Are You SAD? Do You Have Seasonal Affective Disorder?

28 Nov 2011
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Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. Here are the symptoms of SAD: Sad, anxious or empty feelings. Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism. Irritability or restlessness. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you would normally enjoy. Fatigue and decreased energy. Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. Difficulty sleeping. Changes in weight. Thoughts of death or suicide. SAD is a serious condition – a subtype of major depressive disorder in which life can be severely compromised. Far more of us experience similar but less intense.

How To Survive The Holiday Feeding Frenzy Without Completely Blowing Your Diet!

21 Nov 2011
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Throughout the holiday season, temptations are everywhere — a busy social schedule, office and school parties, family functions, and neighborly gestures of sweets and treats. You need a strategy for dealing with the abundance of calories that are part and parcel of the holiday season. Most people gain 2-5 pounds each year during the feasting season that starts at Thanksgiving and ends New Year’s Day. The plan: Aim to hold steady at your current weight and focus on not gaining any additional pounds by Jan. 1. It is so hard to resist temptation, but it gets easier if you’re equipped with a plan. Follow these tips to help you survive.

My Common Cold Won’t Go Away!

14 Nov 2011
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To review the symptoms of the common cold they are a runny nose, scratchy/sore throat, cough, watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, low grade fever, body aches and mild fatigue. Last week we listed the things you can do to help you get through the 7-10 days a typical viral cold will last for. When do you need to seek help from your Doctor? In general adults should see your Doctor if: Your fever is greater than or equal to 103 degrees F. Your fever is accompanied by sweating, chills and colored secretions lasting more than 3-4 days. You have significantly swollen glands in the neck. You have severe face or sinus.

It’s Common Cold Season! (Part One)

07 Nov 2011
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The common cold is an upper respiratory tract (nose and throat) infection caused by a virus. The symptoms can be a runny nose, scratchy/sore throat, cough, watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, low grade fever, body aches and mild fatigue. There are over 100 viruses that can cause a cold and preschoolers are at greatest risk to get frequent colds but anyone can be at risk during the most common seasons, fall and winter. Colds can last seven to ten days and your secretions can thicken and turn yellow or green as it runs its course. Treatment: There is no cure for the common cold. Antibiotics are of no use and do.