Sweet Nectar of Life

Breastfeeding. It’s all around us, from the pages of Glamour magazine and storming social media, to the age-old paintings on the walls of the Louvre Museum in Paris. These days you can’t seem to get away from the subject. As National Breastfeeding Month comes to a close, it is imperative that people not only see the trendy side of breastfeeding, but also appreciate the science behind it.

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The Skinny on Holiday Weight Gain

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Tipping the scales this holiday season?

Reports of your holiday weight gain have been greatly exaggerated.  Media stories often suggest that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  And in surveys, people say they gain, on average, about five pounds this time of year.  But several studies now show that the average weight gain during the winter holidays is just one pound. Continue reading

Day is done, gone the sun

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The end of day light savings got you down?  As fall drifts on, the amount of day light dwindles and for some, so may your spirits.  But before you chalk it up to your primal instinct to hibernate for the winter, learn more about seasonal affective disorder. Continue reading

Oktoberfest

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October kicks-off the time of year where libations abound, commencing with Oktoberfest and culminating with New Year’s celebrations. While occasional and modest indulgences are seemingly harmless, knowing how much and how often may help prevent life-altering (and sometimes life-threatening) consequences. And yet, an unusual medical paradox exists. For centuries humans have been consuming alcohol for both secular and religious purposes, and there is some evidence that moderate consumption of alcohol may have health benefits. So wherein lies the compromise?

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When pigs fly … or get the flu

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It’s fall! … and flu season. Blah, blah, boring! Perhaps, but understanding why you (and your family) cannot afford to forgo the flu vaccine is the goal here. This is an enjoyable time of year and traditionally very busy. You don’t have time to be in bed with I-just-got-hit-by-a-truck body aches and fever of 103 for four days.

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