Skin care shouldn’t be colorblind

In medicine, we are trained to be colorblind and treat all patients equally, to the best of our ability. The irony is that in dermatology we have to take skin color into account, because the color of the skin affects the presentation of skin conditions. This is important to consider in order to make an […]

The Gut-brain Connection

Pay attention to your gut-brain connection – it may contribute to your anxiety and digestion problems The gut-brain connection is no joke; it can link anxiety to stomach problems and vice versa. Have you ever had a “gut-wrenching” experience? Do certain situations make you “feel nauseous”? Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach? We […]

Ease anxiety and stress: Take a (belly) breather

“Think of three things that make you feel anxious or stressed. Most of us have no trouble reeling off answers. And people who suffer from anxiety disorders — such as social anxiety, phobias, or generalized anxiety — may have a variety of triggers that send anxiety soaring. While belly breathing alone can’t fix deep-seated anxieties, it works […]

Alzheimer’s in the family

Alzheimer’s disease represents a personal health crisis, but it’s also a family concern. What does it mean for your children or siblings if you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? What does it mean for you if a close relative develops the condition? “People think that if their dad or aunt or uncle had Alzheimer’s disease, they […]

Six Tips for Safe Stretches

Virtually every activity you do relies on ease of motion. Stretching can help in numerous ways. It can often relieve back pain, stiff necks, and sore knees when tight muscles are to blame. It can counteract too much sitting whether you’re doing it for work or a pleasurable activity. If you’re a runner, a tennis […]

5 Ways to Use Less Salt

Salt is essential to the body. The sodium in salt helps transmit nerve impulses and contract muscle fibers. It also works with potassium to balance fluid levels in in the body. But you need only a tiny amount of salt to do this — less than one-tenth of a teaspoon per day. The average American […]

Mixing Supplements and Medications

Download this article as a PDF Know Your Terms Supplements: A supplement is something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. In the medical world, supplements are often taken to remedy deficiencies in a person’s diet. Examples include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs. Medications: A medication is a substance used for […]

Show Your Hands Some Love

Kessler Institute Offers 10 Tips to Prevent “Digital Injuries” Originally posted on the Kessler Institute website. Download this article as a PDF From smartphones and tablets to game consoles, people are hooked on technology. However, the ever-increasing use of these devices has resulted in a dramatic rise in injuries to the hands, wrists and elbows, […]

Scientists Find Exercise Benefits

You can thank a little molecule called BAIBA for exercise’s health benefits. A new study in the journal Cell Metabolism shows that levels of the molecule BAIBA — short for beta-aminoisobutyric acid — increase during exercise, and this particular molecule increases the expression of calorie-burning genes in fat cells. In addition, rising levels of BAIBA during exercise was […]

Physical Activity, Skeletal Muscle, and Bone Interactions During Growth

By Joshua N. Farr, Ph.D., and Scott B. Going, Ph.D. Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM. Joshua N. Farr, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology,Diabetes, Metabolism and Nutrition, Department of Endocrinology, College of Medicine, MayoClinic, Rochester, […]