Author: Jennifer E. Landis

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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12 Tips for Staying Hydrated When It’s Cold Outside

When it’s hot and sticky out and the sun is beating down on you, you know you have to stay hydrated —even if you usually don’t follow-through. But what about when it’s freezing out? Do you still have to worry if your body is getting enough H2O? Absolutely! Follow the 12 strategies below and you’ll feel the difference in no time. Moisture is our friend! Set a Daily Goal Do you need eight glasses a day? Maybe. But how often do you drink that much water? Consuming water is the best way to stay hydrated. Sorry, that soda’s not...

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How to Pick the Child Care Best Suited for Your Family

Whether you’re looking for child care for your soon-to-be-born infant or you’re planning to head back to work soon and need someone to watch your older kids, picking the best form of child care can be a nerve-racking experience at the best of times. Should you look for a day care or hire a live-in nanny or au pair? What is it going to cost? How can you be sure your child is safe? Here are a few questions you should ask yourself and a few ways to make choosing the perfect type of child care a little bit...

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What You Need to Know About Your Medical Marijuana Prescription

For decades, marijuana usage has been a controversial topic, with restrictive legislation, back-and-forth media reports and moral vilification. Are you a vagabond or a hippie for wanting to better your health? Now that cannabis has been legally approved in many states for medicinal usage, some people aren’t quite sure how to ask their doctor about getting a prescription. Older generations may feel particularly uncertain how to approach the topic. It’s not the same as scheduling an appointment and requesting a typical prescription for severe migraines. It’s perfectly OK to feel hesitant or anxious about discussing medical marijuana with your...

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What Mommys-to-Be Aren’t Told in Birthing Class

Childbirth is one of the most amazing things you can ever experience, but if you’re a first-time mom, it can be an intimidating event. Most of us have turned to the experienced minds behind our local birthing classes, and while they can be a great resource for learning about breathing techniques and what not to eat, they’re not going to tell you everything you need to know. Here are a few things they won’t tell you in class, but you will probably need to know before that little one makes their entrance into the world. Hospital Isn’t Your Only...

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12 Tips for a Stress-Free Home Remodel

So you’re considering fixing up your home but don’t want to deal with the added stress that comes along with it. Totally understandable. No one wants to set their home up for failure or start a small project only to make the dreadful discovery that more work is needed than you initially expected. Help keep your mind at ease during your home renovation with these stress-free tips. Have a Plan B Always be prepared. Along with renovations come high expectations. You should be prepared during the renovation process if anything goes wrong. If you paint the living room a...

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