February 2, 2012
Have you noticed that your doctor has been referring you to a specialist more often then diagnosing and treating you in their office? Well, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine the likelihood that a doctor refers a patient to a specialist has doubled from 1999-2009. This means that the estimated number of visits that resulted in a referral jumped from 40.6 million to 105 million. The New York Times recently addressed this issue and attributed it to the rising cost... Read More
January 9, 2012
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to study better? Or do better in classes? How can you do this? One way is to study smarter! According to an article in the Huffington Post, it is recommended that students take mental breaks approximately every 45 minutes. This is due to the fact that the brain is only able to maintain true focus for around 45 minutes before it begins to lose steam. Therefore it would be wise practice to study diligently for up to an hour and then take a break. Breaks... Read More
January 5, 2012
Crunches, sit ups, planks; just some of the many abdominal exercises we do daily in an effort to achieve the coveted “six pack”. According to an article in the New York Times, researchers at Indiana State University are questioning if the crunches are really worth it. It was previously thought that a stronger core will improve your overall physical performance, but after conducting a fitness test, results showed no correlation “between robust core muscles and athleticism”. This finding was... Read More
December 21, 2011
Imagine being able to rake leaves or mowing lawns in exchange for a doctor’s visit. Well in Falmouth, Maine, there are thirty-three patients who do just that. An article published by NPR examines the structure behind True North’s system of “time dollars” and how patients can qualify for the program. True North is a non-profit medical clinic in Falmouth that allows low-income patients complete specific services in exchange to see a doctor.
Tom Dahlborg, the executive director of True North,... Read More
December 9, 2011
When many teenagers first turn on their computers, the first thing they check is Facebook and other social media sites. Now, how much is too much? Researchers have been tracking nearly 1,000 teenagers and the effects of internet use. They have found that the more time online, leads to a greater increase for depression. A post on U.S. News reads, “Teenagers who have an unhealthy dependence on the internet are almost twice as likely to become depressed as other teens, giving parents yet... Read More
December 5, 2011
In a recent post by Katrina Heisler,
she discussed the different apps that are compatible with iPhones to help us
stay motivated to hit the gym and how as little as text messaging could
contribute to weight loss. Well another app to add to the list is "Nexercise". Nexercise is a free app available to all iPhone owners that tracks different
physical activities and rewards users with free and discounted merchandise.
These physical activities range from weight training and running to fencing and... Read More
December 2, 2011
For the health conscious student who does not have a meal
plan, here is some information regarding where your purchased food comes from.
Some individuals choose to buy organically produced food
goods. What exactly does this mean? CNN
asserts that, organic foods are simply foods which are not grown using
synthetic fertilizers, chemicals, radiation or genetic engineering. While the
use of fertilizers, chemicals, etc. may sound scary, according to the United
States Drug Administration,
there is no... Read More
November 29, 2011
Recently I have noticed a campus-wide discussion examining the pros and cons of the sale of energy drinks on campus, specifically Red Bull. Why is it that students are so passionate about having energy drinks on campus? What are effects to the human body from energy drinks?
So do energy drinks like Red Bull really have a positive effect on the brain or could students survive with out it? The ingredients in Red Bull include caffeine which stimulates mental functions such as alertness,... Read More
November 21, 2011
So, you have been sticking to that nutrition plan and
exercising every day. Everything seems to be going your way until the
second to last week in November comes around. All of a sudden you throw
that out the window with a feast of carbo-loading. Thanksgiving is a time
to return from college and finally enjoy home cooked food. The last thing
you want is someone telling you that you cannot enjoy the feast of
Thanksgiving. But if you could still eat the same and keep the same waist….
wouldn’... Read More
November 18, 2011
With the constant stress of school, work, or other day-to-day events, a majority of people have a hard time shutting off their brain to get some shut eye. During finals week or feeling completely overwhelmed with other commitments, I find myself not receiving enough of sleep due my racing mind standing in the way. However, an article recently published in Women’s Health, explores some remedies to calm our nerves during one of the most important times of day.
Some of the solutions were ones I... Read More