Cardiology 101: What Does Blood Pressure Really Mean?

Blood Pressure blog photoWe have all had our blood pressure taken at a regular doctor visit; however most of us don’t truly understand why those numbers are so important. Having high blood pressure is a big health concern, but what does it all really mean?

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Should You Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

lorraine _cannizzaro_lung_cancer_awarenessLorraine, a former smoker with a 35-pack year smoking history, had asthma since she was a child.  In 2013, she was struggling to push herself to get things done, she had difficulty breathing.  The Coram resident went to her pulmonologist Dr. Jay Barbakoff who recommended that she have a lung cancer screening. She met the age criteria and previous smoking history.

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How to Prevent Back Pain Before It Starts

prevent back pain with proper postureBack pain affects eight out of ten people at some time in their lives. In fact over 33 million Americans are currently experiencing back pain. There are simple things that people can change to prevent recurring back pain and one of those is correcting poor posture.

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6 Brain Tumor Warning Signs You Should Know

Brain Tumor blog photo.jpgAccording to the American Brain Tumor Association, nearly 80,000 new cases of primary brain tumors – tumors that originate in the brain – are expected to be diagnosed this year.

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The Link between Colon Cancer Survival and Diet

Vegetables.jpgColon cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. However studies suggest that what you eat can affect your chances of surviving colon cancer. Researchers have looked at the impact of specific nutrients and their impact on the likelihood of recurrence in people with colon cancer.

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Your Brain on Books

BooksWe all know that reading is good for us. It can improve brain and memory function and keep your brain operating more effectively as you age. Reading also enhances connectivity in the brain, reduces stress, promotes relaxation, improves sleep, and has the potential to decrease the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s. However not all of these benefits are created equal across reading platforms. The battle between paper books and e-readers has largely been divided into two camps: those who favor the sentimentality of a paper book versus those who want the practicality and convenience of an e-reader. But now science has stepped in, and in order to reap the greatest health benefits reading has to offer, research sides with paper books.

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Here’s the Scoop on Your Poop

toilet bowlMost of us like to flush it and forget it, but pooping is an essential bodily function that is vital to your health. It is your body’s way of expelling waste that it doesn’t need. This is why the look and smell of your stool can provide clues as to what’s going on inside your body. The texture, shape, size, smell and color of your stool can hint at things like dehydration, diseases, deficiencies in your diet and even stress, so the next time you do the doo, see what your poop is trying to tell you. Here’s what to look for:

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