The Effect of Temperature on Sleep

Jun 08, 2016
The Effect of Temperature on Sleep

I’m going to point out the obvious. The temperature you sleep in has an effect on the quality of your sleep. Trying to sleep when it is overly hot is not easy. First, you start with your feet out from under the sheets. You start to toss and turn. Eventually, much to your growing frustration, you throw the sheets off altogether. Conversely, trying to sleep in really cold temperature is arguably worse. No one enjoys the feeling of waking up in the middle of the night shivering from the cold.


The Future of Personalized Medicine

Jun 06, 2016
The Future of Personalized Medicine

 

It is common knowledge that the health care industry has a rapidly changing landscape—and right now is an especially exciting time.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a goal to move the health care system toward paying providers on the quality of care provided to their patients, rather than the quantity.


6 Superior Service Dogs: Brief History & Health Issues

Jun 03, 2016
6 Superior Service Dogs: Brief History & Health Issues

 

In the distant past, service dogs were primarily seen assisting those with sight problems, our police and military personnel, but nowadays you will see them practically everywhere. For more than 43 million people who are disabled in the United States, it’s estimated there are almost 400,000 service dogs assisting this differently abled population.


The Consequences of Sleep Deprivation

May 27, 2016
The Consequences of Sleep Deprivation

We all know what it feels like to not get enough sleep. You hear the alarm go off and a feeling of dread fills your body. It’s already time to get up? You slowly stand up, stumble to the bathroom and look back at yourself with bloodshot eyes. It’s not a good start to the day. The rest of the day doesn’t play out in a great way either. The reason? You’re sleep deprived, and you’re not alone.


Better Sleep Month: An Opportunity To Assess Your Sleep

May 25, 2016
Better Sleep Month: An Opportunity To Assess Your Sleep

In 1985 the Better Sleep Council proclaimed May as the Better Sleep Month. The aim was to draw attention and raise awareness of the importance of sleep, and to encourage an improvement in sleep patterns.


Osteoporosis and Exercise

May 23, 2016
Osteoporosis and Exercise

 

Osteoporosis is defined as having porous bones.  It is a progressive lose of bone that has an increased risk for bone fractures to those individuals diagnosed.  Often times we think this diagnosis comes with a decrease in activity for the safety of our health.  However, more and more studies are coming available that show the need to move with Osteoporosis in a safe way.   


Is the Racket causing havoc?

May 18, 2016
Is the Racket causing havoc?

Now that the sun is shining a little longer, some of us are drawn to be outside.  Some of us become weekend warriors while others are picking up a hobby that your body is not ready for.  I played tennis this spring for the first time in 20 years with a recreational tennis league for doubles.  Since it had been 20 years from the last time I held a racket, my mind was screaming you are not ready for this.


You Should Work Only This Number of Hours a Week, According to Science

May 16, 2016
You Should Work Only This Number of Hours a Week, According to Science

Due to competitive market today, you have to work hard in order to make your way to success. This is particularly important if you’re an entrepreneur or a small business owner. But, how many hours a week you should work? That’s a common question and a subject of many debates among experts. The primary purpose of this article is to explain how many hours you should work a week and why working more than that can have a negative impact on your health.


5 Ways Chronic Stress Impacts Our Mental Health

May 11, 2016
5 Ways Chronic Stress Impacts Our Mental Health

 

Stress is one condition that most people experience, yet hesitate to accept. It may persist either for a short time or affect your overall mental health, advancing to critical mental illness. This condition can be experienced during an overwhelming or emotionally-charged situation that leads to biochemical, physiological in the brain and behavioral changes in the patient. These changes impact your personality and approach towards life.


Playing sports – It benefits more than your health

May 09, 2016
Playing sports – It benefits more than your health

Whew! I made it through another semester of graduate school. Interestingly, one of my assignments for this semester required me to complete extensive research into a topic of my choosing. In the end my topic, as it often does, centered on adaptive sports. Since the health benefits of sports participation are well known, I was intrigued by non-health benefits that can be derived from playing sports.