Posts Categorized: Wellness

PTSD Affects Non-Veterans, Too

With our country’s recent military conflicts, the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has gained attention because it affects so many of our soldiers (up to 20 percent). Yet this condition can strike anyone—not just those who have been to war. PTSD is a reaction to trauma. Trauma is a Greek word that means “wound.”… Read more »

Omega-3 Fish Oil: Bad for the Prostate?

Consuming large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may not be right for everyone: Researchers have observed a link between the intake of omega-3 —found in fish-oil supplements and fresh tuna, salmon, and trout–and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Scientists found a strong association between high consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and a 43 percent… Read more »

Sunglasses Are Your Eyes’ Best Friend

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement, they are essential to help prevent eye disease. The harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays from sunlight can cause many ocular conditions, like cataracts, macular degeneration, eyelid and eye cancers and such unsightly growths as pinguecula or pterygia. Wearing sunglasses outside is critical year-round, not just on sunny days. In fact,… Read more »

Protect Yourself from a Heart Attack on Vacation

Health risks don’t take time off. A growing body of evidence suggests it’s not uncommon to have a heart attack on vacation. So if you have a heart condition, high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure—or a family history of any of these—be mindful of the physical and emotional tolls that traveling or vacationing can take…. Read more »

AMA Classifies Obesity as a Disease

The 21st Century is still young, yet it has already been labeled as the century of chronic disease. The epidemic of obesity and diabetes will likely cause life expectancy to decline, and the Lancet recently reported that obesity causes more deaths than famine. These developments are why the American Medical Association’s (AMA) new decision to… Read more »

A Better Golf Swing: Fewer Strokes, Less Pain

Golf is tough. It’s hard enough to hit a 1.68-inch ball to 18 specific locations in fewer than 72 shots (like LPGA golfers are doing this week in Southampton, NY), but without a proper golf swing, the game is hard on the body too. Sports medicine orthopedists are witnesses of golf’s growing popularity by the… Read more »

Steroid Side Effects Can Wreck Male Fertility

Men who have trouble fathering a child may be unaware that anabolic steroids could be the problem: Steroid side effects often include low, very low or even zero sperm counts. Many athletes use anabolic steroids to help build muscle, but there are plenty of reasons to steer clear of them. Besides being illegal, steroid side… Read more »

Constant Headaches? You May Be on the Rebound

We all have an occasional headache that we treat with over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Most of the time, these medications work for headaches that happen now and then. But constant headaches are another matter entirely. Many chronic headache sufferers take OTC pain medication frequently, exceeding the dosage instructions—without realizing they’re making… Read more »

Put Your Best Foot Forward on National Running Day

Running is a great aerobic workout, but a sports injury can really sideline your routine. Since proper form helps prevent injuries, take some simple steps to get off on the right foot. Six Running Tips Run when you feel well. If you’re sick, exhausted or hurt, give your body time to mend itself. Dress for… Read more »

Dehydration: When Water Isn’t Enough

Now that temperatures are on the rise and we’re all ready for more outdoor activity, remember to drink enough fluid to maintain stamina and avoid dehydration. The main reason for getting tired during extended periods of exercise is loss of fluid by sweating. This can cause dehydration and break down the body’s carbohydrate stores that… Read more »