You’re tired. You could put your head down on a desk right now and fall asleep immediately. You went to bed late last night, had trouble falling asleep and woke up too early. And let’s not kid ourselves. Reality is quite different. Sleep is often one of the first things to go when people feel pressed for time. Many view sleep as a luxury and think that the benefits of limiting the hours they spend asleep outweigh the costs. People often overlook the potential long-term health consequences of insufficient sleep, and the impact that health problems can ultimately have on one’s time and productivity.
About one out of three Americans will develop shingles, which is caused by the same virus that triggers chickenpox. Although anyone who’s had chickenpox is at risk for shingles at any point in their life, about half of all cases involve people 60 or older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The main symptom is a painful rash that develops on one side of the face or body, with blisters that scab over in about a week. The only way to reduce the risk is to get vaccinated, so the CDC recommends people 60 and older get the shingles vaccine regardless of whether or not they recall having had chickenpox.
If you are working in medical assisting, or any other health profession, you know that optimum health cannot be achieved without some hard work and dedication. However, it is possible to “cheat” your way to better health and even happiness if you know how to do a few of the little things that can add up to big changes. No matter your career path, current level of health or degree of contentment with your life, here are 25 things you can do to “cheat” your way to increased happiness, health and wellness. Continue reading
H1N1, often referred to as the swine flu, is a new strain of influenza that made its debut early in mid-April 2009. With the upcoming seasonal changes, H1N1 is expected to make another appearance as it spreads from person to person worldwide. Are you prepared for this pandemic?
Have you made the connection between fitness and health? If you have made the connection (and the commitment) to a healthier lifestyle and if you own a Blackberry, then you’re in for a health and fitness treat. You have access to dozens of health and fitness apps, but we’ve picked twenty-five essential apps that cover a range from calorie-counting to nutritional help to fitness and medical advice.
Are you concerned about current health care policies? Are you even more concerned with the future of this issue? Health care is intertwined with business, markets, government and private business. It is international and it is consumer-oriented as well as focused on health care workers and physicians and health care facilities. To help you sort out the issues and to see how they intertwine, we’ve created a list of 50 top healthcare policy blogs for your convenience.
If you are interested in a career in the medical field, it can help to get advice from people who have already been there. Many professionals write blogs now, and they can provide helpful insight into what you need to do in order to become successful in a variety of medical careers. Here are 50 of the top medical career blogs: Continue reading
Why a cheat sheet? Because it takes less energy to use what’s available than to re-create the wheel. You can then use that energy to change your bad habits and to develop a healthier lifestyle in the process. Plus, you have no room to procrastinate once you click on any link provided below, because cheat sheets eliminate thinking. Just follow the advice, and you’re good to go.
The following twenty-five bookmark-worthy links are categorized, and each link is listed in alphabetical order within each category. This method assures our readers that we do not favor one resource over another. Continue reading
Recently, Health 2.0 reported that 34 percent of Americans turn to social media for health research. Their information, based upon an iCrossing report, shows that consumers choose Wikipedia, online forums and message boards as their most favored resources for information. Additionally, while these users are looking for answers, they also seek support and interaction. Continue reading
A “superfood” is a food that contains significant amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and other beneficial nutrients. Although “superfood” now is a buzzword, it implies any food that has been touted for years as a means to detox from junk food or other foods that contain non-beneficial additives.
When you look for products contained in the list below of the 50 proven superfoods, be sure to research their properties carefully, especially if you currently take medications. And, as with anything, moderation is key. Organic choices, also, are best in most cases, which does affect your wallet’s bottom line. Check this Consumer Reports list to learn when buying organic pays (and doesn’t) as a general guideline. Tips are included in the list below to help you stay as organic as possible. Continue reading