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Health


Frostbite danger: Late treatment can lead to permanent damage

Red cheeks and tingling fingers shouldn’t be considered a normal part of time spent outside on a frigid, winter day. Instead, these should be thought of as the beginning signs of something potentially dangerous. “Frostbite is a real condition that can be a threat to anyone who spends extended periods of time outdoors in cold weather,” said Aleda Johnson, MD, a primary care physician...
Sleep problems? Try these changes in your routine

Sleep problems? Try these changes in your routine

Kettering Health Network is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system. The network has eight hospitals: Grandview, Kettering, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Fort Hamilton, Kettering Behavioral Health and Soin. If it has been a while since you slept like a baby, you are not alone. Many adults struggle to spend enough time in dreamland, and all adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every...

How to make sure you get a better night’s sleep

Chronic lack of sleep is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and can affect mental health. Sleep requirements vary with age, with children needing more than adults. Current recommendations are seven to nine hours for ages 18 to 64, and seven to eight hours for those 65 and older. Many factors can influence sleep cycles, including diet, exercise, medications, drugs or alcohol, stress, sleep...
Flu prevention: Still time to get the flu vaccine

Flu prevention: Still time to get the flu vaccine

This look at a children’s health or safety issue comes from Dayton Children’s Hospital. Email: newsroom@childrensdayton.org. It’s already January, and the flu still hasn’t become a major issue yet, so there is still time to get your family vaccinated. » More on children’s health: Does free play have benefits? The infectious disease experts at Dayton Children&rsquo...
Life's a B*tch. Here's How to Fight Back

Life's a B*tch. Here's How to Fight Back

Yes, I am rocking a sweet coach whistle and suede boots. I made a kid cry today. As an elementary school teacher, this is neither the first time this has happened, nor will it be the last, but no matter how many times it goes down, the experience always prompts this odd mixed reaction of devastation, horror, and completely inappropriate stifled laughter, like the kind you have at a funeral, like...
11 Paleo-Friendly Apps That Aren't Just Celery Sticks and Mixed Nuts

11 Paleo-Friendly Apps That Aren't Just Celery Sticks and Mixed Nuts

When you’re following a Paleo diet, game day (or any party for that matter) can get a little tricky. Jalapeño poppers, chicken tenders, and fried everything just seems like part of the package, right? You’re not wrong… but lucky for you, we’ve found Paleo-approved substitutes for just about all the best party treats, so you can enjoy your faves while still sticking...
Thousands of bird deaths draw focus on brimming toxic pit

Thousands of bird deaths draw focus on brimming toxic pit

It was an unusual and unfortunate confluence of events: A larger-than-normal number of geese was making a later-than-normal migration over Montana when a snowstorm blew in at the wrong time and sent them soaring to the wrong place. The throngs of white birds splashed down in a 50 billion-gallon toxic stew in a former copper mine that is part of the nation's largest Superfund site. At least 3,000 died...

Think Yourself Fit!

I love motivational quotes. One of my favorites is, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right!” I believe that there is a lot of truth to that statement. As a runner, I know that if I focus on the fatigue setting in, it seems as though everything goes downhill (or uphill, for a better euphemism). There are also times when, no matter how badly I feel, I...

Helping Others Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

If you’ve been working hard to lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you probably know how difficult that can be, and how important it is to have the support and help of others who are doing the same thing. You’ve probably been inspired by someone else’s success, gotten some important advice, or found a sympathetic listener just at the precise moment when, otherwise, you might...

Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses

I got into a fight this morning. It was not a “discussion." It was not a “disagreement.” It was a full blown fight. No, it wasn’t with my wife or kids or even the other drivers on the highway. The fight started before work and even before anyone else in the house was awake. The person I had a fight with was myself. You see, if I am going to exercise, it has to go like...

Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success

Most people are naturally motivated—even excited—when they begin a new exercise routine or adopt a healthier diet. You’ve got your goals set, a plan to reach them, and nothing can get in your way! But as time goes by, the novelty wears off and your optimistic attitude can give way to feelings of doubt and dissatisfaction. Or even worse, you start comparing yourself with everyone...

Brazil investigating dozens of suspected yellow fever cases

Brazilian authorities say they've now confirmed 47 cases of yellow fever, and 25 deaths. The Health Ministry also says it's investigating more than 160 other suspected cases of the mosquito-borne disease. The outbreak is centered in the east-central state of Minas Gerais, whose governor declared a 180-state of emergency this month after an initial report of eight deaths. The government says it's sent...

Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success

Most people are naturally motivated—even excited—when they begin a new exercise routine or adopt a healthier diet. You’ve got your goals set, a plan to reach them, and nothing can get in your way! But as time goes by, the novelty wears off and your optimistic attitude can give way to feelings of doubt and dissatisfaction. Or even worse, you start comparing yourself with everyone...

Think Yourself Fit!

I love motivational quotes. One of my favorites is, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right!” I believe that there is a lot of truth to that statement. As a runner, I know that if I focus on the fatigue setting in, it seems as though everything goes downhill (or uphill, for a better euphemism). There are also times when, no matter how badly I feel, I...

Helping Others Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

If you’ve been working hard to lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you probably know how difficult that can be, and how important it is to have the support and help of others who are doing the same thing. You’ve probably been inspired by someone else’s success, gotten some important advice, or found a sympathetic listener just at the precise moment when, otherwise, you might...

Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses

I got into a fight this morning. It was not a “discussion." It was not a “disagreement.” It was a full blown fight. No, it wasn’t with my wife or kids or even the other drivers on the highway. The fight started before work and even before anyone else in the house was awake. The person I had a fight with was myself. You see, if I am going to exercise, it has to go like...
How Trump's executive order impacts future of 'Obamacare'

How Trump's executive order impacts future of 'Obamacare'

President Donald Trump's first executive order targets the sweeping "Obamacare" law by giving federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the measure. But Trump still needs Congress to do away with the law for good. Trump signed the executive order in the Oval Office Friday, hours after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The one-page directive gives agencies authority...
Ohio key battleground in abortion fight

Ohio key battleground in abortion fight

Ohio is at the frontline in a battle over abortion rights that continues to rage on 44 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe versus Wade . “I would argue, and we have the data to back this up, that Ohio and Texas are the key battleground states for the abortion debate. What happens in Ohio tends to trickle to other states,” said Ohio Right to Life President...

Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow

Athletes do it. Chess players do it. Novelists, successful scientists and even salespeople do it. These days, everyone who wants to make big things happen is planning ahead in order to succeed. What about you? When it comes to planning ahead to reach your goals, are you falling in line or falling behind? Thinking ahead can help you achieve your goals and, even more importantly, bounce back faster...

Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations

Getting motivated--and staying motivated--can be difficult, and when temptations abound, it seems like the world is conspiring to keep you indoors, on the couch and stuck in your unhealthy life. Instead of viewing temptations as roadblocks, think of them as motivators--the devil on your shoulder, if you will. Their presence in your life should be just what you need to keep you from losing momentum...

5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing

Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count on. But, with so many motivational tips and tricks to sift through, why are we so often losing our motivation rather than reaping the rewards?   One reason is that some of the...

Is Weight-Loss Hurting Your Relationship?

Weight loss is tricky business, especially when you're in a relationship. After all, many people fall in love because they share common interests, such as watching the same sitcoms every Thursday night, going out for rich Italian food or playing video games together. However, what happens when one person in the relationship swaps his or her Thursday night TV-watching for group cycling? Or decides...

We Don't Need This Guy to Say Plus-Size Is Sexy, but It Sure Doesn't Hurt

Corny as it may sound, the best kind of body positivity comes from within. That’s not to say we don’t appreciate a little help along the way, especially if it's coming from someone like Jay Kennedy. Here’s a man—who fits all of society's measures of what it means to be fit—breaking through the taboos that make some men feel like it's weird or unusual to be attracted to...
Why Taking DNA Tests Can Change How You See Your Family

Why Taking DNA Tests Can Change How You See Your Family

On the surface, my family appeared to have a genetically uncomplicated story—we believed that we were of Italian and Irish descent. Our relationships with each other, of course, were more complex. My family is small and disconnected: My parents are divorced, my mother had no siblings, her parents died when I was young, and most of my father’s people are widely dispersed, and don&rsquo...

Bogus doctor performed physicals at Philadelphia high school

Authorities are investigating how a woman with phony medical credentials ended up giving physicals last year at a Philadelphia public high school. A school district spokesman said Friday that the woman performed physicals on dozens of students. The district says it works with a nonprofit organization to make sure students get proper physicals but didn't immediately explain the vetting process for...
Meal-Prep an Entire Week's Worth of Dinner With Just 8 Ingredients

Meal-Prep an Entire Week's Worth of Dinner With Just 8 Ingredients

There's nothing worse than coming home after a long day of work with absolutely zero clue as to what you're having for dinner. That's when pizza happens for the fourth night in a row. Not that we're saying anything is wrong with that: We love pizza too, but since we already ate it three times over the weekend, it's about time we get in a few healthier meals. Thanks to this super-simple meal-prep plan...
Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome

Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome

Crammed into a dome with one bathroom, six scientists will spend eight months munching on mostly freeze-dried foods — with a rare treat of Spam — and have only their small sleeping quarters to retreat to for solace. The simulated stay on Mars with a carefully selected crew of researchers embarked on a mission Thursday to gain insight into the psychological toll a similar real-life voyage...

Here's Proof That Photos on Instagram Aren't Always What They Seem to Be

Deep down, we know most of the images we see on Instagram are at least a little staged—the lighting, the angles, the filters. But we still could use a reminder every now and then. That’s why we love fitness blogger Sara Puhto’s recent side-by-side post so much—it shows how a little flexing and posing (not to mention editing) can totally change the way you look. Here’s...
7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out at Home When You *Really* Don’t Want To

7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out at Home When You *Really* Don’t Want To

If getting to the gym is half the battle, it should be easier to just eliminate that half and work out in the comfort of your own home, right? Well, sort of. Although your place is crazy convenient, it's hard to stay motivated when you're so close to temptation (read: the TV and the couch). To help you resist said temptation and get in a solid sweat session at home, we went straight to the people...
Tips for Working Out at Home When It’s The Last Thing You Want To Do

Tips for Working Out at Home When It’s The Last Thing You Want To Do

If getting to the gym is half the battle, it should be easier to just eliminate that half and work out in the comfort of your own home, right? Well, sort of. Although your place is crazy convenient, it's hard to stay motivated when you're so close to temptation (read: the TV and the couch). To help you resist said temptation and get in a solid sweat session at home, we went straight to the people...
You Should Never Get Back With an Ex, Unless…

You Should Never Get Back With an Ex, Unless…

I've seen friends get into relationships that are reminiscent of yo-yo dieting: The couple gets together, they break up, they get together, they break up, start, fail, start, fail. Every time, some small component of their lives haschanged, convincing them that things could be different this time around. But for the most part, these people are still who they were—he'd still rather stay home...
7 Party Foods That Are 10 Times Better Than Sports Bar Grub

7 Party Foods That Are 10 Times Better Than Sports Bar Grub

Why would anyone go to a bar to watch a game or grab some apps when you could make slammin' snacks at home? We'll support this query with recipes from this week's feature foodie, Jodi Moreno of What's Cooking Good Looking. Jodi sees your sports bar nachos and frozen taquitos, and she'll raise you Thai peanut sweet potato skins and veggie-packed lettuce wraps. Just have a look at these seven game-day...
7 Desk Stretches to Ease a Tight Neck, Shoulders, and Wrists From Sitting All Day

7 Desk Stretches to Ease a Tight Neck, Shoulders, and Wrists From Sitting All Day

Our bodies were made to move, which is why sitting for a good portion of your day—at a desk, behind the wheel, or plopped in front of the televison—is no bueno, no matter how active you are. With time, you'll start feeling tightness in your shoulders, neck, wrists, and lower back. But here's the good news: Taking a quick break to walk around the office or do some simple stretches like...
How Becoming Die-Hard Paleo Backfired on My Body

How Becoming Die-Hard Paleo Backfired on My Body

Not my favorite place to be, but still smiling. I fell for the natural living movement hook, line, and sinker. In the span of a few weeks, I ditched all my harsh chemical cleaners and toiletries, I started reading every label in the grocery store to make sure I avoided food additives and dyes, and I started learning how to can my own tomatoes for sauce. But all of my dedication to natural living...
7 Easy Veggie Chili Recipes That Prove You Don't Need Meat to Make It Hearty

7 Easy Veggie Chili Recipes That Prove You Don't Need Meat to Make It Hearty

Chili is one of those cozy dinners we make once a week come wintertime. We’re pretty much always craving a spicy, warm bowlful. Bonus: It’s one of the easiest dishes to make vegetarian without changing much flavor or texture. So if you’re trying to cut back on meat or just get in more veg on a regular basis, veggie chili recipes are a must-have. These nine vegetarian (and some vegan!)...

Is Weight-Loss Hurting Your Relationship?

Weight loss is tricky business, especially when you're in a relationship. After all, many people fall in love because they share common interests, such as watching the same sitcoms every Thursday night, going out for rich Italian food or playing video games together. However, what happens when one person in the relationship swaps his or her Thursday night TV-watching for group cycling? Or decides...

Finding Inspiration In Your Biggest Temptations

Getting motivated--and staying motivated--can be difficult, and when temptations abound, it seems like the world is conspiring to keep you indoors, on the couch and stuck in your unhealthy life. Instead of viewing temptations as roadblocks, think of them as motivators--the devil on your shoulder, if you will. Their presence in your life should be just what you need to keep you from losing momentum...

Plan Today, Succeed Tomorrow

Athletes do it. Chess players do it. Novelists, successful scientists and even salespeople do it. These days, everyone who wants to make big things happen is planning ahead in order to succeed. What about you? When it comes to planning ahead to reach your goals, are you falling in line or falling behind? Thinking ahead can help you achieve your goals and, even more importantly, bounce back faster...

5 Mind Games You Need to Stop Playing

Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count on. But, with so many motivational tips and tricks to sift through, why are we so often losing our motivation rather than reaping the rewards?   One reason is that some of the...
Local psychologist offers tips on talking to kids about school violence

Local psychologist offers tips on talking to kids about school violence

With many struggling to cope with today’s school shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School, a local psychologist has tips for parents as they respond to questions and concerns about school violence. "I think it's important to allow children to talk about any anxiety or concerns that they may be having," said Mary Beth DeWitt, PhD, of Dayton Children's Hospital.  Parents and caregivers...
Stark numbers show heroin’s local grip

Stark numbers show heroin’s local grip

An average of seven Montgomery County residents a day were treated for drug overdoses by emergency departments in 2016, and one person alone made eight trips to the ER. Eleven people were treated twice in the same day for overdoses. The stark figures — amassed largely due to a devastating heroin epidemic — are found in a new Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County report just sent to...
Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

A cancer survivor from Oklahoma City has made the best of a bad situation in an interesting way. KOKH reported that Kristi Loyall, a survivor of cancer, had problems with her right foot for six years. "I kept going to the neurologist five or six more times he kept telling me it was a B-12 deficiency, so I kind of gave up on that until last summer I noticed a lump on the inside of my foot,"...
Study: Japanese tapeworm found in wild Pacific salmon

Study: Japanese tapeworm found in wild Pacific salmon

Wild salmon is touted as part of a healthy diet by nutrition experts, but the results of a new study may prompt consumers to change their cooking methods.
Cincinnati doctor, inventor of anti-choking Heimlich maneuver dies at 96

Cincinnati doctor, inventor of anti-choking Heimlich maneuver dies at 96

Dr. Henry Heimlich, the famed and controversial inventor of a namesake maneuver to help choking victims, died early today in Cincinnati, our media partner WCPO-TV reported. His family released a statement today that said Heimlich, 96, died at Christ Hospital after complications from a massive heart attack he suffered Monday at his home in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The Cincinnati doctor...
Family hoping for miracle as daughter awaits double lung transplant

Family hoping for miracle as daughter awaits double lung transplant

She is a long way from home, she is very sick and time is running out "In the last 10 days she's basically been on life support," said Nick O'Hara. Ashland, Massachusetts native Caitlin O’Hara was diagnosed at the age of 2 with cystic fibrosis, a disease that primarily affects the lungs. Caitlin, now 33, desperately needs a double lung transplant. “Last week she was listed...
Exercise of the Month: Stability Ball Ab Roll

Exercise of the Month: Stability Ball Ab Roll

The Stability Ball Ab Roll is an excellent core exercise, working multiple muscle groups, particularly the abdominals and low back. Strong abdominal/low back muscles act as a natural ‘girdle,’ surrounding your entire waistline and protecting the spinal column and organs. Stability balls come in various sizes. The larger the ball, the easier this exercise will be to perform, whereas using...
New bill would let you buy hearing aids over the counter

New bill would let you buy hearing aids over the counter

Millions of Americans who need hearing aids do not have them, and fewer than 20 percent of people with hearing loss are getting help. A new bill could be music to their ears.  The legislation, introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, would allow some hearing aids for people with mild and moderate hearing loss to be sold over the counter at local drugstores...