January 18, 2013
After getting home from class or
work on a dark, chilly night why not warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate can be a great treat to curb any sweet cravings plus you can add
your own personal twist to it.
The typical “instant” mixes can
contain corn syrup, hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, artificial flavorings, and
many more ingredients that our grandparents have never heard of! The amount of
these ingredients and others depends on the type of mix. Some companies, such
as Swiss... Read More
January 16, 2013
Medical maladies and mishaps are bound to happen to each individual at least once in their lifetime. Whether it is a misdiagnosis, an improper stitch sewn to your wound, or even just the lack of funds to pay for a treatment at that moment.
However, Julie Rovner from NPR states, “there's at least one good thing about the country's inability to control health costs. If you can write a compelling essay about a problem, you could win a thousand bucks.”
Rovner goes on in her article that a non-... Read More
January 14, 2013
It is typically right around now when we look into the mirror and ask, “Who is that pale person staring back at me?” In Durham there are several locations that offer tanning and promote specials that claim to save you money, but will you really be saving money in the long run?
Dr. Harley Haynes, vice chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and a Harvard Medical School professor stated, "There is no evidence at all that you can use UV radiation to... Read More
January 11, 2013
Man’s best friend may be more important to your mental health than you might think. According to Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA,
"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression.” Simply petting a dog or being in their presence has been shown to reduce tension and hypertension in some individuals.
Dogs have the ability to show unconditional love for their caregivers, which is a quality that is... Read More
January 9, 2013
In these economically harsh times, sometimes the feelings we get when we look ahead to graduation from college and entering the job force border on dread, rather than excitement. One of the issues that 20-somethings who are just getting on their feet in the career market is the fact that once we hit 25, we can no longer stay on our parents’ health insurance. And things aren’t happening to make this easier for us. In fact, new reports have recently been released, saying that the out of pocket... Read More
January 7, 2013
For some, the first sign of snow means it is time to dig out the wool socks and blankets and go into hibernation. For others, though, it means time to wax those skis and hit the slopes! Skiing is an incredible sport that involves physical, mental, social and emotional aspects of wellness. Often times winter can bring people into a depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Skiing combines the great outdoor air with physical activity and some sunshine exposure that many people... Read More
January 4, 2013
The presence of gluten-free foods has
sky-rocketed across the nation and is causing some confusion. Some think that
it can be used as a new fad diet, while others think that Celiac’s disease and
gluten sensitivity are the same thing. First, let us determine what this
“gluten stuff” actually is.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley,
rye and other grains. The two most talked about issues relating to gluten are
gluten sensitivity and Celiac’s disease. These
two diseases are often... Read More
January 2, 2013
For my junior year, I decided to make the move to an off
campus apartment instead of staying in the dorms. Other than having my own
bedroom, the biggest perk is that I have a full kitchen now. No more two foot
mini-fridge and nonexistent freezer. The transition from having a meal plan to
cooking for yourself can be challenging, but it is certainly fun to learn how
to cook. However there are some downsides as well, like the fruit flies that
seem to never go away or last week's dinner rotting in... Read More
December 21, 2012
Middle and high school are notorious for being difficult. Changing bodies and expectations have been the inspiration for many books, movies and TV shows. These tough times of life have been stereotyped and turned humorous. Bullying in middle school and high school has been considered normal- almost a rite of passage in modern America.
However, in recent decades, the truth about bullying has been pulled forward into our social viewpoints. Bullying is not funny, and it is not okay. It affects... Read More
December 19, 2012
Do people describe you as an over-achiever? Do you strive for perfection? Are your friends amazed by your organizational abilities and timeliness? These traits describe people with “Type A” personalities. People who exhibit type A personalities tend to be very well on top of things, but having this sort of personality actually raises your risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease later in life, as proven by research done a few years ago.
New research also shows that people with lots of stress in... Read More