Posts filed under: Health Matters

HEALTH MATTERS: Learning the truth about one of the most common genetic diseases

Story submitted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sickle cell disease is one of the most common genetic diseases in the United States. It is estimated that more than...

HEALTH MATTERS: Preserving balance in the later years of life

Laurel Lakey | Contributor According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of four American adults age 65 and older experiences a fall each year. Many...

HEALTH MATTERS: Can an election be bad for your health?

Jim Hyde | Contributor The most charitable interpretation of November’s election result is that a minority of voters wanted change at any cost. And thanks to the arcane functioning of...

HEALTH MATTERS: Sound Mind, Sound Body, Sound Sleep

Joe Lasek, MD | Contributor Pull quote: It turns out that the most powerful technique for improving sleep quality is often to reduce sleep quantity. In the November 30 issue...

HEALTH MATTERS: When it comes to trying to get to sleep, what you don’t know might kill you

Joe Lasek, M.D. | Contributor This is the second of a series of articles on the basics of sleep, including remedying sleep problems when they arise. The first article appeared...

HEALTH MATTERS: GMOs, a lesson in humility

Jim Hyde | Contributor When I was asked if I would do a piece for the Charlotte News on the health effects of eating GE foods it seemed like a...

HEALTH MATTERS: Health Care Canada

Richard Bernstein, M.D. | Contributor Three years ago, when the commander and I sailed our sloop Luna down the Intracoastal Waterway, we enjoyed meeting other boat people along the way....

HEALTH MATTERS: O sleep! O gentle sleep!

Joe Lasek | Contributor O sleep! O gentle sleep! Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee, that thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down and steep my senses...

Health Matters: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Kelly Rohan | Contributor Pull quote: Seasonal affect disorder (SAD) is much more serious than simply not liking winter or having the “winter blues.” SAD is a mood disorder. People...

Health Matters: The dancing brain

If you want to improve the health and structure of your brain—and who doesn’t?—consider dancing. While most of us are aware of the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal benefits of dance, there...

Health Matters: Zika virus – yet another cautionary tale

Remember Ebola? Eleven thousand deaths, lingering chronic complications for thousands, billions of dollars in direct and indirect costs? It should have taught us a lesson. Apparently it did not. Now,...

Health Matters: Hacking the Serenity Prayer

Most of us are familiar with the Serenity Prayer. In essence, it suggests that if we focus on things we have some control over and accept or release the things...

Health Matters: Your hands, your germs, and you

Considering the current political scene, one might conclude that Americans are a pretty phobic lot. Politicians capitalize on the fear of terrorist attack, while statistically Americans are far more likely...

Health Matters: Greetings from the morgue 

The autopsy was once valued as a critical component of quality control. Hospitals were rated as to the number of autopsies performed. Rates in the U.S. and Europe were as...

Health Matters- Lyme disease: prevention and treatment

Lyme disease, which was first described in Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975, is the most common tick-borne disease in the US. It’s caused by a spirochete (corkscrew- shaped) bacterium called Borrelia...

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A basic canon of public health practice is that prevention is always the most effective and least costly strategy. What this means for our drinking water is that we must...

Health Matters: Strategic gardening

I often find myself telling my patients that many of our daily activities—such as gardening—should be approached as athletic events....

Health Matters: You had your water tested. Now what?

Well water is constantly subject to change caused by the level and flow of ground water, human activity and changes in land use. Hence, it’s critical to test your water...

Health Matters: Non-judgment: Embracing reality

We humans, and especially those of us raised in a Western culture, just love to put things into categories. It helps us to make sense of things and creates order...

Health Matters: Drinking Water – Lessons from Flint

The horrific story out of Flint, Michigan, this fall of families and children exposed to high levels of lead is a remarkable indictment of Michigan politicians, health providers and public...