Author Archives: BSHR

Vitamin Supplements May Not Be the Best Choice for Good Health

If you’re thinking of adding vitamins and supplements to your health maintenance routine in the new year, you may be better off improving your diet instead. A recent panel of experts concluded that taking pills containing vitamins and minerals may not actually do much to improve your health. A group of experts known as the […]

A 20-Minute Walk Can Help Your Heart

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that walking an extra 2,000 steps each day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 8% for people with impaired glucose tolerance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes. Diabetics and people with impaired glucose tolerance are at significantly higher risk for cardiovascular […]

What is a Coronary Calcium Scan?

A coronary calcium scan uses a special type of x-ray test. You’ve probably had an x-ray before at the dentist or for a broken bone. This particular test uses computed tomography, often called a CT scan, which is a type of x-ray that looks at a very thin layer of your body. It takes several […]

Heart Healthy Foods

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Heart disease can come in many forms, some of which are congenital — meaning that you’re born with them. But many forms of heart disease are preventable with healthy lifestyle choices like not smoking, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet. One such component of a […]

Common Misconceptions About the Flu Shot

The signs are everywhere — at drug stores, at your doctor’s office, at schools, at workplaces, all encouraging you to get a flu shot. Ubiquitous but often misunderstood, the flu vaccine is an important tool for helping to avoid seasonal illness. During last year’s flu season, flu shots prevented 79,000 flu hospitalizations and 6.6 million […]

Antibacterial Soaps May Do More Harm Than Good

The Food and Drug Administration has announced a proposed rule that would require manufacturers of antibacterial soaps and body products to prove that their products are safe for long-term use and that they are more effective than regular soaps. Many consumers turn to antibacterial products to prevent the spread of germs, especially during cold and […]

Fighting the Winter Blues

There’s no doubt about it: The days are getting shorter and colder. For those of us that live away from the Equator, the winter season is here. This time of year can be stressful for many reasons — inclement weather and cold mornings can make your daily commute unpleasant, holiday parties and shopping can leave […]

Dealing with GERD Over the Holidays

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated as GERD, is a common digestive problem. For people with GERD, there is a problem with the muscle at the bottom end of the esophagus. This muscle — the lower esophageal sphincter — should allow food to pass into the stomach and then close up, but with GERD the muscle doesn’t […]

How to Protect Your Joints

Over time, even the healthiest joints will start to deteriorate. It’s a fact of aging. But by following these tips, you can reduce existing joint pain and protect your joints well into your golden years. Maintain a healthy diet. Eating healthy is important for weight management, which is a key concept in preserving the health […]

Identify the Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

With our nation’s focus on fighting obesity, Type 2 diabetes gets its fair share of press coverage — and with good reason. But it’s also important to know the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, especially for parents. Formerly referred to as Juvenile Diabetes, Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in children, adolescents, and young adults. This […]