If you’ve ever felt like your doctor isn’t listening to you, it may be true. Studies have found that doctors let patients speak for only 23 seconds on average before cutting them off; in one University of South Carolina study, primary care patients were interrupted just 12 seconds after the physician entered the exam room.
There’s no question that nutrition trends and fads make great headlines. The appeal of a sure-fire fix to the daily task of healthy eating isn’t surprising. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just improve our health by eating the latest, greatest superfood or following the newest juicing regimen? But the reality is that a
Aging is hard on ears. Everything from loud concerts and sports stadium crowds to chemicals in cigarette smoke and cleaning agents can kill the thousands of tiny hair cells in your inner ear, which are responsible for transforming sound waves into nerve signals that the brain interprets as speech or music or an alarm clock.
Most of us would agree that a little more kindness in our world is always much appreciated. Unfortunately, too many of us spend our days rushing around doing too many things while feeling frantic and overworked. This leaves little time to be kind to ourselves. Self-care is an important act of kindness that not only
Once marketed only to athletes, energy bars have gone mainstream. If you’ve cruised any grocery store recently, you’ve seen them—usually displayed near the candy bars. They come in a wide array of flavors and their packaging is full of health claims—but are these snacks healthy or are they nothing more than a candy bar dressed
You already know it’s important to get your flu vaccine every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you get your shot by the end of October, because your body needs a good two weeks after your shot to get your virus-fighting antibodies up and running. When you stop by your doctor’s
According to the Center for Disease Control, influenza viruses continue to wreak misery in the United States and throughout the world. Got your flu shot? Good, do it again next year. However, keep in mind that other viruses cause respiratory illness: parainfluenza viruses, adenoviruses, coronaviruses, rhinoviruses….not to mention bacteria such as Streptococcus. Despite the fact
The United States spends more money by a wide margin than any other country on health care. Our health care system is set up to keep us from dying, not thriving. Our average life span barely makes it in the top 30 when compared to other nations. As it stands now, the American health care
We all know the importance of exercise, fitness, and generally staying active in order to age well. Exercise is a critical component in maintaining a long life span and health span. For many, exercise and fitness is a way to have fun and stay in shape. Others use activity to manage stress or chronic illnesses
Many adults eventually realize they’re pressing the “volume up” button on the TV remote more often, or that a lot of people around them need to speak up. There are two common reasons people start to lose their hearing: Age: As you get older, the tiny hair cells in your inner ears slowly break down