Health

Five ways OTC sleep aids are misused

Faced with another night of tossing and turning followed by a day made harder by a lack of sleep, many people turn to an over-the-counter sleep aid for help. However, it’s a slippery slope from using a sleeping pill once in a while to relying on it every night – and many people quickly find themselves unable to get a good night’s rest without it. A recent Consumer ...

 
 

Mind Matters: Critical thinking meets compassion

Elizabeth Minuchin, in “The Evil of Banality,” argues that when people don’t think critically, they simply “follow” and can become agents of evil without questioning the morality of their actions. An evil system, she says, only works when ordinary people carry out its orders. The work of Philip Zimbardo corroborates her premise. He and his colleagues devised the ...

 

The five best diets for your health

Turn on your TV or surf online for more than a minute and you’ll find no shortage of diets claiming to improve your health, help you lose weight, and improve your organ functions. Separating fact from fiction can be difficult. There is research to back up the benefits of some diets, but most don’t do what they claim. Choose the wrong one and, in the best-case ...

 

Wellness Jackie’s Way: Portions and servings

Every summer I look forward to teaching nutrition to the students attending summer camp at the Academy of International Ballet in Garnet Valley. We started out this summer’s sessions with discussing food portions and the difference between a portion and a serving. Have you ever asked yourself that question? Most people probably think of it as the same thing. But ...

 

Crozer Burn Center honored

Crozer-Keystone Health System’s renowned Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently added two more national recognitions to its long history of achievement. First, the burn center’s co-medical director, Dr. Linwood Haith Jr. has assumed the presidency of the American Burn Association for a one-year term. Secondly, the ...

 

Stomach cancer linked to alcohol and processed meats

Sometimes it seems like everything that tastes good is bad for your health. When it comes to consuming alcohol and processed meats, that may be true. A new study shows eating foods like hot dogs, lunch meats and other processed meats put you at a greater risk of developing stomach cancer. Unfortunately, washing down your meal with a beer or other alcoholic drink ...

 

Mind Matters: Psychology Is everywhere

There is no dearth of topics where research in psychology doesn’t have relevant input. I recently unearthed the December 2016, issue of the American Psychological Association Monitor from my pile of journals and discovered the following “print-bites” of knowledge. Here are a few. According to a study in Health Psychology, researchers found that tweens and teens ...

 

Teens, Instagram and mental health

While you may have never even seen the app, virtually every teen you know is on Instagram. According to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 76 percent of teens aged 13-17 have an account. Since its release in 2010, the photo-sharing social media platform has garnered over 700 million total users and has become more popular among teens than ...

 

Drug drop off at Rose Tree

The Delaware County Heroin Task Force is taking its efforts to remove dangerous prescription drugs and combat heroin use on the road this tomorrow, June 29. Individuals can drop off their expired and unwanted medications at a Mobile Drug Collection event in the parking lot at Rose Tree Park from 6-8 p.m. during the Delco’s Summer Concert Series Audra McLaughlin ...

 

Drinking too much?

At nearly every doctor’s appointment, you’ll be asked how much alcohol you drink. Before you automatically answer, “I drink socially” so your doctor moves on to the next question, take a moment to really think about your drinking habits. It’s easy to underestimate how much you drink when you’re out with friends, or how frequently you drink if you regularly have beer ...

 

Swim lessons after autism diagnosis

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Swim Lessons Are Important for Safety and Survival Of all the challenges parents of a child with autism face, making sure they’re safe around the water is probably not top of mind. However, it should be. A new study reveals that children with autism are at a much higher risk for drowning than other children. Researchers from the University ...