| Posted On Nov 14, 2012 | By:

Help for the Occasional Snorer

Sleeping in the same room with someone who snores can literally be exhausting. Occasional snoring, although a nuisance to those around you,  is usually not a serious problem. However, if your snoring is habitual, it is not only disrupting the sleep of others, but it also impairs your own sleep quality and can be an indication of a more serious medical condition. Just what causes snoring, what can you do to stop occasional snoring,

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| Posted On Nov 09, 2012 | By:

10 Tips to Trim the Fat from Thanksgiving Dinner

For most Americans, Thanksgiving marks the official start of the Holiday Feasting Season.  With the average Thanksgiving dinner weighing in at over 3,000 calories (most adults only need 1,500-2,000 calories per day), it’s no wonder most of us will roll into the New Year at least a few pounds heavier.  Holidays and weight gain don’t have to be synonymous, however, if you do some advance planning and make smart choices at the dinner table.

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| Posted On Oct 24, 2012 | By:

Do you know what your Mesopic Vision is? You should!

This is a beautiful time in Massachusetts – the leaves are changing, pumpkins and mums are appearing in many yards and on many porches, and color is everywhere. The change of season also brings with it a change in the amount of daylight, which most of us view with a bit of melancholy.  But this change in daylight brings possible dangers that many of us do not realize.

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| Posted On Sep 17, 2012 | By:

What is Urinary Stress Incontinence?

Urinary stress incontinence is defined as unintentional urine leakage caused by some kind of physical activity or movement, such as laughing, coughing, sneezing, exercising, or heavy lifting.  These movements place pressure or stress on the bladder and cause urine to leak out.  You may not experience incontinence every time you laugh or sneeze, for example, but any activity that increases pressure on your bladder, particularly when it is full, can cause the unintentional loss of urine.

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| Posted On Sep 13, 2012 | By:

Frozen Shoulder

Have you had an annoying pain in your shoulder for weeks or months, but you cannot recall injuring yourself?  Are you unable to enjoy sports like tennis or golf because the pain and stiffness in your shoulder is getting worse? Is the pain beginning to keep you awake at night?  If any of this sounds familiar, you may have frozen shoulder.

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| Posted On Aug 29, 2012 | By:

Diabulimia: a Dangerous Eating Disorder

The promise of quick weight loss is appealing to many, especially young women who are concerned with their appearance.  Often, the quest for a thin body and an obsession with food can lead to eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.  When an individual with insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes develops an eating disorder, the result can be downright deadly.

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| Posted On Aug 22, 2012 | By:

Why your Back to School checklist should include an eye exam

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), most of a child’s learning occurs through use of his or her eyes.  School activities – reading, writing, sports, play, and the use of technology like smart boards, desktop PCs and tablets, to name only a few – place many demands on a child’s vision.

Moreover, different activities place different requirements on a child’s vision: some tasks require children to view things very close to them,

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| Posted On Jul 13, 2012 | By:

Staying Sane with your Significant Other

Have you ever confided in your friends, “Why do I have so much trouble communicating with my partner?” or “Why do I end up saying things that hurt my partner, when I would never say such things to anyone else? What happened to that wonderful connection in the beginning and how can I get it back?”

Many people experience regret after a difficult argument, believing they have succeeded in eroding trust in the one person with whom they want closeness.

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| Posted On May 21, 2012 | By:

Healthy Grocery Shopping

At the May 15th SMART KIDS SMA, the SMArt Kids came together to learn about healthy grocery shopping. Here are some great, simple rules to follow as you and your family head out to the supermarket:

  • Be Prepared (have a list and plan recipes for the week)
  • Don’t go hungry (you’ll avoid being tempted by free samples, freshly baked muffins or treats in the check out aisle)
  • Look at labels (remember,
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| Posted On May 18, 2012 | By:

The Hazards of…Gardening?!

Ah, Spring!  With the arrival of warmer temperatures, gardeners across the country are back outside and nurturing their gardens once again. Most of us think of gardening as a relaxing and enjoyable activity – and of course, it usually is – but sometimes, gardening can be hazardous without proper precaution, as repetitive stress injuries, tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can develop from this pastime.  Additionally, simple scrapes, blisters, and bites can turn into serious problems if not treated appropriately.

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