Tag Archives: Life and Wellness

The Important Role of Recess

The Important Role of Recess

Sometimes scientific research only confirms what common sense tells us is true. This is one of those times. Data from the following studies, however, will hopefully help restore some physical activity (and fun) to the school day. Taking a daily break in the school day of at least 15 minutes may promote overall health, academic, […] ... More

Ladies in Red

Love is in the air this month, and millions of women are trying on red, only it’s not to impress their valentine … not yet anyway. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, www.goredforwomen.org, is sponsoring National Wear Red Day on February 6. Millions of women participate to show their support in wiping out heart […] ... More
Seatbelts and Air Bags Save Spines, Too

Seatbelts and Air Bags Save Spines, Too

If you, your friends, or loved ones are not convinced that seat belts and air bags are lifesavers, read on. Research published in the February 2009 issue of Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine provides compelling evidence that the combination of air bags and seat belts affords the best protection against spine fractures sustained in motor vehicle […] ... More
The Living Well Challenge

The Living Well Challenge

As the Post medical editor, I enjoy learning and writing about promising medical discoveries and sharing health information that readers can use to care for themselves and their loved ones. And it’s great that my “day job” sometimes even helps my own friends and family, too. But this new blog offers me the chance — the challenge, […] ... More
My Weekend Getaway

My Weekend Getaway

Today, I’m thinking about relationships, especially those among women. I spent a recent weekend in a small town about two hours away from the comforts of home. I was among a group of 20 women: 12 total strangers, five acquaintances, and two who may know me better than I know myself. Today, I am grateful. […] ... More
Multiple Sclerosis Update

Multiple Sclerosis Update

The search for safer and more effective options to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) is an active focus of research around the globe. To date, about half a dozen therapies are FDA approved—and only for certain forms of the complex disease. The following advances were reported in late 2008: •Major pharmaceutical company Novartis released promising results […] ... More
Stike Out Strokes

Stike Out Strokes

About 80 percent of all strokes are preventable. People with diabetes and those who have survived a stroke are especially vulnerable for a devastating “brain” attack. Kids have strokes, too. For more information about strokes, the Steps Against Recurrent Stroke campaign, and locations of emergency stroke centers, visit stroke.org. For more information about diabetes, visit […] ... More
Use the Web to Find the Right Nursing Home

Use the Web to Find the Right Nursing Home

A growing number of baby boomers are (or will be) facing one of the most difficult decisions anyone ever has to make: choosing a nursing home for a loved one or yourself. That decision is now easier, thanks to a novel Web site called Nursing Home Compare from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […] ... More
New Cancer Test Predicts Risk

New Cancer Test Predicts Risk

Aureon Laboratories has introduced a first-of-its-kind test that uses biopsy tissue to predict the progression of prostate cancer and likelihood of its recurrence. The Prostate Px+ measures the clinical, anatomical, and molecular features present in men who are newly diagnosed with the disease, allowing for more informed and personalized treatment planning. For more information about […] ... More
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