Pregnant Athletes + Hilarious Lessons in Parenting

Brandi Dion and Steven Dion, coauthors of The Pregnant Athlete.
How to stay in your best shape ever before, during, and after pregnancy.
Issues: How to gauge your limits as your pregnancy progresses; eating well to support pregnancy and fuel your workouts; common myths and misconceptions about pregnancy; finding the best workout for you.

Johanna Stein, author of How Not to Calm a Baby on a Plane.
Hilarious, real-life lessons in parenting.
Issues: Going to war against the color pink; calming your child on a plane with a barfbag puppet–that someone else had used; your first emergency room visit; the most embarrassing and satisfying moments of parenthood; why to never play a practical joke in a hospital delivery room.

What is High Blood Pressure and What Should You Know?

You’ve probably heard your doctor, or a member of your family, tell you that it’s a good idea to monitor your blood pressure. Since May is National High Blood Pressure Education month, here are some reasons why it’s important that you pay attention to this number.

First, let’s start off with the basics: [Read more...]

Keeping Your Head—and the Rest of You—out of Trouble

According to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, about half of all 16-18-year olds serving time in jails in New York suffered a traumatic brain injury sometime before being locked up. The injuries were severe enough to cause the teen to lose consciousness or memory. And in most cases, those injuries happened while being assaulted.

The reason this is so important is that traumatic head injuries often affect areas of the brain that control impulse control, decision-making, and the ability to understand the consequences of one’s actions. As a result, kids with brain injuries are more likely to do things that increase their chances of getting arrested.
While a 50% brain injury rate among young offenders sounds high, it’s very much in line with other studies. One, of adult inmates in South Carolina, found that 60% have brain injuries. Another, of young inmates in prisons in the United Kingdom, found that nearly two-thirds had experienced some kind of head trauma. Researchers at the University of Exeter say that those head traumas land kids in prison at younger ages, more often, and for longer stretches. Other research has found that brain-addled inmates have a tougher time following rules while in jail or prison and have a tougher time adapting to life when they get out. That, of course, boosts the odds that they’ll wind up behind bars again soon.
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What You Need to Know About: Diverticular Disease

It is estimated that about 50% of people over the age of 60 are living with diverticular disease.  Many people have heard the name, but many more are unsure of what it is, seeing as a large percentage of those who have diverticulosis do not suffer from any symptoms.  Diverticulosis is characterized by pouches forming in the colon, usually caused by a low fiber diet.   Individuals on low-fiber diets are more prone to constipation, which can cause increased colon pressure during a bowel movement and may lead to weakening of the colon wall and eventually diverticula.  Food can back up into the diverticula, or pouches in the colon, and bacteria can begin to thrive there leading to infection.   [Read more...]

De-stress yourself and stay away from asthma

Asthma has long been considered as a situation in which the psychological factors play a very important role. Stress is a very well known asthma trigger. Anxiety too is considered to be very harmful for the people with asthma. These are the two factors that may cause your asthma symptoms to become poorer. [Read more...]