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Resolve to Get More Sleep in 2015

Getting back into the swing of things after a long holiday vacation can be difficult and it can be even more challenging when trying to keep up your New Year's Resolution. Maybe you've started hitting the gym to lose a few pounds or thrown your last pack of cigarettes in the trash in favor of a more positive stress relief tool. Maybe you've decided to learn a new language or say "goodbye" to high-fructose corn syrup from your diet for good. Now the question is: how are you going to stic… [Read More]

What “Hanger” Does to Your Brain and Behavior

The health communications field is overflowing with medical terms and slang. It is essential that as health communicators, we educate the general public about such terms so they can make informed health decisions. One of the slang terms that recently found its way to the Oxford English Dictionary's list for word of the year is the term hanger. Being "hangry" can be defined as a feeling or showing anger caused by hunger (it's a clever combination of hungry and angry-and we do love… [Read More]

Pain in the Neck? Blame Your Smartphone

We all love our gadgets and electronics. Most of us check our smartphones regularly and spend considerable time standing around holding the phones texting, playing games, and checking Facebook. While this is indeed a mostly pleasant experience, our bodies may not be feeling the same way. How we hold our gadgets affects how we hold our bodies. More importantly, how we hold our bodies affects our health. It's as simple as that. And it's as scary as that. For most of us, texting or usin… [Read More]


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