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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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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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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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Sleeping 101

09.25.2015

When you fall asleep at night, your brain and body don’t just shut down. As you rest, your body maintains its most basic functions like circulating blood and breathing steadily. Recently, researchers have been curious about is what this rest period really does for our bodies. There are still some unanswered questions about sleep, but the many measurable health benefits prove a full nights sleep is worth a whole lot! What Is Going on During Sleep? There are five different stages of sleep that you cycle through. The first, stage 1, is a very light sleep during which your eyes and muscles begin to move more slowly. In stage 2, your eyes stop moving, and your brain activity begins to decrease. Since stage 1 and 2 are light sleep, and it is very easy to be woken up. In stages 3 and 4 of sleep your muscles completely relax and …

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Is it still safe to take Advil, Aleve, and other pain relievers?

08.03.2015

A new warning by the Food and Drug Administration might make you think twice before reaching for pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and generic) and naproxen (Aleve and generic). The agency says these drugs, also known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, have a small, increased risk of triggering a heart attack or stroke, even if you don’t have an existing heart condition. And, that’s true even within the first few weeks of taking the drugs. Your risk is also upped if you take the medications for extended periods of time and if you take larger doses. The safety alert further strengthens advice our CR Best Buy Drug analysis has long offered. Besides ibuprofen and naproxen, the warning also applies to prescription NSAIDs, such as celecoxib (Celebrex),diclofenac (Cambia, Voltaren, and others), and meloxicam (Mobic). Aspirin is not included in the FDA’s warning. For a complete list, see the FDA’s …

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Tips to Get Faster, Stronger and More Flexible

07.14.2015

If you work out a couple times a week, you are on the right path to good health. But experts say this can and should be just the beginning of your fitness journey. “Our bodies are designed to be fast, powerful and agile,” says Paul “Coach” Wade, fitness expert and author of the new book “Explosive Calisthenics.” “However, modern Americans have become the slowest, least agile members of our species in all history.” Wade says a vanishing percent of people even attempt to unlock their body’s full athletic potential. To help, he is offering tips to take your overall fitness to the next level. Ditch the Excuses Getting in great shape requires consistency, and it’s all too easy to make excuses for missing a workout. Whether you’re always on the road or can’t afford to renew your gym membership, Wade says such excuses don’t hold water. “While modern training methods …

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