loaded with fiber, and rich in the right kind of fat—omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. You …

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Cosmetic Treatments
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

If you have ever thought about “having a little work done” to improve your appearance, you are definitely not alone. According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 17.5 million cosmetic surgeries and minimally invasive procedures were performed in the United States in 2017 on both men and …

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Practing Self Care
The Downside of Social Media

The Downside of Social Media

Social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram were created to strengthen social ties and provide a sense of personal connection. But research increasingly shows extensive use of social media may actually decrease communication with family and friends while increasing feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression. One of the problems with …

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Finding the Right Care
What's the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Palliative Care vs. Hospice: What’s the Difference?

Palliative care and hospice care relieve pain, anxiety and other symptoms of serious illness and provide emotional support for patients and their families. Both aim at achieving the best possible quality of life. The main differences between palliative and hospice care are related to the type or stage of illness …

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