Author: Jennifer E. Landis

The Benefits of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Did you know a person’s mental health affects their addictive behavior and vice versa? With this in mind, those suffering from addiction can benefit from an approach that is tailored to them based on their mental health and what role it plays in the problem. If you know someone suffering from addiction who has tried rehab programs without success, this therapy could be a step in the right direction. It not only focuses on the addiction but also on the person, so healing is more complete and the addict can cope with life outside the program. What Is Dialectical Behavioral...

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Here is What You Should Be Snacking on for Weight Loss

Eating healthy takes effort: mental, emotional and physical effort. Once you’ve opened the bag of chips and said “just a handful,” you start telling yourself “just one more” until the chips have vanished into thin air. Maybe you invented a shrink ray? If that were the case, you know what bits you’d take that shrink ray to first. Nope, there’s no reasoning or imagining yourself out of a bad case of binge snacking, which is often triggered by stress, emotional concerns or habit. Eating healthy takes time. At least that’s what most people think — you have no time...

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What to Look for in a CCRC

As people age, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) can be an excellent option. CCRCs are distinguished by providing several different levels of care, from independent to assisted living. Some have separate facilities for older people who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. As a result, if senior citizens progress from healthy and active to needing care and support services, they can transition on the campus of a CCRC, without disruption. If a family member is getting older, it’s a good idea to check out either local CCRCs or CCRCs in areas where they may want to move. Looking at...

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What to Expect After a Mastectomy

If you or a loved one is considering a mastectomy to remove invasive breast cancer, you are certainly not alone. As many as one in eight women develop invasive breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. Here is what you can expect immediately after and following a mastectomy. Assessment of the Tumor Margins and Lymph Nodes During the mastectomy procedure, the surgeon will remove the tumor as well as some of the normal tissue surrounding the tumor. This tissue is the tumor margin. A pathologist will observe the margins for cancer cells, although this should not affect your...

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Why You Don’t Need to Hate Your Adult Braces

“Metal Mouth.” “Brace Face.” Those are some silly names teenagers call each other as they suffer through orthodontic care and wearing braces to straighten their teeth. While it’s common enough to see an adolescent wearing braces, it may seem surprising to have a conversation about getting braces as an adult. Orthodontic care has reached out to adults not only to address problems that may not have been fixed earlier, but also to achieve proper bite alignment. Most adults are happy to be finished with any sort of orthodontic care, and they go to the dentist reluctantly and only out...

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Why Artificial Disc Replacement Is Becoming More Popular

Herniated discs, commonly (and incorrectly) called slipped discs, are among the most common cause of both upper and lower back pain. This pain results from the degeneration of the cartilage discs that cushion each vertebra in the spine. If the discs begin to flatten, they can press on the spinal nerves, leading to pain, weakness or numbness. What are the traditional treatments for herniated discs, and why is artificial disc replacement becoming a more popular option? Diagnosis and Treatment Herniated discs are usually diagnosed by some form of imaging — X-ray, CT or CAT scan, or MRI — or...

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7 Products that Are Way Easier to Order Online

Maybe you love going to the mall or shopping at your favorite big box store. Traditional merchants, often referred to now as “brick-and-mortar” establishments, will always be around. We will always need to “run to the store” for something, but these days, almost everything we can buy in a store can also be purchased online and delivered to our homes. There is no waiting in line, no sales people to hassle you and no need to drive all over to several different stores to get what you need. Some things you wouldn’t think to buy anywhere else but online....

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Ashamed to Hire Postpartum Home Care

If you’re here looking for advice, first let us congratulate you on your new little bundle of joy.  You’ve made it through 9 months of growing a new human, and now they’ve decided to join the world — and you’ve found yourself totally overwhelmed.  Or maybe you’re still waiting to deliver, and are worried that you’re not going to be able to handle all the new responsibility. Either way, have you considered postpartum home care as an option? What is postpartum home care and why should you consider it as an option after you deliver? What is Postpartum Home...

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3 Easy and Stress-Free Ways to Start Addressing a Mental Health Problem

No one wants to admit they might need help with a mental health problem. Whether they’re discouraged by what their friends or family might think or by the negative stigma that tends to surround any mention of mental health, the fact remains that it’s a difficult subject to broach for many people. If you want to learn about mental health, have a loved one you’re concerned about or have questions about your own mental wellness, here are a few easy and stress-free ways to start addressing mental health. 1. Take An Online Quiz (Or Several) We’ve all probably taken...

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How to Support a Loved One Struggling with Cancer

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide — and the amount of cancer diagnoses keeps increasing. Statistics show the number of cancer diagnoses worldwide is going to double from 14 million to 21 million by 2030. With statistics like this, chances are you know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. Perhaps someone dear to you is battling the disease at this very moment, and you’re looking for ways to offer your support. You can do so in a variety of ways — from accompanying your loved one to their doctors’ appointments to simply listening when...

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