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Summary: RadioMD’s “talking” Health A-Z Interviews with experts in the world of health, including world-renowned physicians, authors and celebrities in every area of health, wellness, fitness and medicine. Learn the best ways to stay fit, stay healthy and stay well.
You're intrigued with the concept of massage, but would feel more committed with answers to questions you're too shy to ask.Massage therapy can be a relaxing experience to help with stress and can even help treat chronic pain. And, massages can be purchased to use as a gift for a loved one... couple's massage with your significant other is a great way to combine the feeling of romance and relaxation. Then again, what about all the embarrassing and awkward experiences you've heard can happen during the massage session - all of which have left you coming up with questions on your own? For instance, what if you have to really use the restroom during a massage? Whether it's your first time getting a massage, or you are an experienced spa goer, some questions may be just too embarrassing to ask. Nationally certified massage therapist, Barb Koscielak, answers the 10 most embarrassing questions surrounding massage in order to help you to fully enjoy the session.
Feeling like you're running on fumes? Your body and mind might be telling you that you've had enough.A workaholic is someone who is addicted to work. You come to the office early, stay late, and answer emails in the middle of the night. Sure, it may sound like someone who is truly dedicated to his or her job; a go-getter, or team-player. But could your workaholic ways be hurting your health? Most workaholics are addicted to the adrenaline or the high their mind and body feels from the product of their success. But your obsessive-compulsive tendencies may be the root cause of resulting stress, anxiety, fatigue and irritability. It's an essential distinction: working hard is not the same as being a workaholic. The imbalance of work and your social life may also be affecting your relationships. Workaholics tend to isolate themselves, feeling lonely and guilty due to their vacancy. This, in turn, can often lead to depression. Burnout is a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion due to excessive and prolonged levels of high stress in your work environment. Burnout can cause problems for your health and relationships if unchecked. Clinical psychologist and physical therapist, Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, gives the signs of burnout you might have been ignoring, as well as how to bounce back to a more balanced, happy and healthy life.
Do you constantly feel like you have to justify to friends and family why you're still single? Guess what? You don't have to.Having numerous relationships that end up going south and dates that don't light a spark can be extremely disappointing. Friends and family often ask you with an incredulous undertone, "Why are you still single?" Well, isn't that a loaded question? Your answer might be something like, "I've had to ditch a few Mr. Wrongs," or "I haven't found Mr. Right and I didn't want to get married, just to get married." Unfortunately, those answer don't always suffice... especially to a prying mother who wants nothing more than a grandbaby. That, however, doesn't change the fact that you are tired of the assumption that if you're 30 or older and still single, then there must be something wrong with you. Isn't it possible that you haven't found the right match, and in the meantime you are content with just being by yourself? According to the United States Census Bureau there are over 100 million unmarried people in America 18 and older in 2012, which makes up 44 percent of all U.S. residents that are 18 and older. Out of all these singles, 62 percent (18 and older) have never walked down the aisle either. Behavioral Psychologist, and dating and relationship coach, Jo Hemmings, explains the benefits of staying single and why there is nothing wrong with you if you are.
If you're dealing with panic disorder, it may seem like you will never live a normal life. But you CAN learn how to take control when panic sets in.Some anxiety is considered normal and even beneficial. It is understandable to feel anxious in a job interview, on a first date or at your first day of school. Everyone can relate to these symptoms and experiences. On the other hand, an anxiety disorder is determined by the intensity of your experience and whether or not your anxiety interferes with everyday life and becomes a debilitating problem. Having panic disorder is different than simply feeling anxious or nervous. Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder where you have repeated attacks of intense fear or nervousness that something bad will happen. This disorder can occur unexpectedly, causing extreme emotional reactions, as well as some physical symptoms. Typically, the term "anxiety attack" is used to discuss weaker versions of panic attacks. Author and writer, Rita Anya Nara, shares her experience with this common mental health issue. Having suffered from panic disorder herself, Nara knows first-hand how debilitating the disorder can be. She offers effective coping mechanisms to help you finally gain control of your life once again.
Open enrollment for the Marketplace ends March 31, 2014, so it's important to learn about your options as soon as possible.Starting October 1st, 2013, millions of Americans who lack health insurance or want to explore other options can sign up to obtain coverage through the online Health Insurance Marketplace, which is established as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplace, sometimes referred to as "exchanges," is a new way to find health coverage that is best suitable for you. Either your state or federal government runs the Marketplace. With your Marketplace application, you can enroll, apply for subsidies to lower your premiums, see if your income and household size can lower your costs and compare the coverage options in your area. It's a one-stop shop... comparable to shopping online for the best-priced airline ticket or hotel room, but more complex. Most Americans will be eligible to use the Marketplace. Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014 and the open enrollment ends March 31, 2014; so it is important to learn about your options as soon as possible. Marianne Eterno, Assistant Vice President of Government Relations for Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company, guides you through the important details of the Marketplace, from applying to what plans are covered.
It sounds like something out of a science fiction horror movie, but these parasites are real and almost uniformly deadly.It sounds like something out of a science fiction horror movie, but the "brain-eating amoeba" parasites you've heard about lately are real and almost uniformly deadly. The CDC reports that since 1962, 128 cases have occurred, and only two (or possibly three) individuals have survived. One of those individuals is a teenage girl who was infected just this past summer. Unfortunately, the other teen that was affected in the summer of 2013 did not survive. The parasites (or amoebas) typically live in warm, stagnant water; but they can also survive in under-treated water, such as that at a water park or even within a well. Fortunately, you cannot be infected simply by drinking the water by mistake. The contaminated water needs to forcibly injected up through the nasal cavity. This is why there was an issue with people using the Netti-Pot, as that is the method used for treatment. Symptoms mimic those of meningitis, as once you are infected you actually have a version of meningitis. Severe headache, fever, stiffness of the neck, and nausea can all reflect an infection. Doctors use a spinal tap to officially diagnose the disease. But, before you get too frightened after ending up with a stiff neck from a bad pillow, keep in mind that the occurrence is extremely rare. And while treatment up to this point as been almost completely ineffective, the CDC is releasing an experimental drug for the cases that do occur. Dr. Ryan Stanton teams up with Dr. Leigh to share more information about one girl’s miraculous recovery and how you can protect your kids and yourself.
Ovarian cancer is projected to kill more than 14,000 women this year. But if you don't have a family history, how do you know if you're at risk?Ovarian cancer is called the silent killer, projected to kill more than 14,000 women this year. While genetic testing and family history can play a role in the possibility of developing ovarian cancer, the truth is that gene abnormalities only account for 10-15% of all cases. The other 85-90% of patients develop the cancer simply by chance. Unfortunately, the symptoms for ovarian cancer - unless you have a family history and are actively watching for them, or being screened regularly - are often undetectable until the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Instances of bloating, nausea, and loss of appetite often only show up after the cancer has spread. The typical screening mechanism for ovarian cancer is a pelvic exam, usually performed by your OB-GYN each year. If you've had a family history, you may opt for tests like the CA-125 blood test or an ultrasound. Recently, developments in the way the CA-125 test is conducted have allowed for a closer monitoring of the disease. Special guest, Dr. Robin Lacour, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss important information about ovarian cancer, including, the encouraging advances in regards to testing.
The CDC estimates more than one-third of children and adolescents are considered overweight or obese. Is your child one of them?Childhood obesity has become a major epidemic in the United States. The CDC estimates more than one-third of children and adolescents are considered overweight or obese. Is your child one of them? Emergency Room physician, Dr. Peter Pagnussi, shares some valuable information about this serious issue, as well as some potential solutions. Learn what you can do to protect the ones you love.
ER doctors treat over one million sports injuries a year in young athletes. Learn how to best protect your child.If you have a child that plays sports, they undoubtedly have had some sort of injury - even if mild. Emergency room physicians treat over one million sports-related injuries a year in young athletes. Sports Medicine expert, Dr. Kevin Waninger, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss some of the most common injuries in young athletes, including concussions, broken bones, serious cuts and more. Learn how your child can help prevent some of these injuries and how to best treat them when they occur.
Concussions are an issue in sports... not only for the NFL and other professional teams, but also for your young athlete.Concussions are in the news often these days, with the recent NFL settlement and measures like professional sports organizations putting concussion programs in place. But what about your child athlete? Are they being attended to as carefully as the professional athletes? Sports Medicine expert, Dr. Kevin Waninger, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the dangers associated with concussions, as well as when is it safe to return to action. Dr. Waninger also delves into whether emergency physicians are clearing these kids too soon even after a mild concussion. Learn how you can help keep your child safe and make the proper decisions where concussions are concerned.
Life Extension has published 130 protocols on disease prevention and treatment. Learn how you can make use of their discoveries.Imagine over 1,400 pages of breakthrough information that bridges the gap between cutting-edge science and mainstream medicine, in one must-have volume that you'll find invaluable now and for years to come... all thanks to one organization concerned for you and your health. That organization, Life Extension, has published 130 evidence-based protocols on disease prevention and treatment. This is information you simply won't find anywhere else, generated by an organization passionate about keeping you younger and healthier longer. Learn how you can make effective use of their discoveries, as special guest Luke Huber joins Dr. Mike in this segment of Healthy Talk.
If you're caring for a loved one you may unknowingly be putting your own health at risk.With the Baby Boomer generation reaching age 65, there are a growing number of Americans – 42 million in fact - caring for someone who is ill, disabled or aged. And while being a caregiver can be rewarding, it is often time-consuming and stressful. A recent survey revealed that caregivers were more likely to rate themselves in poorer health compared to non-caregivers. Paul Reyes, from Ask the Pharmacist, offers important tips to help caregivers stay on-top of their own health.
The James Worthy Head Start program addresses the nutritional needs of children living below the poverty line.The causes of poverty have multiple roots involving individuals' health, families, communities, institutions, systems and cultures. The James Worthy Foundation works with alliance and support organizations to carefully select programs for ensuring the nutritional needs of children living in poverty. Specifically, the James Worthy Head Start program addresses the nutritional needs of children living below the poverty line.
The James Worthy Foundation is on a mission to help a "Nutritionally Insecure" American population – at-risk youth.In the low-income communities, where sports are the center of their community interactions and the number one dream of "want to be" sports stars, there is a big information gap about the sources of high-quality and sustainable nutrition and energy. NBA star, James Worthy, wants to get young athletes off "energy" drinks - which are full of empty calories, sugar and potentially harmful chemicals - and replace them with an all-natural drink that meets their nutritional needs.
Asking four simple questions can help reveal the truth behind scary medical headlines.One headline read, "Taking a multivitamin won't help you and might even be dangerous to your health." Before believing the sensational hype, ask yourself the investigational questions Who, Why, How and What. You'll soon discover that sensational headlines are often conclusions from poorly designed, biased research.