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  • 50 Ways to Fight Colds and Flu

    A few weeks ago, as I was writing an article on deadline, I started to come down with the flu: fever, chills, runny nose. Doggedly, I tried to push on with my work, but my concentration was waning and my brain felt foggy. Defeated, I had to leave my office, take a Chinese herb formula for cold and flu, and crawl into bed with a cup of echinacea tea. That article ended up being three days late, but what I did was the most important part of fighting illness get plenty of rest.

  • Infographic: Baby Boomers Turn 50 Facts and Tips

    By the year 2015, 45% of the U.S. population will be 50 or older. However, staying healthy has become a prevalent trend for this age group. 82% of adults 50 and older use the Internet to research health and wellness. Since 1987, the amount of Americans heading to the gym age 55 and up has increased 266% (making it the fastest growing age group among gym members). Over the next decade, U.S. baby boomers will spend $1 trillion dollars on wellness-based services, a significant increase from the previous amount of $200 million.

  • What are the Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana for Anxiety Treatment?

    Medical Marijuana Picture - LocateADoc.comMedical marijuana refers to the use of the plant cannabis and its constituents, such as cannabinoids, in the management of certain medical conditions. Cannabis contains more than four hundred chemicals. However, the actions of only two chemicals - THC and cannabidiol have been studied until now.

  • The Bipolar Diet -- Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid

    Even though many doctors and psychotherapists prescribe medication to patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there are several ways to self-manage the symptoms of the disorder and keep its effects under control. Eating certain foods and taking certain types of supplements can help to reduce the risk of severe mood swings and other symptoms associated with bipolar disorder, and even though there is no specific “bipolar diet”, patients can improve their lifestyle and enjoy a better quality of life by optimizing their nutrition plan.

  • Low Testosterone: How Do You Know When Levels are Too Low?

    Low testosterone depressed male picture - LocateADoc.comTestosterone is a hormone that is responsible for stimulating sperm production, building muscle and bone mass, and sex drive. It is produced in the testicles and influences fat distribution, hair growth, bone density and red blood cell production for men.

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    Are you giving your child too much medicine? Administering the wrong dose of a medication can have serious adverse effects, particularly for children under the age of 12. However, it is an all-too-common problem in the United States, and many of those affected are children. The most common medication mistakes involve errors and confusion with the medicine’s instructions and dosage.Providing too low of a dose of medication can build up the resistance of an illness or infection, prolonging its life span in the patient’s body and possible requiring the use of stronger medicines to fight it. Overdosing can cause harm or even fatality, especially in the cases of younger patients. A pediatrician can prescribe the right amount, but parents can still mistake the directions or use an improper or inaccurate method to measure.

  • Photo-of-stroke-rates-decline-LocateADoc

    Our society may be benefiting from an era of improved brain health and neurology. According to the findings of a long-term study recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association, stroke incidences across the United States have seen a dramatic decline.The study, conducted by researchers including experts in neurology from a diverse selection of universities and medical institutions, followed over 14,000 participants over the course of more than two decades, from 1987 to 2011. The analysis was designed to chart trends in occurrences of stroke and consequent mortality rates.

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