Understanding Strep Throat

Respiratory infections like RSV, COVID-19, and the flu are in the headlines right now. But there are other causes of some common symptoms of respiratory infections. Strep throat is one. Strep throat is a respiratory infection of the upper respiratory tract, but it is not caused by a virus. Unlike COVID-19, RSV, and the flu, […]

Is Soy Good for You?

Soy beans turn up in a lot of processed foods, and also in soy-based foods and drinks like edamame, tofu, and soy milk. Soy is also found in soy sauce, miso, and other flavorings. It’s considered a low-fat, low cholesterol alternatives to animal foods. But is soy good for you? Soybeans provide protein and a […]

September Is Healthy Aging Month!

What’s involved in healthy aging? First, get rid of some myths about health and aging. 6 Myths about Healthy Aging Next, the CDC recommends a program called “10 Keys to Healthy Aging,” developed by the University of Pittsburgh.  10 Keys to Healthy Aging Lower systolic blood pressure. Track your blood pressure, and work to get […]

Lifestyle Changes for Health…and Reality

Your doctor has probably suggested some lifestyle changes for you. If you have gout, you should avoid red meat, sodas, and alcohol. If you have diabetes, you should count carbs and exercise regularly. If you’re generally healthy, you should quit smoking, get your cardio and eat your vegetables. Chances are you agree when your doctor […]

Independence Day Safety

Independence Day is a feel-good holiday celebrated with exciting events, patriotic pride, and festive food. It also has its dangerous side. Here are some important tips to make sure your Glorious Fourth is fun and safe. Fireworks Consider attending a public fireworks event rather than setting them off at your home.  If you buy fireworks, […]

Spice Up Your Diet!

Spicy food feels just right for summer, when fiery tacos, saucy curries, and peppery pasta are on the menu. You might not realize that spicy food also has health benefits.  Spice and your metabolism Hot spices, including ginger, red peppers, and even cinnamon, can rev up your metabolism. This can make it easier to lose […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

The cool, crisp days of autumn may feel energizing and exciting for some. Pumpkin spice, Halloween hijinks, and the prospect of the coming holidays make some people happy. “It’s my favorite time of year!” some say, reveling in colorful leaves and sweater weather. This is not the fall experience of those who have Seasonal Affective […]

Flu Vaccines: 5 Things You Might Not Know

It’s time to get your flu shot! Flu season in the United States runs from October to May, and flu vaccines are available now.  This year, COVID-19 vaccines have been on our minds. But we still need to vaccinate against the flu. Millions of people get the flu each year, and thousands or tens of […]

6 Myths about Healthy Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month. This is a good time to examine some of the myths that can interfere with healthy aging. Myth #1: There’s no such thing as healthy aging — getting older means getting less healthy. Our bodies change as we get older. Skin loses elasticity, bones become weaker, and the number of […]

Healthy Breakfast 101

You might have grown up hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day…but is it? Or would you stick with liquids till lunch? And what exactly do you need for a healthy breakfast? Breakfast has become surprisingly controversial. Do you really need breakfast? Say you eat dinner around 6:00 p.m. and close […]