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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]

To Get the Flu Shot or Not: Make Sure Your Choice is an Educated One

You may have missed it among all the festivities surrounding the holidays, but we've got ourselves a flu epidemic. Late last month, as many of us were preparing to ring in 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that this year's flu season has crossed the threshold into epidemic territory. As of December 31, 15 children in the United States had died from the flu, and the number of states reporting high rates of the flu nearly doubled in the last week of … [Read More]

Don’t Let High Altitude Sickness Ruin the View of Your Next Trip

Last month, I took a trip to Machu Picchu, and as soon as we got out of the airplane, my husband and I immediately experienced altitude sickness, known as soroche in Peru. We were aware that this can occur at heights of 8,000 feet (2,500 m) above sea level, but were not ready for the symptoms. We began to feel swollen, without breath, accelerated heartbeat, dizzy, and more. Although the symptoms may vary from person to person, there are several common symptoms associated with altitud… [Read More]

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