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6 Steps for Simple Meal Planning

Planning ahead will allow you to reap the benefits of healthier and less expensive home-cooked meals. By Heidi Reichenberger McIndoo, MS, RD, LDN If you are scrambling to get dinner on the table every night, you’re likely making less-than-ideal choices when it comes to nutrition and cost. Ready to make…
eatingwell

Making Sense of Eating Well

With a bit of background and some clear strategies, good nutrition need not be that complicated. By Matilde Parente, MD, FCAP Books about eating and dieting dominate the bestseller list year-round. Many of these books make eating seem pretty complicated or confusing. Often the diets that are touted are fabricated…
caregiving

Turbulence and Transformation: The Real Story of Caregiving

Providing care for a loved one diagnosed with a serious illness can pose significant challenges, but there are steps you can take to make it an enlightening journey. By John Leifer For many of us, life flows unabated until certain events intrude and turn our world upside down. It may…
sunsafety

Sun Safety Playbook

Patients Rising offers tips and strategies to stay sun safe. Skin Cancer DOES NOT Discriminate 1 out of 5 Americans will get skin cancer,1 and although melanoma incidence is higher in caucasians, the 5-year survival rates for African Americans (78%) is significantly low­er than that of caucasians (92%).2 65% of…
rash

Rash 101

How to tell if a rash needs medical attention By Daniela Kroshinsky, MD, MPH, FAAD Associate Professor of Dermatology Harvard Medical School To the untrained eye, all rashes may look alike and seem easily treatable with over-the-counter oral antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream, but it is not so simple. Rashes can…
backpain

Understanding Low Back Pain

By David Borenstein, MD About 80 percent of the world’s population has had a back problem; looking at back pain over a lifespan, women are affected a bit more than men. This means that, more likely than not, you are going to experi­ence this problem in your lifetime. In most…
laughter

Living with Arthritis: Laughter Matters

Laughter offers significant physical and emotional benefits for those living with chronic illness. By Iris Zink, MSN, NP I learned early on about the therapeutic benefits of humor. My three older sisters raised me; when I was about five, my older sister, Kim, took me to the doctor, and I…
vitaminD

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

By Diane L. Schneider, MD As we head into spring after a long winter, your vitamin D level right now is likely at the lowest point it will be all year, unless you are taking a vitamin D supplement or a multivitamin containing vitamin D. This is because sunshine is…
supplement

Supplement Safety

Many of us reach for supplements to improve health and well-being, but do you know how to choose safely? By Matilde Parente, MD, FCAP Alternative and integrative practices have come a long way in a short time. Today at least 63 integrative medicine programs are affiliated with US medical schools…
strengthtraining

Strength Train at Home

Maintaining muscle strength through regular exercise as we age can help combat natural muscle loss, or sarcopenia. By Joan Pagano Sarco-What? Sarcopenia is the natural loss of muscle strength and function that occurs with aging. If you are over 40, you are already experiencing creeping muscle loss. Is it reversible?…

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