For those of us old enough to remember The Jetsons, their flying car was only one of the many futuristic perks imagined way back in 1962 by the show’s creative producers, Hanna-Barbera. The pioneering duo also foretold holographs, robot servants, talking computers . . . and tele-medicine!
Their version of remote diagnostic care was to have a family member stick their arm in a portal in the wall, which would “read” their symptoms and offer a diagnosis. As far-fetched as that might have seen … [Read More...]
The use of steroids and other natural and synthetic substances by professional athletes often is in the news. Used primarily for building muscle mass and expanding strength and endurance, these drugs, many obtained illegally, give users an “edge” that is considered unfair. Many Russian athletes were not allowed to compete in this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio due to their use of banned drugs, and controversy has swirled around famous baseball players, runners and biking legend Lance Armstrong … [Read More...]
The long hot days of summer have blown by as if propelled by Hurricane Hermine’s winds. The sun sets earlier, sugar maples are starting to tinge, and the evenings already bear traces of autumn chill. September is upon us – the kids are back in school, pumpkins are showing up in the supermarkets, and the “Get your flu shot here” signs are appearing all around us. Sadly, colds, influenza, and throat, ear and sinus infections can’t be far behind.
With kids and adults in close proximity, poor … [Read More...]
As summer wraps up and we get into the autumn months, most of us are coming off of a cycle of outdoor activity and recreation that diminishes with the shorter and colder days. The holidays will be upon us before we know it, as well as the requisite excess eating and drinking that accompany the season. But with a few months left in the year, it’s also a good time to take stock of your health and wellness activities, and to consider what’s worked well, what hasn’t worked, and what you might do … [Read More...]
If you’re like most modern healthcare consumers, you use the Internet to search for health, wellness or medical information. That can range from fairly benign searches for healthier foods, exercises and over-the-counter drug remedies, to more sophisticated inquiries on topics ranging from sleeping disorders or joint injuries to stomach distress and skin cancer. The good news is that there is a ton of information on the Web to help us navigate common concerns and keep us better informed. The bad … [Read More...]
One in three of all adults reading this article will develop shingles in their lifetime, usually after age 50. Not because you’re reading this article – but because when you were a child, you probably had chickenpox.
Shingles is the reactivation of a viral infection in the nerves to the skin that causes pain, burning, or a tingling sensation, along with an itch and blisters in the skin supplied by the affected nerve. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus, or VZV -- the same virus that … [Read More...]
We spend a lot of time and money staying active and fit. Between the cost of memberships, athletic equipment, and appropriate clothing, fitness is a mutli-billion-dollar business. Yet there’s one incredibly basic, common and essentially cost-free activity most of us can pursue that’s easy, rewarding, convenient and okay alone or in crowds – yup, you guessed, it is walking!
Walking at a moderate pace for 30 to 60 minutes burns stored fat, builds muscle and speeds up our metabolism. Here are … [Read More...]
Can you remember the last time you had a tetanus shot? In fact, can you remember the last time you had any kind of shot at all? If you can, chances are it was a flu shot, since most of the immunizations we require are received during childhood. But there are other immunizations we should be receiving periodically, because some lose their effectiveness over time.
Checking up on your personal immunization record, and making sure your loved ones are properly immunized as well, is a simple and … [Read More...]
The statistics involving opiates and opioids in Connecticut are grim, and unless you’ve been paying attention, may be surprising: Our State has surpassed the national death rate for drug and opioid overdoses since 2013. From 2000 to 2014, nearly half a million persons in the United States died from drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The number of prescriptions for some of these medications has increased dramatically since the early 1990s. A … [Read More...]
Moving beyond molds, dust, food and plant-based allergens that we ingest or inhale – especially in the spring and early summer – another entire allergy realm exists . . . and the culprits are likely to be dangling from our ears or adorning our wrists, fingers or other body parts.
Allergies to metals that we wear or come into contact with regularly are extremely common, and often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Women tend to wear more jewelry and suffer in higher numbers, but men are far from … [Read More...]