Does the U.S. Olympic Team Hold the Key to Understanding Zika?

Zika Olympics Blog PhotoMany of us look forward to the start of the Olympics. Not only is it an amazing display of athletics, but also an important international and cultural event. The 2016 Rio Games have already been highly controversial with the fear of the spread of the Zika virus which is prevalent in the region and spread primarily through mosquitoes. However, scientists are taking this opportunity to better understand how the Zika virus spreads and aim to better understand where the virus is present in the body by testing a group of Olympic and Paralympic participants in Brazil.

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There’s A Rainforest in Your Belly Button!

Belly Button Blog PhotoDid you know that our bodies host species that no scientist has ever studied? One of the closest habitats to us as humans is the belly button, yet it is relatively the most unexplored. As the belly button is a commonly neglected area for hygiene, it hosts a plethora of unstudied and unidentified species of bacteria. Diving into a belly button is just like diving into a rainforest. Rainforests support the greatest diversity of living organisms on Earth; and just like rainforests, belly buttons have a wealth of biodiversity and harbor an ecosystem of bacteria.

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12 Great Reasons to Start a Garden

By Celeste Gorman MS, RD, CDN

Gardening blog photoPlanting a vegetable garden is a great way to enjoy fresh, nutritious foods.  Your first thought might be “it’s too much work!” or “I don’t have time.”  However, if you consider these 12 benefits of gardening, you may just change your mind and improve your health along the way.

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Is it Time for a New Mattress?

By David J. BenEliyahu DC, DABCSP, DAAPM

Mattress Back Pain Blog photoMany people suffer from back pain due to herniated discs, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and sciatica. If you have any of these conditions, you might benefit from sleeping on your side in the ‘fetal’ position with a pillow between your legs. Alternatively, sleeping on your back with two pillows under your knees may provide relief as well…. On the other hand, you may just need a new mattress in order to improve you sleep and decrease your level of pain.

Here are some signs that you may need a new mattress:

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Homes Remedies for Those Itchy Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bite blog photoAh summer! A time where everything from picnics to play-dates are better outdoors! There are several things to be mindful of when participating in outdoor activities, such as applying sunscreen, keeping a watchful eye on children swimming in the pool or at the beach, and mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes are known for causing red itchy bites, but they can also be carriers of diseases such as West Nile and Zika. Be sure to wear insect repellent to help ward off mosquitoes and other bugs. If you do get a mosquito bite, try some of these home remedies using over-the-counter items to help reduce the itch.  (If you do scratch the bite be sure to not break the skin; this makes it easier for infections to occur.) Continue reading

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How Can You Reduce Your Risk of Getting Shingles?

By Erika Kalabacas, DO

Shingles blog photoShingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is a painful condition marked by a rash and blisters to one side of the face or body.  The rash forms blisters that typically scabs over in seven to 10 days and clears up within two to four weeks. Other symptoms of shingles can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach.

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4 Ways to Avoid Back & Neck Pain on the Road

By David J. BenEliyahu DC, DABCSP, DAAPM

Back & Neck Pain on the Road Blog PhotoIf you suffer from neck or back pain, riding in the car for more than an hour can be a real challenge. If you plan on traveling this summer, consider the following tips to minimize back and neck pain.

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