February 17, 2014
While caught in the middle of studying for exams and writing papers this semester, one thing you are probably looking forward to is spring break. When this week of fun you’ve had planned for so long is so close you can almost taste it, the thought of potentially getting sick before, during or after your trip may not even cross your mind. Wherever your destination may be, the potential for experiencing disease and illness is much greater when traveling. With many students soon boarding... Read More
February 14, 2014
This past Christmas I received a pair of ice skates as a gift.I had never been skating but I'm always up for new winter activities.When it is cold out, it's easy to want to stay inside all day watching movies on the couch.While I'll admit I love doing this from time to time, I also love to get active and stay moving.Ice skating is a relatively cheap and easy way to stay active in the winter time.It's also very fun.After falling a few times, I finally got the hang of it and was... Read More
February 13, 2014
Have you ever been sent to a lab by your physician for blood work? If the lab is not affiliated with a hospital, it is an independent lab. Quest Diagnostics is one example of an independent lab. Independent labs have no association with hospitals. If you have blood drawn at an independent lab, the results will be sent back to your physician just like they would be if you were to get blood drawn at a hospital lab.
The biggest difference between labs is that a CBC (complete blood count) at an... Read More
February 12, 2014
Chocolate hearts and drug stores decked out in pink and red can only mean that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. While there is no shortage of romance, the holiday can produce more anxiety than bliss for some. There is constant pressure from the media to prove your love for someone through a single day of gifts and grand gestures. Couples often stress over what buy each other and those who do not have a partner are sometimes left feeling alone; hence the term “Single Awareness Day”. But,... Read More
February 11, 2014
February is notorious as the month of Valentine's Day, but it is also Chocolate Lover's Month! Whether you love or hate Valentine's Day, there is always an abundant amount of chocolate lining the walls of grocery stores and convenience stores dedicated to this one day. However, there may be no reason to feel bad about indulging in some chocolate. Over the past few years, research studies have proven that small to moderate chocolate consumption is linked to lower risk of heart failure.
A study... Read More
February 10, 2014
As you may have heard before, taking the stairs is a great way to get a little extra exercise into your daily routine. Every step you take adds up throughout the day. Stair climbing is even now considered a "vigorous exercise". In a recent article in BBC, medical correspondent, Fergus Walsh explains why he takes the stairs, stating his impatience for the elevator and his knowledge of the health benefits. Walsh also mentions StepJockey, a new app in the world of health and fitness. StepJockey... Read More
February 7, 2014
Soy has been getting a lot of attention in the nutrition world. Not only is it delicious as chocolate milk, but also emerging studies are finding some incredible health benefits. Foods made with soy can potentially lower cholesterol, lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer, help with weight loss, and help prevent osteoporosis. A plant-made estrogen, called may be the magic ingredient that can help cause all of these health benefits.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health,... Read More
February 6, 2014
Getting our daily dosage of physical activity is extremely important; providing countless health benefits, ranging from disease prevention to positive mental health. Regardless of how important it is, it can be very challenging for people to find a form of physical activity that really works for them. Not everybody enjoys running or cross-fit, and can be discouraged by the gym. Good news! There is a great form of physical activity out there that is good for the soul and doesn’t even require you... Read More
February 5, 2014
Many students today will claim that they know what My-Plate, or “The Wildcat Plate” as we like to call it here at UNH, is but do you know how to use it? Wildcat Plate is a passive guide to healthy and most importantly BALANCED eating. What I like about Wildcat Plate is you don’t necessarily need to understand portion sizes, or give up your favorite treats, but learn how make your plate a nutritionally balanced meal.
The Wildcat Plate is broken up to 4 categories, fruit, vegetables, lean... Read More
February 4, 2014
Doesn’t it seem like we are always hearing about how we can lower health care costs? Do you ever wonder if there are any good things that are being done by medical organizations to help us in the battle of rising health costs? Well here is something that I recently learned about; comparative effectiveness research.
Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is research conducted on topics like comparing effectiveness of treatments, prevention, management and treatment of preventable disease, as... Read More