Every parent expects their child to receive routine childhood vaccinations during well-baby check-ups. An equally important component of these visits is the monitoring of your child’s growth and development. Your pediatrician or family physician will measure your child’s growth parameters: height (length), weight and head circumference. She will plot them on standard growth charts to determine how your child’s growth compares to other children and, more important, whether he or she is following a consistent and healthy pattern of growth over time.
Diet and exercise are the basis for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight; but for some people, all the exercise and salads in the world won’t remove that post-pregnancy tummy paunch or those stubborn saddlebags. That’s why ‘body sculpting,’ the ability redistribute, remove or add fat to specific areas, has become increasingly popular.
You know what toy she loves, or which ear he prefers to be scratched—but how can you know what food your four-legged friend's digestive system would prefer? We asked local animal experts to weigh in on all-natural pet food.
About 2.5 million years ago, the earliest humans were chipping away at stones to make rudimentary tools (hence, the ‘Stone Age’), running away from mastodons and other prehistoric beasts, and eating whatever they could hunt and gather. And they must have been a healthy bunch!
If all is going well, we are totally unaware of the pancreas. Doing what it should, it secretes digestive juices into the small intestine, and releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. However, the digestive enzymes from the pancreas occasionally start digesting the pancreas itself, causing a painful inflammatory condition known as pancreatitis. When this happens, you know something’s wrong.
We all know what we should eat. Fruits and vegetables top the list. But many people of all ages find the healthiest foods among the least appetizing and enticing. Cheryl Houston, director of dietetics at Fontbonne University, is out to change that.
Deep within our digestive tract, a huge colony of microscopic organisms thrives. This ecosystem allows us to digest and absorb nutrients. Now, researchers think the specific types of bacteria that populate the gut may relate to obesity.
Recent headlines trumpeted the good news: Obesity rates among 3- to 5-year-olds appear to be decreasing. Yet the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still report that as of 2012, more than a third of American children were either overweight or obese, and parents need to guide their kids toward healthy choices.
Despite the warnings to eat right, exercise, stop smoking and wear sunscreen, cancer remains one of the most prevalent and dangerous diseases of modern society. In sifting through all the advice, experts say that just adopting one or two preventive strategies is not enough.
High blood pressure. High cholesterol. Chronic fatigue. These symptoms and more can be signs of untreated sleep apnea. “Given that obesity has gone up substantially in this country, a lot of patients are suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea. It’s not necessarily caused by a higher BMI; it could be an anatomical issue as well,” says Dr. Reza Movahed, a surgeon at Oral Facial Surgery Institute & Implant Center. “They’re dealing with all these symptoms—or if they are diagnosed, they have to go through the huge lifestyle change of having a CPAP, which is a device that keeps them breathing at night.”
Summer’s coming! Get ready! Time to tidy up the garden, change your wardrobe, get a pedicure…And don’t forget to prepare your skin for the warm summer weather.
There are many choices when it comes to weight loss. Diet plans abound, all promising to help individuals shed pounds and keep them off. Four years and 80 pounds ago, Paige (who asked that her last name not be used) heard about the hCG diet from her primary-care physician and decided to give it a try.
Spring is the perfect time to get back on the workout wagon.
Most people who’ve had kidney stones can tell you how painful they are. These solid masses—predominantly composed of calcium—form in the kidney and can be excruciating as they pass out of the urinary tract.
We tend to think of cardiovascular health as an adult issue. But experts say that parents should guide their children in heart-healthy lifestyles from the start.
A father makes a comment about a celebrity looking too plump in her evening gown. A mom remarks that she feels fat after eating a big meal. An older sister makes a funny observation about somebody in her class who is a ‘giant.’ While these are meant to be harmless comments, children personalize these statements and can develop a negative body image because they hear loved ones innocently criticize themselves and others.
Researchers have spent decades trying to unravel cancer’s causes. While the search has yielded as many questions as answers, the role of nutrition is one area that scientists are considering in light of newer data.
Last January, John Moore got news from his doctor that changed his life. “I just felt miserable—I had no energy, and my blood pressure was through the roof,” he says. “He told me I need to change or I’m going to be that guy who dies in his 40s of a heart attack. It really woke me up.”
From lectures to exercise sessions and art classes, local senior communities are focused on supporting the mind, body and spirit of their residents. “We want to help our residents live longer, healthier, happier lives,” notes Heather Finkelston, director of The Willows in Chesterfield.
“Local. Local. Local.” This is the overriding theme at Fields Foods, according to Chris Goodson, who is partner with Jeff Randol Sr. of the new Lafayette Square neighborhood grocer.
“A 2013 review study tells us that nine out of 12 studies showed an association between a Mediterranean diet and having lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Kathy Mankofsky of Mercy Hospital Dietitian Services.
We all carry some degree of risk for heart attack or stroke. Understanding one’s risk factors and using them to calculate individual cardiovascular risk is an important part of preventive health care. Until you know, you can’t act.