Our understanding of the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and stroke is growing more complicated. Sleep apnea is a well-established risk factor for stroke. Research offers compelling evidence that sleep disordered breathing, including obstructive sleep apnea, elevates the risk for stroke as well as for heart disease and high blood pressure, which themselves make people more vulnerable to stroke. Read more »
By the time Muhammed Ali knocked out George Foreman in possibly the greatest sporting event of the 20th century, boxers had been wearing mouth guards for 50 years. Sports with the most contact first claimed the mouth guard, but time and experience has shown that orofacial injuries to the mouth, jaw and face can happen in all sports. While these injuries are the most common type in sports, few athletes in non-contact activities wear mouth guards and because of this, many fail to prevent an injury that can cause lifelong implications. Read more »
Written by Tyler Barker, Ph.D. Intermountain Health Care, The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
It’s a new year and that means fitness goals galore. As you jump back into action, pay attention to your joints, especially the body’s largest joint, the knee. As we get older, the lubrication and cartilage diminish in the joint and cause friction resulting in painful inflammation. Possible injury and the need for surgery increase with age and activity if we don’t keep our joint health on track.
Exercise and good nutrition are critical to joint health. Omega-3s may help slow inflammation in the body, curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and vitamin C supports the production of collagen. New research is now inviting vitamin D to the joint health party. Read more »
Written by Bryan Fletcher
All of my life, I have put my body through the ringer.
At a very young age, I fought and beat cancer. Immediately after that I started competing in the Nordic Combined, one of the hardest and most trying Olympic sports–combining the fast twitch, high impact and extremely technical demands of ski jumping with the endurance and power of cross-country. To make it to the top level in the sport, you have to utilize every bit of energy and strength your body can produce, which can take a huge toll on your joints. Read more »
Cowritten by Michael and Robin Mastro
In Ayurvedic medicine, it is believed that we are made of five elements, Earth, fire, water, air and space, vibrating in harmony with large energy sources such as the sun and moon. When we are living in harmony with this energy, we thrive. When we are not, we struggle and suffer in a multitude of ways. Read more »
Becky, Diane and Paula of Boca Raton, Florida, must be true-blue Dr. Oz fans – and good sports – because when we asked them if they were willing to take undisclosed over-the-counter medications and then drive on a test track and simulator for us, all three said yes! Oh, and did we mention we were going to videotape the entire thing and put the results on national television? They still said yes! Read more »
What do Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, and the Wright brothers have in common? They failed. Then, they tried again. Are previous failed resolutions keeping you from aiming for change this year?
Resolutions often fail because the date alone is the only impetus. Let this year be different. Identify and build upon the true reasons you want to grow, they’re the fuel for your change. Sure, January can be the spark plug, but focus on that fuel. Ready? Start your 2015 adventure now. Read more »
Insomnia can be a frustrating cycle of sleeplessness to break. For many people, insomnia leads not only to daytime fatigue, sleepiness and irritability, but also to anxiety about sleep itself. Feeling stress about one’s ability to sleep can make falling asleep even more difficult. This kind of negative thinking about sleep is common among people with insomnia and is a part of the cycle that can feel most debilitating. Read more »
Most people can recognize and have experienced some of the common symptoms of depression, including feeling sad, tired and irritable; having difficulty sleeping; increased or decreased appetite; low energy; and difficulty concentrating. In more severe cases, feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness; significant weight changes; and thoughts of suicide are layered on top of those problems.
There are many different types of depression. Most people have heard an assortment of terms including “major depression,” “clinical depression,” “manic depression” and “seasonal affective disorder.” These titles can be confusing for the average person. Read more »
Anyone can set a goal, and anyone can take steps in the direction of a goal. But what happens after a couple of weeks or even days? Most of us fall off and never get back up. Why? It is difficult to make changes and keep them going. We are creatures of habit that long for what we know and what feels comfortable. Most of our resolutions are well intended, but they don’t stand the test of time. Here are three tips to create resolutions that stick and that will help you go on to accomplish your most amazing ambitions yet! Read more »