Monday, March 31, 2014

A Celebration of Doctors

     March 30 is National Doctor’s Day! Declared a national holiday by President George H. W. Bush in 1991, the goal of Doctor’s Day is to honor physicians for their compassion, hard work, and their leadership in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury.

     In the proclamation for Doctor’s Day, President Bush said, “More than the application of science and technology, medicine is a special calling, and those who have chosen this vocation in order to serve their fellow man understand the tremendous responsibility that it entails.”

     The proclamation highlighted the contributions of physicians such as Dr. Charles Drew, a pioneer in the field of blood transfusion, and Dr. Jonas Salk, who was essential in the development of the polio vaccine, but also sought to recognize the countless doctors who provide care to members of their communities throughout the United States.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Getting Enough Sleep Shouldn’t be a Dream

     Sleep is one thing that most Americans feel that they don’t get enough of. With work, school, children, and a never ending to-do list, it’s no wonder that most people feel as if getting consistent, proper rest is an aspirational goal, but certainly not a realistic one.

With the end of daylight savings time, and the loss of an hour of much-needed sleep, many adults who already feel sleep deprived have a harder time adjusting.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Selecting Vegetables and Fruit with Chef Joe

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the goal of this month-long campaign is to educate consumers on the importance of nutrition and making informed food choices daily.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a chore.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Using Medical Oncology to Treat Cancer

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is frightening and many patients often wonder “what should I do next?” With so many treatment options available, it can be difficult to determine what route a patient should take.

“A cancer diagnosis, for most people, can still feel like a crippling blow, there is no question about that,” said Dr. Michael McCormack, a medical oncologist at Meritus Cancer Specialists. “It is important for patients to know that they do have options.”

Monday, March 3, 2014

Coping with Stress

Dr. Ajay Bhandari
Stress, no matter what stage a person is in life, is something universal that everyone must deal with. While small amounts of stress can be beneficial and give some people that extra boost to get in gear, large amounts of stress over an extended period of time, can lead to long-term psychological, emotional, and biological health problems. According to the American Psychological Association, stress is defined as “any uncomfortable emotional experience accompanied by bio-chemical, physiological, and behavioral changes."

Symptoms of stress include: