Author: Jennifer E. Landis

These Tips Will Keep Your Family Safe in Your New Home

Safety should always be your No. 1 family priority. Moving can be incredibly stressful, but it can also be exciting. Moving into a new home and new area means new experiences and new friends. It might also mean more room or a bigger yard. Moving also means there are a lot of unknowns, especially when it comes to the neighborhood and neighbors. Hopefully, the area you’re moving into doesn’t have a high crime rate, but with more than 2 million burglaries occurring in 2010, it might not matter what neighborhood you live in. Your home might get burgled just...

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Why You Aren’t Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Many adults suffer from sleep deprivation, with insomnia as a common issue. Sleep problems aren’t random, and some factors influence your sleep quality, but can be remedied. First, you have to address issues affecting your sleep quality. Many factors that contribute to a bad night’s sleep will be better under control once you bring awareness to the matter. For example, if you’re taking a new asthma drug that lists insomnia as a side effect, it’s important to see your primary care doctor in case you’re exposed to triggers in the night. Look closely at potential reasons why you aren’t...

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5 Common Dental Issues and How to Deal With Them

Most people hate taking a trip to the dentist, but in spite of this inherent dislike of the dental profession, dental issues sometimes crop up and need to be addressed. What are the most common dental issues, and what do you need to do to deal with them? Tooth Decay and Cavities Tooth decay and cavities are probably the most common type of dental issue, or at least the one most people are familiar with. We’ve had it driven into our heads since grade school that you need to brush and floss your teeth to prevent cavities and tooth...

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How to Avoid a Plumbing Emergency in Your Home

It’s a convenience you may take for granted — accessible, clean, hot and cold water readily available in many parts of your home. Taking a bath or shower or getting a drink is easy and done without thought. Machines wash your clothes and dishes by clicking or pushing a few buttons. Having pipes throughout your house is essential to daily living. You wouldn’t even want to live without it. But when something goes wrong with those pipes — whether delivering or taking water away — your beloved plumbing can go to the dark side and make a mess of...

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How to Have a Mindful Summer With Your Family

Summer is a great time for everyone. If you have school-aged kids, it can go a few different ways. You can all be so busy that you hardly see each other, you can spend too much time together and fight the whole time or you can find a balance, choosing to spend the time together well and getting closer as a family. One way you can foster an environment where that happens is by promoting mindfulness. Mindfulness, in this case, is “moment-to-moment awareness of your experience without judgment.” It sounds easy, but it takes practice. If you’re willing to...

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5 Clever Home Remedies for Dry Mouth

If you suffer from dry mouth, you know how annoying it can be. People typically produce 1.5 liters of saliva, which makes everything from swallowing to breathing easier. If you’re producing less, swallowing and breathing becomes harder. But multiple conditions can lead your mouth to feel dry — like swallowing is difficult or cotton has come to inhabit your mouth. Stress, medications and nutritional deficiencies can cause dry mouth. Conditions from Parkinson’s disease to lupus can cause your mouth to feel dry, and cancer treatment is also a common cause. Fortunately, there are many home remedies for dry mouth....

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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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