Loneliness and aging can lead to depression in seniors.
I read an article recently announcing that May is National Mental Health Month, and it reminded me of my days in medical practice. Dealing with geriatric mental health issues is among the most complex challenges in caring for the elderly. This year’s theme, Risky Business – Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll, is intended to educate the public on habits and behaviors that may increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illness or be signs of mental health problems in and of themselves….
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Women Preventive Health
If you’ve ever been on an airplane, you’ll be familiar with the flight attendants’ instructions to put your oxygen mask on first before trying to help others. Now think about this as it applies to your health. As a mom of two kids, I know it often seems impossible to take care of myself when I’m busy making their needs my first priority….
Post-race recovery tips
A BCBSR finisher gets a well-deserved post-race massage at the end of the course. I ran my first Blue Cross Broad Street Run® (BCBSR) in 2010, the second hottest race in its history. Race day was anticipated to be in the 80s, so I spent the previous day drinking gallons of water….
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Why Get Your Child Vaccinated?

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 by
Child vaccination
When considering what we can do to keep our families healthy, few things match the effectiveness of vaccination. In fact, the benefits and safety of vaccines have never been clearer. However, some parents have reservations about taking children for their shots, which leaves our most vulnerable at risk. To clear things up, we asked IBX Medical Director Dr….
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Learning about cholesterol
Cholesterol can’t swim, so it needs boats to help it get around inside our bodies. I learned this today. I was looking up something about cholesterol for work and feeling like I’d done this a million times and read this same material a million times and was beating myself up a little that I couldn’t seem to keep it all straight….
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Healthy quinoa recipes
“Eat it. It’s good for you.” These words struck fear into my eight-year-old heart. That means it’s gross, because otherwise they’d have said to eat it because it’s yummy. Though I’ve left childhood behind me, when it comes to food, I suspect none of us have ever really let this youthful logic go. Take quinoa (keen-wah) for example….
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Boost immune system
Even though the snow never amounted to much at my house this winter, my family was buried under drifts of illness for what seemed like months — just as one of us got over a cold, someone else would get a stomach bug, or the flu, or an ear infection. I will spare you the details,…
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When to get a colonoscopy
March is colorectal cancer awareness month, so it’s a good time to learn about this potentially deadly disease and spread the word about colonoscopy, the most effective way to screen for colorectal cancer. As a Senior Medical Director at Independence Blue Cross, I’m committed to educating people about the importance of colonoscopy and what we’re doing as a company to encourage more people to get this life-saving screening….
emotional well-being
When someone asks about your health, it’s natural to think about how your body feels. Do you have a cold? A nagging back pain? Or maybe you think about how you could hit the gym more often, or work more vegetables into your diet. Too often, we focus on our physical well-being and forget how important our emotional well-being is….
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Food vs. Food: Greens

Friday, 17 March 2017 by
most healthy greens
Greens. Whether you love ‘em, tolerate ‘em, or still push them around the plate so it looks like you ate ‘em, we can all agree that they’re good for you. If eating your greens is a fight every time, maybe it’s time for a rematch. Read on for some fresh ideas.

Done with iceberg? Try romaine.

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