• Is Sleep Apnea Making You a

    Morning Zombie?

    Do you wake up feeling like a zombie? Do you have trouble keeping your eyes open at work or school, or even while driving? You might be one of the 12 million-plus Americans feeling the effects of a disorder known as sleep apnea. Even though you may be getting to bed at a reasonable hour and assuming you’re getting a normal night’s sleep, sleep apnea can subtly interrupt the quality of your sleep, making you feel tired and lethargic in the morning. (more…)

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  • What You Need to Know About

    Ebola

    Updated 10/23/2014 

    Beginning Wednesday, Oct, 22, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared that all international travelers coming from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone be given a health screening at one of five major U.S. airports. Travelers coming from these countries, which have been most heavily impacted by the Ebola outbreak, must make a stop at either Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

    These major hubs will serve as checkpoints where these travelers will undergo testing for Ebola, complete an interview, and have their temperature checked. In addition these travelers will be closely monitored for 21 days by public health officials through daily check-ins. The travel restriction was instituted as a result of demand from bi-partisan lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said, “We are continually evaluating whether additional restrictions or added screening and precautionary measures are necessary to protect the American people and will act accordingly.

    On October 20, health care providers at Emory University Hospital declared a patient Ebola-free after she tested positive for the disease on September 9 and was admitted to the hospital. The patient was one of four treated for the disease by experts at Emory. One patient was cleared to leave on August 19 and another on August 21. The fourth patient was admitted on October 15 and remains in the hospital.

    Updated 10/21/2014 

    Thomas Eric Duncan became the first casualty of the disease on U.S. soil. Duncan was exposed to the disease in Liberia before returning to the U.S. He died in a Dallas hospital on October 8, 2014, after being treated for the disease. By the time Duncan began an experimental treatment, his case of Ebola was too far advanced to respond. A deeper look at Duncan’s case shows that it is actually harder to catch Ebola than most Americans may believe. (more…)

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  • Recipe: Homemade

    Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Fall is finally here and we are officially excited about EVERYTHING pumpkin! Instead of buying the famous coffeehouse drink, skip out on the saturated fat, carbohydrates, and sugars by crafting your own version of the pumpkin spice latte in the kitchen. You may be used to waiting in a long line for this tasty treat, so you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find you can whip up this recipe in half the time. Better yet, this version uses real pumpkin, not syrup! (more…)

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  • Infographic:

    Colors of the Eye

    From the famous lines of beloved songs to the stories of ancient legends, eye color has captivated audiences throughout time. The origins and genetic makeup associated with eye color makes the color of one’s eye more complex than a simple collection of aesthetic traits, however. Genes and pigment concentrations are two important factors in determining eye color. Some eye colors are more rare than others and can be linked to genetics or family origins and heritage. (more…)

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Surviving Suicide: The Ripple Effect on Family and Community

by Mental Health

Losing someone to suicide can be painful and devastating. The shock and stigma of such a sudden loss can be isolating and lonely. So many questions are left unanswered and those left behind may feel depressed in the wake of that loss. They may not understand why their loved one made a final choice and may even feel as if they hadn’t done all they could to prevent that loss. (more…)

Identifying Spider Bites

by Urgent Care

Arachnophobia, or fear of spiders, is one of the most common phobias around the world. But despite scaring many, the majority of the 3,000 species of spiders will cause no harm to people. Most spider fangs are either too short or fragile to break through human skin, or their venom is not poisonous enough to cause damage.

Common spider bites usually result in a small, itchy, and sometimes red, irritation of the skin that will clear up in a few days. However there are two specific spiders in the United States – the brown recluse and the black widow – that can cause serious ailments, and even be deadly. It is important to be able to identify these spider bites in order seek proper treatment. (more…)

Breast Cancer Symptoms You Can’t Feel

by CancerCenter

It’s October – the time of the year when you see autumn leaves, Halloween treats, and the color pink!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is diagnosed in an estimated 207,090 women and 1,970 men in the United States each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is the most common cancer among women across all races and ethnicities. (more…)

Benefits of Honey

by BodyChangers

It’s been called “nectar of the Gods” and used as medicine for centuries, but what benefit does honey really offer? Aside from serving as an excellent energy source for athletes before, during, and after a workout, it also provides essential vitamins and minerals and has even been shown to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Even more, it can soothe a sore throat and amp up skin and hair treatments. You may enjoy it in your food, in your tea, or on your face, but no matter how you choose to embrace it, there are plenty of reasons to love honey (more…)

Don’t Lose Your Voice: Common Problems and Treatments

by Ear, Nose, & Throat

If you’ve ever screamed at the top of your lungs at a football game, or chatted on the phone for hours on end, you may have experienced some slight hoarseness. For some people, even small bouts of voice use or brief outbursts of shouting can result in complications with speaking and projecting their voice normally. In fact, problems with speech and projection are more common than you might think. (more…)