November is National Diabetes Month with November 14 recognized as World Diabetes Day. Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that affects 1 in 12 U.S. adults. Currently approximately 25 million people have diabetes while an additional estimated 80 million are at risk of developing diabetes. It is on track to become the 7th leading cause of death in the world by 2030. The number of individuals with diabetes is projected to increase 50% in 10 years.
To John Lucero, Colorado resident, fishing is about connecting to the soul of nature and it’s more important than the obstacles he may find getting to a pond, river or lake. It links him to what he used to take for granted and reminds him to enjoy each day to the fullest.
Caregiving for a family member has become a new job title for many relatives. Currently, 39% of U.S. adults provide care for a relative or close friend. This statistic has increased 9% from 2010. Long-distance caregiving for an elderly parent is common due to families relocating based on a specific career path. Research has found that many caregivers utilize technology to help diagnose and manage their loved one’s health care whether they live in close proximity or far away.
Everyday, a Lindamood-Bell® Learning Center receives phone calls or talks face to face with the parents of potential or current students. These parents all have at least two things in common. They want to help their child be the best that he can be, and they are looking for help. Our goal is to help all individuals reach their potential. Although our instruction is individualized, it embodies an interactive, balanced approach. It is our belief that with the right instruction, students become self-correcting and independent learners. The following is Part Two of a two part series on some of the most common questions we are asked, and their corresponding answers.
Is your knee pain affecting your quality of life? If so - you are not alone.
Soccer is the world's most popular sport and for good reason: lots of action, passionate players, and fancy footwork. Great soccer moves also include heading the ball, which new research is showing can be dangerous. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have looked at repetitive heading of a soccer ball and observed similar effects as concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries.
Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Summer is a
great time of year to relax by the pool and swimming can be a fun
Everyday, the Lindamood-Bell® Learning Center receives phone calls or talks face to face with the parents of potential or current students. These parents all have at least two things in common. They want to help their child be the best that he can be, and they are looking for help. Our goal is to help all individuals reach their potential. Although our instruction is individualized, it embodies an interactive, balanced approach. It is our belief that with the right instruction, students become self-correcting and independent learners. The following is Part One of a Two Part series on some of the most common questions we are asked, and their corresponding answers.
It’s not surprising that obesity is linked to sedentary activities and there is a known link between sitting and diabetes, heart disease and more chronic conditions. Many experts agree that a sedentary lifestyle is a common cause of increasing waistlines and can be considered a catalyst for diabetes, high blood pressure and joint damage.
Two thousand years ago, in an Eastern village, an epidemic infection wiped out 200 kinsmen. In the aftermath, a village survivor named Zhang Zhong-Jing wrote the Treatise: "On Cold Damage,” which outlines treatments he developed for treating epidemic diseases. Soon elevated to the status of medical sage, Zhong-Jing's work – his herbal remedies – became the basis for every Asian practitioner's treatment of such ailments.
Jane* had suffered from pain in her jaws for as long as she could remember. When I met Jane for the first time, she was a part of special ops in the military, and, she was now more aware of the pain with each passing day. Jane presented with stiffness in the jaw area, pain through her jaw, face and neck, and, painful popping in the jaw. After a thorough initial evaluation, I referred Jane to a TMJ specialist for a detailed evaluation with special focus on her jaw and the related joint.
Not on a dare and not on a whim Francis Beveren (name changed to protect patient identity) jumped out of a plane 2 miles above earth and fell at a rate of 120 mph for 50 seconds. To skydive was on her bucket list. She did not know that this short jump would start her on a long journey of enduring a chronic condition called lymphedema. Many people who have had their lymph nodes removed after breast cancer surgery don’t realize that air travel can lead to a chronic condition of lymphedema.
We make resolutions every year. We renew some old resolutions and make some new pledges. Most of them revolve around making us better, inside and out. Personally, I have discovered that the only way to make a resolution permanent is by making it a habit, by incorporating it in your lifestyle. Here are some easy dental resolutions to keep your pearly whites healthy and bright.
Kaira Muchow is fit. She’s completed one Tough Mudder, one triathlon, and countless 5Ks. But Kaira isn’t just physically fit; she’s also mentally tough.
Have you ever had a child come down with a sudden "stomach ache" on the day of a big math test? Although we often brush off these events as mere excuses, a new study has shown that anxiety brought about by math can actually trigger physical pain.
In the past few months, I have been writing based on the experience of all my past patients and my point of view as a dentist. But I write this article from the point of view of being a patient.
Children are our tomorrow. It is very important that we establish a good foundation for them so they will follow through as model adolescents and adults.
“I would like straighter teeth” ranks among the top reasons why most people come and see me. I see parents coming in for their kids and sometimes, adults coming in, to see if the dream of straight teeth is still possible to accomplish.
National Assisted Living Week is recognized during September 9-15, 2012.
There is still much that doctors, parents and caregivers can learn about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. While answers are constantly being investigated, it should come as no surprise that certain myths abound about ADHD.
Greg* was very fearful when he first came to see me for his dental problems a few years ago. He looked shaken up and it was obvious that he was very uncomfortable in the dental chair. I politely introduced myself and shook his hand but before even a “hello”, the first words that came out of his mouth were, “nothing personal but I hate dentists. I hate being here. This is so scary and it has taken me a lot to come here. In fact, I wouldn't have come. But, my wife insisted!” Upon further questioning, Greg informed me that he had a very bad experience at a dental office as a child. It had scarred him for life. It had traumatized him so much that he would much rather live in constant pain and have chronic infection than go to a dentist for treatment. He had even attempted to take his own tooth out once rather than go to a dentist.
A wise person once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The quote, a subject of debate as to its origin, is believed to be over 80 years old. As a nation, however, we are only just beginning to fully understand and implement the paradigm behind the observation, that there are a variety of equally valid ways of learning and, accordingly, many forms of intelligence.
As many across the globe adopt more eco-friendly lifestyles, protecting the environment remains a top priority. The popularity of hybrid cars continues to rise while more and more communities are recycling and reusing. Each of those things is an effort to decrease carbon footprint and protect the environment from human behaviors that can be harmful to the planet.
The weather is warming and that means windows are being opened to let in fresh air and warm breezes. The advantages to open windows are many. But one particular disadvantage is the safety hazard open windows present to young children.
Those blue drinks, red popsicles and multi-colored cereals could be triggering temper tantrums, learning difficulties, sleep disorders and a host of physical complaints such as asthma, headaches, hives and ear infections.
(Castle Rock, Colo.)---The Woodhouse Day Spa in Castle Rock announces the launch of Young Woodhouse, a new offering of experiences crafted specifically for young spa customers between the ages of 6-17. The new menu will be debuted at a mother and daughter spa day and social at The Woodhouse Day Spa located at 880 W Happy Canyon Rd., Suite 130 on Thurs., June 14 from 5-8 p.m. The event, hosted by co-owners Desiree Moore and Amber Long, will offer complimentary mini services, refreshments for kids and adults, cupcakes, door prizes, a spa service giveaway and a bonus gift to the first 50 mothers and daughters who R.S.V.P. for the event.
The first time I met Jill*, it seemed to me that she had lost her smile. In my business of creating beautiful smiles, this was most heart wrenching. Jill had lost all her teeth to ill habits, poor oral hygiene and gum disease, at a mere age of 36. She was only 42 when she came to my office. In those six years, Jill had gotten dentures but her quality of life had changed dramatically. Not only could she not eat everything she wanted to, but socially, she was embarrassed to smile and lived in constant fear that her dentures would come out of her mouth at an inopportune moment.
Summer brings a slower pace to our lives and for many, a change in routine. The beginning of summer is usually marked with the opening of the local swimming pool. Playing or exercising in water is not only fun, but a great way to fit exercise into your day. Planning a day at the pool? Here are some practical tips to help you make the most of your experience.
Many parents can attest to the challenges in encouraging children to eat healthily, including incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables into their daily diets.
Digestion problems could play a role in a child's susceptibility to autism or the severity of the condition. A new experimental drug is being fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration and could prove helpful in the fight against autism.
Last month, LiveWell Colorado had the privilege of partnering with Kaiser Permanente, the Colorado Health Foundation, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in hosting the Denver premier of HBO’s documentary, The Weight of the Nation, a new four-part video documentary series examining the forces propelling obesity in our country.
As I move into middle age and look at my parents who are now considered elderly (not in their minds of course!), I am always looking at ways to improve how my brain functions as I get older.
The summer sports scene is upon us, and it is therefore a good time to remind parents about the dangers of early athletic burnout and overuse.
Sleep issues can oftentimes a concern for both parents and their children alike.
Spring is here! It seems to be the time of year we especially think about love and relationships. We all seem to want to be in a romantic, loving relationship. I recently attended the wedding of a dear friend who was getting remarried at the age of 72! As I shared this happy news with friends who were single, they commented,”There's hope!” Again, it seems that we all want to be in a truly loving relationship with a partner, someone to happily share our lives with.
In the late 18th Century, two famous people had to make an important decision concerning vaccinating their child. The first vaccine, for smallpox, had just been discovered.
Childhood Obesity has become an increasing problem in the United States over the last three decades. Diseases that were once rare in children, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are on the rise. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 17% (12.5 million) of children age 2-19 years are obese. As parents you can help fight childhood obesity by raising healthy active children.
Well-meaning parents or grandparents often tell children not to do something with the warning that a serious health implication could result. Kids often take their elders at their word. But some of these warnings bear more truth than others. Here's the scoop on some of the more common misconceptions:
Most parents want their children to be verbal and outgoing. Speech and language development is the vehicle that allows this to happen. It is through verbal expression that children are able to communicate their needs, thoughts and personality. It is how we, as adults, understand what children need and also what allows us to enjoy their specialness.
Health screenings are important for men of all ages. Whether you're a young man, middle-aged or enjoying your golden years, screening tests are an important part of staying healthy.
Douglas County has long been known as a youthful community, but that’s all about to change.
Few families are fortunate enough to say they have not been impacted by Alzheimer's disease.
The Children’s Hospital is working with Shea Properties to open a satellite facility in Highlands Ranch.
Is your child not paying attention in school, becoming unruly or performing poorly in his or her classwork? Behavioral problems, crankiness and hyperactivity can sometimes be attributed to poor sleep habits.
Winter is winding down on the calendar, but the cold-weather illnesses seem to be cropping up late this year and may be present for a while longer. Each year during this season, we see several illnesses that we know will occur in epidemic fashion. All are contagious, especially in schools and daycares. Here are some of the more common ones:
Since 1994 pediatricians have been recommending that parents not allow their young infants to sleep on their stomachs due to a relationship between the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and sleeping in that prone position. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics there has been a decrease in SIDS deaths by 40 percent since that time, so keep up the good work in having your baby sleep on her back!
Colorado’s soon-to-be retirees aren’t dreaming of Florida beaches and saguaro cactus. Most want to spend their twilight years right here.
As children, we spend a lot of time in the sun. It kept us - and our parents - happy and healthy. The sun is needed for almost all plants and animals to live.
Health-conscious parents often worry about what their kids are eating. Those greasy fast food French fries kids love might be cringe-worthy to parents, but it's not just the foods kids request that parents should monitor.
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