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Tension Headache Treatment and Prevention

05.24.2016

Up to 80 percent of people suffer from an occasional tension headache: a dull pain across the forehead, temples, or around the back of your head. Anxiety, eye strain, fatigue, and stress can all trigger a tension headache by causing muscles to tighten in the neck and scalp. New research also suggests a link between tension headaches and changes in certain brain chemicals, similar to what happens with a migraine. Treat It First With Drink water, if you’re dehydrated. A 2004 study found that people who drank one-half to three-quarters of a liter of water lessened their headache pain. If after an hour or so you’re still suffering, you can turn to an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen (Tylenol and generic), ibuprofen (Advil and generic), or naproxen (Aleve and generic). Taking a hot or cold shower and resting in a quiet room with a cool cloth on your forehead may …

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Addictive Pain Medication: How to Protect Yourself

05.11.2016

Our brains are hardwired to seek pleasure and avoid danger. It’s what helps the human species survive. Biting into something luscious, enjoying a passionate kiss, or delighting in a baby’s laugh lights up the brain’s pleasure centers. Negative experiences set off fear and alarm. Addictive drugs can “hijack the brain’s reward system,” says Andrew Kolodny, M.D., a senior scientist at Brandeis University and chief medical officer at Phoenix House, a national nonprofit center for addiction treatment. “They can overstimulate the brain’s reward centers and also inhibit the part of the brain that reacts to potential harm.” It’s a cruel trick. Over time, the brain changes: overstimulated pleasure circuits start shutting down, causing people to feel joyless, anxious, and depressed. Eventually they “are no longer using to feel good but to avoid feeling horrible,” Kolodny says. In addition, repeated exposure to the addictive substance can damage the brain’s frontal cortex, where …

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Get the Scoop on Spring Allergies

04.20.2016

Spring allergy season seems to get worse each year, and climate change may be the culprit, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Increasing temperatures and carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere help plants grow faster — and produce more pollen. For many people, this can trigger allergy symptoms. “Spring allergy symptoms can lead to a major disruption in quality of life,” says allergist and immunologist Dr. Neeta Ogden. “It’s important for allergy sufferers to manage these symptoms, so they can feel their best and enjoy the season.” Dr. Ogden is providing some information and tips to help make spring more bearable for allergy sufferers. • Seasonal Allergies Can Strike at Any Age: Some people develop seasonal allergies as adults. If you think you don’t have seasonal allergies, but find yourself sniffling and sneezing this spring, it might be time to see an allergist. • Pets are …

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3 Tips for Achieving Fitness Goals this Season

04.03.2016

Was your New Year resolution to get more active this year? A whopping 60 percent of these resolutions fall by the wayside after only six months, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania. You might have already cancelled your gym membership, but warmer weather and enjoyable time outside is ideal for revamping a fitness routine. Improving your fitness level can mean a variety of things depending on your goals and abilities — beginning marathon training, trying out a new physical activity or simply taking longer walks around the neighborhood. To help map out a plan to get back on track, Dr. Fred Pescatore, natural physician and author of the New York Times best-selling book, “The Hamptons Diet,” is sharing three tips for achieving fitness goals this season. • Set a Goal: Want to look great for your 10 year high school reunion? Do you have a big trip on …

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8 Brain Foods You Should Be Eating

03.28.2016

Chances are, you purposely ate something today that you know is heart-healthy, but did you think about consuming some foods that are good for your brain? Probably not. Only relatively recently have researchers begun to study the link between diet and cognitive function, and the findings are promising. “You can’t control your genes, which are mostly responsible for any decline in brain function as we age, but with diet, there’s the potential to do something,” says Lon S. Schneider, M.D., a professor of psychiatry, neurology, and gerontology at the University of Southern California. But it takes more than eating familiar brain foods such as fish or blueberries once in a while. “It’s what we eat as a whole,” says Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D., director of nutrition and nutritional epidemiology at the Rush University Medical Center. Research by Morris and her colleagues shows that following a diet that includes the right …

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It’s Not Too Late to Get the Flu Shot

02.25.2016

Still haven’t gotten your annual flu shot? “It’s not too late to get one, especially because this year’s flu got a late start in our hemisphere,” says Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser. And getting a flu shot now is a very good idea: This year’s flu is so severe that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a severe flu warning advising doctors to encourage all patients who have not yet received the flu shot to get vaccinated ASAP. A full-blown case of the flu can put you in bed for a week or two with symptoms including fever, chills, a sore throat or stuffy nose, body aches, and fatigue. On average of 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu every year, more than 200,000 are hospitalized, and thousands die. It poses special risks to the very old and the very …

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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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