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HEALTH TIPS: How to help your child see clearly – Sarasota Herald

Here is information to help parents navigate the world of glasses for young children: 

• Get a vision check early. Children should be examined between the ages of 6 and 12 months, says Stacy Hill, a clinical adjunct faculty member at Pacific University College of Optometry.

“If the doctor finds no concerns at that visit, then the child should be reexamined at three years and again before entering school,” she adds. If the visit isn’t covered by insurance, the InfantSEE program provides free eye examinations to children up to 12 months old. While eye charts don’t work on babies, flashlights and small toys help the doctor see how well the eyes are working. 

• Vision is about more than 20/20. “If your child is seeing well but is struggling in school or has attention/behavioral problems,” Hill says, “there is a strong chance that there is a visual skill deficit that needs to be addressed with glasses or vision therapy.”

These deficits could include focusing issues, double vision, strabismus, “lazy eye” and visual-motor problems such as clumsiness. Vision therapy is like physical therapy, using lenses, prisms, filters and other tools under the supervision of a doctor to improve visual skills.

• Think about replacement and repair. Accept the fact that your kids will lose or break their glasses, and you will need to have a plan for when that happens. Inexpensive glasses might be easier to replace, while higher-priced glasses might come with better replacement and repair policies — but not always. Check all policies to make sure you’re comfortable with them before you buy. Having a backup pair is also nice, if money allows. 

• Know your frame options. When it comes to the material for the frame, “pick your poison,” says Richard Golden, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. “Metal frames are more adjustable and they’re lighter. The downside is that they can bend — but they don’t break as easily. Plastic frames don’t get bent out of shape as easily, but the hinges on them are less flexible so that they can break.” For much younger kids, Golden recommends frames that are made out of a molded nylon material: “You could tie them in a pretzel, and they won’t break.”

Letting your child have a voice in the final decision may mean better care and use. 

• Know when to wear them. “I think everyone assumes you need to wear them all the time, and it really just depends on the prescription,” says Megan E. Collins, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “Some kids are nearsighted, and glasses are just for seeing things far away; some kinds are farsighted, and they need them just to read.”

Specific glasses for specific times also means that if your child plays a competitive sport, sports glasses, such as Rec Specs — even for prescription goggles — are a nice option.

— Lindsey M. Roberts, The Washington Post 

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Foot health tips from OIP

Perhaps you need major foot surgery or simply a nail trimming, Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania can help. Jason Sweeley from the Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania was on Tuesday’s show to share tips on foot health.



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Forgetting requires more brain power than remembering

Brain health

Washington DC: A recent research has unveiled that forgetting requires more brain efforts than trying to remember. The discovery was made through neuroimaging at the University of Texas, Austin. The findings, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggest that in order to forget an unwanted experience, more attention should be focused on it.

“We may want to discard memories that trigger maladaptive responses, such as traumatic memories so that we can respond to new experiences in more adaptive ways,” said Jarrod Lewis-Peacock, the study’s senior author and an assistant professor of psychology at UT, Austin.

“Decades of research have shown that we have the ability to voluntarily forget something, but how our brains do that is still being questioned. Once we can figure out how memories are weakened and devise ways to control this, we can design treatment to help people rid themselves of unwanted memories,” he added.

Memories are not static. They are dynamic constructions of the brain that regularly get updated, modified and reorganised through experience. The brain is constantly remembering and forgetting information- and much of this happens automatically during sleep.

The latest study focuses on the sensory and perceptual areas of the brain, specifically the ventral temporal cortex, and the patterns of activity there that correspond to memory representations of complex visual stimuli.

“We’re looking not at the source of attention in the brain, but the sight of it,” said Lewis-Peacock, who is also affiliated with the UT Austin Department of Neuroscience and the Dell Medical School.

Using neuroimaging to track patterns of brain activity, the researchers showed a group of healthy adults’ images of scenes and faces, instructing them to either remember or forget each image.

Their findings not only confirmed that humans have the ability to control what they forget, but that successful intentional forgetting required ‘moderate levels’ of brain activity in these sensory and perceptual areas- more activity than what was required to remember.

“A moderate level of brain activity is critical to this forgetting mechanism. Too strong, and it will strengthen the memory; too weak, and you won’t modify it,” said Tracy Wang, lead author of the study and a psychology postdoctoral fellow at UT Austin. “Importantly, it’s the intention to forget that increases the activation of the memory, and when this activation hits the ‘moderate level’ sweet spot, that’s when it leads to later forgetting of that experience.”

The researchers also found that participants were more likely to forget scenes than faces, which can carry much more emotional information, the researchers said.

“We’re learning how these mechanisms in our brain respond to different types of information, and it will take a lot of further research and replication of this work before we understand how to harness our ability to forget,” said Lewis-Peacock, who has begun a new study using neurofeedback to track how much attention is given to certain types of memories.

“This will make way for future studies on how we process, and hopefully get rid of, those really strong, sticky emotional memories, which can have a powerful impact on our health and well-being,” Lewis-Peacock said. 

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Doctor’s Tip: Hidden drugs in supplements

Health talk

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of several books including “Eat to Live,” speaks about Advances in Nutritional Science to Live Healthfully Until 100, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Third Street Center in Carbondale. Tickets $20 at

The pharmaceutical industry certainly has its problems, but the multi-billion-dollar supplement industry does, too. At least pharmaceuticals have to prove effectiveness and must pass rigorous safety and quality tests. Supplements, on the other hand, don’t have to prove effectiveness, and are poorly regulated (what regulations there are depend in large part on the honor system).

The Nutrition Action publication, put out monthly by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, had an article in a recent issue titled “Are there hidden drugs in your supplements?” We’ve all seen ads in newspapers and magazines promoting drugs with “natural formulas” that work “better than Viagra” to help with “energy, libido, and sexual performance.” Between 2007 and 2016, the FDA found 746 supplements that contained hidden drugs, and nearly half were products touted for male sexual enhancement. These hidden ingredients were Viagra-like drugs, many of which had never been tested for safety or effectiveness. The following quote in the article is from Pieter Cohen, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who researches supplement safety: “A combination of consumer demand and unscrupulous manufacturers has created a huge market for dangerous sexual enhancement supplements.”

Weight-loss supplements are another offender. Some contain sibutramine, an appetite suppressant that’s no longer allowed in prescription drugs due to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Other weight-loss supplements have potentially dangerous amphetamine-like stimulants.

Muscle-building supplements, which sometimes contain dangerous steroid and steroid-like compounds, are another offender. Some sports supplements contain problematic amphetamine-like stimulants as well. In 2004 the FDA banned ephedra, due to safety concerns, but supplement companies started adding ephedra-like compounds, with unproven safety records.

The take home messages are these:

• Just because a product is “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe.

• You can’t be sure what’s really in many supplements.

• The benefits that supplement manufacturers claim about their products are usually unproven.

• Humans evolved to get nutrients through their food, not supplements.

• Supplements are rarely helpful — especially if you eat fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds every day — and can be harmful.

• Beware of health care providers who sell supplements. (How can they be unbiased?).

• There’s no reliable system to determine if supplements are harming people.

• The law should be changed so that before putting a product on the market, it would have to be proven in human studies to be effective. The law should also require that the FDA and consumers could tell exactly what’s in a product — in easy-to-understand language.

• The most “natural” and certainly the best thing to do is to exercise daily and eat a healthy diet, and avoid supplements, and if possible pharmaceuticals as well.

• Unfortunately, the supplement industry has undue influence in Washington, so don’t expect needed changes in the law to occur any time soon.

There are two caveats:

• If you’re on a strict plant-based diet, you need to take a B12 supplement every day (B12 is made by bacteria in dirt, and with treated water and pre-washed produce we don’t eat much dirt these days. Animals eat dirt, and B12 is stored in their meat).

• Over the millions of years the human genome was developing, early humans were living in equatorial Africa mainly naked, absorbing a lot of sunlight, resulting in vitamin D levels of 100 or more. Most Americans fail to achieve the standard of 30, so we need to be taking 1000-2000 i.u. of D3 daily.

Retired physician Greg Feinsinger, M.D., is author of new book “Enjoy Optimal Health, 98 Health Tips From a Family Doctor,” available on Amazon. Profits go towards an endowment to the University of Colorado School of Medicine to add prevention and nutrition to the curriculum. He is available for free consultations about heart attack prevention, diabetes reversal, nutrition, and other health issues. Call 379-5718 for appt. For questions about his column, email

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Health tips from Jane Austen | Living | Journal Gazette

“Where health is at stake, nothing else should be considered.”

I used to skim over that line from “Emma” faster than a rich gent in want of a wife, all the quicker to get back to what really matters in Jane Austen’s writing: romance, gossiping into tiny tea cups, the giddy delights of winning the Regency marriage lottery – surely the only things Austen was put on this good Earth for.

Nurtured since adolescence on reruns of Colin Firth diving into English ponds, I never imagined Austen had other secrets up her muslin sleeve, that those seemingly random lines about “health” in her novels reveal another aspect of her brilliant grasp on life, and all that makes life better.

“Health” is mentioned more than a hundred times in Austen’s six classic novels – a high frequency for pure romance yarns. Themes of health are so conspicuous throughout her writings, you can trace them from her earliest teenage stories to her final, unfinished novel “Sanditon.”

So cherished and pervasive, the blessings of “improvement of health” run right alongside Austen’s usual marry-man-of-fortune formula for success. The likes of Marianne Dashwood, Anne Elliot, Jane Fairfax and Mrs. Smith must all experience a restoration of health before their tales can end happily ever after. But I noticed none of this until I required some “improvement of health” myself.

Newly initiated into the metabolic wobbles of turning 30, when muffin-tops materialize out of nowhere, I rummaged through health books for the latest advice on nutrition and exercise. That’s when I made a realization that almost sent me running for the smelling salts: There were shocking similarities between the habits health researchers prescribe today and those Austen extolled more than 200 years ago.

If you pick up one of her novels and ignore the romance bits, you’ll notice her hints immediately.

Hidden in those ostensibly simple lines about health are wise wellness philosophies covering food, fitness and making peace with one’s body image. It’s a sweeping and holistic health code with timeless tips from a woman who mastered the art of human observation.

And once I decided to try out her health maxims, I discovered that not only do her health strategies work in the 21st century, but they are as elegant and easy as everything else she wrote. Here are a few of the lessons.

Avoiding scales

Living in an era with a weight fixation almost as neurotic as our own, Austen calmly disputes the idea that a number on our scales or waistlines somehow reflects our health.

Austen’s characters don’t focus on their weight, not because they can’t (there was indeed a fashion for weighing oneself in the Regency era, a craze Lord Byron embraced, to disastrous results), but because they see health for what it truly is. From the Anglo-Saxon hale, meaning “whole,” true health brings self-evident harmony to your body, from tip to toe. Hence, Austen’s frequent reminders to consider the whole “picture of health.”

Our energy, our skin, our relationship to food and exercise, our stress and emotions, how we feel and think about our bodies – all are important to Austen for determining true wellness. In short, if you are running low on what Austen would term “fresh life and vigour” – no matter what the scale says – you are not healthy in her book.

In fact, excessive thinness incurs Austen’s literary wrath. No one stunningly thin is considered healthy or attractive in her novels. “I am grown wretchedly thin,” admits a former beauty in “Northanger Abbey” while Miss de Bourgh is repeatedly described as “thin” and “sickly” in “Pride and Prejudice.”

It was Austen’s rebuttal to a body fad sweeping the fashionable circles of her day, the Regency equivalent of thinspiration, which glorified the same sickly thin shapes strutting across many runways and magazines today. It went against Austen’s core ideas of comfort and common sense. Forcing our bodies out of their biologically set weight range isn’t just unhealthy and unsustainable, it’s unnecessary.

Presupposing the diversity of genetics, Austen knew that attractive, healthy bodies come in “every possible variation of form,” which is why you’ll find some of the most diverse and progressive examples of physical beauty in her fiction: from “stout” and curvy Lydia Bennet to short and “plump” Harriet Smith to the solid “squareness” of Mrs. Croft. To borrow Austen’s charmingly domestic turn of phrase, everybody has a “true size for rational happiness.” It might be naturally “slender” like Anne Elliot’s in “Persuasion,” but it’s very rarely shaped like a stick.

Eat like a heroine

Austen’s advice on love, lust and outmaneuvering the odd creepy vicar is just as sharp today. But she also left us some brilliant advice on maintaining a proper relationship with food.

Bad food romances, after all, are just as common in Austenworld as bad hookups – from Mr.Woodhouse’s joy-sapping diet in “Emma” to Dr. Grant’s fatal eating binges in “Mansfield Park.” They serve as relevant warnings to our current foodie culture, just as Austen’s heroines serve as guiding lights.

Without counting a single calorie, Austen’s leading ladies exist within every dieter’s nirvana: fully enjoying food as one of the dynamic “comforts of life” without it ever controlling them. They pull it off by sticking to some unique mental strategies all of us can emulate today, from keeping emotions out of eating (Lizzie famously refuses to gush over “ragout” with Mr. Hurst in “Pride and Prejudice”) to the importance of eating “in company” – food is far safer, for example, in Austen’s novels the more it is communally divided.

Austenworld even has its own snacking guidelines, better known at the time as “nuncheon,” a noontime nibble which brilliantly anticipates the importance of insulin control on weight management.

Intuitive exercise

Mr. Darcy aside, you might call it Austen’s biggest fantasy – her seemingly unrealistic insistence that exercise is fun, enjoyable and, above all, easy. In fact, use the most famous exercise whoop from “Sense and Sensibility” – “Is there a felicity in the world … superior to this?” – and you’d get laughed out of your local gym, where aches and agony are an expected part of any effective workout.

But look again. Because, far from being weak, Austen was espousing something very smart, known today as intuitive exercise, the sensible awareness that our bodies are experts at avoiding pain, that pushing them beyond their physical comfort zones is not a sustainable fitness strategy. For proof, consider that modern American gyms lose almost a third of their members annually, whereas the most intuitive exercise available (i.e., walking) has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity, according to the American Heart Association.

No surprise that the pleasures of “pleasant walks” keep Austen’s heroines at consistently high fitness levels, ranking up far higher pedometer readings than the average American. Period diaries reveal that members of Austen’s class could easily walk up to 7miles a day, simply because they kept exercise as light and pleasurable as possible, resting whenever needed.

“Shall any of us object to being comfortable?” asks one of the intuitive exercisers in “Mansfield Park.”

Natural renewal

In my first forays into Austen’s health code, nothing surprised me more than her (rather hippie-ish) beliefs that a good diet requires a daily dose of nature. In her novels, air, water, sunlight and earth are treated almost like vitamins.

Jane Fairfax, for instance, enters the story line of “Emma” only after being prescribed more fresh “air, for the recovery of her health.” It was Austen’s nearly 200-year head start on Edward O. Wilson’s biophilia hypothesis – the conviction that humans need routine contact with nature to thrive both physically and mentally.

Science now supports all of Austen’s nature prescriptions, including the importance of morning light on hormone regulation (“A walk before breakfast does me good,” Jane says in “Emma”), the realities of sick-building syndrome (“bad air” indoors affects Fanny’s health in “Mansfield Park”), and the rejuvenating magic of forest bathing (a wooded grove brings “comfort” to Anne’s mind in “Persuasion”).

Even Austen’s approval for getting a bit dirty while walking – “her petticoat, six inches deep in mud,” as they say in “Pride and Prejudice” – finds fresh agreement in the latest health research that suggests exposure to dirt might be good for us.

Not too bad for a mere romance writer who figured out the basics centuries ago: We all have “a taste for nature” imprinted on our DNA, a missing puzzle piece as vital and revitalizing as love itself.

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National Tips to spring clean your health this season Annie Taylor 1:20 PM, Mar 11

Spring is just days away! That means a lot of people are gearing up to “spring clean” their homes. But it’s also a great time to “spring clean” your health!

One of the best parts about spring: more sun shine.

“Having sun exposure before noon is scientifically proven to help you with mood and sleep,” says Dr. Kate Johnson, a family medical practitioner.

Dr. Johnson says sunblock is a must for your skincare regimen, and the higher the SPF the better.

“Even though we can get vitamin D from the sun, we can take that in a supplement to protect our skin,” she says.

Come spring, there are plenty of new fruits and vegetables in season, including apricots, asparagus, strawberries and artichokes.

Unfortunately, when nature is in full bloom, that means allergies are, too. So, before they strike, stock up on nasal sprays.

“You want to hop on those right now,” Dr. Johnson says. “I recommend dosing them at bedtime.”

When taking care of your health this spring, it’s a good time to ditch the “I can’t exercise” mentality.

“If you are not an avid exerciser currently, I recommend starting with walking,” Dr. Johnson recommends. “[It’s] a fantastic way to go, and I like to tell my patients to start with 5 minutes is a great start, and we can build as we go.”

Remember, no matter the season, sleep is key! Don’t let anything come between you and rest.

Dr. Johnson recommends putting you phone down before sleep, as it can interfere with falling asleep.

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How Reliable are Health Tips from Online Sources?

How many times did you catch yourselves googling some symptoms so you can see what is the reason for them and how they can be cured? Recently conducted researches proved that older people are googling their symptoms far more than the younger population. That is only natural, isn’t it? There are countless medical websites who are providing some answers to this type of question.

Some of them will provide information which is reliable, and some of them will not. Choosing the right ones is an important step in equipping yourself with reliable information and finding the right source of your symptoms.

Source: Healthcare

Where Reliable Information About Health Can be Found?

For starters, the first website you should check out is the website of National Institutes of Health. Most certainly, this is a good place to start acquiring information. Besides this one, you should look for websites that are sponsored by the Federal government.

Plus, you can take a look at the website of medical schools and big professional organizations. And last but not least, they can be found on the forums, where you can learn about the first-hand experience from people. For example, you can take a look at this online pharmacy forum. This is the source of much reliable health information.

What You Should Ask Before Trusting the Website?

When googling, there is a high possibility of you stumbling into websites that are not sponsored by the government or are sponsored by organizations that are not known. We will provide you with a list of questions you should ask before you start trusting a certain website. You should have in mind that most answers for these questions can be found on the section called About us, at any website.

Source: Vanguard Communications

Who is Hosting/Sponsoring the Website?

Creating, editing, and updating websites requires money. The first thing you should ask is who is the sponsor of a particular website. If you find any information about the sponsor, you will find out about the goals of the website. In some times, seeing an URL of the website can tell you much about it. For example:

  • .org – identifies as a website who is funded by an organization, profit or non-profit.
  • .gov – this means that the website is funded or sponsored by the government.
  • .com – identifies as commercial websites.
  • .edu – sponsored by a school, university, college, or any other educational institution.

Source: Emerge Education

Who Was the Author of the Information and Who Reviewed it?

In most cases, the identification of contributors and authors is not a problem. Usually, you can see who they are. If you see a name of the person who wrote that article, you should do more thorough research in order to find out if that person is an expert in that field, or does this person works in an organization that is credible.

The next question is, was that article reviewed by someone who is an expert in that field? It all comes to the research, and if some information proves to be credible, all the better. The websites with credible content will usually provide you with an email address or some other type of contact. In cases when you don`t have the name of the author displayed, you shouldn`t take the risk of seeing this information as credible.

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Spring is springing — keep these health tips in mind – Lawrence Journal

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Spring! Oh, glorious spring!

It officially arrives on Wednesday. Because winter weather finally is in our rearview mirrors, it’s time to turn our thoughts to warmer, sunnier weather. So we’ve checked in with three members of the LMH Health family for some advice about getting more mobile, as well as taking care of our leg and skin health.

Skin health

Long days outside are just around the corner, which means much more sun exposure. Skyelar King, a registered nurse with Plastic Surgery Specialists of Lawrence, 1130 W. Fourth St., explained the importance of sun protection and how to safely enjoy time outdoors without getting a painful burn.

Most of us know about the importance of wearing SPF (sun protection factor) sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun’s harsh rays. King gave us the backstory for wearing sunscreen.

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Skyelar King

“The sun’s UVA and UVB rays are what cause sunburn,” King said. “A sunburn is essentially damage to the skin cells, so that’s why protection against these rays is very important.”

Wearing at least level 30 SPF when you’ll be out in the sun is the general recommendation. Because UVA and UVB rays cause sun damage, it is recommended that you choose a sunscreen that protects against both.

King also notes that although spray sunscreen is convenient, sunscreen lotion is much more effective.

“Spray sunscreen stays on the surface level of your skin,” King said. “The lotion has time to blend into your skin. It not only lasts a little longer, but it gives you much better protection.”

No matter what type you use, be sure to reapply sunscreen. You cannot put it on once and tell yourself you’re protected for the rest of the day. Make sure you apply sunscreen to dry skin. If it’s applied to wet skin, it will slide right off.

Intense sun exposure is not limited to direct sunlight. Burns can happen even if your day is spent in a car. Make sure you don’t forget to apply sunscreen before heading on your journey on long road trips this summer. Even though skin damage when riding in a car would be less intense than if you were outdoors, it still can happen. Pay particular attention to your face and hands, which are exposed the most.

“The three most common places for skin cancer are the scalp, face and hands,” King said. “It is important to check yourself periodically for oddities that may have been caused by sun damage.”

When doing a self-check, look for new or growing moles, and remember to use this “A-B-C-D-E” guide to help you decide whether you need to see a physician:

• Asymmetry: if one half of a mole differs from the other

• Border: irregular perimeter of a mole

• Color: if the mole varies from one area to the other

• Diameter: if the mole grows larger than a quarter of an inch

• Evolving: watching all aspects of a mole and seeing if it is rapidly changing in size, color or shape

“Whenever you get a tan, there has been some type of damage done to the skin,” King said. “Even when you’ve put on sunscreen and you get a tan, your skin is still at risk for skin cancer. Wearing a hat and even sun protective clothing can help you avoid burns as well.”

A spring in your step

The time has finally come for long outdoor walks, gardening and spring athletic events. We have been cooped up inside all winter and now that the snow has melted and the sun is out, we can look forward to tending to our yards, watering our flowers, running around parks and playing outdoor sports.

Joe DeLeo, LMH Health strength and conditioning specialist, works at the LMH Health Performance and Wellness Center, helping clients from all walks of life. At the center, which is at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, DeLeo works with student athletes who are in middle and high school and with clients who are in their 80s. So we asked him about preparing for more physical activity.

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Joe DeLeo

After a winter of reduced activity, he recommends the goblet squat. This squat is an important exercise to improve ankle and hip mobility. Additionally, it helps open your hips, so when you’re gardening or doing yard work you can be in a position where there is less stress on your back.

“Hip mobility is very important,” DeLeo said. “Emphasizing movement from the hips can help spare your spine.”

Another series of core stability exercises DeLeo recommends for preventing back pain are the McGill Big Three exercises. These movements, which have been proven to alleviate back pain, are important to have in mind when you head out to your yard this spring to begin spring cleaning adventures.

But student-athletes may be more focused on sports and conditioning this spring.

“If you have been inactive for several weeks and are returning to a spring sport, be sure to give your body time to adjust to moving continuously for prolonged periods,” DeLeo said. “If you’re an athlete who is moving from winter to spring, it is important to make sure you give your body time to transition. Running one to two times a week can help acclimate your body to being back on its feet as well as transitioning to different surfaces, such as from turf and hardwood to the track and grass field.”

Coming out of winter and returning to workouts each day can be hard on your body if you are not preparing it properly.

“Pushing your hardest all at once can result in potential injuries,” DeLeo said. “You should increase your volume and intensity intelligently and gradually over the course of a couple weeks to prepare your mind and body appropriately.”

For a video illustrating the goblet squat, visit, and for a video illustrating McGill Big Three exercises, visit

Love your legs

It is almost time to pack away the long pants and sweaters and bring out the swimsuits and shorts. This spring, if you are having worries about your legs, have a special event to attend or you just want more confidence showing your legs, Dr. Dale Denning is your go-to guy.

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Dr. Dale Denning

Between 20 million and 25 million Americans have varicose veins. Symptoms of varicose veins can be heaviness, itching, burning, aching, swelling and tiredness.

“Some people deal with these symptoms for so long they don’t realize it could be varicose veins,” said Denning, of Lawrence Vein Center, 1112 W. Sixth St.

It is important not to discount these symptoms. The appearance of varicose veins and the discomfort they cause can be treated with sclerotherapy and endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). Sclerotherapy is the injection of a chemical into your veins that causes them to close. EVLT uses a laser fiber to close the larger surface veins. This procedure, though quick and fairly easy, does not take effect overnight.

“What I like to say is you cannot take an eraser to the whiteboard,” Denning said. “Once the procedure is done, it will take up to three months for the veins to completely disappear. So, think ahead if there is a special event you’re planning the procedure around.”

When you begin outdoor activities and sports again, it is important to keep vein health in mind, especially if you enjoy running, biking or walking. For anyone beginning spring sports, Denning recommends wearing compression stockings for support and extra comfort.

“We cannot cure varicose veins,” Denning said. “So we have to treat what is abnormal now and adopt healthy lifestyles to slow recurrence. This includes exercise, maintaining an ideal body weight and using compression stockings.”

— Jessica Brewer is an intern in the Marketing and Communications Department at LMH Health, which is a major sponsor of the Lawrence Journal-World’s Health section. She can be reached at

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Night shift can affect bladder, health

Night shifts

Rome: Working night shifts may deteriorate your quality of life by affecting your bladder, researchers have warned. Night shift workers reported a significantly higher rate of overactive bladder, and a poorer quality of life when compared with day shift workers, suggests the study presented at the European Association of Urology Congress in Barcelona. They also need to pee more, said researchers, including Cosimo De Nunzio of Sant´Andrea Hospital, Rome.

“We know that long-term night work is stressful, and is associated with increased levels of health problems. This work shows that constant night workers may have a higher urinary frequency as well as a decline in their own quality of life,” said De Nunzio.

“One of the most concerning things about this work is everyone in our sample was under 50. We normally expect bladder problems with older people, but here we have younger people expressing a deteriorating quality of life,” the author added.

For the study, the researchers surveyed 68 men and 68 women between March and October 2018. All were workers in the Italian National Health System, with 66 of the volunteers working night shifts, on average, 11 hours per night shift. 

The 70 day workers worked an average of 9.1 hours per day. Using the generally accepted Overactive Bladder Questionnaire, the team found that those on night shift reported an average total score of 31, as against a score of 19 for those working day shifts. The team also found that night workers scored a significantly worse quality of life, with scores of 41 against 31 with day shift workers.

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Tips to be Fit: Is ‘good cholesterol’ always good?

If you have a fitness question or concern you would like addressed write to: “Tips to be Fit,” P.O.Box 53443, Philadelphia, PA 19105, or If you’ve missed an article of “Tips to be Fit” just search “Tips to be Fit.”

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