Healthy Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

02.05.2016

Break tradition on Super Bowl Sunday by serving up healthy snacks and meals. Yes, for many people, food and drink—and lots of it—share center stage with the game and the highly anticipated TV commercials. But with a few simple strategies, you can make healthy snacks that still taste great. To keep the damage to a minimum, try this food game plan. Set an eating schedule. Eat a light breakfast and lunch to help keep you from overindulging during game time (because even too many healthy snacks can derail a diet). Then, sip some water and go for a walk or do some other exercise because by game time, you’re likely to be sitting down in front of the TV—and staying there for the duration. If you’re hosting, plan to serve early in the game so you (and your guests) can slow down by halftime. And, instead of full-size dinner plates, …

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Zika: The Dangerous Mosquito Virus You Must Know About

01.29.2016

A mosquito-borne illness called the Zika virus is now spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, and it could arrive in the U.S. soon. It can make anyone sick for up to a week with symptoms like fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. But it’s especially dangerous for women of childbearing age who are pregnant or considering pregnancy because it has been linked to microcephaly, a serious birth defect that causes an abnormally small head and incomplete brain development. The outbreak has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a warning to take precautions for anyone traveling to 24 destinations in the Americas, but, most important, the CDC is recommending that all pregnant women should consider postponing their trip altogether. Here’s what you should know to protect yourself and your family. Why Zika Is So Concerning The Zika virus normally does not cause …

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Does Melatonin Really Help You Sleep?

01.17.2016

About 34 million Americans reach for the sleep remedy melatonin each year, spending a reported $378 million in 2014—lured by its reputation as an effective and natural sleep aid. But melatonin may not be as simple and safe a cure as many people hope. Melatonin is in fact a hormone secreted by the brain’s pineal gland. It sets the body’s circadian rhythm, the 24-hour “clock” that helps control when you fall asleep and wake up. Traces can be found in barley, olives, rice, tomatoes, and walnuts, which is why the Food and Drug Administration allows a synthetic version to be sold over the counter. (In the U.K. you can get melatonin only through a doctor.) Melatonin can ease sleep problems caused by shift work or jet lag. But overall, people taking the drugs fall asleep only 7 minutes faster and sleep 8 minutes longer on average, according to a 2013 …

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15 Healthy Eating Tips for Weight Loss

01.11.2016

If you are determined to adopt some healthier eating strategies and lose weight in 2016, you may need some inspiration and workable ideas. Loading your fridge with nothing but fat-free items and celery and carrot sticks is neither enjoyable nor sustainable. So, how to proceed? Get Ready for Weight Loss 1. Talk to an expert. Begin by having a conversation with your doctor about your weight, nutrition, and fitness wishes, says Andrea Spivack, a registered dietitian (R.D.) with the Stunkard Weight Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. And consider making an appointment with a registered dietitian for a personalized assessment of your nutrition needs and habits. 2. Change the way you think about weight loss. Instead of thinking of yourself as someone who is dieting, consider yourself a “weight manager,” Spivack advises. A pedometer or activity tracker and a calorie-counting app to help you develop a daily …

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Open on Christmas

12.24.2015

Boca Regional Urgent Care is open from 9am-9pm on Christmas Eve Day and Christmas to meet your healthcare needs. We register our last patient at 8:40pm. Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday.

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Yellow Fever Shot Availabe At Boca Regional Urgent Care

12.22.2015

We have the hard to get Yellow Fever shot available at Boca Regional Urgent Care. There s a nationwide shortage and we can’t guarantee how long we will have it available so call now to make an appointment if you need the shot. If you are traveling to an area that requires the shot but are unable to get it because of medical reasons we can issue a medical waiver

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Boca Regional Urgent Care is a drop off site for Toys For Tots

11.15.2015
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Safe Ways to Relieve Dry Eyes

10.21.2015

Dry eye syndrome — when your body doesn’t produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist — is not just uncomfortable, it can lead to eye damage. Unfortunately, the problem is common and can worsen with age. In fact, Americans spend about a third of a billion dollars annually on over-the-counter eye drops, or “artificial tears,” a solution which is only temporary. And their prescription counterparts may produce such side effects as allergic reactions, acute and chronic conjunctivitis, stinging and blurred vision, among others. Indeed, the preservatives in eye drops themselves can even be a source of dry eye syndrome. So before reaching for those drops, consider these alternatives: Change Your Lifestyle Reducing your alcohol intake can have many positive benefits on the body and you can count relief from dry eye syndrome among them. Additionally, avoid exposure to cigarette smoke and other air pollutants. If you’re a smoker, relieving …

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Is ‘Concierge Medicine’ Worth the Extra Cost?

10.14.2015

You may have heard about doctors who practice “direct primary care” or “concierge medicine.” They offer what’s known as private medicine, where patients pay a fee up front (usually an annual or monthly retainer) for the privilege of having the physician at their beck and call, which may include sharing his or her cell-phone number. About 6,500 physicians in the U.S. currently offer the service, up from fewer than 150 in 2005, according to the American Academy of Private Physicians. They’re expected to grow by about 25 percent a year. Retainer fees vary, but you can expect to pay about $1,200 to $1,500 per year. Since these physicians have fewer patients, they often offer same-day appointments, longer office visits, and frequent email and phone communication. A few studies have found that patients who sign up for this type of care report more satisfaction and fewer visits to emergency rooms and …

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Avoid Medical Bill Sticker Shock

10.02.2015

Before Lisa Beach, an assistant vice president for an Austin, Texas, credit union, had surgery for severe back pain two years ago, she did everything she could think of to make sure she wouldn’t have to pay a lot out of pocket. “I wanted to know the names of anyone who would have any kind of involvement in my surgery,” she says. Then she ran the names by her insurance company, Aetna, to make sure the care would be covered. In spite of her diligence, she received a $1,050 bill for services provided by an out-of-network doctor who, it turns out, wasn’t even in the hospital during her surgery. That doctor had simply provided specialized equipment used during the operation. Aetna refused Beach’s appeal, she says, so she went straight to the equipment provider. They agreed to drop the bill to $700—but only if she paid that day. She handed …

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