Painkiller Addicts and Their Quest for Prescribing Doctors

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A disturbing statistic is that more than one-fifth of Americans have taken a prescription drug for non-medical reasons. The trend is even more alarming when it comes to high school students, 25 percent of whom are said to abuse prescription drugs - a rate that has increased by 33 percent since 2009. But what can be done to stop, or at least slow ... Read More...

June In-Season Produce

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New York has been hit with a heat wave! With the temperature topping 90 degrees, many of us are not in the mood to cook. Luckily, there are many in-season fruits and veggies this month that are delicious just as they are. Here’s the in-season produce to add to your grocery list to ensure your family eats foods at the peak of freshness this ... Read More...

World No Tobacco Day 2013: Send the Tobacco Industry a Message

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Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors "World No Tobacco Day" to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking tobacco. This year's theme is about sending a message to the tobacco industry. The WHO is calling for a ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, referred to as TAPS for short, with the goal of thwarting the ... Read More...

Is a Higher SPF Always Better?

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It's true that SPF 15 provides more protection than SPF 4, and 30 is better than 15. So, it stands to reason that the higher the SPF number, the better, right? Not necessarily. According to Dr. Steven Wang, a dermatologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, choosing the right SPF, or sun protection factor, is not so cut and dry. A ... Read More...

Random Drug and Alcohol Testing for Doctors?

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If passed, one of the things a proposed ballot measure will ask California voters to decide is whether doctors should be subjected to mandatory and random drug and alcohol testing.  The California Medical Association has called the initiative "ridiculous" and an "ill-fated publicity stunt." But is substance abuse by physicians putting our safety ... Read More...

Hoarding Now a Recognized Mental Health Disorder

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Hoarding is defined as the excessive collection of items (often with little to no value) and the inability to discard them. If you've ever seen one of the many reality TV shows about hoarders, you may be surprised to hear that the condition wasn't always recognized as its own distinct mental health disorder. With its sufferers living in perilously ... Read More...

4 Ways to Avoid Being Misdiagnosed

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A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that, of patients who return unexpectedly to their primary care doctor after a visit, 40 percent of them have been misdiagnosed. An alarming statistic for sure, but not completely surprising given the way medicine is practiced today. Doctors are more ... Read More...

4 Tips for Healthy Summer Feet

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The weather is finally starting to heat up. So if you haven't done so already, it's time to work up the courage to take your feet out of the cocoon they've been living in all winter and expose them to the light of day. If you're like me, you'll be met with perfectly preserved, baby-soft, and PALE tootsies, thanks to their months of slumber in cozy ... Read More...

High Heel Pain? Damage May Be Worse Than You Think

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High heels can be a health risk. I should know, as someone who once ran to catch a train in heels and ended up with a stress fracture at the bottom of my foot. But it's not just freak accidents like that and temporary discomfort that these beautiful shoes can bring. According to recent research, high heel pain can follow you for the rest of your ... Read More...

Taking Vacations is Good For Your Health

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You may think you're being responsible by putting off your vacation, choosing instead to spend more hours at the office. But in reality, not taking a break to relax and recharge is actually like playing Russian roulette with your health. Multiple studies have found that taking vacations annually provides substantial health benefits. One ... Read More...